- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,706 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Christmas Spirit Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed the book. Wished it was a little bit longer (read it in a few hours) but really got me into the Christmas spirit.Published 8 months ago by Crafty H
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We start off with Natalie, she is mysterious to say the least. Read more
This was one of two festive reads for me this Christmas and I really loved it. It completely epitomises the 'real' meaning of Christmas and was a really feelgood read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by KazzaMac
This was a great festive read. I really enjoyed it and it really got me in the Christmas spirit and made me feel uplifted and happy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sairs_21
You know whats happening after the first few pages, but still a lovely christmassy read. I enjoyed it......Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a lovely inter mingled and tangled set of circumstances and stories based on the books characters, ok, it is a bit predictable but never the less a enchanting read.Published 19 months ago by Herbert Lom
When Natalie comes to temporarily run the Sugar and Spice bakery, things begin to change for everyone. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Emsie1979