Becky’s Forty-Third Book Review: “Love in a Nutshell” by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly


I just finished reading “Love in a Nutshell” by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly. This novel follows two characters, Kate Appleton and Matt Culhane. Kate just went through a divorce and moved back to her home town with plans of opening up a bed and breakfast at her parents’ old property. Meanwhile, she plans to make the necessary renovations but is light on cash, so she gets a job which she is very quickly fired from, the owner blaming her for ‘flat beer’. Kate goes to the guy who makes the beer to say that it was his fault that she got fired and that he needs to give her a job. This is where Matt and Kate meet. Matt is encouraged by Kate’s strong personality and her inability to hear the word ‘no’. He decides that she would be the perfect employee and hires her—as a spy. Someone has been sabotaging his business and Kate is hired to get to the bottom of it all.

The dialog and writing in this book was very cute but very light. I actually thought that the first chapter or so was a little on the boring side and almost put down the book. Luckily for me, my kindle was out of battery and I was stranded at the train station so I only had this book with me and it got another chance. I quickly became hooked to the story.

I think that “Love in a Nutshell” is one of the better books that Janet Evanovich has written with a co-author. Pretty good book and if you are a fan of chic-lit and especially Evanovich’s novels that I would recommend this book to you.


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