Title: Love in a Nutshell
Author: Janet Evanovich and Dorian Kelly
Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN-13 Book: 9780312651312
Publisher Audio CD: Macmillan Audio
ISBN CD: 9781427214966 (Unabridged)
Length: 6 CDs (Approximately 390 minutes)
Narrator: Lorelei King
Disclosure: I received a copy of the audio book for review from Macmillan Audio through Audiobook Jukebox (http://www.audiobookjukebox.com/). This is my honest review!
Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kate Appleton just wants a chance to restart her life. Her husband divorced her, taking her beloved poodle with him, and much of her self-confidence. Movie to Keene’s Harbor, and remodeling her family’s old summer cottage, The Nutshell, into a bed and breakfast is the new start she is hoping for; until she loses her job, and she discovers that the Nutshell needs more than just a touch of paint. In a fit of temper, Kate storms in to Matt Cuhane’s office and demands a job, because she blames him for her unemployment. Matt agrees to take her on as a spy, to find out who is trying to sabotage his business, but as she gets to know more about Matt and the tiny town, she can’t help falling in love. Someone however, isn’t happy with Matt, and now with Kate.
Sometimes, old friends are the best. Janet Evanovich books are priceless, and this has to be one of my new favorites. Reading her books is like getting together with old friends. It is comfortable, safe, and best yet good for some laughs. In all honesty, I haven’t felt much like reading lately. There has been a lot on my mind and even more going on in my life. I knew that if I wanted a book to hold my attention, it would have to be one that would have humor, and a light hearted side. Love In a Nutshell is just that. Even better, it was on audio.
As with all Evanovich books you really must expect the characters to be somewhat quirky. Kate is loveable, and determined. She wants to make a life for herself and avoid future complications. Matt is strong willed, and a savvy businessman with a wonderfully large family, and a notorious history in Keene’s Harbor. Even when we go outside the main characters, we find interesting and well developed supporting characters. I loved Junior, the clueless handyman, and especially Lizzie, Matt’s police officer sister. You could easily imagine the people in this novel walking off the page, and living in this little town.
The mystery was satisfying, but I think the developing relationship between Matt and Kate is really what keeps the reader hooked. It is definitely much more romance than mystery, but I have to admit, I love my mysteries and romance together—it is a combination that works well for me.
The audiobook is produced by Macmillan Audio and read by Lorelei King. When I mentioned old friends being the best, one of those old friends would be listening to a novel read by Lorelei King. King is a stupendous narrator, and does a fantastic job narrating many of the Evanovich’s books including this one. She is a practiced narrator, and does a wonderful job with all of the voices.
This story was well suited to audio format. You can easily kick back and listen to this story. I usually listen to audiobooks in my car, but when I got to my destination, I found myself loathing to leave the vehicle. I even started taking the audiobook in with me. It is sound effect free, which tends to be my preference when listing to audiobooks, and the production is free of technical flaws.
Overall, this book was a lot of fun, and a great book to read whether you are listening to it, or reading a printed copy. Janet Evanovich and Dorian Kelly make a wonderful team, and I hope to read more books from both of them in the future.
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