Spoonful of Christmas: The Cupcake Diaries #4 by Darlene Panzera

Spoonful of Christmas: The Cupcake Diaries #4 by Darlene Panzera

Today’s stop is part of the Tasty Book Tour for Spoonful of Christmas the fourth installment in Darlene Panzera’s The Cupcake Diaries Series.  Please be sure to check the other tour stops  and don’t forget to enter here for the tour-wide giveaway sponsored by Avon Impulse where one lucky winner will get eBook copies of the first three books in the series!  But first ….

Book Review: 

My first introduction to this series, although this is the fourth installment: a perfect little nibble for the Christmas season. Christmas is coming and Andi is determined to make the first one with her new family memorable. Rachel is all aflutter with her Christmas Eve wedding, and Kimberly is wondering just where her relationship with Nathaniel is going.

With a thriving cupcake business, the ladies have reached a crossroads: a million-dollar offer to purchase Creative Cupcakes has them all thinking about the future, whether they want to stay in Astoria, and just what new surprises the holiday will bring. Yes, they do all wonder about what else may be out there, but their loyalty to one another keeps them together.

There are many different stories interwoven within this novella: each character from the earlier books has a part to play in the decisions and activities of this story. The addition of Max and the other children in foster care, some vandalism at the shop, and an all-out effort to provide the foster children in Astoria with Christmas presents and fun brings a sense of community and togetherness as the group bands together in a joint purpose.

These are characters that feel complete and whole: the sort of people you would welcome as neighbors and friends. While there may have been a touch of the melodramatic with all of the mishaps, the heart of the story shines through, and brings readers a conclusion that is both happy and completely in fitting with the Christmas spirit. I think I now have to see where this story started, and will be grabbing the earlier books in this series for reading in the new year. A nice bite of sweetness for the holiday, quick and fast reading: one that will leave a smile on your face.

Spoonful of Christmas: The Cupcake Diaries #4 by Darlene Panzera

Title: Spoonful of Christmas
Author: Darlene Panzera
Genre: Holiday Themed
Published by: Avon, Impulse
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 176
Rated: four-stars
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In this special Christmas novella from Darlene Panzera, THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: Spoonful of Christmas continues the adventures of three cupcake-loving women who work to keep their dream cupcake shop open while balancing love, family, and friendship.

When businessman Preston Pennyworth offers to buy Creative Cupcakes for a million dollars, the women are startled by his offer. Friends Andi, Kim, and Rachel have put everything into the shop and don’t want to give it up. Despite refusing the expensive offer, their worries are starting to pile up—just in time for the Christmas season. Between Andi’s concerns about a potential cross-country move, Rachel’s wedding-day stress, and Kim’s love life woes, the spirit of the season seems to be lacking! With the added stress of the holiday season, the women can’t help but imaging the possibilities of the offer.

Things change when Andi decides to organize a Christmas party for the foster kids in the area and the whole town gets involved. The women of Creative Cupcakes are reminded of what truly matters, as they realize the best things in life are close to home! But, when the shop is vandalized, the foster kids’ gifts are stolen, and Rachel’s wedding is sabotaged by a real life Grinch, the women can’t help but feel hopeless on Christmas. Will their Christmases be saved?

In this warm and heartfelt add-on to THE CUPCAKE DIARIES trilogy, Darlene Panzera’s Christmas novella will captivate reader’s hearts and capture the true meaning of Christmas.

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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About Darlene Panzera

Darlene Panzera writes sweet, fun-loving romance and is the winner of the "Make Your Dreams Come True Contest" sponsored by Avon Books, which led her novella, THE BET, to be published with Debbie Macomber's FAMILY AFFAIR. The full length novel, re-titled, BET YOU'LL MARRY ME, released December 2012 and her upcoming series, THE CUPCAKE DIARIES, releases May 2013 with subtitles: Sweet on You, Recipe for Love, and Taste of Romance.
"I love writing stories that help inspire people to laugh, value relationships, and pursue their dreams."
Born and raised in New Jersey, Darlene is now a resident of the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her family and her two horses, and loves camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.
Darlene would love to hear from her readers.