Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Book Review - Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin

Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe (A Gingerbread Cafe story #1)
Christmas at the Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin
Published: 12th November 2013
Publisher: Carina UK
Pages: 64
Available on Kindle
Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!
I was kindly sent this and the following Gingerbread Café stories from Rebecca in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited to read them as the covers of all three books are just beautiful and just make you want to dive straight in.
In Christmas at the Gingerbread Café we meet Lil who owns the café, CeeCee  her employee and friend and Damon the handsome newcomer to Ashford.
Lil is still suffering from heartbreak after her husband Joel left her two years ago and is struggling to get into the Christmas spirit, which the café was made to embrace. Along comes Damon with his super sexy bum and opens a shop across the road, initially selling small goods items but it turns out he has similar items to the Café. So Lil and CeeCee begin scheming against Damon to get their customers back.  CeeCee begins to see a little spark between Lil and Damon and gently pushes them together, will the Christmas spirit finally find its way back into Lil's heart?
I really enjoyed reading this novella, the descriptions of the food that Lil and CeeCee baked were delicious and made me very hungry...gingerbread coffee, butterscotch pie...yes please!! My favourite character was CeeCee, I just imagined her always with a huge mixing bowl and wooden spoon and a great big smile on her face, I also loved that she was a little sneaky they way she put ideas into Lil's head.
Overall this is a lovely little Christmas read, which makes me wish I had my own Gingerbread Café to visit as I'm sure I'd be a regular. It did leave me wanting more from the characters as I wanted to get to know them more, so I'm glad I have book two and three to read straight after.
Rating 5/5

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