The Christmas Cookie Shop (Christmas Town, Book 1)

The Christmas Cookie Shop (Christmas Town, Book 1)

by Ginny Baird

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The Christmas Cookie Shop (Christmas Town, Book 1) by Ginny Baird

Come home this Christmas to...
CHRISTMAS TOWN, TENNESSEE
Where everyday dreams come true!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ginny Baird brings you the start of a brand new holiday series...

THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SHOP
(Christmas Town, Book 1)

Hannah Winchester is down on her luck and disillusioned with love, but her fortunes are about to change. When Hannah inherits a defunct bakery in East Tennessee, her first thought is to sell it and settle her substantial debt. Then the townsfolk welcome her warmly and she's taken with the joyful spirit of the place, where stores employ holiday themes and residents have surnames like Christmas and Claus. After a handsome lawman comes to her aid dressed as Santa, Hannah learns he's more than a hot guy in a red suit and shiny black boots. Sheriff Carter Livingston has joined in the cause of rejuvenating the town, and he's encouraging her to do her part. Hannah's great-grandmother, Lena, sold special holiday cookies that brought hope and renewal to the people of Christmas Town. Yet Hannah has plans elsewhere and isn't looking to stay. Can she possibly reopen the shop known for kindling romance--without sacrificing her heart?

THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE SHOP
(Excerpt)

The last turn she took was supposed to lead straight to the town roundabout, the one that connected with South Main Street. Hannah had been told to watch for a flagpole, the courthouse, a library, and a big town sign. But all she saw ahead of her in these near-whiteout conditions was more snow! That's when a flashing blue glimmer in her driver's side mirror caught her eye. Thank goodness! Help has arrived. It had to be a cop figuring her for a distressed motorist. Hannah certainly couldn't get any more distressed than this.

Hannah hadn't journeyed to Tennessee for a leisurely visit. She'd inherited a business she knew absolutely nothing about, and she was determined to sell it at the first opportunity. She tried to imagine herself running a cookie shop, but just couldn't. The only picture that came to mind involved huge plumes of black smoke curling out an open doorway. Where some people had a brown thumb in the garden, Hannah wore a charred oven mitt in the kitchen. She couldn't even microwave popcorn without the bag catching fire.

Hannah spun in her seat to better view the approaching figure in dark clothing. No, wait. It's a matching red tunic and slacks worn beneath an open field coat. The full silhouette of a man emerged from a snowy swirl and Hannah's heart thumped. It wasn't just any outfit; it was a Santa suit. Though she'd never seen Old Saint Nick looking quite like that. Rather than being short and stout, he was tall and built, with an obviously solid chest and a manly jaw thinly disguised by a fake white beard. A Santa hat sat slightly askew on his head, partially covering short brown hair. He strode to her driver's side window in shiny black boots and tapped on the glass. Hannah goggled at the apparition, then lowered her window a crack.

Evergreen eyes peered in at her and Hannah caught her breath. She didn't even know eyes came in that color. They reminded her of Christmas trees: the really fresh kind, not the plastic sort that normally stood on an end table in the corner of her apartment.

"Everything okay in there? I saw that you'd pulled over. No wonder, really." Little lines crinkled around his eyes, lending them warmth beneath the wind's chill. "Given the weather." He tugged off his fake beard and stuffed it in his pocket, exposing a rugged face.

Whoa, he was a good-looking Santa. She judged him to be a few years older than her but not more than five. As if his age mattered! Hannah wasn't in Tennessee to stay and she certainly wasn't in the market for a man. She'd had enough boyfriends to last her, thank you very much. And every...single...one of them had let her down. Love. Just one more four-letter word that had been canned from her vocabulary.

Copyright © 2016 Ginny Baird

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157034139
Publisher: Winter Wedding Press
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Series: Christmas Town , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 13,075
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Romance writer Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. Whether writing lighthearted romantic comedy or spine-tingling romantic suspense, she delights in delivering heartwarming stories.?

She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a Top 10 Best Seller on NOOK, Kindle and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women's Fiction categories. When she's not writing, Ginny enjoys cooking, biking and spending time with her family in Virginia. Ginny loves hearing from her readers! She invites you to visit her website and connect with her on social media. You can find her online at ginnybairdromance *dot* com.

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The Christmas Cookie Shop 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Love this!! Could not put it down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Christmas story of the year. The characters were fun. The hero was special. The heroine was oddly adorable. The townsfolk we so nice. Just the kind of place someone would dream of living. This book had Christmas magic. The best part is that it is blissfully clean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful heart warming story that left me wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great clean romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun read.
Shweetsandi More than 1 year ago
I love to read Christmas books all year long and Ginny Baird is one of those authors who writes a story so wonderfully that you want to read it over and over. Not only that she has given us an entire town Christmas Town ...oh yes all things Christmas all year. This is the first book in the series and we see where all the magic comes from. Great book that had my from start to end.
WinnieL More than 1 year ago
A really wonderful and magical start to a new series. I absolutely adore stories with some magical or paranormal aspect to it and I was really thrilled that Ms Baird had included some quirkiness to The Christmas Cookie Shop. Christmas Town feels like a place I would really love to live in, despite the matchmaking antics by the mayor. I just love a town where you can find people that has such big hearts and I really loved the characters in this story. Can't wait for the next book in this series.
ElisabethWA More than 1 year ago
What a lovely sweet Christmas story. Loved everything about it. But I'm also a huge fan of Christmas cookies, so this was just the perfect story for me. Sweet and very much about about family and love. The Christmas Cookie Shop by Ginny Baird is book one in the series "Christmas Town" and was a good read. I would love to read more from this lovely town "Christmas Town" and I'm ready to grab the next book when it becomes available, "A Mommy for Christmas".
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Cookie Shop by Ginny Baird.....This is a great start to this wonderful new series. What a magical story in Christmas Town, I felt like I was part of the town. Ginny Baird is becoming one of my favorite authors, her books are so well written with fantastic characters. I reviewed an advance readers copy of this book.
Mary-KVC More than 1 year ago
This a sweet and Christmas romance in Christmas Town where magical things happen. "The Christmas Cookie Shop" by Ginny Baird is book number one in the "Christmas Town" series. This is Hannah Winchester and Carter Livingston's story. Carter has been in Christmas Town for almost a year as the sheriff. Lou, Christmas Town mayor, has tried to fix Carter up but he just isn't ready for a relationship. Carter still has some unresolved things from his past. Hannah inherited her grandmother's old cookie shop in Christmas Town. She decides to go to Christmas Town to fix up the shop and put it up for sale. Hannah is at crossroads in her life and isn't sure what she wants to do. She knows for sure that she isn't ready for a relationship. Hannah also has some unresolved issues from her past. I loved Carter and Hannah's characters. It was fun watching Carter and Hannah's relationship change. Will they take a chance on love? You can't help but fall in love with all the people of Christmas Town. This story reminds me of the cute and sweet Christmas romance movies aired at Christmas time. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
This a sweet and Christmas romance in Christmas Town where magical things happen. "The Christmas Cookie Shop" by Ginny Baird is book number one in the "Christmas Town" series. This is Hannah Winchester and Carter Livingston's story. Carter has been in Christmas Town for almost a year as the sheriff. Lou, Christmas Town mayor, has tried to fix Carter up but he just isn't ready for a relationship. Carter still has some unresolved things from his past. Hannah inherited her grandmother's old cookie shop in Christmas Town. She decides to go to Christmas Town to fix up the shop and put it up for sale. Hannah is at crossroads in her life and isn't sure what she wants to do. She knows for sure that she isn't ready for a relationship. Hannah also has some unresolved issues from her past. I loved Carter and Hannah's characters. It was fun watching Carter and Hannah's relationship change. Will they take a chance on love? You can't help but fall in love with all the people of Christmas Town. This story reminds me of the cute and sweet Christmas romance movies on the Hallmark channel. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
DMGP More than 1 year ago
Hannah Winchester has recently inherited property in the form of her great grandmother's cookie shop in Christmas Town, TN. She simply wants to go there, list it for sale, and use the money to help pay off her student loans and go to grad school. However, she never expected to fall in love with the town or the town's sheriff. The only problem is that she can't cook and the legendary recipe appears to be lost or stolen! Carter Livingston agreed to be the local sheriff, but he soon realized that the local townspeople are unrepentant matchmakers. If only they would leave him alone. He's not ready to open up about his dark past and face the rejection of a woman. Besides, his last girlfriend only wanted to change him. Yet, when he stops to help a young woman who appears to be lost, he can't help but want to get to know her better. There's a lot to like about this story. First, I loved the realistic nature of the romance. The dialogue and the pace felt real. It was both witty and open. I always appreciate when characters are honest with each other. Furthermore, the secondary characters are fantastic. I enjoyed their antics with attempted matchmaking as well as their genuine love and friendships. The story also has a wonderful emphasis on family - whether that's a real / birth family or through friendships. So, when it comes to offering forgiveness, the strength of character is there to extend it. Next, the mild mystery surrounding the recipe was a nice plot device. I felt it helped develop the storyline. Finally, I liked the quirkiness that dabbled with a hint of paranormal or magic. It's just a flavor of the paranormal to catch your attention, but not so much to turn the whole book that direction. To me, it works and I had fun reading the exchanges between the characters involved. If I had to critique anything, it would be that, compared to the author's previous work, this is steamier than everything else. There is a scene that rather pushes the envelope with a PG rating. I mention this because this matters to some people. All in all, I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next in the series. I love the characters and am eager to read more about them. Romance - "steamy PG" / almost PG13? - based on one scene. Otherwise, it's just kisses. Language - clean My rating - 5 stars.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
There is nothing to put you in the Christmas mood that a wonderful delightful Christmas story that takes place in a cute little town with wonderful towns people who make you smile, laugh as they leave you with a smile on your face. Here you have one lady that just can’t get a break, at first she thought she would go to Christmas Town sell the shop that she has inherited why paying off everything she owes. What she found is a delightful town filled with delightful people who always give a hand to those in need along with one hot sheriff that she can’t take her eyes off of. Maybe just maybe she might stick around and give this shop and the sheriff a chance to change her mind. This is a story that I enjoyed very much I read it at one setting having trouble putting it down. Hannah grows to love this town and the members as much as you will. The town can’t wait to have those delightful cookies. They even say they have magic in them. Now this I have got to see. The only problem is she has no recipes, can’t cook and no money to put into this project. Who can turn down a helping hand from Santa not Hannah not when he is as tall and good looking as this Santa? I really enjoyed the chemistry as sparks fly you are left wondering if the town might burn down. One look at the shop and all the work it needs has her saying thanks but no thanks as she makes plans to sell. If the handsome Santa (Carter) has his way she will be staying for a very long time. As in most small town you have the town’s people in your business trying their hand at matchmaking. At times I had to chuckle at the things they come up with. This was really a delightful read of two people not looking for love but if the town has any say they will be a match made in heaven. I hope you pick up this wonderful read and give it a try.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
With vivid details and descriptions, Ginny Baird brings Christmas Town to life, and I loved the infectious holiday spirit found there! Hannah and Carter’s story is humorous and heartwarming, and it is a perfect recipe for holiday happiness. I thoroughly enjoyed The Christmas Cookie Shop and am excited to know another story follows in this delightful series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Ginny Baird's The Christmas Cookie Shop The Christmas Cookie Shop is located in Christmas Town, Tennessee. Hannah Winchester has inherited this shop. It had once been run By her great-great grandmother, Lena Winchester. Lena baked special holiday cookies that seem to be magical. Hannah has no baking or cooking knowledge. She has come to town to sell the shop. Now she finds herself At home in this town and attracted to the town sheriff. But even if she could bake, the secret special recipe seems to have been lost. Lots of flavor to this story from a great array of Characters. The shenanigans and dynamics between some of the characters including Hannah's two kittens, Jingles and Belle added humor within this story. Delightful setting, beautiful friendships, appealing read gives the reader a enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book. I volunteered to read an Advanced Reader Copy. Thanks to the author for the eBook. My opinion is my own.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
This was a magical book about life in Christmas Town, Tennessee, where townspeople, streets, and businesses center around Christmas names. Hannah Winchester has just come to town from Virginia, but just temporarily, as she wants to fix up the Christmas Cookie Shop she inherited from her great-grandmother, Lena. She hopes to sell it and go back home. She meets Carter Livingston who immediately attracts her attention, and she also gains fast friends and acquaintances. Her newly acquired kittens, Jingles and Belle are two handfuls of delight and mischief. This book is light, fun, and the characters and town come alive through the great writing of this author. I highly recommend it and look forward to the second book in this new series. [I received an early copy of this book for review and my opinion is my own.]
NicoS More than 1 year ago
Hannah Winchester travels to Christmas Town, TN to sell the cookie shop that she inherited from her great-grandmother. On her way into town she meets the sexy sheriff, Carter Livingston. Even though she’s only in Christmas Town temporarily, Hannah can’t deny the pull that Carter and Christmas Town have on her. But she can’t possibly run a successful cookie shop when she has no idea how to bake, can she? And will her budding relationship with Carter prove to be something more than a short fling? This was a really fun story! I loved the little bit of magic that the author wove throughout the story. I would’ve liked to see it expounded a bit more because it was just so fun. Carter and Hannah definitely had chemistry. In fact, this story was a little bit steamier than other Sweet Romance novels I’ve read. I felt that the author did a great job introducing side characters as well. I’m dying to read the second novel to see what happens between Hannah’s brother and friend! I thoroughly enjoy series that are centered on one specific town and the different inhabitants of the town, so this book was right up my alley. If you’re looking for a really fun, light-hearted read that has a touch of magic woven throughout, then this is definitely the story for you! (I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All of the above opinions are entirely my own.)
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Ginny Baird has been on my author reading wish list for awhile now. I finally got the chance to read one of her books with The Christmas Cookie Shop. I really have to say that I was not disappointed. I started reading The Christmas Cookie Shop and immediately a smile broke out on my face. The story definitely invoked a feeling of Christmas, even though I read the book in October, when it was 90 degrees outside. I even started craving Christmas sugar cookies. Ginny goes into lovely details explaining what the town looks like so that the reader can visualize everything. The shops even have lovely holiday themed names. I so want to visit! Christmas Town, Tennessee is a small town. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. There’s something about it that seems magical, but I just can’t put my finger on it. Hannah Winchester is a 27-year-old trying to get her life in order. She arrives in Christmas Town two days after Thanksgiving from just outside of DC. She’s there to check up on a bakery she inherited from her grandparents, fix it up, and sell it. She has plans to go to grad school and the income from selling the bakery will help pay off her student loans. Her plans do not include meeting a hot and sexy sheriff, making friends so quickly, and falling in love with this small town she knows nothing about. Carter Livingston is a man living with demons. He has traded in his life as a big city cop to be a small town sheriff. He’s been in Christmas Town for almost nine months and is pretty content with his life. He’s managed to ward off all matchmaking attempts by his Godmother, the lovely Mayor Louise “Lou” Christmas and his friends. He isn’t looking for love but two days after Thanksgiving, he loses his heart. Hannah and Carter first meet when he helps her into Christmas Town during white out conditions. They both immediately feel an attraction to each other, but with Hannah only planning on being in town temporarily, they try to fight their attraction. This fight is one neither can win. They are both what the other is looking for. Hannah is thoughtful, caring, and doesn’t want to change Carter at all. Carter is laid back, thoughtful, caring and believes in Hannah, even when she doesn’t believe in herself. The whole premise of this book revolves around Hannah’s great-grandmother Lena’s bakery and the Virginia cookies she made. There’s talk that they’re special and have the ability to bring people together and inspire love. When Hannah shows up, everyone just assumes she’s there to reopen the bakery and bring back Lena’s Virginia cookies. As I mentioned before, Hannah doesn’t plan on staying or reopening the bakery. For goodness sakes, she doesn’t even know how to cook or bake. Stirring hot chocolate and microwaving popcorn is too much for her. But Christmas time and Christmas Town itself are magical. Anything can happen, if you just believe. There is so much to like/love about this book. For me, it’s everything I look for in a Christmas romance. The Christmas Cookie Shop is the first book in the Christmas Town series of eight books. The hero and heroine for the next book, A Mommy for Christmas are mentioned throughout this one. I can’t wait for their story. **I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed.**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This first book in Ginny Baird's newest series is a fantastic story and promises us many more stories set in the quaint little town of Christmas Town, Tennessee. Hannah Winchester arrives i Christmas Town ready to sell the small bakery left to her by her great grandmother. She in no way plans to stay in this little town or reopen the shop. Soon though she finds herself wrapped in the warmth of the townspeople and the joyous nature of the town itself. Having the attention of the town sheriff Carter Livingston isn't so bad either. Will Hannah's fear of opening her heart to not only the town but to Carter keep her from staying? I highly recommend this one and I personally can't wait for more in this series.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Hannah Winchester is elated when she inherits a bakery that was run by her great-grandmother. She travels to Tennessee to check things out and finds the shop is empty and needs expensive repairs. Hannah plans to put it up for sale so that she can payoff her student loans. However, the town wants her to reopen the shop and bake the magical Virginia cookies. What is Hannah going to do? She is happy here. Sheriff Carter Livingston is making her dream of HEA. I loved this feel good story. Hannah is so warm hearted and likeable. I wanted her to be happy. Carter has always said no to the ladies of Christmas Town. After meeting Hannah he changes his mind. Their flirting is romantic. I loved seeing them together. The quirky and kind hearted people who live here made me laugh. They don't miss a trick. The winter setting adds the perfect touch to this feel good romance as does the touch of magic. I loved this story. It's a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Nailartist More than 1 year ago
Ginny Baird is one of my most favorite authors, combined with one of my favorite times of the year and she never disappoints! The Christmas Shop is a sweet story filled with romance, a sense of community and family. Hannah inherits a cookie shop from her great-grandmother in small town Tennessee, her plan is to sell the store and move on but the pull of a close knit community, family ties and an extra special law man make the idea of sticking around Christmas Town worth taking the chance on.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Cookie Shop ( Christmas Town #1 ) By: Ginny Baird The Christmas Cookie Shop is book one in Christmas Town series. This story is set in Christmas Town, Tennessee. I really enjoyed this sweet and charming story and can’t wait for the next book to come out. When I started reading this story I could not put it down till the end. Hannah inherited The Christmas Cookie Shop from her great -great grandmother ,Lena. The people in town are so friendly to Hannah. They cannot wait for her to reopen the Christmas Cookie Shop . Some of them even say the cookies were magic . The Handsome sheriff Carter , who is dressed as Santa helps her the first day she was coming into town. There is some sparks that fly between the two. Hannah has no intension of staying and opening the shop, she needs to sell and pay some loans off. It would take more than she has to reopen the shop, it needs so much reconstruction done on it. Money she does not have. Now the sheriff would love for her to stay. There is also some matchmaking that goes on in this magical town. Who are they trying to match up? How could Hannah stay? She does not even have any of the recipes and does not cook. I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told I had to give a positive review.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Hannah has inherited The Christmas Cookie shop. She has no intention of keeping the shop as she doesn't even know how to cook or bake. She isn't going to stay in Christmas Town, Tennessee for more than a couple of months. She has a plan and she is going to stick with it. But, on the way into town, she meets the local sheriff dressed as Santa. Carter knows instantly that Hannah is special. He wants her to stay in town, but she has a plan. After a short time, Hannah realizes that Christmas Town is very special and so is Carter. The problem is that she can't find the special recipe for cookies that belonged to her great-grandmother and she doesn't know how to bake. Carter has a plan and the whole town is ready to help. Can he convince Hannah to stay?