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Reviewed by C.L. Ogilvie for Readers' Favorite
In a Jam by Cindy Dorminy is a heartwarming novel with plenty of small-town charm and sweet romance. Andie Carson is a fixture of the Boston bar scene, as well as a frequent resident of the drunk tank. When her grandmother passes away, she leaves Andie her lottery winnings, but with three conditions: sober up, run her coffee shop in Georgia for a month, and enter her homemade jam recipe in the annual county fair. If not, her inheritance goes to the local church. Andie isn’t one to run from a challenge, especially when the entire town expects her to fail. Everyone except the smoking hot Officer Gunnar Wills. He knows Andie plans to sell the coffee shop to developers, but he’s hoping to convince her to help him save his beloved town from the big-box corporations. Can Andie find a place for herself in this quaint community, or will her big city plans derail her chance for love?
Cindy Dorminy perfectly captures both the charms and frustrations of living in a close-knit community. Andie’s attempts to fit into the community are both hilarious and painfully relatable. The romantic tension between Andie and Gunnar is a great source of fun, as well as her various run-ins with the eccentric townspeople. Dorminy does a great job combining humor and heart as Andie struggles with both her sobriety and her own complicated history with her grandmother. With its colorful cast of characters, this laugh-out-loud tale of second chances and small-town romance is as sweet as Granny’s homemade preserves.