Love in a Nutshell: A Novel

Love in a Nutshell: A Novel

by Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly
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Love in a Nutshell: A Novel by Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly

Number one bestselling author Janet Evanovich teams up with award-winning author Dorien Kelly to deliver a sparkling novel of romantic suspense, small-town antics, secretive sabotage, and lots and lots of beer

Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she's been fired from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents' summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene's Harbor, Michigan. Kate's plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than savory.
Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and Kate is just new enough in town that she can insert herself into Culhane's business and snoop around for him. If Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. Needless to say, Kate is highly motivated. But several problems present themselves. Kate despises beer. No one seems to trust her. And she is falling hard for her boss.

Can these two smoke out a saboteur, save Kate's family home, and keep a killer from closing in…all while resisting their undeniable attraction to one another? Filled with humor, heart, and loveable characters, Love in a Nutshell is delicious fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429952514
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 81,154
File size: 579 KB

About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plums novels, Between the Number novels, Wicked Appetite and How I Write. She lives in Florida.

Dorien Kelly lives in Michigan with one or more of her three children, a couple of random and crazy rescue dogs, and a very spoiled West Highland White Terrier who is under the mistaken impression that he runs the whole pack.

Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including One for the Money and Sizzling Sixteen, and the Diesel&Tucker series, including Wicked Appetite. Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn’t have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, “When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.” But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After a dozen romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet’s favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.
When Dorien Kelly was fresh out of the University of Michigan, she worked as a waitress while pondering the writing life.  After a while, she decided she'd probably make more money as a lawyer. So back to school she went. After graduating, she practiced commercial law for several years.  Ultimately, she realized that while a legal career was lucrative, it was making her too Type A to survive. Since she was tired of billing out her life by the quarter-hour and wearing pantyhose, she turned back to writing. Her first novel, a romantic comedy called Designs on Jake was published by Harlequin Books in 2002.  A lot more books--and some pretty crazy times--followed.  These days she's co-authoring romance novels with the amazing Janet Evanovich, working on her own projects, and thanking her luck stars for three patient and completely awesome children, and her own happily-ever after with a wonderful man.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey


B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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Love in a Nutshell 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 314 reviews.
2Elizabeths More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot of fun! I have read 23+ books by Janet, including all of the Plum series, and I have really enjoyed them. These novels are purely for entertainment purposes, styled as romantic comedy mysteries that are well written with adorable characters that would be amusing to know. I am surprised by some of the other reviews that are not as flattering. I wonder what those particular readers wanted to do or accomplish by reading this style of book. When I choose to read a novel like this, my goal is to have a good time and enjoy a little escape. Love in a Nutshell provided me with a few hours of just that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be fair, I have not completed this book (therefore, the 3 stars and not 2 or 1), but it is a chore to read mid-way through. I usually love Evanovich through her own work or collaborations, but this much anticipated book seems choppy and disjointed in places. I don't understand why some of the main character's reactions are made, and I'm frustrated enough to leave my first disappointed review ever. I paid too much for this.
laura24 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it- a lot and will read more from this talented writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book! It allowed to escape from all the serious that surround us everyday Im not sure what the other reviewers wanted , but I got what I wanted out of the book FUN and JOY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a bit skeptical about this book since I had not heard of the other author who cowrote, but I was pleasantly suprised by how much I enjoyed it. I number of times it actually made me laugh out loud. Though others were right about the story needing a better flow it was still an excellently entertaining read that I would recommend to any loyal Evanovich reader. Though I do think it would be better to read some of her others first so you understand or better appreciate the writing style.
kellijoygreene More than 1 year ago
My mother and I got this as an audio book to listen to on a road trip. We figured that it would be a good, lighthearted book to listen to on our way home. However, we were very disappointed by this book. The book begins with the premise of the main character trying to help a man figure out who is sabotaging his business, and meanwhile the two find themselves falling in love. I thought this was a pretty good premise, but the book ends up paying very little attention to the sabotage plotline, while focusing mainly on mundane interactions between the main character and her love interest. The focus on the love interest would not have been such a bad thing, except for the fact that the characters had NO chemistry and were extremely stiff. I expect all romance novels to have some level of cheesiness, but this one went above and beyond, to the point of being groan-worthy. All in all, i would never recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to Evanovich standards, but a cute quick read.
-Becca- More than 1 year ago
Great fun! Janet's books are always laugh out loud entertaining! This is another exciting, fun-filled romantic suspense with a little detective work thrown in. Will not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish I could return this book! Very disjointed and the characters have no chemistry. If you must buy this book because it is a Janet Evanovich wait until it is cheaper. The only thing I like is it takes place on the shores of my home state and in my favorite places to vacation...Traverse City.
cj-53 More than 1 year ago
I love Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series, but I thought this book was really stupid. There was a touch of an attempt to sound funny like the SP novels, but it did not work. The plot was dumb and pretty much predictable. I thought this book was a waste of money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and is so funny so far. Kate is crazy
Rem826 More than 1 year ago
It's a nice, enjoyable book, but if Janet Evanovich wrote it, she was way off her game. The plot had potential, as did the characters, but every time I thought the plot was going to get juicier or the characters more dimensional...nothing. I have read everything Janet has written or co-wrote, and this is not up to par. If you can get a copy at the library, have at it. Her co-authored books with Charlotte Hughes are much more entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story, especially the sunday night dinner conversation. Would love to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It was an easy and quick read. I would recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a disappiintment and a waste of money. The story line was immature and I found it rather boring. I think Janet Evanovich should stick to her Stephanie Plum series which I absolutely love. There is fun and adventure in all of those books with a lot of laughs.
JuliMN More than 1 year ago
I usually love or at least giggle a bit at Evonivich's work but this was dreadful. I thought the characters were one dimensional and the plot too disjointed. My main gripe is that Kate and Matt had no substance. I couldn't find it in myself to even CARE what happened to them. The plot was a great premise but the writing didn't carry it off. It was just too shallow... there was no substance. If you want to read it anyway, go to the library and save your hard earned cash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read that allowed me to escape the stress of day to day life. .
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Love in a Nutshell is the first book in the Culhane Family series by American authors Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly. Divorcee Kate Appleton has a problem. Her family’s summer house, Nutshell would make an ideal Bed & Breakfast except for the fact that it’s heavily mortgaged and needs quite a bit of work. Kate has no money and no job. When Kate turns up at the Depot Brewery looking for a job, Matt Culhane is instantly attracted. He figures to keep Kate around by employing her to do some covert investigation into who might be sabotaging his company. Here’s a romance-mystery where the romance is a bit too slow moving while the mystery is more irritating than intriguing. The characters are really just OK, but it’s got a “phoned-it-in” feel: there’s not enough depth in it to warrant reading the second book in the series, The Husband List. A bit ho-hum.
janeylou More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich is a just for fun writer and this is another just for fun book. While it's nothing like her Stephanie Plum character with its East coast flavor , I like the book as it's situated in Michigan in towns and places that have some recognition and the people are very midwest. I enjoyed it and recommend it when you don't want to do any more than relax
BookBabe67 More than 1 year ago
Funny, quirky. I really enjoyed this book.
cherylynn1435 More than 1 year ago
Great read. Light and easy....
lovecavaliers More than 1 year ago
typical Evanovich light mystery with romance - LOL moments too!
GerryH More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Loved it! As always this is one of those books you don't want to put down. Janet has a way of writing that does this to everyone who reads her books. I just can't get enough of her books. When I finish one I need to have another. Wish I had her talent for writing.
MarilynK More than 1 year ago
Probably not my favorite Janet E book, but still a good book and a quick read. I felt the end was a little abrupt. I knew I was getting close to the end, but wasn't seeing a resolution. Then all of a sudden, I was at the end.
Pischina More than 1 year ago
A cutesy love story with an ounce of half-effort mystery for substance. It wasn't awful, but there is nothing to recommend.