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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
In A Teaspoon of Trouble: The Bachelor Bake-Off Book 1, we meet Carolyn Henderson, a talented NYC chef who has just lost her sister and brother-in-law and is now tasked with raising her adorable little niece, Emma. So back to Montana the girls go, with Carolyn hoping her parents can help her be the mom her sister knew she could be. Only, her parents are aging and filled with grief, which means she has to figure it out. But Carolyn runs into the high school boyfriend she’d left without a backward glance, and Matt is better than she remembered. A small town vet, he loves his life but wishes for more. For love and marriage. Shirley Jump has written a charming, small town romance that includes a fun bachelor bake off for charity, moonlight kisses and tons of romance.
Where author Shirley Jump excels in A Teaspoon of Trouble is in creating the small town atmosphere with realistic, small town characters, plenty of adorable animals, and we can’t forget little Emma who is absolutely precious. And Matt was incredible; hot and generous and kind. But Carolyn was kind of hard to like for much of the story because she was so focused on what she wanted that she never thought about Emma, only her career. However, she got her stuff together in time to redeem herself, at least in this reader’s eyes. There were also some really great moments filled with emotions, particularly a late night scene with Carolyn and her niece. Those scenes gave this book the depth it needed to be more than your average romance novel.