Title: The Christmas Cookie Collection
Three delightful novellas featuring characters from Lori Wilde's New York Times bestselling book The First Love Cookie Club. First published as e-originals, they are now available in one volume and in print for the first time
Author: Lori Wilde
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Christmas at Twilight, Rules of the Game, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Love of the Game
Series: The Christmas Cookie Chronicles
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: October 29, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The Christmas Cookie Collection is a great collection of short stories from Lori Wilde. Each story has a Christmas theme, and each one is just as sweetly romantic as the next. The first story is about Carrie, a yarn shop owner in Twilight, Texas, who just found out that her ex-sweetheart, Mark, is coming back in to town, involved in a reality television show. When they reunite with each other, fireworks ignite – both good and bad – and Carrie must decide if what she feels is true, or if she’s just caught up in the amorous season of Christmas. I LOVED this first story. It was funny, charming and full of Christmas spirit. Carrie and Mark are so cute together, and their past together paved the way for a beautiful future.
The second story of the book is heart-warming. Raylene is dreading her Christmas alone. Her husband left her the year before when he found out she’d given a baby up for adoption years and years ago. But when a mysterious young woman named Shannon shows up at the bar Raylene works, things for Raylene will change dramatically, and her life will be altered forever. I liked the storyline for this one. It pulled at your heart strings, and showcased a different kind of love. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a romance in there for Shannon and an ex-Navy SEAL named Nate, but the main story involves Shannon and Raylene. And it sure is a wonderful story of forgiveness and unconditional love.
In the third story, bakery owner, Christine, reconnects with her high school crush, Eli. Eli is a recent widower and when he comes in to Christine’s shop to buy a cake for his daughter, Christine’s crush is renewed, and she’s given a second chance to make something of an attraction that’s been years in the making. Their reconnection with one another is hard. Eli has to go through the emotional rollercoaster of moving on from his wife, and his daughter’s emotional well-being must be taken in to account as well. But their feelings are strong, and at the end of the third story, we find Eli and Christine on the road to a very promising future. I’m in love with Eli. What a sweet, sweet man, and an even better dad! Their story was probably my favorite one out of the four – it was just so romantic!
Flynn and Jesse are the fourth story. They are getting ready to have a baby, just in time for Christmas! But issues from their past come back to haunt them, and they must rely on the strength of their love for one another to make it through the holiday – and the birth of their baby. When the baby is finally born, their holiday season turns around, and Flynn and Jesse have one of the best holidays they’ve ever had as a brand new little family. This was my least favorite of the stories. Not because it was bad, but because it was… well, kind of sad. I was happy when they had the baby, and happy that they ended up with a happily ever after moment, but at Christmastime, I don’t like sad!
I read this book because the stories sounded wonderful, and I was not at all disappointed! But I also found out that this collection of stories comes from the Twilight, Texas book series by Lori Wilde. Having never read a book from that series, I never once felt lost during The Christmas Cookie Collection, which means it works on its own as a stand-alone. But now, after being introduced to Twilight, Texas, I’m all the more excited to pick up the series and start from the beginning! I loved the characters, loved the writing, and I’m looking forward to more from Ms. Wilde.