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The Christmas Spirit by [Buchanan, Susan]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Susan Buchanan (27 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GZ8P9B6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,706 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christmas is beginning to arrive and so has Natalie in a village north of Glasgow. It is her first time in Scotland. That does not matter she is here to help at The Sugar and Spice Bakery whilst its owner is incapacitated.

Jacob has been to university and is waiting to start his life, his working life. Trouble is he has tried interview after interview, he has no shame and will take any job even if he appears to be overqualified. Working at The Sugar and Spice Bakery will do because at least it is work.

Stanley is missing his wife, Edie so much so that he still makes her a cup of tea every morning and sits and chats to her. They used to enjoy their time in The Sugar and Spice Bakery every week but on his own, it does not feel the same.

Meredith has an all consuming passion: business. It is her life, she eats and breathes it and expects her PA, Sophie to as well. Sophie escapes every day when she visits The Sugar and Spice Bakery to get Meredith's carrot cake. It is not only the cakes that are warm and welcoming there it is the atmosphere as well.

Rachel, thought she had the man of her dreams and a settled life. She was wrong, he has walked out and she now needs to survive on her own, make her own decisions and stand up for what she believes in. Surely a helping piece of cake at The Sugar and Spice Bakery and a read of a newspaper might change everything?

It is the bakery which is the centre of the world of characters that Susan Buchanan has created. However, from it, their stories all ripple out as if a stone has been dropped into a pond. They are all characters you can love and hate in equal measure, and you only want good for them, even if they are slightly exasperating. The cakes and the history of Christmas around the world which is invoked in the bakery comes across well, it is a book to cuddle up on the sofa with and just simply enjoy (eating cake at the same time would be a bonus). Great Christmas read.
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If you are looking for an uplifting, easy to read, Christmas book that leaves you with a lovely fuzzy feeling then this is it!

I haven't read any of Susan Buchanan's books before but I definitely will be doing again as I really enjoyed this book. The story is about Natalie who has taken over a bakery in Edinburgh for December whilst the manager has an operation. Natalie is on a mission whilst in the bakery; she needs to bring joy and cheer to people who need it. Stanley is a customer who is struggling to get into the Christmas spirit as he faces his first Christmas without his wife. Jacob is a graduate who is struggling to find a job, any job and has no support from his parents. Rebecca has just come out of a difficult relationship which has lead to her having to find a new place to live and then there's Meredith who runs a business and has no time to even consider taking a day off work when she is ill...

Through Natalie running the bakery she is able to help each of these people in ways which enable them to have a much happier Christmas and great prospects for the future... but it's not as if it's with a wave of a wand and lots of magic, it feels much more real and natural but at the end you realise there's a lot more to Natalie than you may think...

I really liked this book. It was completely upbeat and cheerful which made it a joy to read. There were no complicated stories or intense moments. I know sometimes these can be great qualities in a book but for a light hearted Christmas read it was just perfect. When reading this it made me forget about the problems with the world and just feel all nice and looking forward to Christmas. It does also make you think about how life has a way of panning out too.
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I have read a dozen books this month all related to a Christmas theme , all so I could get into the spirit of the season! Out of all the books read this has been the most festive and christmasy of the lot and only the second deserving a 5 star rating in my opinion. The book left me feeling all warm, cosy and fuzzy inside. I lost myself in all the characters that Natalie was trying to aid - from Meredith, Jacob, Stanley and Rebecca. Although in the book she does also indirectly help Sophie too! The whole story was centred around a bakery and the mouthwatering cakes that Natalie cooked from around the world, many of which were different varieties of christmas cakes. Its in the bakery where all the main characters congregated and interacted, which resulted in the story developing in a positive way for all the individuals involved. I wondered what magical ingredients Natalie was adding to the cakes at one point for some of the characters to change the way they did and in particular Meredith. Having said that it was a collection of events all occurring at the bakery that resulted in the events unfolding the way they did. This was a truly wonderful book and I am so pleased to have discovered this author via twitter no less! I will be reading more from Susan in the future most definitely! Well Done.
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In the run-up to Christmas, Natalie Hope steps in as manager of the Sugar and Spice bakery and café. Can she deliver more than delicious cakes and warming cups of coffee to her customers?

I have to declare that I’m rather bah-humbug about Christmas, but having read so many good reviews of this book I thought I’d find out if it could sprinkle a bit of Christmas spirit my way. I’m pleased to say that the combination of endearing characters, mouth-watering cakes, and a hint of fantasy have left me feeling all warm and happy.

While finding something to relate to in each of the younger characters, it is eighty-two-year-old widower, Stanley, who moves me the most. He’s about to spend his first Christmas without his wife, Edie, and his sorrow, strength and humility feel very real.

This book really does capture the Christmas spirit. And if Natalie visits me I hope she brings a selection of her cakes and one of her special snow globes.
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