A Teaspoon of Trouble

A Teaspoon of Trouble

by Shirley Jump


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ISBN-13: 9781945879999
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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A Teaspoon of Trouble 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parts made me cry, but I was able to laugh too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carolyn and Matt were high school sweethearts until graduation when she left for NYC to pursue a career as a chef. When her sister and brother-in-law die in an accident Carolyn finds herself guardian of her four year old niece and completely overwhelmed. She'd never planned on being a mom, but her parents weren't capable of caring for their granddaughter and her active big puppy. Matt's the local vet who's volunteered to join a fundraiser to honour a local hero, but he can't bake. Carolyn will teach him how to bake if he'll help her get some control of the puppy. At times the story was contradictory. Carolyn wishes Matt had tried to change her mind about leaving, but later states that nothing could have changed her mind. Her bra was lace, then translucent. Carolyn was so focused on NYC that she wasn't taking the niece's needs into account. The writing became tedious and seemed rushed at the end. Not my favourite.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended reading The writing was well done and I enjoyed the book's story very much. It might not be a 5-star but (I have had the misfortune of purchasing two books recently filled with very rough language (neither of the reviews for these books mentioned anything about the language.) and was so greatful an author knows how to write without using crude words. This is a good story as it has some funny parts as well as other parts some of us can identify with -- heartbreak, death of a loved one* and not feeling as part of the crowd, even when it is family. *this is not a morbid story even though the fatal auto accident was the basis for a 4-year-old suddenly finding herself being taken care of by an aunt she hardly knew. An aunt who was single; lived in a small walk-up apartment in NYC; worked 80-hrs a week trying to be the next head chef of a 5-star restaurant; and, had no intention of ever having a family of her own..
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Bachelor Bake-off series. Shirley Jump writes with such joy that you can't help but fall in love with her characters. I did feel the book started out a bot slow but stick with it- you'll be happy you did. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Renae_D More than 1 year ago
A little slow, than grabs your attention! I had a little trouble getting into Carolyn and Matt's story at first. The hangups Carolyn has to change her career direction is very realistic to a lot of everyday people's choice's. Plus how she ends up with custody of her niece. It is always interesting how we have a tendency to stick with a path even if we don't love it until something pushes us another way. Matt's steady persistence pays off in the end. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Kristyl21 More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Henderson has never thought of herself as being a mom. However when her sister and brother in law are killed in a car crash she learns she has been left custody of her four year old niece Emma and her rowdy dog. Instead of immediately returning to her life in New York she goes to visit her parents in Marietta Montana. Local veterinarian Matthew West was heartbroken when Carolyn left home years ago to follow her dreams of being a chef. Now he has been chosen to be part of the Bachelor Bake-off. When the two meet again at the vet clinic they agree to trade dog obedience lessons for cooking lessons . With one lesson in both of them realize there is more there but is either of them willing to admit there feelings to the other? I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and kept me reading. It was a very good start to the new series.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
A Teaspoon of Trouble by Shirley Jump is book number number one in the Bachelor Bake-Off series. This is chef Carolyn Henderson and vet Matthew West's story. One day Carolyn is a chef with her dream job almost a reality then she is responsible for her four year niece and a large rowdy dog after a family tragedy. Carolyn is back in Marietta so she can figure out how to handle the changes in her life. Matt and Carolyn dated in high school but Carolyn was so ready to leave Marietta that she walked away from their relationship. Their paths cross again when Carolyn needs help with her niece's dog. Matt agrees to help Carolyn with the dog if she will help him with the Bachelors bake-off. Will they get a second chance at love? This story is sweet and emotional story. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
A Teaspoon of Trouble for One Bachelor Carolyn Henderson never wanted to come back to Marietta. She never felt she fit into her hometown, and she had big plans. She broke it off with her boyfriend and left town. Ten years later, she can't think of anywhere else to go to figure out what to do next. Her sister and brother-in-law were killed in an accident, leaving Carolyn guardian of her 4-year-old niece, Emma, and Roscoe, her dog. A successful chef in New York City, Carolyn is poised to take over as head chef. She has a small apartment she rarely sees and has had no thoughts of having a family. Her life is definitely not conducive to being a single parent. Carolyn's ex, Matthew West never thought of living anywhere but Marietta. A small animal vet, he is shocked when Carolyn shows up with a dog and a 4-year-old. She obviously needs help training the puppy, and he needs someone to teach him to bake, as he has been entered in Marietta's first Bachelor Bake Off, organized to raise funds for Harry's House, a place for kids to go hang out, in honor of Harry Monroe, a firefighter recently killed in an accident. Carolyn had planned to bring Emma to Marietta and get her settled with her parents (Emma's Grandparents) and head back to New York. She soon realizes that isn't an option, her parents aren't up for dealing with a child and a dog. As the family figures out how to deal with their grief and Carolyn tries to figure out how to connect with Emma, Matthew and Carolyn slowly start to rebuild a friendship, and Carolyn has to decide if her dreams have changed. As I read this, Carolyn was a little selfish and didn't seem to try. She also spent a lot time trying to convince herself that New York was where she belonged. I did end up enjoying the story, as these two characters had to learn from their past mistakes and open themselves up to a future... This was a good beginning to the Bachelor Bake-Off series, and I am definitely interested in seeing who is next and who wins the whole thing!
belllla More than 1 year ago
A Teaspoon of Trouble is a second chance love story. Is a heart broking story about lost grief and finding a way to live with that lost and be happy again. Carolyn is back in her family town because she has a life changing decision to make. Her nieces dog is responsible that she connects with her old love Matthew. They made a compromise him to fix a dog and she to teach him how to cook. It is interesting story between interesting characters. Matthew seems so much older and wiser than Carolyn. She on the other hand when things get tough runs away. So what will she do this time? I was not practically fan of her because she was a little bit frustrating. So it was good to see -with help of Matthew of course- the peals to fall down from her soul and when she accepts her family, her home town and love from Matthew. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
This was a very emotional story. Carolyn is a chef who goes to her parents' house in Marietta to try to reorganize her life when she gets custody of her neice after her sister's death. She runs into Matt, her high school boyfriend, and things get complicated. Carolyn needs help with her neice's dog, and Matt needs help with his baking skills for the charity bake off contest. 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.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Teaspoon of Trouble by Shirley Jump, the first entry in the Bachelor Bake-Off series despite is making me cry. This is another wonderful collaboration of authors, created by Tule Publishing. The Bachelor Bake-Off is a fund raiser by the town to buy a rundown house in Marietta and refurbish in the memory of firefighter Harry Morgan as a teen center. Each of the bachelors entered into this “contest” are not cooks. In this story, Caroline Henderson, a type-A cook, returns to her parents’ home in Marietta, Montana with her young niece Emma and Emma’s unruly puppy. They had just lost Emma’s parents in a car crash and Caroline was named guardian. The entire family is struggling with their grief and Caroline has no idea how she will be able to return to her highly demanding job in Manhattan with Emma and be able to be the parent Emma deserves. I was truly able to relate to Caroline as I had unexpectedly loss my sister a couple of years ago. Although I’m not a guardian to my adult niece, she knows my family is there for her and that I am a surrogate mom for her. When Caroline left ten years prior she broke the heart of Matt West her high school sweetheart. Matt has become the town veterinarian, taking care of the pets and animals of the residents of Marietta, a town he loves. He has also been entered into the first Bachelor bake-Off when he doesn’t know how to cook. When Caroline brings in Emma’s dog the two reconnect. These two make a deal; dog training lessons for cooking lessons. Both are stubborn and hard headed as they try to make sense of this second chance they have. This was a sweet, fun and entertaining story with very likeable and authentic characters that you want to cheer on, hoping for that happy ending. The characters were well written with complex characteristics. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down, reading it in one day. I am truly looking forward to the next entry in the Bachelor Bake-Off series. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Dawncatlady More than 1 year ago
Carolyn finds herself a guardian of her niece and Pet and moves back to Marietta , Montana. Enter a man from her past to assist with the transition and potentially her future. A new addition to the Marietta , Montana town and guaranteed to cause chuckle and sighs. Waiting for more in this new series. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks. Opinions are entirely my own.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
A sweet light hearted romance. Carolyn and Matt dated in high school, but once they graduated, Carolyn left Marietta and never looked back. She had bigger plans and her little hometown just couldn't fill them. She had been living her life in New York City for the last ten years and working as a sous chef. Carolyn is back in Marietta temporarily with her niece Emma who she was given guardianship after he sister and husband were killed in a car accident. Carolyn doesn't know anything about raising children. Emma also has a dog, Roscoe and she can't bear to part with. Roscoe is in serious need of training. When he ends up sick, Carolyn takes him to the vet and to her surprise, the vet is no other than her high school boyfriend, Matt. Matt was surprised to see Carolyn in his clinic. He never forgot her and now that she was back in town, he will do anything to convince her to stay. When Carolyn finds out Matt has signed up for the Bachelor Bake-Off and doesn’t know how to cook, she offers to teach him in exchange for obedience training for Roscoe. They soon find themselves rekindling what they once had. But Carolyn insists she is heading back to New York soon, so they can't get to serious. How will Matt convince Carolyn to stay in Marietta and give their relationship a second chance? This was a really sweet story and a wonderful start to a new series. It is a well written and enjoyable novella. Sometimes I find novellas can feel a bit rushed, but this one has enough details to make a great story without anything feeling like it was left out. It is a perfect book for when you don't have a lot of time, but want a fulfilling story.
SarahBethL More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet story. Carolyn returns home to Marietta with her young niece Emma after being named as Emma's guardian. Carolyn grew up in Marietta but left town right away, after turning 18. Matthew West, Carolyn's ex, never expected to see her back in town. They meet again at his vet practice where she goes, along with Emma & Emma's dog Roscoe. Carolyn has 2 weeks off from her job as a sous chef in a New York restaurant & can't wait to return. Matt has signed up for the bachelor bake off but has no clue how to bake anything. Carolyn tutors him in making cookies & he starts obedience training with Roscoe. Carolyn has no desire to stay in town, has trouble relating to Emma but over time they form a bond.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A delightful read of a second chance romance. Carolyn thought she was living her dream in New York as a chef when a family tragedy happens and she has to return home to Marietta. Not in her plans of having a four year old, Emma and Roscoe, a not well mannered dog. Carolyn's high school boyfriend, Matt is the town vet and has entered the Bachelor Bake Off, he has asked Carolyn for help. Matt has never stopped loving Carolyn, now if he can only get her to see this where her heart really belongs. Ms. Jump has packed this book with plenty of emotions that will keep you turning the pages. How can you not fall in love with this book, a puppy, a little girl and a handsome town vet, who is learning to bake. This is the first book in Bachelor Bake Off series, can't wait for more. I highly recommend this book.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome sweet read that is filled with emotion. The last person Matthew West expects to see in Marietta is Carolyn Henderson. Yet here she is in his veterinarian office with an unruly dog and a little girl that is the sweetest thing Matt has ever seen. Carolyn was his high school sweetheart but she broke his heart on graduation day when she let him know he wasn't enough to keep her in Marietta. She had plans and didn't look back when she left town. They may never be close again but they each have something the other needs. Striking a deal to help each other out has them spending a lot of time together. Will they be able to walk away from each other again? I highly recommend this one.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
have been reading Shirley Jump novels for years and have yet to figure out how she does it. She waves her magic wand and takes a sweet story and turns it into a deeply moving life lesson. So it's only fitting that Teaspoon of Trouble supplies light hearted comedy and realistic situations. Somehow, she manages to tackle a lot of story in a small amount of time. The importance of family, dealing with grief, facing fears, taking on some heavy hitting responsibilities all while staying true to yourself, falling in love and following your dreams. That was a mouthful, but she delivers it all in a calm, entertaining and thought provoking way. Carolyn and Matt may seem too good to be true but they make for a fun combination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character got on my nerves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was too hard to like the main character.