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Christmas at the Gingerbread Café (The Gingerbread Cafe #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  890 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
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
ebook, 52 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Carina
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Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Walking home from town, I notice it’s gone quiet, sleepy. It’s a nice feeling, the town relaxing in on itself. There’s something incredibly sweet about small towns this time of year.

I’ve had this sudden weird urge recently to watch Christmas-themed romantic comedies on Netflix and once I made my way through all of them I figured why not start on books next! So I ended up grabbing a bunch of different Christmas-themed contemporary romance novels from Amazon and this was one of them!

I didn’t r
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ebook, culinary
A week ago I read The Bookshop on the Corner by Colgan, Jenny, and loved it, while looking for a sequel I found The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin and decide to read that as well. Then I found out that it was part of a short story town and that the The Bookshop On the Corner was 2.5 in the Gingerbread Cafe series. I picked up this and the sequel both of which I read this after. Both are good solid romances and while I'm not the target audience I was glad to read them both, next I'll st ...more
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
2.75 gingerbread stars!


Okay now this was the quickest read ever! It was shorter than I expected it to be.
Now for some reason I was REALLY in the mood for something Christmassy and this book
has been on my radar for quite some time now.
It wasn't necessarily bad but it also wasn't great. As it was so short, everything (read: the romance) went way too quickly and was just....unlikely.
It also had little to do with a Christmas in a Gingerbread Café, there was a Gingerbread Café and it was Chris
Liberty K
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you love a good Christmas time romance, this is the perfect book for you! The characters, the small town and the Gingerbread café will put you in festive mood.
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free for a Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Firstly thank you to Bewitching Blog tour for letting me take part in this blog tour.

I thought Lil is a great character, she is a little damaged but she just wanted to be loved.

Damon is hot! but he is also sweet, kind, caring. An excellent book boyfriend.

Ceecee was the best mum/friend you
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lily is trying to keep herself busy working at the Gingerbread Cafe. Her cafe is doing pretty well until a new cafe opens across the road and she feels threatened by the owner, who happens to be a very handsome and witty guy.
It was a very sweet Christmassy novella. Even though it was a short and left you wanting more, it still managed to have a good Christmas vibe and all the characters were interesting, so the book didn't feel rushed or flat. I'm happy that there are two more books in the seri
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.
A sugary-sweet and fun Christmas read!!
Love Reading Romance
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dawn-Tracy Brierley
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
*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
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Title: Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication Date: 12th November 2013

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
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

"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
Emily (Reviewer
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Review on my blog

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
Belinda Williams
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Fiona Wilson
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Katey Lovell
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
All Booked Out
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Loredana (Bookinista08)
Aww.. This was such a cute little read, that gave me all the fuzzies! It's perfect for the winter holidays, that's for sure!

I initially wanted to give it 3 stars, because it was OK, even more than OK, but not spectacular. However, considering the fact that CeeCee's character made me laugh out loud a couple of times, which not many fictional people tend to do, I thought that 4 stars is the appropriate rating to give it. And I'm not sorry, not even a little bit. I think I'm gonna go and read more
Tammy Robinson
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Bethany Clark
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a festive holiday read, I found it on my kindle last night and started to read it and I couldn't put it down! Who says you can't read a holiday book in the spring? Not this girl!

Lily is just not in the Christmas mood these days. She was left by her husband after he mucked up their savings and their home. The Christmas season is not off to a great start, a new business across the way is digging into her profits. And to top it all off, the man that opened the shop has caught her eye along wit
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