Thursday 6 November 2014

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin - Book Review
From the Blurb:

You are invited to the wedding of the year!

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?

The Review:

Note: Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café is the third book in the Gingerbread Café series. It could be read as a stand alone, but that would be a shame - start at the start! This review will contain spoilers for the first two books. You can read my reviews of Book 1 here and Book 2 here.

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café is the final installment in the cute-as-pie romance of Lily and Damon, which began in Christmas at the Gingerbread Café. It's a year on in their relationship and wedding bells are tolling! Everyone is all a flurry in Ashford as plans for our hero and heroine's wedding fall in and out of place.

Both Damon and Lil's parents have come to town. This is the first time either have met their future parents-in-law, and, let's be honest, that's never something you want to do in the middle of planning a wedding. While Lil's parents settle easily back into Ashford, Damon's mother, Olivia, has a lot to say about the town and, most especially, her future daughter-in-law. She's a conniving old bitty that one. She doesn't think Lil is good enough for her son, so she's determined to put a stop to the whole thing.

Olivia is a superb character, in so much as I absolutely despised her. She drives the conflict in Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café, putting a wedge between our sexy Damon and sweetheart Lil, and building the some fairly dramatic tension. Don't worry though, all is resolved, mostly because Lil is so forgiving (I would not have been! Hah).

There are more delicious cakes and gingerbread and scrumptious goodies to vicariously enjoy in this novel, and I think Rebecca Raisin really took their descriptions to an even more torturously delectable level this time round! My goodness. CAKE!

It's really hard to sum up my feelings about this final installment of what has been such a beautiful journey. By the end I was sobbing - big heaving gasps of wedding-love-baby happiness combined with the sadness of losing book friends. Clearly Lil's leaky eyes are contagious. But seriously, have your tissues handy.

Unlike the first two books in this series, this installment is novel length, which I was pretty excited about. I think the first two work perfectly as novellas, but I had been missing my Ashford friends, and it was good to catch up with them for a little longer this time, especially as I was initially concerned I might be saying goodbye to them after this book. Never fear, though. There are clear suggestions in this one that some excitement may be in store over at Maple Syrup Farm (how cute is that name?) so we may not have seen the end of Ashford yet...

I just love this series. It's got drama and romance, but most of all it's got a more general sweetness and love and happiness that is often hard to find these days.

More please.

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin is a contemporary romance, released by Carina UK on October 15 2014.

Find this book at: Amazon | Amazon AUS | Amazon UK | The Publisher | Goodreads

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