Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin

"Life doesn't always have a happy ending, and that makes it even more important to love and cherish what you got."


Title - Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe
Author - Rebecca Raisin 
Publication Date - March 20th 2014
Publisher - Carina UK (Harlequin)
Format - Kindle Edition
Pages - 72

The blurb

Chocolate... the most irresistible temptation?

The Gingerbread Cafe is all a buzz! This Easter, Lily and the rest of the team of Ashford, Connecticut are planning a truly decadent Chocolate Festival. Cooking up a storm, CeeCee and Lily are not just baking a batch of their sinfully delicious chocolate-dipped gingerbread men, but an excess of chocolate truffles, squidgy, cinnamon hot-cross buns and melt in your mouth chocolate eggs. The Gingerbread Cafe staff have definitely enjoyed the tasting process!

Add in Damon's cute-as-a-button seven year old daughter, Charlie, up for a visit and Lily's perfect Easter may be around the corner. Until her ex-husband Joel turns up demanding twenty-thousand dollars... Suddenly the future of Gingerbread Cafe is not so clear... and Lily finds herself eating far more of the Gingerbread Cafe's treats than her skinny jeans allow...

Can Lily concoct a brilliant plan to save her beloved cafe, convince Damon she she has no feelings for Joel and still throw a Chocolate Festival the town will be talking about for years? There's only one way to find out... 

Welcome back to the warmth, cupcakes and hot chocolate of The Gingerbread Cafe - your home away from home. 

Becca's thoughts 

(Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe is the second in the Gingerbread Cafe series) 

Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe was a gorgeous little read that I devoured (as well as the constant presence of chocolately goodness) in less than a couple of hours. It is a short story, but Rebecca Raisin managed to fit everything in perfectly. It didn't seem too squished together which I have sometimes found with short stories. It was just right. 

If you follow me on Twitter (@beccasbooooks) you've probably seen the cover of this one constantly being tweeted from me, and that's because I'm a sucker for a pretty cover. I absolutely adore the cover for Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe, it is just gorgeous, and the pink and the little cupcakes just sang to me! It's cute, it's feminine and it depicts everything that is involved in the story. Top marks from Becca's Books for your cover, Rebecca. 

The plot for Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe was brilliant. It kept me hooked and I couldn't bear to put it down. There was the perfect amount of drama and good times which made it an incredibly pleasurable read. I really wanted to nip down to the Gingerbread Cafe and grab myself some yummy treats. 

The characters were all amazing, and I especially loved Rebecca's main character, Lily. She was a wonderful creation who put her all into the Gingerbread Cafe and the delights that it offers. She also has her faithful friend by her side, CeeCee, who was sassy and laughed a lot, which I loved! This short story was absolutely perfect for me and I couldn't get enough. I really would love nothing more than for Rebecca Raisin to write a full-length novel about the Gingerbread Cafe, it would be amazing! 

I'm rating Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe with a wonderful rating of 5/5! Everything was superb, from the friendship of the town where the story is set, to the drama that bounces into Lily's life, to the chocolate delights and Easter eggs that are being made for the Chocolate Festival. It was a pleasure to read and I really hope there's more to come!  

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