Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review: In a Jam by Cindy Dorminy

Andie Carson has to do three things to inherit her grandmother’s lottery winnings—sober up, spend a month running her grandmother’s Georgia coffee shop, and enter homemade jam in the county fair. If she can’t meet those terms, the money goes to the church, and Andie gets nothing. She figures her tasks will be easy enough, and once she completes them, Andie plans to sell the shop, take the money, and run back to Boston.

After a rough breakup from his crazy ex-fiancée, Officer Gunnar Wills decides to take a hiatus from women. All he wants is to help make his small town thrive the way it did when he was a kid. But when wild and beautiful Andie shows up, Gunnar’s hesitant heart begins to flutter.

Gunnar knows that Andie plans to leave, but he’s hoping to change her mind, fearful that if her coffee shop closes, Main Street will fold to the big-box corporations and forever change the landscape of his quaint community. But convincing her to stay means getting close enough to risk his heart in the process. Even though Gunnar makes small-town life seem a little sweeter, Andie has to decide if she’s ready to turn her world upside down and give up big-city life. One thing’s for sure—it’s a very sticky situation.

My Review:

Fantastic writing skills really bring this story to life. 

Andie Carson is a well-known party girl living in Boston with a habit of drinking too much and waking up in jail.  Even the police officers know her by name.  Andie’s life changes when she finds out she has inherited her grandmother’s lottery winnings, but she has placed stipulations on the money.  Andie must move to the small town of Smithville, Georgia, and work in her bakery, In A Jam, live in her apartment, go to church and fit in with the people in town.  The toughest rule of all was Andie needs to give up her drinking.  Andie’s plan was to stay the six required weeks to get the money, sell the shop and then she would head back to Boston.  But she didn’t expect to fall for the little town and to make so many new friends.

Officer Gunner Wills was done with women.  His last relationship did him in.  It’s been years since he has dated, but as soon as he saw Andie he knew there was something about her and he needed to know her better.  Little did he know, Andie would be the one to bring him out of his dating slump and teach him to love again.  But when Gunner’s ex shows up in town to stir up some trouble, will Andie and Gunner’s new relationship be strong enough to stand up to the wrath of Willow?

I really enjoyed this book.  The author’s writing style really drew me into the story.  She wrote the characters so well that they began to feel like friends and I was part of the story.  Not a detail was missed.  I just didn’t want the book to end when it did.  It felt like I was saying goodbye to old friends.  This is the first book I have read by this author and it won’t be the last.