Hey everyone! I have a stop on the Spoonful of Christmas book tour today. There is a review and a giveaway for you all.
The Cupcake Diaries:
Spoonful of Christmas
By: Darlene Panzera
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.
Creative Cupcakes is doing really well and now it has an offer from a businessman to buy it. The three friends who run it Andi, Kim and Rachel aren't sure they want to sell it because it is their heart and soul. However they each have new things happening in their lives and aren't sure where their future lays. Andi may be moving, Rachel's wedding is coming up and Kim doesn't know where her love life is going. Now when Andi has decided to have a Christmas party for foster kids and get the town involve. What should be a great things soon turns bad when a Grinch steals all the presents and destroys Rachel's wedding. They are all feeling the holiday blues and don't know what to do. If they shold stay and toough things out or sale the shop and go their own ways.
I fell in love with this series from the first book. All the characters are so wonderful you can't help but feel you really know them. This book continues the three womens story as they are at a turning point in there lives. They aren't sure what they want to do and where their lives are going. They love the town and their shop but have things they want in life or think they want. I adore these ladies and each time I read a story with them I want more even when it wraps up so nicely. I have to say I didn't know who the Grinch in this story was to the end. I thought I knew but was proved wrong. Oh and be prepared to want some yummy cupcakes as I do everytime I read these stories. I liked the ending of this one the best as it really warmed my heart. I would tell anyone to read this as it has romance, intrigue and characters and a place you never wnt to leave.
5 out of 5 Stars
About the Author
Darlene Panzera is the winner of the “Make Your Dreams Come True” contest sponsored by Avon Books. The win led her novella, The Bet, to be published with Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair. The award-winning novella (chosen in a blind-read by Debbie Macomber) was then published as a full length novel retitled, Bet You’ll Marry Me. 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, two horses, and loves: camping, hiking, photography, and lazy days at the lake.
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