The Christmas Cookie Collection by Lori Wilde

December 20th, 2013 Kimberly Review 34 Comments

20th Dec
The Christmas Cookie Collection by Lori Wilde
The Christmas Cookie Collection
by Lori Wilde
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

Perfect for the holidays you are sure to gobble up The Christmas Cookie Collection. Lori Wilde’s small town series are not to missed, from Twilight, Texas to Cupid, Texas.

Three and half cups of coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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34 Responses to “The Christmas Cookie Collection by Lori Wilde”

  1. Sam

    I’m not always a fan of short story collections, but this sounds like a great christmas read. I’m especially curious about Raylene’s tale. I’m glad you had fun with them overall, Kimba. Thanks for the helpful review! 🙂

  2. Andrea

    Aw, this seems like a really sweet collection. I’ve only read one of Wilde’s novels, but I enjoyed it.
    Thanks for the review!

  3. Cyn

    Sounds cute! I’m loving all the Christmas book reviews you’ve got going on haha. I think I’m looking forward to the novella with the bakery in it. Lovely review!

  4. Candace

    I do like nosy, well meaning town folks! I wish I could squeeze in another holiday read, but it looks like it’s not to be. 🙁

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I stopped reading them three weeks ago since I am working on January reviews and new releases..LOL

  5. Sharlene Wegner

    This was a great Christmas anthology that I will probably take out every year to reread!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It would make a wonderful gift too, since it will appeal to a broad group 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are always nice and are perfect for in-between heavier reads 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was sweet the way she tied them all in. I have read a few from each series and they are wonderful small-town romances.

  6. Ginny

    You should be in the holly jolliest of Christmas spirits this year with all these great Christmas books you’ve read. I almost grabbed this one at the store yesterday but picked up Sleigh Bells in the Snow instead. I will add this one to my list for next year. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo I cannot wait to see what you think of Sleigh Bells. I stopped reading holiday books weeks ago..I am now on to horror, mystery and urban fantasy for January posts..LOL

  7. Jenny

    This does sound perfect for the holidays Kim! And it also has me craving cookies. There’s not much I love more than Christmas cookies (aside from books, obviously)! I haven’t read anything by Lori Wilde either, but I’m thinking I’ll be a fan:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I will be baking cookies all weekend! Have a wonderful weekend Jenny 🙂

  8. kindlemom1

    Oh my gosh, I love the snow! I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me there for a little bit LOL! I figured my cold was finally catching up to me and I needed more sleep. 😛


    Have a lovely weekend Kim!

  9. anna

    She’s been on my to read list since I met her a couple summers ago at an event. She was so sweet! This one sounds perfect. Especially Christine! I love bakers/chefts in my reads.

  10. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    I was freaking out because there were white spots flying everywhere then I realised that it was snow lolz. I don’t read a lot of anthologies, but it sounds cute!

    Lovely review, hun! <33

    • kimbacaffeinate

      OMG, you are too funny. Yes if you have WordPress under settings you can add snow 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I did, but I haven’t read one in over 3 weeks..LOL I am reading horror and mysteries now..LOL