Cupcakes for Christmas

Cupcakes for Christmas

by Kate Hewitt

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BN ID: 2940161859049
Publisher: The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 10/25/2018
Series: Return to Willoughby Close , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 15,678
File size: 525 KB

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Cupcakes for Christmas 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lenorewastaken 3 days ago
I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 3 stars — Well, I ended up disappointed. This one just didn’t follow any formula I know, and I ended up feeling like I was slogging through the reading. Part of that is that the writing style isn’t a good match for me…it felt a bit verbose, and that’s not to my personal taste. Which is not to say it was badly written, I just have a low tolerance for that. It was also a very slow romance, and since we only had Olivia’s POV, it was very confusing and frustrating as well. Honestly, at times it felt more like women’s fiction than romance. This book tackled some interesting topics, but they left me feeling kind of down at the end of it. It tackles a few mental health issues, including Olivia’s mother getting older, and it did so in a very realistic way. Which isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes I want my fiction to have a bigger, clearer reward, and that was missing for me. The same for the other mental health topic tackled, which I can’t go into without spoilers. Olivia was a character I liked, but never really connected with. I’m not entirely sure I can pinpoint why, but I just never really empathized with her the way I should have. Which is not to say I didn’t feel for her struggles with loneliness and the changes in her life, but only to a degree I guess. As for Simon…well, I wanted to love him, but I just didn’t know a lot about him since we never got his POV, and he really wasn’t in the story enough. He was adorably awkward and dorky, and I was drawn to that. But he was also cryptic and unreliable, and so it made it hard to connect. And as such it made it hard to invest in their romance as well. I wanted to, but I just didn’t. There were some great sweet moments, but it just wasn’t enough. Perhaps if we’d gotten some answers earlier on and saw Olivia and Simon working through that, it would have worked for me more. So yeah. A lot to say that it was okay, but only okay.
KerryACroucier 22 days ago
Lovely Christmas Read! Kate Hewitt is the perfect author for a lovely Christmas read that is heartwarming with an emotional twist. This is a quick read, perfect for cozying up with a soft blanket and a warm beverage…and a cupcake, of course! It was lovely to return to Willoughby Close and the characters I have come to love, as they all play supporting roles in Olivia and Simon’s story. There is a twist with this one, not everything is rosy, as both Olivia and Simon are dealing with things in their personal lives that will have a lasting impact on their relationship, but Hewitt writes their story with such compassion that you can’t help but root for their Happily Ever After. I also love that this story sets new future stories! #CupcakesforChristmas #WilloughbyClose #KateHewitt #TulePublishing
Bette313 4 months ago
We are back in Wychwood-on-Lea this holiday season enjoying the wonderful story of Olivia James and Simon Blacklock. Olivia runs the village bakery where she and Simon first meet over a cupcake. He returns day after day until it feels like romance is is in the air. It might take a little holiday magic to get these two to take a chance on each other. This is a very well written book and I enjoyed these characters. I would definitely recommend this light quick holiday read.
BookSnuggle 4 months ago
Cupcakes for Christmas is book number one in the Willoughby Close series by Kate Hewitt. This is Olivia James and Simon Blacklock’s Story. This is a cute, sweet story and heartwarming quick read. Olivia runs a tea shop and meets Simon when he comes to her store and buys a cupcake then continues to come to buy cupcakes. They are attracted to each other but they each have other issues in their life that they are dealing with. Will these two take a chance on love or will hard knocks of life get in the way? I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Shweetsandi 4 months ago
I simply adore Kate Hewitt's books. I love reading about her part of the world at different times of the year. This book is set at the holidays & around a quaint little tea shop with a cute little name... Tea on the Lea. She needed to do something to improve her shops bottom line and with a friend they came up with the 12 days of cupcakes. And oh my golly aunt, the cupcakes they came up with sound like they taste so wonderful. Yes there is a romance in this book as well besides the one with the cupcakes LOL that is with Simon. I would love for you to explore Simon and and Olivia journey together. But not only that it is about life as well. So much more about life and how things happen in this world and how it can affect us in our lives. This book starts of slow (Which for me is not a bad thing) and moves into a the romance part.
CatmomJD 4 months ago
I really enjoyed the previous Willoughby Close books, so I was excited to read a new addition to the series. Olivia James took over mother's bakery, Tea on the Lea, after her mother retired and moved into a retirement home. Olivia has made a few friends in Wychwood, but still felt disconnected from the rest of the town. She lives a quiet life working and then returning to her flat above the shop to the moody cat, Mr. Jekyll that her mother left behind when she moved. With Christmas on the way and the new cupcake promotion at the bakery, things are starting to turn around for Olivia. Then, Simon Blacklock, walks through the door and everything in Olivia’s life changes. The author did a great job writing this book. The story had a lot of different elements to it, but not so much that it was overwhelming. This is a romance that borders on women’s fiction. Part of the story touches on mental health issues and Alzheimer's, which made the story emotional and believable. The book was a quick read and easy to follow.
DJTP 4 months ago
Cupcakes for Christmas by Kate Hewitt, book one in the Return to Willoughby Close series. I enjoyed this book. Catching up with characters from the past Willoughby Close series, meeting new characters and getting to know them was enjoyable. Plus having the setting be in a Tea shoppe was also nice. I look forward to reading more in this series.