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Ben's Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracle

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  50 reviews
This Hanukkah, it’s love with a side of latkes.

Former ice hockey star Adam Bernard has spent the last ten years caring for his ailing father and coaching his pee-wee hockey team. He doesn’t have time to brood over what could-have-been since leaving the NHL draft - and he sure doesn’t have time for a love-life. When his team is invited to a prestigious tourney in Boston -
Kindle Edition, 242 pages
Published November 13th 2018
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I so wanted to 5-star this little Hanukkah romance. I mean, it has hockey players AND Jewish MCs?! That sounded right up my alley, and I did really enjoy it, except for my issues with Adam.

Look, I'm Jewish. Very Jewish. According to my "23 and me" results, I'm 99.4% Ashkenazi Jewish. I also live in a very, very Jewish area of the world with 27 synagogues within a 10 mile radius from my house (yes, I just counted). I have Orthodox friends and relatives that keep Kosher, so I'm familiar with most
Joyfully Jay
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

I am always excited when I can find Chanukah books this time of year, and when this story came across my desk, I was eager to snatch it up. I think Peters does a nice job of doing more than scratch the surface of the holiday and it is clear she is familiar with the holiday traditions. In fact, in a couple of places I think the story assumes a basic understanding of things that not all readers may have, but I do think that the book is accessible even if Chanukah i
Eli Easton
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first Christmas season read of 2018 and I loved it. Ben and Adam meet when Adam walks into Ben's "kosher style" bakery in Boston while travelling there with the ice hockey team he coaches (he's from Montreal). Both men have similar histories. Both were skaters (one hockey, one a speed skater) who had to give up on dreams of Olympic glory. Both are Jewish, though Adam's father was a rabbi and Ben's family was unobservant. I loved Adam's young hockey players--they sounded like real kids and add ...more
Courtney Bassett
Fantastic and heartwarming

I really enjoyed this. Ben and Adam were sweet but still realistically flawed, fumbling their way to their happy ending with a few hitches along the way and growth on both sides. This book make me both laugh and tear up (it’s not SUPER angsty; I’m just a wimp), and ultimately left me with a smile on my face. I’m definitely checking out more books from this new-to-me author.
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
I’m always up for a good Hanukkah story during the holidays so I jumped on this one. Now for the record I usually do not like children in my stories, I always find them poorly written or used as some sappy device. Surprise, I absolutely loved the boys on the hockey team. The main problem for me is I enjoyed them more than I enjoyed the main characters. The main characters had mini stumbling blocks between them that they put up but I didn’t understand why. I felt the story was a little heavy on t ...more
This was stupidly, absurdly cute and I enjoyed it almost entirely. Though I object very much to romance fiction tacking on erotica at the end of the book for no good reason (it's to...prove their love? Idk, I found it superfluous), it was worth it to feel the almost palpable discomfort the man in the seat next me was radiating as he suddenly realized what a bad flipping idea it is to read a romance novel over a stranger's shoulder in an airplane with no privacy. Happy Holidays, brother.
Andrea Brokaw
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Rating: An electric menorah.

Highlight of note: Hanukkah romances are still rare enough that just being one is noteworthy, especially as it's a full length novel rather than a novella.

Will you read more by this author? Maybe? Leaning toward unlikely.

Note: I am not Jewish. The author of the book is. Not sure if that's important to point out, but both things are true.

Also note: this is an adult romance, not the YA that I usually read. That means there are graphic sex scenes. I skipped over them bec
Kimmers of Kimmers' Erotic Book Banter
Oh my goodness, I have to say what a miracle it is to have discovered Ben’s Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracle. This book is so charming it brightened my mood in the best of ways – and Penelope Peters definitely got me in the spirit for the holidays!

A word of advice, in the prologue we’re introduced to Adam Bernard and Ben Daniels by way of where they are during Thanksgiving, in Canada and America respectively. Should you not be aware, Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October whereas America celeb
Denise H.
***** Montreal Pee-Wee Hockey Coach, Adam, son of a Rabi, will be away from family this year during Hanukkah, because his team is invited to Boston.
Ben owns the Jewish Bakery in Boston where the kids found his donuts delicious. They bring their coach to meet the cute baker, Ben.

This is a super sweet story with cute kids, a dedicated coach and the rocky week our men spend trying to figure each other out. Their religion plays a big role, because the men have each had quite a different exposure
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
3.25 stars. I'm all in favor of more Hanukkah romances, especially M/M ones. This was a good one, with musings on the true meaning of religion, mouth-watering jelly doughnuts and latkes (anything fried in oil is appropriate for the holiday), and one MC to die for (as the owner of a bakery, Ben is almost quite literally a cinnamon roll). Unfortunately Adam, the other MC, has a stick up his judgmental butt, reminding me of the worst kind of narrow-minded people who think they know the "right" way ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a treat Ben’s Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracle by Penelope Peters is. Covering the eight days and nights of Hanukkah, Ben’s Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracle has the feel of a Hallmark Holiday story where each day is a new “present” for each of these men.

The prologue is somewhat hard to follow, maybe because of the tone or maybe because of the different timeframes for Thanksgiving (US vs Canada). However, do not let this deter you from proceeding with this adorable, sweet and slightly-angsty t
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I LOVED the boys. I wanted so much more of them. I was texting my friends and explaining my love pretty constantly through the book. There were school girl giggles. There were tears. Read it.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
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I was exited to read another Hannukah themed book, because the warmth of the traditions and blessings and sense of family of this Jewish holiday really impressed me in Eight Nights in December. However, I never got that in this book. I did not like Adam; he was judgemental, illogical and boring. Ben was a better character, in my opinion. Yes he had flaws, but he was a more likeable character, and I admired how he was true to his Jewish culture, without seeming as rigid as Adam. I also liked th ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great holiday story!

As you can tell from the title, this is not a Christmas story. However, it is a holiday story - the holiday of Hanukkah which is celebrated by Jewish folks usually during December.

The other fact that made me buy this book is that one of the MCs is a hockey coach, and earlier in life was a hockey player! And as hockey is my favorite sport, it only made sense to get the book. And I'm very glad I did, as it had a good story line and a minimum of angst. And, of course, the HEA e
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was fun to read, the hockey team was a really nice part of the story, and all the talk of the bakery and its treats made me really crave baked (and fried) goods! Oh, and Farida, the assistent coach is amazing and Adam is SO LUCKY she was with him on this trip.
Perfect first holiday-themed story for this year :D
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounding up. It could have been 4 stars without reservation if Adam hadn't had one too many misapprehensions about Ben's motives. But it had so many great moments where the characters thought about what it meant to be authentically Jewish, and also had a group of hockey playing kids in it that seemed real and not annoying plot devices.
Ed Davis
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Ok, it was just ok. I didn’t care much for Adam. He was so self centered and judgmental. I don’t know he just got on my nerves. Ben was sweet and I loved him as a character. The hockey team boys were incredible. I loved them. Ok book, not my favorite.

I did love the Jewish theme.
The conflict between the MC's felt contrived and the chemistry was lacking. It was the kids who really shone here.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This started off extremely cute and funny. Adam is the coach of an ice hockey team full of 12-year-olds, and has to attent a tournament with them during Hanukkah. Some of the kids find a Jewish bakery, owned by Ben, and tell Adam that the owner is very cute and he should ask him on a date.

The entire setting is just so enjoyable, both the bakery aspect and the sports aspect. I don't think I've ever read a book set specifically during Hanukkah, so that was really interesting. The kids made for rea
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, holiday-mm
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really loved this story. Ben is so adorable and is trying hard to observe Hanukkah without Christmas interfering this year. Adam tries to be the perfect son for his father but promises a hockey tournament that takes him away during Hanukkah.

Ben loved speed skating and baking, after he was hurt he has completely put himself into his bakery. I loved how determined Sheldon was to get Ben out there no matter what. Adam is at a cross roads, he c
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, kindle
I was so excited to read this, because hockey and Hanukkah together? Yes please! I liked it, but I didn't love it. There are not nearly enough Hanukkah romances out there, so I hate to harsh on one, but Adam's judgy-ness really irked me. Are there observant Jews that look down on those who are less observant, of course there are. But Adam's issues with it just seemed out of proportion, especially since it was pretty clear he wasn't Orthodox. Also, Hanukkah is such a minor holiday in terms of imp ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all, YAY! How refreshing to find a Jewish themed M/M romance; and one that is well-written at that. This story was really delightful and sweet...for the most part. Ben is just an all-around great guy. Likable on all counts. Adam, not so much. Ben was very upfront about trying to discover and connect with his Jewish roots, yet Adam, who grew up in a very Jewish environment with a father who was a rabbi, seemed to be overly judgemental regarding Ben’s Jewishness. Which was rather ironic c ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ben and Adam grew up Jewish, but in different ways. Adams dad was a Rabbi and Ben's family were not hard core in their worship of their Jewish religion. Now Ben is trying to run a Kosher bakery, but not really knowing what how to bake true kosher foods. Adam comes to Boston with his preteen and teen hockey team from Canada and they trail into Ben's bakery. Adam gave up hockey because his mom died and he had to take care of his dad. Ben, a speed skater had to give up because of an injury. Now the ...more
Molli B.
Cute! Fun! This popped up on my timeline at exactly the right moment—I needed a book about a baker. Voila! I had no expectations going in because the author is totally new to me, and I was very pleasantly surprised. Takes place in Boston, and the MC who isn't a baker is a Canadian hockey coach! \o/ The writing was solid, the characters were interesting—as was the story, while not being overly complicated.

The characters' Judaism is a very important part of the story but not in any sort of preachy
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, romance, m-m
I love Penelope Peters' books. I love her characters and the warm feeling I have any time I finish them, and the diversity that it's so evident in her stories.

Here we have two Jewish men, both who had to give up their dreams for different circumstances: Adam because of a car crash that killed his mom and invalidated his dad; Ben because of an injury. Now, Adam is a coach of pre-teens in Montreal, and Ben has a Bakery in Boston.

Ha! you'll say. I already know the main conflict! They live far away
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, m-m, humor, holiday
The banter between the MC's, with two great secondary characters, and with the kids in the hockey team made this story a lot of fun. And I was jealous of all the kids on the hockey team--I wanted some of those delicious baked goods, too!

Adam's disparagement of Ben's Jewishness made him an idiot more times than I liked, especially considering that Adam's father seemed to be an accepting rabbi. Everything seems to have worked out okay by the end, though I would have liked to enjoy that happiness a
Heather Rawlins
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story. It was such a good pace, even though it was mostly in the span of 8 days, it never went too fast. It had so many great things in it: hockey, baking, skating, kids and Canada (and yes I’m biased). I really liked that Ben and Adam although both Jewish, did not come to their faith and practice from the same angle. It was definitely hot and sexy but there was a lot of humour and food and fun. I truly enjoyed this book and most definitely recommend it.
Felicia Grossman
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book made my entire day! It was a fast, happy read. I adored both Ben and Adam and loved how they (especially Adam) grew and changed together (in 8 days!). I loved that it talked honestly about the range of Jewish practice and about some of the complexities of being Jewish in North America. Oh, and the kids were adorable, the the besties, and it was just a fun book and a fun book with a fabulous epilogue and I am SO happy I read it!
Katherine Horvath
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bakery Romance!

Ben's Bakery and the Hanukkah Miracle: I loved all the characters! I liked how Adam and Ben connected right away. They had a lot in common. I liked how the kids were giving Adam such a hard time about Ben. Adam was a great coach for the kids. He may not be a hockey player anymore but he is great with the kids. He is a good supporter for everyone. Loved the heat between Adam and Ben and the challenges between them. It was a great story.
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