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Four novellas are compiled to make this book: a lovely set of Christmas-themed stories about four friends who are members of a Christmas Cookie Club, fans of Lori Wilde will recognize them from her First Love Cookie Club title. Brought together as one delightful book, each story is a perfect getaway, and you can read them for short breaks or curl up of an afternoon.
We start with Carrie who has a “bah humbug” attitude, and isn’t at all interested in the gossip from the women in her Yarn Barn’s knitting club. Interfering and pitying creatures, she just wanted to hide away. But, the talk was all of Carrie’s former HS sweetheart Mark, who was returning to town to film a reality show. Could their old flame flare again, or would it just be another wasted dream?
Followed by Raylene, the owner of the local bar, and also one with a reason to not be so merry. Her husband Earl left her one Christmas Eve, after many years of marriage over an old secret. Sad, lonely and pining for her love, Raylene has let things go. Her friend Nate is trying to encourage her to move forward, but a stranger is in town and there are mysteries and secrets to uncover. Will Raylene find a reason to be merry this Christmas?
Third up is the story of Christine, she owns the Twilight Bakery. Her cookies and cakes are in demand, yet it is seeming like a lonely holiday with her parents away with her brother, and a Christmas Eve wedding cake to craft and deliver. Even her special super cookies weren’t making her happy. When Eli arrived in search of the ‘best’ cake for his daughter’s birthday, it’s a blast from the past. Sixteen years earlier they shared a kiss and friendship, then Eli moved away. Would his appearance now mean another disappearance or a chance to have more than one stocking on the fireplace mantle?
Lastly to round out this lovely little collection of sweet and romantic stories we meet up with Flynn, soon to be mother and the father of the soon to be baby Grace, Jesse. Money is tight, although things could always be worse. Jesse knows this to be true after he spent ten years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Scrimping at Christmas isn’t the best thing, but the more important things are what matters. And we see just how well they weather the disappointments and difficulties of the season as their story concludes.
Perfectly suited for the season and it was a great introduction to the people that populate the town of Twilight Texas. You won’t be able to read just one and walk away: the characters are all fully developed and feel familiar: they could be friends or neighbors. A great escape for a quiet getaway when the holidays overwhelm.
Read an EXCERPT
Title: The Christmas Cookie Collection
Author: Lori Wilde
Narrator: C.J. Critt
Published by: Avon
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 11 Hours 39 minutes
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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 away at 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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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