Jun 16, 2014

Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin

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

I've borrowed the summary from Amazon. The Gingerbread Café is doing great and Lily and Damon are happy with each other. What makes it even better is that Lily and Damon's seven year old daughter, Charlie, are getting along very well. They are all preparing for the Chocolate Festival and everything is going smoothly, until Joel, Lily's ex-husband, suddenly returns. He wants Lily to pay him back a loan he has given her for the café. Lily has to find the money somewhere and soon, because otherwise her wonderful dream will be taken away from her.
In this Gingerbread Café story there's so much chocolate I could almost see it dripping of the pages. I'm a big fan of books about food and baking. I certainly got my share of beautiful descriptions while reading Chocolate Dreams. I love the atmosphere of these novellas and the dialogue is exceptional. I really enjoyed reading CeeCees wonderful southern sentences. This book is a real treat. I advice everyone who wants to start reading it to buy lots of chocolate first, because you will need it while devouring this lovely and warm story!

Rebecca Raisin's new novella, The Bookshop on the Corner, will come out tomorrow!

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