One Plus One Equals Trouble

One Plus One Equals Trouble

The one room schoolhouse isn’t big enough to hold thirty-four students, let alone the egos of two teachers. He can’t afford to lose the position, and she refuses to lose her heart. Humiliated after her broken engagement, Claire Montgomery flees her comfortable life in San Francisco for a teaching position in Pine Creek, Washington, a dot of a town nestled in the rugged Cas...

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One Plus One Equals Trouble Reviews

  • Beth Erin

    This story is such a sweet, fun, and faith-filled romance! Attraction simmers just below the surface at all times yet what really gets my heart is the pet names, insert satisfied sigh! The author delivers an excellent portrayal of small-town politics and vivid depictions of western Washington's natural splendor. I especially enjoy the balancing act as the two main characters compete and cooperate while their relationship grows.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    This book was recommended to me by a friend and it was a great buy for my Kindle, so I thought, why not give it a chance? I am so very glad I did. The author, Sondra Kraak, is very talented. The characters are very well thought out, seem real, even. Her plot was great. There was not one bit of down time, no lag in the story. The pace was even until the end. I love finding an author who can make the reader actually feel the emotions the characters are feeling. Kraak does this very well. I love di

    This book was recommended to me by a friend and it was a great buy for my Kindle, so I thought, why not give it a chance? I am so very glad I did. The author, Sondra Kraak, is very talented. The characters are very well thought out, seem real, even. Her plot was great. There was not one bit of down time, no lag in the story. The pace was even until the end. I love finding an author who can make the reader actually feel the emotions the characters are feeling. Kraak does this very well. I love discovering new authors and now I'm off to read her next one! I look forward to all her work now.

  • Fiction Aficionado

    I’ve had this on my TBR for so long, and I’m so glad I finally got to pick it up. Barrett is one of my new favourite heroes, doing both swoony and flirty SOOOO well! If you like your historical romance with heart AND a little sass, this is the story for you! Barrett and Claire have both been hired for the same teaching position, both have reasons for digging their heels in, and both have completely different teaching styles. The board’s divided, the kids are divided, and there are a whole lot of

    I’ve had this on my TBR for so long, and I’m so glad I finally got to pick it up. Barrett is one of my new favourite heroes, doing both swoony and flirty SOOOO well! If you like your historical romance with heart AND a little sass, this is the story for you! Barrett and Claire have both been hired for the same teaching position, both have reasons for digging their heels in, and both have completely different teaching styles. The board’s divided, the kids are divided, and there are a whole lot of motives behind the scene that neither is aware of. But seriously, Barrett totally steals the stage in this book, in personality and in character. Love, love, LOVE!

  • Lynda Edwards

    I enjoy reading new authors, especially when they write historical Christian fiction. These new voices can be a mixed bag as far as quality goes, but a recently released novel by Sondra Kraak shines in terms of characterization, dialogue and the ability to craft a great story that engages the emotions.

    When two characters are set up in opposition from the first pages of a novel, there are sure to be fireworks. It can make for wonderful storytelling, but the author has to tread carefully to avoid

    I enjoy reading new authors, especially when they write historical Christian fiction. These new voices can be a mixed bag as far as quality goes, but a recently released novel by Sondra Kraak shines in terms of characterization, dialogue and the ability to craft a great story that engages the emotions.

    When two characters are set up in opposition from the first pages of a novel, there are sure to be fireworks. It can make for wonderful storytelling, but the author has to tread carefully to avoid clichés or something so outlandish that it surpasses the reader’s willingness to suspend disbelief. Kraak skillfully weaves her tale between these extremes and gives us realistic characters who struggle to let go of the past in order to embrace what God has for them in the future.

    I loved that our main characters have integrity. They are flawed human beings but earnestly desire to do what is right. Both Barrett and Claire experience temptation to do things the easy way or the way that ensures success by the world’s standards and they don’t always choose right in every situation. Sometimes they have to remedy their mistakes and make amends. It’s realistic in that way because all of us fall short, even when we fight hard to do the right thing.

    The spiritual component is strong in this novel and I appreciate how the author shows what can be an incredibly difficult struggle to release our own plans in favor of what God wants to do. Prayer and trust figure into much of the story, from careers to romantic relationships and really into every area of the characters’ lives, just as it should be for those of us reading the novel. And grace—the message of grace permeates this book and is demonstrated in such a profound way that I feel as if I now better understand how to deal with those who have wronged me because of how God has forgiven my sin. I love it when fiction sheds light on my faith and makes me look at it in a deeper way!

    There is also a lot of humor in this book, much of it interior as we get to see what Barrett is thinking, even when he is wise enough not to share those thoughts aloud. No, comparing women to cows or boots is never a good idea! Some other funny moments come from the clash of Claire’s city upbringing and sense of propriety with the open closeness and shared struggles of small town life.

    My favorite part of this book is the unrushed ending. Too often I feel as if we hit the climax and then it’s an epilogue and the book is over—we spend so much time with the characters as they fight to come together, then we are left with “and they lived happily ever after. The end.” No! I want more! I got that in this book and I savored probably the last quarter of the novel as the author wound up loose ends to give a wholly satisfying and enjoyable end to her tale.

    I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romance with a prairie feel. This novel isn’t merely a “clean” read; it surpasses that descriptor and firmly places itself within a Christian worldview, but without an unrealistic rose tint that might make the novel unbelievable. I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to reading more of Sondra Kraak’s work.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Oh my goodness! This book has been recommended to me so many times recently and I TOTALLY SEE WHY!! The chemistry, the flirting, the KISSES… the intense pursuing!!! Be still my KissingBook-loving heart! One Plus One Equals Trouble by Sondra Kraak is going in my faves category

    Claire and Barrett immediately have a push-pull attraction to each other and they’re about as alike as oil and water. Their personalities, their teaching styles, their approaches to life. Pretty much polar opposites. But you

    Oh my goodness! This book has been recommended to me so many times recently and I TOTALLY SEE WHY!! The chemistry, the flirting, the KISSES… the intense pursuing!!! Be still my KissingBook-loving heart! One Plus One Equals Trouble by Sondra Kraak is going in my faves category

    Claire and Barrett immediately have a push-pull attraction to each other and they’re about as alike as oil and water. Their personalities, their teaching styles, their approaches to life. Pretty much polar opposites. But you know what they say … opposites do attract. And attraction sparkles and sizzles between this pair throughout the book. At a certain point, it shifts in intensity, and when it does? Whew.

    Besides all the kissing and sizzling, one of my favorite aspects of One Plus One Equals Trouble is the message that’s woven naturally between the threads of the story. “Life’s not a performance. Remember that. You’ve got nothing to prove.” How freeing this truth is! And yet so difficult to remember sometimes. Especially for those of us who can identify with Claire. I could also identify with Barrett & the struggle between holding on to his long-held dream and surrendering to what God might be up to instead.

    There’s another theme tucked into these pages – forgiveness & faithfulness. And the man who offers both to Claire along with his heart. The poignancy of these scenes, of these promises, touched me and painted such a beautiful picture of Jesus for me.

    Sondra Kraak’s delightful debut novel One Plus One Equals Trouble is the kind of math I can do. One flirty smoldering hero. One uptight but sincere heroine. A whole lot of fantastic electricity between the two. A bit of humor. And nudges of faith that will wrap you up in a quilt of truth. The result? A new favorite book, series, and author for me! If you enjoy reading Melissa Jagears, Regina Jennings, and/or Karen Witemeyer, you will really enjoy this book as well.

    (I bought this book a while and am just now finding time to read it. Argh. As always, though, this is only my honest review.)

    Read my full review at

  • Rebecca

    Claire Montgomery arrives in Pine Creek, Washington determined to leave embarrassment behind and prove her worth as a teacher in the town's small schoolroom. Imagine her utter astonishment when she learns that due to the school board's mismanagement of applicants, she will be sharing that very tight space with another newly hired instructor; one that is tall, homegrown, infuriately handsome and amazingly talented. Caught in a competition of wills and expectations, Claire and Barrett Clarke quick

    Claire Montgomery arrives in Pine Creek, Washington determined to leave embarrassment behind and prove her worth as a teacher in the town's small schoolroom. Imagine her utter astonishment when she learns that due to the school board's mismanagement of applicants, she will be sharing that very tight space with another newly hired instructor; one that is tall, homegrown, infuriately handsome and amazingly talented. Caught in a competition of wills and expectations, Claire and Barrett Clarke quickly assess each other's strengths and weaknesses, leaving the entire town to wonder just who will earn the title. Unfortunately for Claire, there are those working behind the scenes in Barrett's favor, but is gaining this coveted position really worth what Barrett will ultimately lose?

    Fun, flirty and fascinating, this story took off with the pace of a small town sack race, only to morph mid-way through into an inspirational heavyweight, captivating in its intensity and brilliant with implications. Claire and Barrett both discover things about themselves, their pasts, and God's power of redemption that leave them both trembling with remorse and joyous anticipation.

    Sondra Kraak has penned an impressive debut!

  • Sarah Ruut

    One position. Two teachers. Each has solid reasons for needing to win, but ultimately, what is truly at stake?

    One Plus One Equals Trouble pits two likable characters against each other. Claire struggles with past failures — a struggle with which many can relate. Barrett has his heart set on his dreams, but sometimes when we focus so intently, we miss greater things along the way.

    Despite their differences, or perhaps because of them, Claire and Barrett find themselves in some comical situations,

    One position. Two teachers. Each has solid reasons for needing to win, but ultimately, what is truly at stake?

    One Plus One Equals Trouble pits two likable characters against each other. Claire struggles with past failures — a struggle with which many can relate. Barrett has his heart set on his dreams, but sometimes when we focus so intently, we miss greater things along the way.

    Despite their differences, or perhaps because of them, Claire and Barrett find themselves in some comical situations, and their banter is delightful. I particularly enjoyed their vocabulary challenges!

    The story is not all comedy, though. Subtle messages of truth will likely linger in your mind after reading One Plus One Equals Trouble. There is no soapbox, but instead a simple truth woven through the pages.

    One Plus One Equals Trouble is the first in a series, and I look forward to reading the rest of the stories as well. Sweet debut!

    (This review was first published on my blog --

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  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation

    3.5

    This was really cute!

    When Claire's fiancé up and falls in love with her twin sister, she can't get out of town fast enough. Leaving her affluent life in San Francisco and taking a teaching position in the wilds of Washington is just the adventure and escape she needs to restart her life. She's stunned when she realizes the job she thought was a sure thing has been given to someone else. Not willing to give up, she agrees to co-teach with the handsome and aggravating Barrett Clarke and let the

    3.5

    This was really cute!

    When Claire's fiancé up and falls in love with her twin sister, she can't get out of town fast enough. Leaving her affluent life in San Francisco and taking a teaching position in the wilds of Washington is just the adventure and escape she needs to restart her life. She's stunned when she realizes the job she thought was a sure thing has been given to someone else. Not willing to give up, she agrees to co-teach with the handsome and aggravating Barrett Clarke and let the school board decide who's the better fit.

    I thought this was a fun story with a fun plot. I liked the setting and idea of Barrett and Claire in this competition at who's the better teacher. Barrett was really likable, fun and charming. He has a gift for teaching and loves the students. I'm still not sure why he wanted to be a rancher more than a teacher, but to each their own. I liked Claire, but was hoping to see her lighten up a bit more. She's very uptight and strict in the classroom, she works hard and wants this job more than anything. I admired her work ethic, but felt it was a little off that Barrett came across as the stronger teacher

    I would have liked to have spent more time out of the classroom. They have a sweet romance though and I liked that it grew from friendship.

    It was a little wordy in parts, but overall I thought it was well written and a fun escape. I'll definitely be looking for more from this author, there are a couple supporting characters that need their own books! Would recommend to fans of Karen Witemeyer Caroline Fyffe or Margaret Brownley.

    Content:

    Romance- Clean

    Language- None

    Violence- None

    Religious- Pretty mild

    Source- Amazon Kindle Unlimited

  • Andrea

    Claire and Barrett are competing for the same teaching job. But they are also building a fragile friendship.

    Each hiding parts of their pasts, they work hard at gaining trust. The school board and even the students pick sides, pitting Claire and Barrett against each other in nearly every aspect of their job.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story held my interest from beginning to end.

    I loved how Barrett calls Claire "Juniper" it's very sweet.

    I liked that both Claire and

    Claire and Barrett are competing for the same teaching job. But they are also building a fragile friendship.

    Each hiding parts of their pasts, they work hard at gaining trust. The school board and even the students pick sides, pitting Claire and Barrett against each other in nearly every aspect of their job.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story held my interest from beginning to end.

    I loved how Barrett calls Claire "Juniper" it's very sweet.

    I liked that both Claire and Barrett gained the trust of the other. Trust based on respect. Of course, I loved seeing a deeper relationship build between them.

  • R.J. Rodda

    3.5 stars

    An enjoyable light Christian romance read. The hero is a lot of fun with his teasing ways but still a man of honour. Both main characters go on a spiritual journey that leads them closer to God. The ending is passionate and romantic but clean.

    The main quibble I have with this is that although it is meant to be historical the values and teaching styles often seemed far more contemporary.

    Otherwise worth a read.

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