Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe and Books 1 and 2 from the Gingerbread Cafe


Snow is falling thick and fast outside the Gingerbread Café and inside, its owner Lily is planning the wedding of the year. Her wedding! She never dreamt it would happen, but this Christmas, she’ll be marrying the man of her dreams - in a Christmas-card-perfect ceremony!

 The gingerbread is baking, the dress is fitted and the mistletoe’s in place – for once, everything’s going to plan. That is until her mother-in-law arrives... Suddenly, Lily’s famous cool is being tested like never before and her dream wedding is crumbling before her eyes.
In the blink of a fairylight, the Gingerbread Café has been thrown into chaos! Lily thought she had this wedding wrapped up, but with so much to do before she says ‘I do’, can Lily get to the church on time – and make this Christmas sparkle after all?

I hadn't read any of the Rebecca Raisin stories before Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe, so I felt I needed to start at the beginning and I'm glad I did. Although Christmas Wedding is a standalone book, I would have wanted to read the two prior books once I had finished. So this review covers all three books in sequence.


Christmas at the Gingerbread Café (The Gingerbread Cafe - Book 1)

At 64 pages long this short story is a bit of a tease! Just as you feel you are getting to know the characters it all comes to an end. I was really getting into the whole ambience of the café and the new relationship– so I quickly went off to read the next book to find out what happened next!

Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe (The Gingerbread Cafe - Book 2) 

Another great book from Rebecca Raisin. What can I say, it was like sitting down with old friends and finding out what had been happening since you last caught up with them. My biggest criticism is that this is just too short a book! Although slightly longer than the first at 94 pages - not long enough.

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café (The Gingerbread Cafe - Book 3)

Finally we get to be able to spend more time in Ashford with book 3 – a full length title at 304 pages. By now if you’ve read the first two books you will be familiar with the characters, but as I said at the beginning, this is still a standalone book if not. There is time in this book for more depth to the characters and exploration of their background and family.
I found the plot intriguing and was rushing to read the next chapter to find out if the pre-wedding mishaps were going to spoil the dream. Ashford seems such a lovely place that I found it hard to believe anything bad happening there, but all came ok in the end and there was also a lovely surprise at the end of the book which I won’t spoil for you. If you like to curl up with a good book and get transported away then this is for you (I nearly missed by tram stop!). I would warn it will also make you want to bake and eat more!

I'd like to thank Bliss Book Promotions and NetGalley for allowing me access to these books to review.

1 comment:

  1. Quite informative post on the Christmas wedding. Few months ago, I arranged my cousin’s ring ceremony at one of the exemplary New York wedding venues. Hired a renowned party caterer and they prepared different variety of yummy food for this event.

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