Friday, May 25, 2018

REVIEW of In a Jam by Cindy Dorminy

 Ebook  296 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Red Adept Publishing

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 Thoughts…

In a Jam is southern chick lit at its best.   I am fairly new to southern chick lit but am quickly becoming a huge fan.    Cindy Dorminy has the talent to take her reader right into the south making the towns come alive, the people be real, and the story come to life.    

The romance of the book was fun.   Andie and Gunnar having an interesting relationship with Gunnar being asked to keep an eye on Andie while Andie isn’t very thrilled with moving to a small town just so she can get the inheritance her grandmother left her.    The thrill of the chase between these two was fun.   I liked that they circled each other, touched each other’s hearts, pushed each other’s buttons , and just had fun together.     They had a relationship that was real, it wasn’t just lust, it was feelings, it was fear of falling, and the fun of the chase.   

The town of Smithsville was amazing.   The setting was perfect for this story.   Smithsville is a small town, with small town people, and small town stores.   Everyone knows everyone.  There are no secrets within the city limits and they are all shared on a blog for the rest of the world to know.   The small town shops are perfect, I can see the doors being open for customers, the towns people just hanging out sharing their lives, and the help they give each other help without so much as a plea for help.   

In a Jam is a story that I recommend to anyone who loves Southern Chick Lit, who loves realistic small town, and fun characters.    I will be looking for more from Cindy Derminy. 

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