Sunday, 30 November 2014

Christmas Wedding At The Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin

Book Description:

Snow is falling thick and fast outside The Gingerbread Cafe and inside, its owner Lily is planning the wedding of the year. Her wedding! She never dreamt it would happen, but this Christmas, she'll be marrying the man of her dreams - in a Christmas-card perfect ceremony!

The gingerbread is baking, the dress is fitted and the mistletoe's in place - for once, everything's going to plan. That is until her mother-in-law arrives... Suddenly, Lily's famous cool is being tested like never before and her dream wedding is crumbling before her eyes.

In the blink of a fairylight, The Gingerbread Cafe has been thrown into chaos! Lily thought she has this wedding wrapped up, but with so much to do before she says 'I do', can Lily get to the church on time - and make this Christmas sparkle after all? 

MY BOOK REVIEW:

We are back with the residents of Ashford following Lil and Damon in the run up to their Christmas Eve wedding. I loved catching up with everyone with the familiar faces of Cee Cee, Sarah, Missy and Charlie. 

Lil and Cee Cee are up to their oxters at The Gingerbread Cafe with all the wedding goods to make on top of all the usual Christmas goodies. It is all going to plan until the arrival of Damon's parents. His father, George is sweet, an older version of Damon and Lil instantly feels comfortable with him. Damon's mother is another matter! She can certainly put on a smile and be all sweetness and light  but there are one too many cuff remarks that are below the belt for Lil's liking. Suddenly Damon and Lil's relationship is tested.

I was sorry that this is the last in the series but Rebecca has ended the series on a high. The story was fun and very moving. 

The Bookshop On The Corner by Rebecca Raisin


Dear Reader,
Another instalment from The Gingerbread cafe series by Rebecca Raisin. This is to be read as book 3. 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.
Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop… Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too! From the brilliant author of The Gingerbread Café trilogy don’t miss this linked novella to get a sneak-peek at how Damon and Lil are getting on before the next book in the series – Coming October 2014!

MY REVIEW:
This novella focuses on Sarah, a local bookshop owner in Ashford, who we met in Chocolate Dreams as one of Lil's close friends. I think this may be my favourite, the darling little bookshop setting and Sarah being such a bookworm was something I could totally relate to! 
After watching Lil and Damon’s budding romance, Sarah dreams of a man of her own like those from one of her romance novels (aren’t we all?!). When Ridge, a reporter strolls in to her shop, he seems to good to be true. He is charming, funny but most important very handsome and he is there on the pretence of wanting to interview Sarah, but appears to be very keen on wanting to get to know her better.

I love Rebecca’s style of writing. Everything is just so vivid, she draws you in to the village of Ashford and you feel a part of it. Her stores are warm and welcoming that she makes you feel right at home. 
This book in particular is a must-read for every book lover!

Enjoy!

Kind regards,
Ailish 


Friday, 28 November 2014

Chocolate Dreams At The Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin

Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe


BOOK DESCRIPTION:


The Gingerbread Café is all a buzz! This Easter, Lily and the rest of the town of Ashford, Connecticut are planning a truly decadent Chocolate Festival. Cooking up a storm, CeeCee and Lily are not just baking a batch of their sinfully delicious chocolate-dipped gingerbread men, but an excess of chocolate truffles, squidgy, cinnamony hot cross buns and melt in your mouth chocolate eggs. The Gingerbread Café staff have definitely enjoyed the tasting process!
Add in Damon’s cute-as-a-button seven year old daughter, Charlie, up for a visit and Lily’s perfect Easter may just be around the corner. Until her ex-husband Joel turns up demanding twenty thousand dollars… Suddenly the future of the Gingerbread Café is not so clear…and Lily finds herself eating far more of The Gingerbread Café’s treats than her skinny jeans allow…
Can Lily concoct a brilliant plan to save her beloved café, convince Damon she has no feelings for Joel and still throw a Chocolate Festival the town will be talking about for years? There’s only one way to find out…
Welcome back to the warmth, cupcakes and hot chocolate of The Gingerbread Café – your home away from home.

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MY REVIEW:

This is the second irresistible book from The Gingerbread Café series. You can read my review for book one - Christmas At The Gingerbread Café on my blog.

Lil and Damon are now living together, and they are so perfect together. Damon’s seven year old daughter Charlie, a sweetheart, is in Ashford too, and its wonderful to see the relationship between them as a family, and to see Charlie interact with all the familiar faces.
The characters again are very well developed, the relationships are so warm and familiar. The tempting scents of chocolate and ginger seem to waft off the pages  as you read (I recommend that you have some chocolate near-by as you read because you will most definitely be craving it, drooling even!)
I was worried for Lil when her ex-husband Joel arrives to Ashford demanding money. He is a nasty piece of work, and I was desperate for him to get his comeuppance and leave Lil alone. 
 
You can’t ask for more from a novella than what Rebecca supplies with each of her books. A colourful cast of characters that feel like they are your own family and friends. An absolute joy to read.

 I cannot praise this series enough. Right lets get on to book three - The Bookshop On The Corner


Till then - enjoy!

Kind regards,
Ailish

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Christmas At The Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin






Dear Reader,


Love this time of year when you get to read Christmas themed books! Thanks to twitter came across The Gingerbread Café Series by Rebecca Raisin. If you are looking for something rosemantic this season read on




Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina
Published: 12th November 2013




 BOOK DESCRIPTION:
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!

MY REVIEW:

I started this book as soon as I downloaded it onto my Kindle device, and curled up on the couch to read with a cup of hot chocolate! I didn’t put the device down until I completed it two hours later. I should mention, that this book is a novella, which is why I completed it so quickly. Ideal for anyone who is busy and finding it hard to schedule time to read and this is the perfect book to get into the festive spirit.
I was immediately hooked. There is a scene with Lil (who is one of the main characters) who has her hand stuffed up a turkey, bawling her eyes out listening to Christmas Carols which had me laughing out loud (luckily I was at home at the time!).
Lil  is the owner of The Gingerbread Cafe and is struggling with the break-up of her marriage. She is a lovely character, very kind but has a feisty side that keeps her interesting.
To jazz things up, there is new competition just across the street. A rival company has just opened and threatens to ruin her business. I should maybe mention that the owner of the establishment is the drop dead gorgeous Damon. The perfect candidate for a book boyfriend! 
For a shorter story I was pleasantly surprised, great plot, strong character development, and full of drama. This book left me wanting more and immediately started on book 2: Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café, stay tuned for a review of that book too.

Enjoy,

Till next time

Kind regards,
Ailish