The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams

The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams

by Kellie Hailes

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ISBN-13: 9780008336141
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/08/2019
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 177,586
File size: 1 MB

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The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gaele 25 days ago
I’ve read all but one of the books in this series (and the one is in my piles) and I just adore the coming together of not only the core characters featured in each story, but the community involvement, wanted or unwanted, that helps to add atmosphere, humor, depth and a sense of ‘place’ to the larger story arc. In this book, we meet Josie who has, for the umpteenth time, moved on to ‘somewhere else’ and is looking to use her baking skills (and front counter skills) to secure a job in the local bakery. With the opportunity for another fresh start and a place where no one knows her, she’s convinced that the small town will be perfect for her, until she needs to move on again. Callan has done his best with the bakery, even though he’s got no skills, but it gives him time to focus on his daughter Mia after his wife’s death. He’s going through the motions of living, and putting out truly terrible cakes and baked goods, all in an appearance of ‘keeping it together”. It also buys him some time from rejoining the very robust village events, using Mia as a shield and prop to simply exist from day to day. From the first he and Josie had and electric connection, and Josie’s skill for baking, as well as a clear determination to make herself helpful in the bakery but removed from the ever-increasingly personal chit-chat make her the obvious choice to revamp and run the bakery OH this was sweet – from both Josie and Callan trying to heal from their losses and their inability to simply state what they fear and move from there – with a nudge (or a giant push) from the pub owner, other townsfolk and Josie’s landlady who also serves as Callan’s sounding board, the two are clearly well suited, if only they could see it for themselves. But fear (and a tendency to be defensive and guarded because of past hurts) leads them into some potentially spontaneously bad decisions and choices. It will take no little amount of villager interference and pushing, and old town tale that is reputed to be true, some daring and real honesty to bring them together and allow them a new start, both together and alone. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Marti_Reads 22 days ago
This was a lovely Christmas story. that left me with the warm-fuzzies. It was very easy to read and flowed easily. The story was sweet and I especially adored the little girl. This was my first read from this author, but it won't be my last. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher was an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
WildFlowerBookBlogs 25 days ago
It’s such an easy read! I loved it. You grow as the characters grow and it’s a magical feeling. Gives me all those warm and fuzzy feelings. 5/5 stars for a job well done.
nataliaramlal21 3 months ago
Christmas is the most magical time of the year. But for Josie Donnelly, it's a day filled with painful memories. Hoping to escape the festivities, she moves to the charming little village of Sunnycombe and gets a job at a family bakery. But the more time she spends with the handsome bakery owner and his daughter, the more she longs for a family-filled Christmas celebration. The Little Bakery of Hope and Dreams is a sweet, uplifting Christmas love story, full of holiday cheer, humor, delicious cakes, and a heartwarming romance. The author did a fantastic job of developing the characters and I really liked her writing style. Josie and Callan were easy to relate to. The problems they were both facing will tug at your heartstrings and make you root for them. If you like slow-burn romances, then you will enjoy their love story. I really enjoyed this cozy, feel-good romance and will not hesitate to read more by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for the opportunity to read this ARC. The opinions expressed are my own. (less)
MKF 3 months ago
What a lovely story! Josie has never felt tethered anywhere and she particularly hates Christmas because, well for a lot of reasons. When she moves to the town of Sunnycombe she finds more than she ever expected to after she takes a job at the local bakery. Cullen, the owner, is coping with the death of his wife. He's trying to raise his little girl Mia and keep the business going but he's not the baker she was and things aren't looking good. Readers of this genre know these two are meant for each other but they both have issues they need to work through. Then there's Mia- she's a great kid who has a strong personalities and feelings. Add to it the season and you know this is going to be a good read, don't you? Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Cheerful, positive, and sigh, HEA.