Book Review: The Cupcake Dilemma by Jennifer Rodewald

Posted February 15, 2018 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, Jennifer Rodewald, romance / 21 Comments


about the book

“Adorable, laugh-out-loud read.” -Author Toni Shiloh

“This story was so FUN!! I ADORED it!” -Author Mikal Dawn

My name is Kirstin Hill. I’m a simple girl trying to figure out life in a small town. There are a few things you should know about me before we begin. I grew up in the city. I’m a teacher, a first-year teacher (some of you understand that significance). And finally, when it comes to cooking, I’m a disaster. Maybe none of those things seem story worthy, but trust me—I have a story. I call it The Cupcake Dilemma, and it literally changed my life. How? I’m glad you asked.

It all started with an extra assignment delegated to me at school right before Valentine’s Day… But before we get too far, let me begin by stating this clearly. I was voluntold.

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SERIES: Rock Creek
GENRE: Inspirational RomCom
PUBLISHER: Rooted Publishing
RELEASE DATE: February 14, 2018
PAGES: 118

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“Cupcakes and fairy tales. Guess I only got one.”

Oh y’all. I’m gonna be bossy again. Go buy this novella right now. THEN you can come back and read my review in which I laugh and swoon and grin like a fool. It’s only $0.99 but it’s priceless. (The novella, not my review.) Such a fun story! I’m even going to make it easy on you so you don’t have to scroll all the way down to the Amazon button.

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Ok I’ll wait…. holler when you’re back.

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Everyone here again? Oh good!

The Cupcake Dilemma is, in a word, ADORABLE!!!! And I don’t just mean the hunky hero, Ian. (Although he’s quite adorable too) Everything from the first person narrator with a touch of snark to the characters to the kitchen disasters to the romance. It’s all so cute and fun… and, at the risk of sounding like a poet or a burger order, so well done!

Kirstin is a brand new second-grade teacher and a brand new resident of small-town Rock Creek. She’s delightfully witty (with a dusting of snark) as narrator, and she’s incredibly easy for readers to identify with. Her yearning for community, for friendship, for belonging…. and for romance. But, alas, poor Kirstin doesn’t ‘kitchen’. I mean, she really doesn’t ‘kitchen’. And Ian really should have taken her more seriously on that. Before she caught his kitchen on fire 😀 However, if he had, we would have missed the delicious chance to watch them fall in love.

Speaking of Ian, have I mentioned yet how adorable he is? He’s “sweet with a hefty balance of goofy tossed in for flavor”. And oh what a great friend he makes … and what a great KISSER! That first kiss is a yummy blend of hoarse-with-emotion and teasing and a soft groan. It’s fun and romcom-y and toecurling. And I may or may not have read it like six times already so far. #noshame

Oh! And fans of Ordinary Snowflakes and Reclaimed will be happy to see those familiar characters pop up from time to time in The Cupcake Dilemma as well! Syd remains one of my very fave child characters in fiction, so I was especially delighted to see her again ♥

Bottom Line: I love Jennifer Rodewald’s deeper reads, the ones that have me burying my head in the pillow to muffle my ugly cries. BUT… I also adore it when she branches out into lighter romance reads. She’s got such a great first person narrative voice, and I love her sense of humor! Ian and Kirstin are wonderfully relatable characters, individually and as a couple, and you will be cheering for them at every step!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / LOVE IT SO MUCH! A must-read.

KissingBook Level: 3+ / Will forget to breathe

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about the author

Jennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. The draw to fiction has tugged hard on her heart since childhood, and when she began pursuing writing she set on stories that reveal the grace of God.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

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21 responses to “Book Review: The Cupcake Dilemma by Jennifer Rodewald

  1. Andrea Stephens

    I’ve put the book on my wishlist, it’s on KU but I’m at my limit right now. It sounds like such a fun little book. Cupcakes! I love most all flavors of cupcake!

  2. Amanda J

    There are definitely certain must read authors- Jennifer is one!! Your review is making me wish I didn’t have work this morning because I started this book at 11:30 last night and this pesky necessity called sleep interfered with finishing it. I’m loving it! (There’s a burger quote to complement your burger order above, LOL!)

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