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- Publisher: HQ Digital; 1 edition (15 October 2014)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NC1SPD8
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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Christmas Wedding At The Gingerbread Café (The Gingerbread Café, Book 3) (The Gingerbread Cafe) Kindle Edition
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Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in various short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. The only downfall about writing about gorgeous men who have brains as well as brawn, is falling in love with them – just as well they’re fictional. 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, once in a lifetime love.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I had a smile on my face when I read of Guillaume’s soft spot for CeeCee and she doesn’t even realise it or maybe she does and pretends not to know!
My mouth also waters when Lil describes the croquembouche that CeeCee wants to make which is different to the usual one.
The connection between Damon and Lil is amazing but I felt Lil’s dread when she first met Damon’s parents, especially as it was unexpected and how Lil was dressed.
It is obvious what Olivia is up to but that is not the way to get what you want.
The worse thing in any brides wedding is when others start taking over and change what she wanted for her wedding. Will Lil survive all the changes happening around her, only time will tell.
I couldn’t help but smile when I found out how Lil’s makeup became a mess and what happened to poor Damon.
A wedding and a baby happening at the same time…which will come first!!
It was great to catch up and find out what happened to Sarah and Ridge from ‘The Bookshop on the Corner’ novella.
The minute Lil covers here mouth and rushes off to the bathroom I knew straight away what was wrong…or maybe I thought I did…you really need to read this novella to find out.
The more I read about Olivia the more I did not like her, the problem was something kept niggling me and I could not work out what it was and why maybe I should not pass judgement so quickly.
I felt the excitement when Lil tries on her wedding dress; Rebecca Raisin actually used the write words to help me see how beautiful Lil looked.
At last Olivia’s true colours are known and now I understand no matter what people say sometimes your past does impact on your future.
As I get towards the end of this fantastic Novella and read Damon’s Wedding Vows to Lil I had tear’s running down my cheeks and could tell it was from his heart.
The way Rebecca Raisin ended this Novella was amazing combining all the previous characters to give you a glimpse of their lives.
Well done Rebecca and congratulations on winning ‘Romantic Novella of the year 2014.
There are plenty of surprises along the way, particularly as the perfectly planned wedding seems to fall apart in the final week of preparations. Mothers and mothers in law; cousins who seem only capable of causing trouble; and life going on around them that isn't always sweetness and light.
This whole series left me with a terrible craving for gingerbread...and more books, which I'm hoping will be released soon.
Christmas wedding takes us to a year after Lil and Damon first got together. They met the Christmas before when Damon moved to Ashford to open his shop, which sold a lot of similar items to Lil's Gingerbread Cafe across the road. After Lil initially decided to start a war on Damon, she found herself unable to keep it up when his charm took over. That was a year ago, and after some ups and downs they are now awaiting their very own fairytale Christmas wedding.
This last chapter in their beautiful story, starts 10 days before their wedding and follows all the excitement leading up to it.
From a wedding cake fiasco to a nearly chopped wedding dress. Anything that could potentially go wrong, seems to want to have a try. Yet it doesn't seem to stop Lil and Damon from getting to the most exciting, and dream like day they have both been waiting for.
In this part, we get to meet both sets of parents. From Lil's bustling, bundle of energy, mom, and her jolly Dad who can't keep away from all the delectable treats the cafe offers. To Damon's parents, George who seems to nod off at every point and the regal Olivia, who seems to be the only one in Ashford, not as enthusiastic about the wedding.
The bubbly, fun and hilarious CeeCee is back again as Lil's right hand woman, yet this time Cee has her own sad news to deal with, making for some ultra sad moments, among all the sweet ones.
Again, like all the books in this series, my senses were on unbelievable overload. I really didn't think my growling tummy could take any more images of gorgeous food. I was ready to try nibbling on my iPad case, it was getting that extreme. From delicious and totally unique wedding cakes, to the little sweet treats that seem to flow from every available surface in the cafe. I'm not sure how on earth author Rebecca Raisin seems to do it, making the food that she is writing about, so delicious and desirable. Just through words! In every, single, book. She really should be writing menus as well. ;)
I'm also feeling like I want it to be Christmas already, yes, I'm actually saying that in October. That's just how magical the words are in this book. From all the picturesque fluffy snow and traditional decorations all over the cafe, to the people of Ashford getting together, to meet up at their church to sing carols. It's all so inviting and I wish I lived in Ashford! :)
The wedding itself is absolutely dreamy. The detail in the wedding dress, and everything that goes in to what makes it so beautiful is perfection. Lil and Damon are such a sweet couple and their day, even after the ups and downs is incredible. Like every little girls dream.
Now this story wouldn't be complete, with out some part of it wanting to make you cry. Well, I pretty much sniffed and welled up through all of the 2nd half of the book. By the end the tears were free fall. I never normally cry at such sweet books, I actually try not to cry at books full stop. But, I just couldn't stop, at all!! It was ridiculous just how much crying was going on. I'm not going to throw spoilers in to this book, but there is one big scene, everyone will know which it is. Where, I couldn't actually read the words. It was just that sad, but in a really good way!!
So after all the tears and sighing, plus the extremely hungry tummy. I actually feel really sad to leave Ashford and all the colourful and amazing characters that live there. I truly loved this series and this final book was perfection.
An overwhelmingly big 5 stars, covered in all manner of yummy, icky ingredients!!
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Reading Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café has been like coming home, to my favourite village of Ashford. If I wasn't me and lived in my *real* life, this is where I would like to live, obviously on the understanding of there being an available hunk! Ashford community has it all, old, young, cackling people, quiet people but each has the heart full of warmth and compassion when needed.
This book is planned as a 10 day countdown to the two main characters, Lil and Damon's forth coming wedding on Christmas Eve. I say two main characters but lets not forget CeeCee, the larger than life, best friend that anybody could ever wish for. Friends from the previous books, Missy and Sarah also play a big part. Not forgetting, Charlie, Damon's darling 7 years old daughter who gets to come home to spend Christmas at Ashford.
This is pure escapism, no back stabbing and jealously of others happiness, apart from shall we say a little misunderstanding from the future mother-in-law, Olivia, which gets sorted out, when honestly prevails shockingly from Olivia. It contains happiness and heartache which Rebecca manages to write in such detail and depth that you are transported there, sitting among what is going on. It contains laughter and tears but love manages to override everything in the end. As it is based in Lil's Gingerbread Café, there is so much scrumptious food and deeply delicious hot drinks to be had in front of an open fire, don't read without having your own supplies at the ready!
I'm so going to miss Ashford and i have no problem in giving this book 5 stars if what you are looking for is a good dollop of snow and Christmas cheer.
This book could be read as a stand alone book but why miss out on the previous books where you get to know all the characters in so much more depth. Each of Lil's girlfriends have such good stories of their own but with Lil and CeeCee in the centre of things.
Cee ace, the story would not be the same without her. She then had a bit of heart break!
As for Olivia, her behaviour etc, then you felt sorry for her! Won't give the story away.
I was looking forward to reading this story and was not disappointed with it.
Wonderful author and hope she writes many more stories.
Worth recommending. But read them in order.
No wedding ever runs smoothly, but holding the wedding on Christmas Eve can only ever mean double the work and double the panic to get everything ready in time.
The way Rebecca writes about the characters, you feel them deep inside and it is like you are living in that area and are part of the community. It gives you a warm glowing feeling and you are feeling what these characters are feeling. It is written beautifully and full of love. The characters come to live as the story unfolds before you.
I loved it and will visit the little village of Ashford again and again. Just make sure you have some tissues to hand.