Jan 4, 2015

How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake by Gina Henning

Don't miss the brilliant second book in the Home for the Holidays series from Gina Henning.
A delicious cake. A guy who is late. Merry Christmas to all.
After the best Thanksgiving of her life, Lauren Hauser can’t wait to see Jack-the-pecan-hoarder so they can finally be in the same place at the same time. Long distance really doesn’t work when you’re head over heels!
But when Jack doesn’t turn up at the airport Lauren is left wondering if their relationship is really as great as she thought? Sure Jack’s kisses were delicious and when he looked at her, her knees felt weak, but what did they really know about each other?
A big Hauser family Christmas is just what is needed for this situation. Not only will her mom be decking the halls with boughs of monstrous-Christmas-decorations, but Lauren is baking a Christmas cake to once again claim dessert queen of the family! Will Jack fit in with the Hauser clan? Or will Lauren have to face the music…and accept that not every holiday romance was made for a happily ever after…


Lauren thinks she has found the perfect new boyfriend in Jack, but then he doesn't show up when she's supposed to meet him at the airport. She feels rejected and let down and starts to doubt every moment they had together. When her family asks her to come over for Christmas she doesn't want to, because there's a chance she'd run into Jack. That changes when he's suddenly back into her life trying to make things right. Will Lauren be able to forgive him and are they going to be able to find a way to make their long distance relationship work? When it's time for a big family Christmas with Gina's family not everyone is in a good mood. Is it possible for Lauren to have a wonderful Christmas with a great man by her side or will it be a disaster?
It was nice to read about the Hauser family again. Lauren's family members are such great characters who all have their own unique quirks. I loved finding out more about them. The same goes for Lauren and Jack who now have to get to know each other better, which they do in an original way. The story has several unexpected twists, I liked that a lot. It also is nice and warm, which is exactly what a Christmas novel should be like. Gina Henning has such a fabulous way of creating a setting and atmosphere. Last but not least, the food talk, especially the cake and pie parts, is amazing. I enjoyed reading the first book of the series as well and can't wait for the third part to come out.


  1. Sounds like one for next year x

  2. This looks like a fun read.


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