Perfect for snuggling up with on a wintry Sunday afternoon…
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 a late discoverer of Rebecca Raisin’s books, and now I’ve read them, I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on them for so long!
Lil is feeling pretty down and out in the run-up to Christmas, and when a handsome new-comer, Damon, seems to be stealing her business, she refuses to stand for it.
Christmas at the Gingerbread Café is a beautifully warm and cosy read that transports you right to the heart of Ashford. It is full to the brim of wonderfully vibrant characters, who quickly feel like they are your own close friends. I adored Lil, and couldn’t help but feel protective of her. She’s so lovely and endearing, I was rooting for everything to turn out well for her from the get-go.
As for Damon, well, now, there’s one lovely hunk o’ man right there. Excuse me while I just daydream for a moment…
I also particularly adored CeeCee, Lil’s best-friend-come-mother-figure colleague at the Gingerbread Café, who’s straight-talking, Southern ways and huge heart make her a delight to get to know.
Be warned – you will have a sensory overload from the incredible descriptions of the Gingerbread Café. Rebecca created such a perfect vision where I could have sworn I could see, hear and taste everything in there. You’ll definitely be left with a craving for Gingerbread (and-if you’re anything like me-for Damon, too!)
It’s a deliciously festive read, perfect for snuggling up with on a wintry Sunday afternoon, that you’ll just have to finish in one sitting. An easy 5 penguins from me!