This was a quick and very enjoyable read, a Christmas novella set in the cosy, snug surroundings of the Gingerbread Cafe. It’s the first in a series of three novellas about Lily and her cafe and is a great introduction to the characters and the town of Ashford, Connecticut. Lily is a lovely, hardworking young woman trying hard to make her little cafe succeed and forget that she is about to spend another Christmas on her own. When the gorgeous Damon opens a rival shop literally across the road, there is some not so friendly rivalry between the two but there is an obvious physical attraction between them as well!
I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Lily and CeeCee her right hand woman at the cafe. CeeCee reminded me of Mammy from Gone With The Wind – kind-hearted, no-nonsense and wise and determined to see Lily happy! Lily and Damon’s growing attraction was nicely built up, as they first circle round each other before forming a reluctant alliance – will it develop into something more and who is it that keeps calling Damon all the time?
Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe is a lovely, romantic, heartwarming read, perfect for a quick read as the dark nights are coming in.
Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe was published by Carina UK on 12th November 2013 and is currently only 99p for Kindle. If you want to treat yourself to this lovely read, you can order it here: Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe.
What the book’s about
Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café in Ashford, Connecticut 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!