It’s time to get toasty by the fire with a glass of mulled wine and a slice of chocolate yule log sprinkled with a little romance. Welcome to Christmas at the Little Village Bakery.
Snow is falling in Honeybourne and Spencer is bringing home his American fiancée Tori for a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings. But when his hippie mum and dad meet her high-maintenance parents, sparks of the wrong sort start to fly. Then Spencer bumps into his first love Jasmine and unexpected feelings come flooding back.
Millie is run off her feet with Christmas orders at the Little Village Bakery and new baby Oscar. Thank goodness her cousin Darcie is here to help her. Although she does seem to be rather flirty with Millie’s boyfriend Dylan.
Will Darcie ever find true love of her own? And is marrying Tori a terrible mistake for Spencer if his heart is with someone else?
A heartwarming Christmassy romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews and Milly Johnson.
What everyone is saying about Christmas at the Little Village Bakery:
'Christmas at the Little Village Bakery is a warm hug, in the depths of the cold of winter, that would be perfect to read curled up by the fireplace, with some hot chocolate, and just enjoy the whole atmosphere of the book. It has some absolutely fabulous moments, some great small village community spirit and even what pretty much feels like a Christmas miracle.'Rachel's Random Reads
'A feel good festive romance that would make the perfect stocking filler for the bookworm in your life!'Bookworms and Shutterbugs
'A lovely Christmas read and it was great to catch up with the folk of Honeybourne, I just hope there is more to follow, that village has plenty more stories to tell I am sure.'Jo's Book Journey
'What more could a girl want than to be reading about a quaint little village, covered in snow, with wonderful characters which make you want to befriend them and a storyline which left me wanting more. The cover just drew me in too and it really didn’t disappoint'The Reading Shed
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second book in the Honeybourne series and even though I did not read the first one, I enjoyed this book with no problem. We get to meet the characters from the first book and some of the backstory is included here, but this book concentrates on Spencer and Tori's story. Spencer and Tori met in America, where he was participating in a teacher exchange program. They fell in love and got engaged. The have come to Honeybourne, a small village in England where Spencer grew up, to spend Christmas. Both Tori's and Spencer's parents will also be there and everyone will meet each other. It seems that Tori's parents do not think highly of Spencer so he is not looking forward to their visit. What could go wrong, future inlaws meeting for the first time? I love the characters in the village. I was not too happy with Tori's parents as they seemed very snobbish and unfriendly. Millie and Dylan are running "The Little Village Bakery" with the help of Millie's cousin Darcie. They have a baby, Oscar, who seems to require a lot of love to keep him from crying. Dylan and Millie got together in the first book. Darcie is doing a great job at the bakery, but the secret she is carrying about her feelings for someone is causing her major distress. Dylan's sister Jasmine and her husband Rich are also facing their own issues. Parents of 10 year old triplets who seem to have it all, but there is a certain amount of angst in their relationship. And then there is Ruth Evans, the local busybody. She seems to be everywhere with her advice and questions, but she is the comic relief in the story. Even though I did not read this book at Christmas, I still enjoyed the setting, the characters and all their intermingled stories. Honeybourne is a great little village where everyone steps up to help one another and enjoy their neighbours. The local pub is the meeting place for them all and the comraderie there is an important part of the village life. This is a romance so you know that for the most part, there will be happy endings, but getting there is not necessarily an easy road. I will now have to go back and read the first book as well as watch for the next one. I am sure we will be reading Darcie's story next time as well as finding out how things turn out for Spencer and Tori. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
The first line of the blurb sums up this story delightfully - ‘It’s time to get toasty by the fire with a glass of mulled wine and a slice of chocolate yule log sprinkled with a little romance. Welcome to Christmas at the Little Village Bakery.’ This is a highly emotive festive story with Spencer returning to his home village of Honeybourne bringing his American fiancée, Tori, with him.This will be their first English Christmas and both sets of parents are joining them. Unfortunately that’s a signal for war not love as their parents clash, uncertainty rules, meeting his first love makes him question himself and life no longer seems as well planned. With someone falling off a roof, a crying baby, unrequited love and a village gossip who seems to get in everywhere, this will take readers on a roller coaster ride with more than its fair share of highs and lows, twists and turns, angst and turmoil as well as many laugh out loud moments, too. The characters are superbly portrayed and easy to relate to. The plot is appropriately paced and totally engaging. The village and villagers come to life in the reader’s imagination with a real sense of community and all the pros and cons that brings with it. I’ll certainly be looking out for more by this very talented author in future! This is a delightful festive read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. Many thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel with no obligation. This is my honest review.
Christmas at the Little Village Bakery is the ideal winter read. I loved the location and the premise. I liked most of the people, or in other words, I liked the people I was supposed to like and hated Tori's uptight snob of a mother (the jury is still out on her father). Tori and Spencer are a newly engaged couple who return to his quaint English hometown from Colorado where he is an exchange teacher in the school where she teaches. The plan is to spend Christmas with their respective parents and his boyhood friends. When her extremely snooty mother arrives, she does her best to try to break up Tori and Spencer. Of course, his free spirited, liberal leaning, parents with a tendecy to drink too much and speak to freely, don't help Spencer's case. The village people are friendly and helpful. The bakery and pub are cozy and the small town atmosphere made me want to visit (except for the snow, I hate snow). All in all, I enjoyed Christmas at the Village Bakery and the author's writing style. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.