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A Teaspoon of Trouble

(Bachelor Bake-Off #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  731 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Type-A chef Carolyn Hanson has walked away from her job at a trendy NYC restaurant after an abrupt family tragedy. Now, as a guardian to her four-year-old niece, Emma, and a very disobedient mutt – kids and dogs are so not her skill set – moving back to Marietta, Montana seems the best temporary option. But when confronted by her parents’ declining health, Carolyn has to f ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Tule Publishing
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A TEASPOON OF TROUBLE by Shirley Jump is the first in The Bachelor Bake-Off series all set in Marietta, Montana and written by various authors. This is both a funny and heartbreaking contemporary romance that is an enjoyable read.

Carolyn Hanson left small town Marietta and her high school boyfriend in her rear view mirror after graduation for her dream of being a top chef in NYC. For ten years she is singularly focused and is about
DNF at 52%.

I don't think there is anything necessarily wrong with this book, it just isn't the book for me.

Carolyn Henderson's sister and brother-in-law have died and she has been left as the guardian of her young niece and an exuberant puppy called Roscoe. A disciplined chef, Carolyn has no room in her home or her life for children or animals and she finds it impossible to connect with her niece or control the puppy. She tries to dump her responsibilities onto her parents, but they refuse to ta
2.75 Stars

A Teaspoon of Trouble is part of Bachelor Bake-Off, a series penned by multiple authors set in Marietta, Montana.

This entry brought high-school sweetheart Carolyn Henderson and Matthew West back together after their split up at the school's parking lot ten years ago. Matt was now one of the town's small animals Vet and Carolyn a renowned sous-chef in Manhattan. She was only back in town to figure out what to do after her dead sister appointed her as guardian to her four year old niece
Feb 07, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
It's a sweet romance, but very repetitive and I had to stop reading at 32%. While the blurb sounded something right up my alley I just wish the story played out a little better. Maybe I will pick this story back up at some point but as of right now I had to DNF it.
Kristin Davison
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
I would like to thank netgalley and Tule Publishing for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

It's a sweet romance, but very repetitive. Also the idea that a women who is driven by work and doesn't want children secretly wants to play happy families is a very backward idea.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Angela by: Netgalley
I think this was a sweet second-chance romance, but it just wasn't for me. I think it explained twice on every page that Carolyn was a NYC chef and not a maternal person. It was so repetitive that I contemplated giving up about ten times just within the first couple chapters. Emma was cute and Roscoe was the perfect pet for her, but I just couldn't really get much happier about the book than that. Matt came off as whiny. Seriously, how many times do you need to hear someone say they weren't stay ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks to for the ARC of this book.
This story was predictable and repetitive. I understood from the first chapter she was a NYC chef and didn't want to be back in Montana. But it just kept going like I forgot what I read two pages ago, it was that and the characters and story were so predictable. The blurb summed up the whole book and I felt I didn't need read the book since the blurb was better then the book.
Phylis Carpenter
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carolyn gets the call that everyone dreads to receive. The one that tells her that her sister and her husband have been killed in a car accident. Then she receives the call from their lawyer that she has been made the legal guardian of her sister's 4 year old daughter and her dog roscoe.

Carolyn is afraid to take risks and she knows nothing about raising kids or dogs for that matter. She heads home to Marietta thinking that she will get her parent's to raise Emma for her. She discovers their heal
3.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Carolyn’s life was turned upside-down when her sister died. Now the successful New York City chef finds herself guardian to her four-year-old niece who comes with a disobedient dog, and that’s on top of grieving herself. In an attempt to sort out her life, Carolyn travels to her parents’ house in the small town of Marietta…a place Carolyn couldn’t get away from fast enough once upon a time. Coming home was never in Carolyn’s plan, and neither was getting kno
Debbie Oxier
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a good start to a new series Bachelor Bake-Off. I haven't read the author recently but I really enjoyed this one. Carolyn Henderson lived in New York and worked as a sous chef at a top notch restaurant. She's up for promotion to head chef, the fulfillment of a dream she's had since her grandfather taught her how to cook before he passed away. It was the reason she'd left Montana and the man she loved behind. Now her sister and brother-in-law have been killed in an accident, leaving behi ...more
Bette Hansen
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 th ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wow. I am... you know, livid is a good word that doesn’t get used enough in book reviews, so we’ll go with that. I am livid about the end of this book. I like stories about people unexpectedly acquiring children and learning to be a loving parent, but I’m not here for the idea that a woman (but somehow not the man???) who unexpectedly acquires a child is obligated to give up her life and dreams in order to be a “good mom”. Carolyn is really upfront about the fact that she doesn’t want to be a wi ...more
Madelle Morgan
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a sweet, simple romance about a young New York City chef on the cusp of greatness when suddenly she becomes the guardian of her orphaned niece and her rambunctious dog. Out of her depth, Carolyn returns to her hometown for a couple of weeks to comfort her parents and get some help with the four year old. She encounters her hunky, divorced high school boyfriend, now a vet, who, unlike her, is great with kids and dogs.

This sentimental romance will appeal to its target readers. The reason I
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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 aw
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Teaspoon Of Trouble, the first story in the Bachelor Bake-Off series, is a lovely sweet romance featuring among other things an untrained puppy and a very sad little girl.
I liked all the characters in this story. I felt so sorry for Carolyn and her family as they adjusted to life without her sister. I particularly felt for Carolyn who was faced with tough decisions around her career and her niece, though Matt is a great foil for her and perfectly suited to helping resolve her issues.
This is a
Becky Burciaga
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kicking off the Bachelor Bake Off series in Marietta, Montana is a sweet story about loss, family and most of all love, old and new. Ms Jump has created a wonderful story depicting how the small town can draw you in, while for some push you away...the latter based on fear. The emotions run high in this first book, setting the bar for the remaining books in the series to match its intensity and the level of familiar comfort that runs under it all. My appetite has been whet (not just my reading ap ...more
L. M. Warren
Easy, fast paced story. 3.5 stars

3.5 stars 🌟🌟🌟Simple easy to read. Fast moving story that can bring a year to your eyes. There was some repetition in thoughts. Yet it's a nice simple story. Ends faster than I thought. It's like bam! Ending. Though it is not a cliffhanger. Does have a sad underlining story that at times made me feel for Emma. Women becomes caretaker of her niece. Totally out of element goes home. Two weeks is about the time line. I feel some things were not fully explored but tha
Sarah Jane
Matt's the best thing about this book

After recently reading Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen, I went on the hunt for other novels with chef main characters. Unfortunately, this is my first Shirley Jump book and probably my last. Carolyn was annoying and I don't know what Matt sees in her. If I had to read one more line like, "I can whip up a 10 course meal for 100 people but I can't possibly emotionally connect to the world around me" I was just going to lose it. Overall the story was fine and the wr
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read

I enjoyed this book. Carolyn's sister Sandy and her husband were killed in a car accident. They made Carolyn the guardian of their only child Emma. I could feel the sadness and loss the parents felt, the confusion Carolyn felt about suddenly becoming a mom. I did feel that the story did not need to go on for as long as it did. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I found the story enjoyable, covering a young love lost in the past, a family separated by more than just miles, giving all to follow your dreams. The family reconnects after a tragic loss, and young love just might get a second chance in the present time, especially if Carolyn can dig deep into her fears to discover what her heart wanted all along.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A second chance romance and a coming home story. Sweet with good characterisations. Carolyn isn't a "natural" mother and struggles with her new role. Matt has somewhat forgiven Carolyn for leaving him. And together they understand the past is what made them who they are and now they need to move forward.

A good story with the Heroine putting the child first but also learning to accept herself.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma’s parents are killed in a car accident. Her aunt Carolyn is named as her guardian. Caroline has been pursuing a high-powered career in Manhattan as a chef. She has no intention of returning to her hometown where she felt like she didn’t fit in. Emma also has a boisterous dog who needs some serious training.Some suggested language and one sweet sex scene. Rated R
Jaime Fiction Fangirls Book Review

This wasn’t a bad story but it wasn’t great either. Neither of the characters were all that likeable and I honestly didn’t feel a whole lot of chemistry between them. I just never really connected to their story. They could have walked away as friends and I wouldn’t have felt that either of them were missing out on much.
Catherine Geist
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It is a great book full of love,sadness and a lot of emotions It is about a little girl losing her parents. It shows all the emotions the family goes through. A very sad story.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read a Advanced reader's copy of this book

A new to me author. Book one in A Bachelor Bake-off romance series. A enjoyable book one in a new series. Great character development for this fast paced book. I'm looking forward to reading what is next up in this series.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable

Likeable characters, a heart-wrenching premise, and good writing add up to a good read. The heroine is a little slow to see the truth and changes a little too abruptly to rate 5 stars, but this is definitely worth a few hours.
Lynn (Ellesea Loves Reading)
3.5 stars

A super, quick to read second chance romance. The bake-off backdrop is fun, but there's a heartbreaking storyline too. With likeable protagonists, a cute small child and a crazy dog, A Teaspoon of Trouble is an enjoyable book for a Summer afternoon.
Kassandra Bozeman
A very sweet story

A sad but sweet story about facing fears after your life has been changed by tragedy. Contemporary romance in nature.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump spends her days writing romance and women’s fiction to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. She cleverly finds writing time by feeding her kids junk food, allowing them to dress in the clothes they find on the floor and encouraging the dogs to double as vacuum cleaners.

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