Sunday, 19 April 2015

Blog Tour & Review - The Gingerbread Café Trilogy by Rebecca Raisin



Enjoy the warmth, cupcakes and hot chocolate of The Gingerbread Café series, and follow Lil’s journey to happily ever after… 

Lil has every recipe down, from gingerbread men to cinnamon muffins. So when gorgeous outsider Damon opens a shop opposite The Gingerbread Café, Lil refuses to let him steal her customers without a fight – no matter how much he makes her heart flutter. 

When it comes to love, Lil’s never quite got the method right! But it looks like this time, deviating from the recipe might just lead Lil to the magic ingredient she’s been missing all along… 

Don’t miss this delicious series from best-selling author Rebecca Raisin – the ultimate romantic indulgence.




Don’t miss the exciting new collection the Gingerbread Café Trilogy by Rebecca Raisin

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!

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

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.





Review

In starting this review, I must admit that I have only read the first two novellas in The Gingerbread Café Trilogy and I'm very much looking forward to reading the third.

The three novellas follow the story of Lil and Damon. Living in small town Ashford in southern US. Lil runs a café specialising in delicious homebaked goods and gingerbread treats. She is a hardworking sole struggling to build her café  into a successful local business. Lil is supported by the scene-stealing CeeCee - probably my favourite character in the books! Lil and Damon meet in the first part of the trilogy, when he sets up a shop/café opposite hers and they initially become competitors leading to a humerous competition to steal customers from each other. As the war continues, sparks begin to fly! The books then tells the story of their burgeoning friendship along with all the ups and downs that entails and hiccups they encounter along the way.

The characters in the trilogy are just gorgeous: sweet, hardworking, hurting Lil; sexy Damon; big-hearted and loud CeeCee; cute Charlie and the mother-in-law from hell, Olivia!

The books are largely set in Lil's café, a warm and welcoming place at the heart of Ashford's community. You really get a sense of the strong community ties in the town and the wealth of characters who reside there. 

The author also allows some precious time for describing the food being baked and served at The Ginerbread Café, all of which made my mouth water. These are books that should be read along with a cup of tea and a large pack of biscuits/cookies!

Despite the individual books being novellas, and therefore shorter than a full sized novel, upon finishing each book, I felt as though I had read a full novel. The author cleverly packs the books with enough story, characterisation and descriptions to make you wonder how such a complete book could be fitted into so few words! These stories contain unbreakable friendships, gorgeous characters, a bit of drama, laugh-out-loud humour and heartwarming romance.

The Gingerbread Café books are funny, uplifting and truly delicious! A must read for any fans of heartwarming romance and cosy love stories.

On a side note, having met the author, Rebecca Raisin, on her recent visit to the UK, I can personally say what an absolutely lovely person she is, as well as being a fantastic writer, and I am honoured to be given the opportunity to join The Gingerbread Café Trilogy book tour and support Bec with this publication.

Enjoy!!


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