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!
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Lily is in her late twenties and the owner of the local Gingerbread cafe in Ashford, Connecticut. The cafe is her everything and has been very successful in town…Until he comes along. Damon Guthrie opens up his new small good store across the street from Lily and didn’t imagine the cold welcome he’d receive from his feisty competitor. From the moment this gorgeous, brown eyed, sandy blond man walks across the street and exudes nothing but charm, Lily is determined to knock that sexy grin right off of his face and take her customers back. What starts off as a bit of healthy competition between rivalling businesses morphs into a sweet and endearing bond that forms between two very lonely individuals. Two individuals who have had their hearts broken.
While Christmas At the Gingerbread Cafe is Novella , the author provides the perfect amount of detail within the story to allow you to connect to the characters and get a good grasp on the setting, all amidst a stunning white Christmas backdrop. I adored Lily, she is an incredibly feisty and determined heroine. There are moments however, within the story that her resolve crumbles and her fears of being alone and remaining unloved pervade her mind. Lily is left pondering and yearning for love after her ex-husband breaks her heart, but she is content with the notion that she will spend yet another year alone. I loved that the author was able to highlight some very realistic vulnerabilities within her as well as highlighting her strengths.
While the story is written from Lily’s perspective, you cannot help but fall in love with Damon. His cocky charms contrast perfectly to the sensitive and compassionate side he displays while competing for business with Lily. He is also quite swoon worthy at times and the chemistry between the two is beautifully written and develops slowly.
This is a short and incredibly sweet Novella that explores a very endearing and unexpected romance. It is definitely one that will make you laugh and warm your heart, and one that can be happily devoured in one sitting.
4.5 Shiny Stars
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Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.
Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.