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!
Finalist for the RWA Ella Award 2014
Praise for Rebecca Raisin
‘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.’ - Books with Bunny
‘...the perfect read to get you in the mood for Christmas and my mouth was watering after reading about all of the delicious-sounding baking. If you are looking for a Christmassy romance then don’t look any further than Rebecca Raisin’s brilliant debut.’ - Bookbabblers
‘Raisin not only excels in creating a festive mood — the tone of family and friends coming together is sweet — but also portrays a lovely winter wonderland setting, where things are covered in snow...It’s definitely an uplifting read.’ - Sam Still Reading
‘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.’ - Louisa’s Reviews
‘If you love Christmas, romance and HEA then you will love this sweet novella.This one gets an A.!’ - Clue Review
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Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe was a very cute novella that I requested and received through Netgalley. Almost the entire story is told between two shop fronts, set across Main Street from each other, in the small town of Ashford, Connecticut. It is the story of Lily and Damon, two equally stubborn souls, who with a little bit of luck and a hefty dose of Christmas Spirit, may just end up having all their Christmas Wishes come true. Lily has been quietly whiling away the time, waiting for her ex-husband to realize the mistake he made in leaving her and their marriage to chase after another woman and a get rich quick scheme. She has put all over her time and energy in to making her unique ginger inspired bakery and small catering company. Lily knows deep in her heart that if she can continues her success, her husband will eventually figure out where he belongs. Needless to say that she is horrified when another food shop opens right across from hers and starts siphoning away her clientele. Damon has moved back to Ashford and brought his successful business with him. He is recently divorced and wants the stability and peace of a small town for his daughter. But as a single man in a small community, and one with deep family connections to the area, he immediately gets off to the wrong foot with Lily. The back and forth bickering and bantering was fun to watch as they each tried to one up the other. Ms. Raisin did a really good job of telling this story. Both these characters were mature and experienced with love and loss and the author stayed true to them. Each was a little more cautious about their heart, and there was very little of the emotional game playing this is often found in immature characters and story lines. I was looking for a meaningful story about second chances at love and that's exactly what I got. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.
Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin is the cutest small-town, christmas spirit, warm and fuzzy holiday short story I've ever read! Lily tries to go head to head in a competition against the HOT new shop-owner across the street. It's Christmas time and Home-baked goods is not the most lucrative business venture but it's what she loves. But now Damon is infringing on her already small customer base. Damon just wants to get along with everyone, including the feisty beauty across the street. Can they join forces and together make this a better Christmas than they could apart. A very quick, heart-warming tale. Perfect for the holiday season.
Title: Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe Author: Rebecca Raisin Published: Carina Press Age Recommended: New Adult- Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Genre: Romance Rating: 5 Review: "Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe" by Rebecca Raisin was a sweet Christmas romance story. We find Lil and CeeCee are owners of 'The Gingerbread Cafe in Ashford, Connecticut and that they are going to have a little competition from the newcomer Damon who has returned home from New Orleans has just opened up his business across the street. I found this short read funny and as a matter of fact I was laughing out loud quite as bit from this read. When Lil approaches Damon what will happen? Why was CeeCee pressuring Lil to even go over Damon's business? What had happened to Lil's ex? Why was the ex's even still in the picture? Was Lil still hanging on that the ex might come back to her? Would Damon be able to show Lil that he was the one for her? Will there be problems that both Lil and Damon will have to figure out? All of these questions and much more will be answered by you reading "Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe." I don't want to give too much away, so I will say you must pick up this good read to see for yourself.