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Christmas At The Gingerbread Café (The Gingerbread Café, Book 1) (The Gingerbread Cafe) by [Raisin, Rebecca]
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Christmas At The Gingerbread Café (The Gingerbread Café, Book 1) (The Gingerbread Cafe) Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1776 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Carina; 1 edition (12 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GBZ3YD8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 139 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Gingerbread Café is a special place, especially at Christmas. At the heart of the community the café is a delightful haven, warm and welcoming with owner Lily and employee CeeCee full of the Christmas spirit. Lily is recovering from the breakdown of her marriage and CeeCee is determined to matchmake. When handsome, mysterious Damon opens up a shop across the road, CeeCee encourages Lily to make a move for him, but before long it becomes apparent that Damon's business is in direct competition with the Gingerbread Café...

The relationship between Lily and CeeCee is one of the key features of Christmas at the Gingerbread Café, and their friendship is heart-warming and reassuring. CeeCee is like a mother hen, desperate for Lily to find love and she was my favourite character, coming across as larger than life. The combination of her and feisty Lily is fabulous!

I also loved how the café was portrayed as a cosy, snug place, somewhere full of warmth and festive shimmer. I wish that I had a café like this near me-I'd certainly be a regular customer.

Christmas at the Gingerbread Café is a lovely, cheery festive read, a good old fashioned feel-good romance to warm the cockles of your heart. This is one of my favourite Christmas reads of the year.
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What a delightful short story this is! Just what I needed - a feel good, romantic, Christmas story.

The author has written something reminiscent of the film "You've Got Mail". A shop, The Gingerbread Cafe, has been in a small town for years, and has been an extremely successful business. Then someone else comes in and opens up something similar right across the road (as opposed to 'just around the corner' in the film.)

This starts a battle between the 2 proprietors to gain business from the townsfolk.

Who will win? Will it be the reliable young woman, Lily, who has been a constant in the lives of her customers for years? Or will it be the young interloper, Damon, who triumphs due to his good looks and apparently irresistible charm?

The author has written a lovely novella, with just the right tone and information, to make this a great story.

The character of CeeCee, Lily's partner in crime in the cafe, is a great one! She is such a sassy woman.

My only gripe is that the story wasn't longer! I would love to know more about Lily and the cafe, CeeCee and her family, and the heartache Lily went through a few years before. Perhaps a prequel in the making? Hint hint Ms Raisin?

All in all a great short read which left me with a huge smile on my face when I finished it.
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Lily has been running her Gingerbread cafe alongside employee CeeCee for a number of years offering the locals delicious home-cooked delights and with Christmas fast approaching they are busy preparing mouthwatering dishes for their customers. But when a handsome stranger Damon Guthrie opens up shop across the street and it looks like he is a direct competition to her business, it looks like she might have a battle on her hands to stay afloat...

What follows is a hilarious tale of one-upmanship tactics that both Lily and Damon devise to try and get one over on the other but underneath the rivalry there's definitely something else brewing...

There is so much to love about this novella, the descriptive writing of the various food dishes will definitely tempt your tastebuds, I even loved the sound of the gingerbread creations and I don't like gingerbread! But that's not all there is to offer there were so many different moments to enjoy; comedic - I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions, sentimental - the mention of Amazing Grace was both emotional for Lily but also for me as it brought back so many memories for me of my mum as it was her favourite Hymn and she'd always be singing it around the house, and of course romantic.

I loved the relationship between Lily and CeeCee, they were a unique partnership and were more like mother and daughter than employer and employee especially when CeeCee has her matchmaking hat on. CeeCee was definitely my favourite and I would love to hear more from her in the future.

Overall this was a real feel-good read that was the perfect story to kick-start my Christmas reading challenge. Thank you Rebecca for sending me a copy of your book to review as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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CHRISTMAS DREAMS AT THE GINGERBREAD CAFE BY REBECCA RAISIN

THE BLURB
Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café in Ashford, Connecticut was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!

WHAT I SAY
As you know by now i love all carnia covers this one another one i love they all seem to make you want to pick up the book to read

This is the first gingerbread cafe book you can read in order or as a standalone book but i nice to read in order you may be able to read all 3 books in a day as they are nice quick reads

The Gingerbread cafe is the heart of the community i just want to work in this wonderful little cafe it just seem so cosy a warm and seem to have a lot of festive shimmer not like were i work .
Lily the owner so nice she just recovering from her marriage breaking down she was just such a warm lovely character so full of life you all will love her you will be able to connect to her
Cee Cee worked for her she all way there to help their friendship is so heartwarming to hear about so true friends they have so much fun .
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