Sunday, 9 March 2014

Chocolate Dreams at The Gingerbread Cafe - Rebecca Raisin

About the author...
I have been an avid reader all my life and collect books like some women collect shoes.
On the advice of a friend, who is an author himself, I started writing about two years ago, which swiftly turned into an obsession.
Now the only dilemma is whether to read or write, and finding ways to do both – around my twin boys, a home that always looks like someone picked it up and shook it, and my ‘foodie’ partner, who expects meals made from scratch, a house not drowning in books, and a partner not obsessed with talking about herself.
About the book...
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
This is the second novella in The Gingerbread Café series
Christmas at the Gingerbread Café
Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café

Coming Christmas 2014 look out for the next romantic instalment!
My thoughts...
I was invited to read this book by the author Rebecca Raisin and couldn't wait to get my teeth into it! 
I have a huge pile of books to be read but had to push this straight up the to the top! But, where to begin? Wow - loved it, loved it, loved it!  Having read the first novella The Gingerbread Cafe I knew I'd love it and I wasn't disappointed. 
It was just like I was visiting with old friends, Rebecca's descriptions are so vivid I could very well have been stood in the cafe, hugging CeeCee and waddling out after sampling all the different choclatey delights on offer. My mouth literally watered with every turn of the page.  Last time it was Gingerbread Coffee - this time it was the dark chocolate creme brûlée. 
Lily is now living with Damon and gets to spend time with his gorgeous daughter Charlie - everything seems perfect until Lily's ex husband puts in an unwanted appearance. Lily is one of lives givers and doesn't accept help readily, wanting to solve her own problems but Damon and CeeCee have her back covered - whilst letting her go it alone. True friends!!
I read this book in a couple of hours, whilst travelling to Derbyshire on the M1 for a weekend away.  Traffic was slow and at times resembled a car park so having picked this delightful, tasty book to read I was un-prepared for having to hide my face from other commuters as  Rebecca wove into the book the power of friendship and support and made my eyes glisten with tears. 
Friends, love, laughter and chocolate - could life get any more perfect than that? Oh and don't forget the gooey bit - there's romance too!! I don't know what I'm going to do whilst waiting for the next book - Christmas is so far away!!
I gave this book 5/5 stars
Order this book now - it won't disappoint.

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