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Book Review:Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe, by Rebecca Raisin. And Recipe.

Book Review:Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe, by Rebecca Raisin. And Recipe.

Firstly a very Merry Christmas to all my book loving readers. I hope you are having a wonderful time.

Today, I am going to share with you a fabulously festive read that I have enjoyed. This was a fantastic one, and it was free from Amazon when I downloaded it! Rebecca Raisin is one of my favourite Authors, and after finishing this book I was straight away looking for more of her books to read.

This is another short novella, which is perfect for a quick festive read accompanied by a gingerbread latte and a chocolate biscuit.

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Costa Gingerbread Latte is similar to how I imagine them to be at The Gingerbread Cafe.

Description:

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café 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!

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My Thoughts:

This book is perfect for this festive time of year. Rebecca Raisin is already one of my favourite Authors, so I was sure this book would fill me with Christmas warmth, festivity and some craving for gingerbread coffee and hot chocolates! 

Like Rebecca’s other books I have read, The Gingerbread Cafe is set in a small cosy village called Ashford. The characters and the whole atmosphere in this book just calls out: ‘Come and stay here!’ The characters are mostly so lovely and friendly, a place where everyone knows each other and is willing to help a friend or neighbour when they need it.

The Cafe at Christmas time has the most delicious sounding food and drinks. After reading this book, I decided to make my own gingerbread syrup! (I will share the recipe with you later). The Cafe has a gingerbread house in its window:

“In pride of place, sitting squarely in the bay window, is our gingerbread house. It’s four feet high with red and white candy cane pillars holding up the thatched roof. There’s a wide chimney, decorated with green andred jelly beans, ready for Santa to climb down…”  …..doesn’t it sound perfect?

The story revolves around Cafe owner Lily, her assistant and best friend CeeCee and new comer to the village Damon. The book is predictable is a delicious way. This is comfort reading at its best. 

Christmas, a Christmas book by a great Author and a few gingerbread coffees, hot chocolates and biscuits. All perfect while snuggled up on the sofa with festive candles burning. I loved it.

Find it here:

GOODREADS

AMAZON UK

Rebecca Raisin’s Twitter

 


 

My Recipe for Gingerbread syrup:

150g of golden caster sugar.

1 tbsp of ground ginger

1 tbsp of cinnamon.

Boil it gently all together in 100 ml of water, until it is all dissolved and a little thicker.

Leave to cool, the add it to a bottle.

This will keep for months if you can make it last! But if like me you add it to ice cream, coffee, hot chocolate, then it won’t last very long at all.

Enjoy, and a very happy Christmas to you all.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin.

Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin.

I was taken by this book just by the title! I love bookshops, and this one sounded so quaint, I just knew it was going to be good.

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Description:

Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!

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My Thoughts:

This book was just comfort reading at it best, curled up on my sofa with a cup of tea and a supply of chocolate I just devoured it.

The main character Sarah is just a darling, I want her to be my best friend. She works in a bookshop, loves her books, her friends and her village. The book is based in the village of Ashford, which is where Rebecca Raisin’s other books of ‘The GingerBread Cafe’ are based. I haven’t actually read any of these yet, but they are on my tbr list. The books all speak of the same characters as far as I know, so I am positive that they will all be fab books too. 

Anyway, back to this book, it is short story based around Sarah and her friends. Sarah is contented with her life and her bookshop, believing that she has her romance in her books, but then comes along Ridge. Wow, now he is my new book boyfriend!! ♥ ♥

The descriptive work of Rebecca Raisin really puts you in the life and heart of Ashford and Sarah. The way Sarah speaks of books, it was so captivating. This is a book that I think all booklovers will relate to.

“….my theory was that books chose us, and not the other way around.”

“Some stories consumed you, they made time stop, your worries float into the ether…”

Sarah even starts a book blog! Now you see why I want her to be my best friend, I’d even move to Ashford!!! ♥ Sarah’s blog gets a lot more followers faster than mine, she gets over 3000 followers within a month!!! Wow, she must be good. I would like to read her blog too. The way she speaks of her blog, you can tell the Author is a fan of bookblogs too.

“…a community of bookbloggers who were supportive and funny, and felt like real friends”

There are so many quotes I would like to tell you from this little tale, it is wonderful, captivating, takes you to another world of book loving heaven. Read it, love it and then come back and tell me you agree its fantastic and Rebecca Raisin is an Author who can transport us to a land of enchantment and bliss….with the addition of a new book boyfriend!! ♥

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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Books

 

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New Release: The Gingerbread Cafe Trilogy, by Rebecca Raisin.

New Release: The Gingerbread Cafe Trilogy, by Rebecca Raisin.

I am pleased to tell you about the release of this amazing

TRILOGY BOXSET, THE GINGERBREAD CAFE, BY REBECCA RAISIN.

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What a fantastic collection of books and with this trilogy you can devour all 3 at once. Perfect for your summer reading. If you haven’t heard of these books and this amazing author yet, where have you been? Here’s what they are all about:

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Book One – Christmas At The Gingerbread Cafe

The icing on her Christmas cake!

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!


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Book Two – Chocolate Dreams At The Gingerbread Cafe

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


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Book Three – Christmas Wedding At The Gingerbread Cafe

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?


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About The Author

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.

SO IF YOU WANT TO BUY, HERE ARE THE LINKS YOU WILL NEED:

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

KOBO

NOOK

Let me know if you have read these books or if they are on your tbr list, I’d love to hear from you.

Happy Reading.

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Posted by on April 10, 2015 in Books

 

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