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The icing on her Christmas cake!

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 ac
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Published November 12th 2013 by Carina
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Kriss
This is a sweet Christmas romance. Sometimes even a zombie loving gal like me likes a HEA story like this, especially with the characters Ms. Raisin baked up. Our main protagonist, Lil still hanging on to a childhood love who left her, despite all of her friend and co-baker in her shop has been trying to do to get her to move on. Damon is from one of the town’s oldest families and moved back to do his hometown to try to get his life back in order.

What started off as a specialty shop showdown on
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Julie
Christmas at the Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin is a Carina UK publication released in 2013. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in conjunction with Bewitching Tours.

It's Christmas at the Gingerbread Café and usually a busy time for Lil and her partner CeeCee. However this year it looks like the café is going to have a little competition.

Damon has returned home from New Orleans. He appears to be horning in on Lil's business and Lil has decided she will have done
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Maria
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

A short and sweet holiday morsel, Christmas at the Gingerbread Café by Rebecca Raisin is a fun treat. Well developed characters, a swiftly moving plot and just the right amount of heat kept me turning the pages to see how this romance would work out. Set in a fictional town in Connecticut right before the holidays, this is the perfect choice to read when
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Cookie1
My daughter, samstillreading suggested I read this book. When I first started reading I thought this was just another Christmas romance story. However as I progressed I realised that Rebecca Raisin has enthused this story with Christmas cheer. To me the entire story is happy, light, bubbly and very Christmassy. I don't know if this has been done with her choice of words or what, but I love it.
Even though I have never experienced a white Christmas ( only red ones, here in Australia) I could imag
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Juliet Madison
A sweet, heartwarming story to get you in the festive spirit (and make you crave all manner of tasty treats)! Rebecca has created a lovely small town setting with interesting, quirky characters. CeeCee was a hoot, and Damon was delicious! An enjoyable way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon & lift your spirits.
Dawn Brierley
Having wanted to read this book for ages, the opportunity presented itself to me when Rebecca sent me all three books to read which I promised to review for her. So this is the first of the three in the series.

Lil owns a sweet little shop called Gingerbread Café, whom she runs with her best friend and widow, CeeCee who is just the funniest, most upfront woman I've ever read. She's so relatable and instantly made me think of my best friends Mum and Nan with her honest and protective yet humorous
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Love Reading Romance
Lily is not looking forward to another Christmas, single and moping about her ex husband Joel. She's even more upset when the new shop owner over the road begins selling the same goods as her and stealing her customers. Two can play at that game and Lily is ready to steal her customers back, just as soon as she stops staring at his butt.

Rebecca Raisin's books are like old friends, good food and cuddles in front of the fire, all wrapped up in cute as pie romance. I first met the folk of Ashford i
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Sophie

Review on my blog http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2014...

Christmas at the Gingerbread Café was a stunning read. Rebecca Raisin packed so much charm into her writing that it was impossible for me to not fall in love with this story. A gorgeous setting and vibrant characters packed with personality completely transfixed me and left me really looking forward to reading more of this series.

Lily, fed up at the thought of spending Christmas alone, throws herself into her work at the Gingerbread Cafe
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Simona
What a lovely, cute and wonderful novella, with a drop dead gorgeous cover.

Lily is a great and relatable character with a big heart. She is still pining over her past and what she had there.

Oh and Damon! Well, BOOK BOYFRIEND ALARM!!! He’s hot, sweet, caring, kind…

There off on a rocky start, as Damon and his café are becoming a competition for the Gingerbread Café. Their attraction for each other is obvious from the start and loved how Lily wanted to stay away from him. They get closer anyway and
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Abbey Liddle
Title: Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication Date: 12th November 2013


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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
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Louisa
*ARC Provided by the NetGalley

Lily is in her late twenties and the owner of the local Gingerbread cafe in Ashford, Connecticut. The cafe is her everything and has been very successful in town…Until he comes along. Damon Guthrie opens up his new small good store across the street from Lily and didn’t imagine the cold welcome he’d receive from his feisty competitor. From the moment this gorgeous, brown eyed, sandy blond man walks across the street and exudes nothing but charm, Lily is determined
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Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed By Whit@Shooting Stars Reviews

Received review copy from NetGalley!

Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe begins when there is a new shop in town competing with the Gingerbread Cafe. Now Lily hasn't yet gotten over her ex husband but she's bound and determined not to let her last pride and enjoy go under because there is a new man in town who wants to still her business. So let the competition begin, Derek and Lily are going to go all out to make their stores have the most customers. But soon
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All Booked Out
Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

I want a Gingerbread House...I also want Damon! He can teach me to cook ANYTIME ;-)

A perfect, cookie of a Novella, but oh i wish it was more...maybe it could be, will be..hint hint!
Although set at Christmas, it isn't over tinselled.....i could read this anytime, but it did give you that warm glow of ahhhh.

When the new shop owner across the street starts selling some of the same products, stealing customers from Lil, Cee Cee, her wonderful employee
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Arlena
Title: Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Published: Carina Press
Age Recommended: New Adult- Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Genre: Romance
Rating: 5
Review:

"Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe" by Rebecca Raisin was a sweet Christmas romance story. We find Lil and CeeCee are owners of 'The Gingerbread Cafe in Ashford, Connecticut and that they are going to have a little competition from the newcomer Damon who has returned home from New Orleans has just opened up his business across
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Fiona - Fiona's Book Reviews
What a delightful short story this is! Just what I needed - a feel good, romantic, Christmas story.

The author has written something reminiscent of the film "You've Got Mail". A shop, The Gingerbread Cafe, has been in a small town for years, and has been an extremely successful business. Then someone else comes in and opens up something similar right across the road (as opposed to 'just around the corner' in the film.)

This starts a battle between the 2 proprietors to gain business from the townsf
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Kate Beeden
The Gingerbread Café is a special place, especially at Christmas. At the heart of the community the café is a delightful haven, warm and welcoming with owner Lily and employee CeeCee full of the Christmas spirit. Lily is recovering from the breakdown of her marriage and CeeCee is determined to matchmake. When handsome, mysterious Damon opens up a shop across the road, CeeCee encourages Lily to make a move for him, but before long it becomes apparent that Damon's business is in direct competition ...more
Emily (Reviewer

Right off the bat we are showered with the Christmas spirit the Gingerbread café exudes and instantly fall in love with the shops owner Lily and her co worker CeeCee. The two women are greatly anticipating the holiday season and are greatly looking forward to selling out on their holiday treats and home bakes goodies. They are feeling good till they look out their window and see that an attractive man from out of town has decided to open up shop right across from them and practically selling the
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Belinda Williams
I don’t usually read novellas. I like to get my teeth into lengthy novels of 80k+ and really invest myself in the characters. When the opportunity came up to read Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe though, I couldn’t resist. I was in the mood for some romantic pre-Christmas reading and this novella definitely ticks that box.

Lily is immediately likeable. She’s just the right balance of feisty and funny. When Damon arrives in town and sets up shop opposite, Lily’s determination to fight for her bus
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Lisa
Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin is the cutest small-town, christmas spirit, warm and fuzzy holiday short story I've ever read!

Lily tries to go head to head in a competition against the HOT new shop-owner across teh street. It's Christmas time and Home-baked goods is not the most lucrative business venture but it's what she loves. But now Damon is infringing on her already small customer base.

Damon just wants to get along with everyone, including the feisty beauty across the s
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Dawn
I was asked by the author if I would be interested in reviewing Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe. Yes please!! I love a Christmas book, particularly as this weekend I've done my first lot of Christmas shopping. I read half of the book before I went and half when I came back. It really was a welcome slice of Christmas - that just hit the spot. As with all good short stories the author gave you just enough - leaving me satisfied but wanting a little bit more. Her descriptions were so vivid I felt ...more
Lisa Ireland
I enjoyed every minute of this delicious little novella. And I do mean delicious - the author's descriptions of culinary delights had me craving gingerbread among other things!

The book was beautifully written. The setting was vivid and inviting and the characters jumped off the page and drew me into their world. I especially loved the character of CeeCee, who made me laugh out loud on a number of occasions.

The romance between Lil and Damon was sweet and satisfying. I loved both of these charact
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Lisa Swallow
This beautiful little novella has put me in the mood for a white Christmas! The author paints the world of Lily and Damon so vividly and you can't help being drawn into their story. I loved how strong a character Lily was despite her broken heart and there were some real laugh out loud moments in the rivalry between her and the very gorgeous Damon. The developing romance was sweet and well paced and I'd love to read more about them. Rebecca Raisin is a talented writer who easily pulls a reader i ...more
Tammy Robinson
I came across this author and her book on a friends blog, and I'm so glad I did. This story sucked me in to the point I finished it in one afternoon as I just couldn't put it down! The characters are full of life and lovable, and the delicious food descriptions and the way the author paints the snowy Christmas scene transplants you right there alongside them. I loved it. A sweet, feel good romance that left me smiling. Only teensy tiny complaint was the length, I wanted more! Just wasn't ready t ...more
Amber
This is a lovely romantic short story between two small town shop owners. This story reminded so much of one of my all-time favorite movies, You've Got Mail with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. (view spoiler)

Great story and I wi
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Molly Wishlade
FABULOUS FESTIVE READ

I LOVED this book! The author has such a warm, honest style that I fell in love with her author voice, the vivid characters and the festive setting. I giggled, I empathised with Lily's frustrations and I longed to visit the Gingerbread Café in order to sample some of the delicious sounding dishes and to savour the warm, cosy ambience. I can't wait to read more books by this author! You can read this at any time of the year and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Now I need some
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BestChickLit.com
This is a short yet sweet story that will have you feeling as cosy as a roaring log fire. If the evoking descriptions of yummy food and smells coming from the Gingerbread Café aren’t enough to make you fall in love with this novella, then the endearing nature of the three main characters sure will.

CeeCee is a women not to cross! I loved her character and the way her and Lily cracked up with laughter at regular intervals, which made their close relationship all the more real. I’ll be moving on th
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Jane
A delightful Christmas read. I hadn't read Raisin before but, juding by her talent with gingerbread cafes, I think she's ready to put her hand to any recipe. Nice plot. Well-rounded characters - and more than enough mistletoe, even though it's a short read :)
Gina Henning
I read Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe and fell in love with the characters, because of this I was excited to go back to the beginning and see how this story unfolded. I read this book in less than a few hours, riveting through each moment of how Lily and Damon's budding relationship began. Their flirty moments, were so fun to visualize, and Damon is enough to make anyone swoon.
Even though I knew where the story was going to end up because I had read the last book, it did not keep me f
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Paula Jayne
Enjoyed it, some parts made me giggle to myself.
Loving Cee cee, I need her in my life :) now on to Chocolate Dreams .. xxx
Toni
I totally loved this book was filled with so many Christmas things kinda Christmas book I love to read. Loved the characters. Just wished it was longer cause that is how good it was. Well done like I said the perfect
Christmas book.
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