- File Size: 3055 KB
- Print Length: 198 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tule Publishing (February 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N7QHWAW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved all of the characters so much. Carolyn's fear of failure, of change, of messing things up for Emma felt very real. Matt balanced her out very nicely, even though she was determined to stay the course and move back to New York.
I enjoyed this story so much. I'm hoping we get some glimpses into their future in other stories.
This romance is a bit of a second chance should they decide to take it for Matt and Carolyn. Once high school sweethearts, their time together came to an abrupt stop when Carolyn left Marietta for New York City, determined to follow her dream of being a top notch chef. She had no desire to live in a small town with limited possibilities for her future. Her decision rocked Matt, but he let her go because that’s what you do when you love someone enough to let them be what they need to be. It certainly wasn’t easy, and its not as if she really gave him a chance to do anything else. A quick good bye in the school parking lot and Carolyn was gone, leaving his love for her far behind.
Time and life moves on, and now Carolyn is back in Marietta, for what she insists is only a two week break from her job in the city to make decisions and find out what she’s going to do now. Her sister, and her brother-in-law’s deaths at the hands of a drunk driver completely upended Carolyn’s life. Not only was she grieving, but she’s suddenly the guardian to an adorable four year old niece who she barely knows, plus an unruly mutt. Her thought was to leave Emma and the dog with her parents… until she realized just how deeply they both were overpowered by the death of Sandy. When she reconnects with Matt her plan is to still not stay – but plans can always be changed.
I enjoyed A Teaspoon of Trouble, it’s a charming story. Yet. I could not connect with Carolyn at all. I understand that she is being portrayed as a woman who is overwhelmed by grief at losing her sister, and unprepared to take on a mothering role. I do get that, and I tried to factor that in to my reactions to her… but in the end my inability to have any empathy with this character at all did color my reaction to the entire story.
This is where I have to say that everyone takes something different away from any story they read. It’s a good story, a charming setting and one very adorable little girl at the heart of it all. So while I couldn’t connect with one character, does not mean that you won’t either – so as always, you need to read this one for yourself and decide how you enjoy the characters.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
A Teaspoon of Trouble is an interesting story. I loved that author Shirley Jump wasn’t afraid to deliver a struggling, flawed heroine. Carolyn was definitely my favorite thing about this book because she was so imperfect. She’s grieving, overwhelmed, and her whole life plan has just changed. She doesn’t automatically know how to become a mother to her niece, even though she loves the girl. She doesn’t want to give up the career she worked so hard for. She doesn’t want to stay in her idyllic hometown. In other words, she’s realistic and relatable, for better or worse. I could have read a whole book about Carolyn’s personal journey because there’s quite a bit of depth to her and she has a heck of a lot on her plate.
As much as I liked Carolyn, wanted to see her find love with Matthew, and for the two of them and her niece to become a family, the romance is where A Teaspoon of Trouble fell short for me. Matthew is a too-perfect hero who is definitely dreamy, but I would have loved more depth to him (or at least a flaw or two). He’s never fallen out of love with Carolyn and if the story hadn’t taken place directly after the death of Carolyn’s sister and the resulting upending of her entire life, I would have been more at ease with their fairly light romance. But the love story felt more like an afterthought to the beginnings of a much deeper book. Had the story been longer, perhaps the romance could have developed more organically. The bones of an entertaining romance were there (Matthew is a seriously hot guy who is good with kids and dogs, after all), but it just didn’t meet its potential. As it stands, I did enjoy Carolyn’s journey and the romance was sweet, if rushed, so I’d say I liked A Teaspoon of Trouble overall.