New Beginnings at the Old Bakehouse by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @0neMoreChapter_

Book Description:

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what

‘A letter, a goodbye, and a baby girl whose name will begin with “L”…’

When Heartcross’ resident clairvoyant tells Molly McKendrick to expect a whole lot of scandal and upset to blow in with the approaching winter storm, Molly doesn’t know what to think.

With a baby on the way any week now, and Christmas not far off, the last thing Molly needs is drama, but when she crosses paths with Bree, a sixteen-year-old homeless girl, and takes her in from the cold, secrets from the past flood the present and Molly, her partner Cam, and their son George, are soon experiencing a holiday season filled with unexpected festive surprises…

My Thoughts:

My only bit of advice when reading this book is not to read it on an empty stomach! Set in a bakery, the descriptions of freshly baked bread, croissants, cake, chocolate, my mouth was literally drooling at all the scrumptious sounding food.

Even freezing temperatures couldn’t spoil the wonderful idyllic setting of Heartcross, if anything it added to it’s charm. It did make for some what sombre reading though in part as the author touches on the subject of homelessness of which it really brings it home to you when people are living on the streets at the coldest time of the year. My heart went out to Bree and to everyone who finds themselves in this situation. I think it made me warm to Molly even more if that were possible as she is a lovely character but her gentle and thoughtful nature really gelled with me.

The author packs so much into this novel and I couldn’t put it down. The small community feel and wonderful characters had me wholly engrossed. Picking up a book in this series always makes me feel like I’ve come back home and they are so warm and comforting. This one especially left me feeling uplifted as well as craving for fresh bread and cake! New Beginnings at the Old Bakehouse was every bit as scrumptious as I had imagined. A novel that wraps you up in a great big hug and has you feeling all warm and rosy inside!

My thanks to One More Chapter and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

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