A Gingerbread Café Christmas: Christmas at the Gingerbread Café / Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe / Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café Kindle Edition
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About the Author
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.
- File size : 2720 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Publisher : HQ Digital; 1st edition (10 April 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00VKH2MHG
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 318,947 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Gingerbread Café is a special place, especially at Christmas. At the heart of the community the café is a delightful haven, warm and welcoming with owner Lily and employee CeeCee full of the Christmas spirit. Lily is recovering from the breakdown of her marriage and CeeCee is determined to matchmake. When handsome, mysterious Damon opens up a shop across the road, CeeCee encourages Lily to make a move for him, but before long it becomes apparent that Damon's business is in direct competition with the Gingerbread Café...
The relationship between Lily and CeeCee is one of the key features of Christmas at the Gingerbread Café, and their friendship is heart-warming and reassuring. CeeCee is like a mother hen, desperate for Lily to find love and she was my favourite character, coming across as larger than life. The combination of her and feisty Lily is fabulous!
I also loved how the café was portrayed as a cosy, snug place, somewhere full of warmth and festive shimmer. I wish that I had a café like this near me-I'd certainly be a regular customer.
Christmas at the Gingerbread Café is a lovely, cheery festive read, a good old fashioned feel-good romance to warm the cockles of your heart. This is one of my favourite Christmas reads of the year.
Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café is the sequel I longed for. Infact, I begged Rebecca to write more about Lil, Damon and CeeCee. They were more than characters in a book, they became friends- I cared enough about them to want to know what happened next in their lives, wishing them all the happy ending they deserved. So when Rebecca tweeted me to say she had written a sequel partly because of my encouragement (or nagging, depending on how you look at it) I was absolutely thrilled. I also started hyperventilating when I saw that my review of Christmas at the Gingerbread Café was at the start of the book! This is the first time one of my reviews has ever made it into print, so on a personal level I was over the moon.
The Gingerbread Café is the same cosy, welcoming place as it was in the first book, and the tempting treats now include more chocolatey goodness...mmmmmm. One of the reasons I loved this so much is that there is a huge sense of community spirit, and as Lil, Damon and CeeCee face challenges the love and respect they have for each other is obvious. It's heart warming. It renews my faith in humanity, even if it is 'just fiction'. It's happy and cheerful and uplifting, and most of all it is written in Rebecca Raisin's charming style.
I don't want to give too much away, but the difficulties faced within this book are ones that unfortunately many people go through, and that is why I love these books so much. They are sweet reads, but don't shy away from issues, in much the same way as Lorraine Wilson's Chalet Girl books. They show how life moves on and that as humans we are resilient and strong. I felt inspired as I read this book, particularly by CeeCee's actions.
I absolutely loved this novella, and am very pleased to learn there is going to be a third instalment later in the year so I can catch up with my old friends Lily, Damon and CeeCee. I hope that the Gingerbread Café will be going from strength to strength then...and Rebecca Raisin's writing career too. She deserves it.
I'm feeling a teensy bit sad writing this, knowing it's the last in the Gingerbread Café series. Lil, Damon and CeeCee are like old friends to me, the kind you don't see regularly but when you do get together it's like time and distance are immaterial. Basically, these characters took me on a journey (I know that sounds a bit X-Factor, but still...). Without giving away too much to anyone who hasn't read the previous two books (where have you been? Get yourself copies NOW!), there has been heartache, upheaval and a few tears shed on the road to this wedding. But now it's time for happiness to reign and for Lily to plan her perfect winter wedding.
Author Rebecca Raisin
Of course, there is a spanner in the works, and this particular spanner is her future Mother-in -Law, who whizzes into town determined to not only take over, but in Lily's eyes ruin the whole day. There was one moment (it involved floral table arrangements and was the absolute final straw!) where I literally threw my kindle down in rage. This is my Lily, she doesn't need this! Appreciate her, you vile old bag! Your son is lucky to have her! were my thoughts.
Although I remained sure the ceremony would happen, I did have a few doubts about whether it would go smoothly and all I could think was that Lily has been through enough! And when the ceremony passed, with a tender moment to remind everyone of the true meaning of love and friendship, I had a tear in my eye and a lump in my throat. Totally beautiful.
Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café is a story of family- not just those you are born into, but those you make for yourself. It is the perfect Christmas read, not just because it reminds you to value those you love, but because it is sweet, funny and most of all festive. And on a personal level, it reminded me of my own Christmas Wedding in 2005.
Although this is the end of the Gingerbread Café series (sob!) there is more to come from Rebecca Raisin, and I'm hoping on cameos from all the characters in further books. And I'm desperate for a book about a young CeeCee-I need to know just how she got so wise, and I'd love to see how her personality has evolved. She's so caring and fun loving, I'm sure she could have had her fair share of romances in her youth.
So my final words are to BUY THIS BOOK. I was trying desperately to think of a comparison for people who haven't read Rebecca's work yet, and I've come up with one- she's a modern Maeve Binchy. If you love books about community life with true-to-life characters in true-to-life situations, delivered with gentle humour and heartfelt emotion, these are for you.
Lil is having a hard time made even harder by a particular male under the name of Damon. Setting up in competition had me laughing at times, was wondering just how far things would go with the battle of wills between them both. Three books all contained in one which I thought was great as you follow the characters throughout their way. If you like a true happy ending read with lots of foodie treats thrown in this is a read for you, one thing I will say is that it did make me feel hungry whilst reading it.
I loved all of the characters in this read as they were all made so real and like able, and the cafe is one that I wished we had near to us.