by Lori Wilde
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Four delightful novellas featuring characters from Lori Wilde's New York Times bestselling book The First Love Cookie Club. First published as e-originals, they are now available in one volume and in print for the first time. There's a legend in Twilight, Texas. It says that if on Christmas you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your one true love, he will be your destiny. Carrie, Raylene, Christine, and Flynn are all members of the Christmas Cookie Club. Each has a story to tell, and each discovers the miracles of the season and the power of love Carrie: Reconnects with her high school sweetheart . . .the only man she's ever loved. Raylene: Discovers that the daughter she gave awayat birth is living right in Twilight . . . Christine: Has given up on love . . . until the man ofher dreams walks through her shop door. Grace: It's Christmas Eve and Flynn and Jesse Calloway are thrilled to be expecting a new baby. Then Flynn's car hits a patchof ice, and Jesse must move earth . . . and heaven . . .to save her and their unborn child.
The Christmas Cookie Collection contains four delightful novellas featuring characters from Lori Wilde’s First Love Cookie Club novels. All were previously published as Christmas Cookie Chronicles and are now available in this single collection. Heart-warming tales of romance, friendship and small-town charm make each of the tales a holiday delight. Mini review: heart-warming, and romantic it offers delightful tales that allow you to curl up and escape from the hustle and bustle of the season.
The first tale is Carrie’s who declares herself the town Grinch. Despite her friend’s attempt at spreading holiday cheer, it is their gossip that catches her ear. Her high school sweetheart, Mark, is back in town with a reality film crew. Claire is still hung up on Mark. Could this be a chance to ignite the old flame or is Carrie going to continue her role as Grinch? This was sweet and predictable with humor and tender moments.
The second tale brings us Raylene a local bar owner who is feeling a bit like a Grinch herself. Memories of Christmas past haunt her. One Christmas Eve an old secret had her husband Earl leaving. Despite friends trying to get her to move on, Raylene is pining over the past. Her friend Nate is there to support her as a stranger appears stirring up secrets and old mysteries. Can Raylene find her happy? This had a little suspense and a little magic.
Christine owns the local bakery, Twilight, and her shop smells of yuletide greetings. This holiday with her parents and brother away she is feeling lonely. A cake to be delivered on Christmas Eve and an old flame from the past looking for a birthday cake for his daughter has her wondering if Christmas might not be so lonely after all. I love these second chance romances, and this was a sweet one.
The last tale belongs to Flynn. She and her husband Jesse are expecting their first child, and the holiday season has its woes as money is tight. Together they learn that the best things at the holidays don’t require money. This delivered such a sweet message and reminds us all to appreciate the little things.
All of these tales were delightful from the small-town to the nosy, well meaning town-folk. The romances are clean and sweet. Each delivers life lessons and is filled with joy and hope. Wilde fleshes out her characters, and while you might not love them all, you will certainly connect and feel their emotions. The reader soon finds themselves wishing they were a member of the Cookie Club.
Three and half cups of coffee out of five
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