CUPCAKES FOR CHRISTMAS
Reture To Willoughby Close
Genre: #Romance #ChristmasRomance #OlderCouple40s
My Rationg: 4
Publication: October 25th 2018
Read: October 3rd 2018 (ARC provided via NetGalley)
POV: Third-person single perspective
Kindle Edition: 208 pages
Series: Check out Willoughby Close on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2550386004
Available For Pre-Order: https://amzn.to/2M7aPRb
Always the baker, never the bride…
Olivia James has always been happy running a tea shop and bakery in the Cotswold village of Wychwood-on-Lea, and helping her friends find their happily-ever-afters, topped by the perfect wedding cake. But as Christmas approaches, Olivia is home alone and questioning her choices while eating too many of her own specialty confections.
When Simon Blacklock, a handsome, whimsical stranger, breezes into her shop and buys a cupcake and then returns the next day and the day after, Olivia begins to dream. Can romance blossom amidst the sugar and flour? And after a lifetime of living on the side lines, is she brave enough to star in her own story?
Simon may be hiding a painful secret, but Olivia harbors secrets of her own. If they can dare to risk their hearts, this Christmas might be the most magical yet!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was sweet. I enjoyed it despite the first half of the book being a bit slow and boring at times. But after reading the entire book, I appreciated the slower pace because it made me appreciate the ending all the better. In addition to being a warm-hearted Christmas romance, this book was emotional. Life was not perfect for either Simon or Olivia. Each had their own emotional baggage. And while we are aware of Olivia’s from the beginning, it is Simon’s life that is slowly revealed. I won’t say more about that; I don’t want to spoil this book for you.
This book is written in third-person with only Olivia’s perspective. I admit I was a little disappointed by that. It is my personal preference to have both H/h POVs. I find that I can connect with the characters much better that way. However, I did know ahead of time that this book was single POV and wanted to read it anyway. I’m very glad I did because it was really a touching story and I enjoyed it very much. In fact I will be reading more from this author, for sure.
Olivia is thirty-nine and Simon is forty-one years old. Both are mature and lovely people. Olivia is taken by surprise at her attraction to Simon having not had any lasting relationships prior. After meeting Simon, she gradually understands why no other relationship worked out. There was a spark missing. A spark that is apparent when she is with Simon.
Simon is most definitely not an alpha. He is a sweet, caring man. A complete gentleman. He was so wonderful and to be honest I found his quiet, non-aggressive nature a nice change of pace from what I usually read in a hero. It was so easy to fall in love with Simon. Olivia and Simon were perfect for each other. As I said earlier in my review, the plot unfolds slowly but is worth it when you get to the happily-ever-after. This book was realistic and believable; a nice change from books where there are constant mentions of self-depreciation and physiques. The characters were perfectly, imperfect in my opinion.
There are several secondary characters in this book that have previously had their stories told in prior books of the Willoughby Close series. I would like to read them. So, if you are looking for a sweet, heart-warming Christmas romance with some emotional elements, I very much recommend Cupcakes For Christmas by Kate Hewitt.
This is my honest and unbiased opinion. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
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