Midnight & Mistletoe at Cedarwood Lodge [Rebecca Raisin]

Planning a New Year’s Eve Party might be the kind of event Clio Winters used to dream about organising, but when everything is feeling a bit up in the air, she has to hope that this New Year, her wish really will come true.

My thoughts on the novel: Just 100 pages long, Midnight & Mistletoe is one of three books in the Cedarwood Lodge series by author Rebecca Raisin. I haven’t read the two previous installments entitled “Brides & Bouquets” and “Celebrations & Confetti”, and maybe at the beginning I sometimes felt as though I was missing some background info for the main characters. But, in the end, I really enjoyed this festive, New Year’s Eve-themed novel and felt like it can be read without knowing a lot about the previous episodes. It also made me want to read these two first novels.

Despite a couple of minor typos here and there, it is a really lovely, easy to read book I recommend to chick-lit lovers. It is a romantic and heartwarming tale about love, family, friendship and forgiveness (and true love!)

It’s a great read just a few days before ringing in 2017!

Score: ♥ ♥ ♥

Christmas At The Gingerbread Café [Rebecca Raisin]

Christmas At The Gingerbread Café (The Gingerbread Café, Book 1) par [Raisin, Rebecca]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!

My thoughts on the novel: From the gorgeous cover to the yummy title, I knew I would delightfully delve into this festive short story. Not only is it filled with all the Christmassy elements you expect in such a seasonal novel, but it’s also very entertaining and fun. I really enjoyed the little war between Lily and her new, good-looking business neighbour.

You cannot but appreciate the lovely dynamic there is between Lily and business partner CeeCee, a real mother figure who helps Lily in the process of moving on from ex-husband Joel who broke her heart and left her for someone else. Will Lily finally get the happy ending she longs for?

All in all, Christmas at the Gingerbread Café is a great, enchanting story for this time of year. I’m definitely adding the next two installments in the Gingerbread series to my reading list for 2017!

Score: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥