Kieran Kramer’s Trouble When You Walked In is a fun, charming, and enjoyable read! Librarian Cissie Rogers would make a great reading buddy! Her constant references to classic literature at the start of the book were a nice and suitable treat. I particularly enjoyed her fondness for Mr. Darcy! Cissie is a fun and relatable character. Stuck dealing with small-town labels, but staying because there is truly no place like home, Cissie finds sanctuary in her town library, an institution heavily influenced by her ancestors. When the library is threatened with a closure (well, a merger), Cissie rises to the occasion to save it. To do so, she faces off with the town’s mayor, Boone Braddock. These two have a cute chemistry. Their dialogue is great and the two characters really balance each other out. Boone’s perspective is equally balanced with Cissie and is well-written. They both have strange family dynamics which add to the conflicts in the relationship. I also really enjoyed the eclectic cast of characters. Nana is a hoot, and there are a number of other interesting characters settled in the small town of Kettle Knob. Kramer does a good job of incorporating surprising twists, which are believable and really propel the plot forward. I liked the element of surprise they brought to the novel. Kramer not only gives us a fun read, but also delivers some emotionally complex moments. For a little while, I felt that the plot was a touch drawn out, but the closure for Boone at the end was very satisfying. There are a couple of loose ends at the end of the novel – will Laurie be getting a book? - but overall, a very entertaining read!
For years, the Rogerses have been preserving the town’s history and Cissie Rogers is pleased to maintain this role in her position as the town librarian. But Cissie is also waiting for her very own hero to walk through the doors of her library. According to the family’s legend, her true love is destined to come to the library and sweep her off her feet. Instead, she ends up in a face-off with the town’s mayor Boone Braddock when he sweeps in to coolly inform her that the Kettle Knob library will be closing. Outraged and determined to preserve this slice of history, Cissie is determined to stop him. Even if that means challenging Boone and running for mayor herself.
Boone is impressed by Cissie’s spirit, even if he thinks it would be best for the library to close and open in a new location. There’s history between the Braddocks and the Rogerses, but that only keeps the town’s tongues wagging even more. To make matters more complicated, Boone finds himself surprisingly charmed by the spirited librarian. Neither can resist the attraction brewing between them. But with their professional rivalry, can these two find their own happily ever after?
She's a woman of her word.
Cissie Rogers likes to do everything by the book. Literally. The town librarian in Kettle Knob, North Carolina, she's determined to preserve the future of literature--and the library's romantic legend--for her patrons. It's not easy when the mayor himself, Boone Braddock, wants to close the library down. There's only one way for Cissie to put a stop to him: By running for mayor herself!
Is he a player--or does he mean business?
Boone is Kettle Knob's favorite son, a champion athlete and stellar football coach with deep local roots. Cissie will need more than a savvy slogan and a pair of three-inch high heels to stand a chance at the polls. But what about the campaign that's underway in her own heart? What began as professional rivalry has transformed into a simmering attraction that neither contender can ignore. Could it be that the keeper of the town's card catalog and the legendary football hero are ready to team up…and write their own storybook romance?