‘Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe’ was originally published by Carina in ebook on 12th November 2013. At the time of this blog post it was free here.
Working in her cafe during the run up to Christmas, Lily is miserable and missing the husband who walked out on her. When a rival opens up across the street, she doesn’t believe life can get much worse. Fortunately for Lily, she has CeeCee who isn’t prepared to see Lily waste another Christmas dreaming of what might have been.
This is a quick festive read and not a genre I usually read. However, ‘Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe’ is well written, engaging and just right for a cosy winter afternoon.
The characters are surprisingly thoroughly developed for such a brief text and it its Rebecca Raisin’s skill in weaving their physical details into the narrative and providing them with natural and realistic dialogue that creates this depth. I felt I knew them immediately and especially warmed to CeeCee as a foil to the sadness Lily feels.
I also really enjoyed the descriptions of food. Rebecca Raisin manages to create the festive spirit through her images of food so that it is easy to picture a traditional Christmas scene.
The plot is relatively simple and the outcome to the story is inevitable. This appeals to lovers of feel-good, light fiction. It is perfect for readers who love this genre, being both what they want and expect. Reading ‘Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe’ will not disappoint. It’s a super story and I enjoyed it so much I shall be reading more of Rebecca Raisin and am now converted to short, quick read and thoroughly entertaining fiction.