The Cupcake Dilemma
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.

The Cupcake Dilemma Details

TitleThe Cupcake Dilemma
Author
ReleaseFeb 14th, 2018
PublisherRooted Publishing
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Novella, Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance

The Cupcake Dilemma Review

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh-so-cute! I loved this light and funny novella with a sweet romance that made me want to read it again as soon as I finished it. (So I did) ;) Kirstin's voice is a perfect blend of humorous and vulnerable that makes her easy to relate to and enjoyable to read. Ian was fun and unexpected, and I loved his reactions to Kirstin. They have a fun friendship with potential for more, but they are both playing it cool. Awesome romantic tension and even better when things get really interesting! This is Oh-so-cute! I loved this light and funny novella with a sweet romance that made me want to read it again as soon as I finished it. (So I did) ;) Kirstin's voice is a perfect blend of humorous and vulnerable that makes her easy to relate to and enjoyable to read. Ian was fun and unexpected, and I loved his reactions to Kirstin. They have a fun friendship with potential for more, but they are both playing it cool. Awesome romantic tension and even better when things get really interesting! This is one that's going on my "get-me-in-a-better-mood" list :)(I received a copy of the book from a giveaway; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    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 nar 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. #noshameOh! 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 & purchased my own copy too.)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Mikal Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This story was so FUN!! I ADORED it!!!!! I can usually take or leave novellas. They sometimes feel too rushed or incomplete. but not this one. It was full of romance, sass, smiles, laughs, and sugar ans spice. with a dash of smoky flavor.LOVED!!!
  • Iola
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! It is a novella, but longer than some although it's still a quick read.The only downside ... it didn't come with cupcakes. They sounded delicious.
  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    Short and Sweet!What a cute novella! Short, yes. But oh so fun. I smiled a lot and now? I need a cupcake!!
  • Courtney Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Put the words “cupcake” and “Jennifer Rodewald” together, associated with a novella, and you have my undying attention and interest. Throw in a sweet romance, some chocolate, and a quaint (favorite) small town setting, and you have a recipe for a novella that earns a place on my favorites list!The Cupcake Dilemma is an absolute treat from start to finish! Kirstin and Ian are positively likable and refreshingly awkward — especially when they are “together” on the page. I expected to like this sto Put the words “cupcake” and “Jennifer Rodewald” together, associated with a novella, and you have my undying attention and interest. Throw in a sweet romance, some chocolate, and a quaint (favorite) small town setting, and you have a recipe for a novella that earns a place on my favorites list!The Cupcake Dilemma is an absolute treat from start to finish! Kirstin and Ian are positively likable and refreshingly awkward — especially when they are “together” on the page. I expected to like this story, but I didn’t expect it to be so hilarious (I mean laugh-out-loud hilarious) in so many ways! Jennifer keeps surprising me with her versatility and voice.It’s not all hearts and chocolate, though, as the interaction between Kirstin and Ian reveals a deeper desire to find joy and friendship. That’s what I like most about the developing relationship between Kirstin and Ian — that it begins with a friendship and wonderfully, naturally grows into a sweet could-be-love rapport.If you’re looking for a light-hearted story with epically funny kitchen fails, look no further than this “sweet” novella from Jennifer. And, if you’re a fan of her Rock Creek stories thus far, you will be delighted by the brief appearance of beloved characters.Thank you to the author for providing the review copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    This little gem of a novella is so. Much. Fun. To start with, it’s narrated by the main character, Kirstin Hill, in the first person, and she is a very engaging narrator. You might as well be chatting with your best friend. Okay, so it’s a one way conversation, but trust me, you’ll be so invested in the unfolding story that you won’t even notice she’s doing all the talking!And then there’s Ian Connealy, who gives his cupcakes a run for their money in the ‘yum’ department. But he’s also down-to-e This little gem of a novella is so. Much. Fun. To start with, it’s narrated by the main character, Kirstin Hill, in the first person, and she is a very engaging narrator. You might as well be chatting with your best friend. Okay, so it’s a one way conversation, but trust me, you’ll be so invested in the unfolding story that you won’t even notice she’s doing all the talking!And then there’s Ian Connealy, who gives his cupcakes a run for their money in the ‘yum’ department. But he’s also down-to-earth and perfectly comfortable playing the goofball, both characteristics that endeared him to me straight away. How can a novella about a kitchen-fail girl and a goofball guy NOT be fun?It all begins when Kirstin is voluntold to bring cupcakes to the school’s Valentine Day dance. Ian could just bake them for her, like he would for any other order, but what if all she needs is some success in the kitchen to bolster her confidence? Enter the fun times! And yet, Jennifer Rodewald knows exactly when to draw in the reins to prevent the sugar and spice and all things humorous from being over-the-top. And she still manages to sneak in a few of the heartfelt moments that make her one of my favourite authors.In short, this novella is as yummy as those cupcakes I’m now craving!I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Marylin
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet StoryThis story was a joy to read. There were many times I found myself laughing out loud. I really felt sorry for Kristin and all her mishaps in the kitchen. I don't know if I've ever met anyone as bad as she is in the kitchen. I'd definitely be careful around her.I enjoyed how Jennifer Rodewald developed the relationship between Ian and Kristin it was sweet and endearing. The banter between the two was so cute. I also loved all the food and bakery descriptions. However, it did make me wa Sweet StoryThis story was a joy to read. There were many times I found myself laughing out loud. I really felt sorry for Kristin and all her mishaps in the kitchen. I don't know if I've ever met anyone as bad as she is in the kitchen. I'd definitely be careful around her.I enjoyed how Jennifer Rodewald developed the relationship between Ian and Kristin it was sweet and endearing. The banter between the two was so cute. I also loved all the food and bakery descriptions. However, it did make me want to go out and buy a lot of cupcakes and that might not be good. I feel I gained weight just by reading this book. If you want a light, fun, quirky, and all around a simply enjoyable book to read this is one you might want to pick up. I truly recommend this book. It will be a delicious addition to your book collection.
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  • Andrea Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this sweet romance. A man with dark hair and eyes (my favorite) who will cook for you- what's not to love!
  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    This story is SUPER adorable!! Like the sweetest cupcake with sprinkles of laughter on top. :) Review to come!
  • Janet Ferguson
    January 1, 1970
    This is adorable! I loved it!
  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    Such a cute Valentine’s Day Novella! It’ll have you grinning ear-to-ear the whole time you’re reading. A must read!
  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    This story is completely entertaining in every way! I laughed, I cried, I swooned! While this rom-com takes a look at small towns and relationships from an "outsider's" perspective, the awkwardness and kitchen disasters are oddly endearing. Readers will love the encouraging message of community, hope, and love.I received a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own. First Line Friday feature on Faithfully Bookish
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Cute novella.
  • Jaycee Weaver
    January 1, 1970
    A thoroughly perfect novellaThe recipe for any great novella is as follows: two lovable main characters, one conflict they must come together to solve, a heaping spoonful of wit, a generous sprinkle of humor, and a handful of small town charmers. Stir in a dash of drama, and season with tension. The Cupcake Dilemma may star an epic kitchen-fail queen, but this novella nails the recipe to perfection. I laughed, almost cried, and felt everything right along with our heroine. Perfect pace, characte A thoroughly perfect novellaThe recipe for any great novella is as follows: two lovable main characters, one conflict they must come together to solve, a heaping spoonful of wit, a generous sprinkle of humor, and a handful of small town charmers. Stir in a dash of drama, and season with tension. The Cupcake Dilemma may star an epic kitchen-fail queen, but this novella nails the recipe to perfection. I laughed, almost cried, and felt everything right along with our heroine. Perfect pace, character development, and adorable plot, with a whole town of enchanting characters (many we’ve loved before!). Kirsten and Ian are comical and quirky with sparks flying enough to burn down the kitchen!
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  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable, laugh-out-loud read.Longer review to come!
  • April
    January 1, 1970
    4+ StarsA humorous and delightful read!
  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    The Cupcake Dilemma is about 180 degrees different from the other books I've read by Jennifer Rodewald. That's not to say either this or the others are bad (they're not), but they are worlds apart in tone, theme, and voice.The Cupcake Dilemma is a delightfully short, light, fun read. The narrator's voice is perfect! The wit is contemporary, sharp, and smart. A sweet romance and pleasant distraction sure to brighten your mood.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Jennifer Rodewald has the fantastic ability to completely inhabit the subject of her novel, equally at home in a meaty role and in a light, sweet romance. This one had me smiling from the opening. The first person narrative provided lots of funny moments. Kristin was completely relatable, and the little twist involving a certain cupcake baker was a delight. The ideal Valentine's Day treat. ❤
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  • Tessaboo
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this funny, sweet, hilarious novella! It is narrated by Kirstin, our heroine, and told in first person. I loved her sense of humor, her hilarious kitchen mishaps that will have you laughing out loud, and her relationship with Ian. And speaking of Ian, what a great hero. Loved his goofiness, his patience with said kitchen mishaps, and his brother (would love his story some day! Jen? Maybe? Please?) And the ending - So. Good. I am not a rereader per say, but this is one story I wanted to s I loved this funny, sweet, hilarious novella! It is narrated by Kirstin, our heroine, and told in first person. I loved her sense of humor, her hilarious kitchen mishaps that will have you laughing out loud, and her relationship with Ian. And speaking of Ian, what a great hero. Loved his goofiness, his patience with said kitchen mishaps, and his brother (would love his story some day! Jen? Maybe? Please?) And the ending - So. Good. I am not a rereader per say, but this is one story I wanted to start over as soon as I finished it! I also loved catching up with Syd, Kale, and Joe from Ordinary Snowflakes (another awesome read by Jen) and now I will be searching out the other book set in this wonderful little town of Rock Creek - Reclaimed. Also, I do have a warning ⚠️for you, I don’t even like cupcakes but you will be craving them before this book is over! This is for sure gonna be a top 2018 read for me. 5 stars are not enough so I’m giving this one 6 stars!! And for .99 you cannot go wrong!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness! This story! It was an absolute delight! So much fun and so hilarious! I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud. What a riot! It definitely left a big smile on my face.Kirstin's likable and super relatable. The first person narration made it feel like I was listening to a close friend telling me her story. Her kitchen-fails... wow... too funny! And Ian! What a guy he is! He's kind and patient, a bit of a goofball, but quite swoonworthy. Pretty much the perfect guy.The Cu Oh my goodness! This story! It was an absolute delight! So much fun and so hilarious! I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud. What a riot! It definitely left a big smile on my face.Kirstin's likable and super relatable. The first person narration made it feel like I was listening to a close friend telling me her story. Her kitchen-fails... wow... too funny! And Ian! What a guy he is! He's kind and patient, a bit of a goofball, but quite swoonworthy. Pretty much the perfect guy.The Cupcake Dilemma is such an adorable and sweet novella that's full of heart. It was just the type of lighthearted read I needed at the time. I'm telling everyone I know to grab themselves a copy of this delightful book. It was SO good! I wish I could give it more than five stars.I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
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  • Bhriv
    January 1, 1970
    The Cupcake Dilemma, written by Jennifer Rodewald, is a fantastic read!I sat down and found myself sucked into this novella without wanting to leave my comfy chair...not to mention the crazy grin that spread across my face most of the time from the pages before me! I adore first person reads! They feel just a bit more personal...makes the reader feel like they're within the story. Kirstin...wish for a friend like her around the corner and Ian...Oh.My.Soul.And.Body! What a guy! Pretty sure I hope The Cupcake Dilemma, written by Jennifer Rodewald, is a fantastic read!I sat down and found myself sucked into this novella without wanting to leave my comfy chair...not to mention the crazy grin that spread across my face most of the time from the pages before me! I adore first person reads! They feel just a bit more personal...makes the reader feel like they're within the story. Kirstin...wish for a friend like her around the corner and Ian...Oh.My.Soul.And.Body! What a guy! Pretty sure I hope my daughter finds a guy like him! Funny, fun-loving, great cook, but can have a serious side, too. I'll stop there...Fun Valentine read but could be read at any time of the year to cheer any mood! Definitely, recommend this read for all!
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    The Cupcake Dilemma by Jennifer Rodewald is a super adorable story. I know I laughed out loud on several occasions. It's just one of those books that makes you feel good and puts you in a good mood! You can just see the scenes in your head playing out. The chemistry between Ian and Kirstin is so much fun. Each in their own goofy way makes you realize it's ok to just be yourself. I really can't say enough good things about this book. The only issue I have with it is it could have just kept going!
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  • Laura Van Nice
    January 1, 1970
    A Perfectly Sweet Valentine StoryWhat could be sweeter than cupcakes, love and laughter? This was an adorable novella about fitting in and learning to be comfortable with who you are. The characters were charming and the plot was light, but satisfying. The only drawback? It made me want one of Ian's cupcakes!
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  • Tammy Oberlin
    January 1, 1970
    Just released today and I finished! It is sweet (pun intended!), hilarious romance. There are great lead characters with quirky imperfections. This romance was fun and yet had layers to it with some depth. I love how they brought the best out in each other and had a solid friendship as a base first. Jennifer never disappoints and I highly recommend this... dare I say.... delicious book!
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  • Sherri
    January 1, 1970
    A book with a great story and a great sense of humor What a delightful book! I loved Ian and he cooks! And he has a wonderful sense of humor. My kinda man!! I can certainly relate to Kirsten and her non-cooking skills. I truly enjoyed this novella and will be reading the other Rock Creek stories.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    Best $0.99 I have spent in a long time!Best $0.99 I have spent in a long time! I loved everything about this story. It was hilarious and charming. I highly recommend getting this novella. This was the first book by this author that I have read and I will be eagerly consuming all of her other books asap!!!
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  • Donna Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn't put it downThis book was strange...but in a good way. I don't think I've ever read a book anything like this. The humor was non stop and very unexpected. In the beginning I thought it might get tiring but then I found I couldn't put it down. This was a really sweet, clean romance.
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  • Megan Besing
    January 1, 1970
    Total cutenessThis isn't quite like like the author's other books, but it doesn't change that this one is different and still wonderful. Plus novellas are great because you don't have to feel guilty you read it in one sitting. :) I liked the heroine's straight to the point tone. It's enjoyable at valentine's or any other time you need a happily ever after :)
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  • Geneva
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this fun book! Full of funny dialogue, quirky characters, witty banter, sweet romance, and a charming town. Would love to read more books set in this town. Perfect book for a Valentine's Day read (or any other day)!
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