Sunday, 30 March 2014

Books Read: Rebecca Raisin - Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe

Chocolate…the most irresistible temptation?

The Gingerbread Café is all a buzz! This Easter, Lily and the rest of the town of Ashford, Connecticut are planning a truly decadent Chocolate Festival. Cooking up a storm, CeeCee and Lily are not just baking a batch of their sinfully delicious chocolate-dipped gingerbread men, but an excess of chocolate truffles, squidgy, cinnamony hot cross buns and melt in your mouth chocolate eggs. The Gingerbread Café staff have definitely enjoyed the tasting process!

Add in Damon’s cute-as-a-button seven year old daughter, Charlie, up for a visit and Lily’s perfect Easter may just be around the corner. Until her ex-husband Joel turns up demanding twenty thousand dollars… Suddenly the future of the Gingerbread Café is not so clear…and Lily finds herself eating far more of The Gingerbread Café’s treats than her skinny jeans allow…

Can Lily concoct a brilliant plan to save her beloved café, convince Damon she has no feelings for Joel and still throw a Chocolate Festival the town will be talking about for years? There’s only one way to find out...

Welcome back to the warmth, cupcakes and hot chocolate of The Gingerbread Café – your home away from home.

Amazon link: Kindle

Last December I reviewed Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe as part of my Christmas reading challenge and like many other readers I loved it so much so was left wanting more as it was such a fun read.  

Fortunately the popularity of this novella has led to Rebecca Raisin turning this into a series of three books, the second of which Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe was published earlier this month and the final one will be published this Christmas. 

Things are going well for Lily, both personally and professionally.  She's falling in love with Damon and his daughter 'Charlie Bear', and with Easter on it's way she and CeeCee are busy getting organised for the town's first Chocolate Festival.  But when her ex Joel makes a surprise appearance it looks like everything she's worked hard for could be pulled out from under her...

It was great being reunited with Lily and the gang which felt like meeting up with friends, I loved seeing her happy and content with her life so really felt for her when Joel turned up like a bad penny ready to ruin everything she has worked so hard for.

But it was Cee Cee who once again stole the show for me, sassy and loyal, she's the kind of friend everyone wants by their side especially in a battle.

This was another fab fun read from Rebecca which I flew through in no time at all, full of drama with Joel at the centre of it but I so wish there'd been a different outcome but can't really go into that without spoiling it, as well as plenty of deliciously sounding chocolate treats to get your tastebuds drooling.  Bring on the Easter eggs ;)

If like me you've become a fan of her stories then you don't need to wait until Christmas for your next fix from Ashford, where the Gingerbread Cafe is set, as she has a new story featuring Lily's friend Sarah being published in June, The Bookshop on the Corner.  A story featuring a bookshop, what more could a bookaholic want except perhaps to fulfill her dream of running a combined book/coffee shop one day...  

I'd like to thank Rebecca for sending me a copy of this novella via NetGalley.  

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