Spoonful of Christmas
The Cupcake Diaries #4
Author: Darlene Panzera
Published: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Source: Edelweiss (via Tasty Book Tours)
Purchase Links: Amazon - Barnes & Noble
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.
❄❄❄❄❄Before I start talking about Spoonful of Christmas, can I just saw how much I love the covers of all four Cupcake Diaries? I love how colorful they are and how simple/clean the designs are. I've eyed the first 3 books in the series for a couple months before I signed up to read Spoonful of Christmas.
I'm probably what you'd call an eccentric romance reader. I adore the cutesy, adorably sweet romance just as much as a hot, sexy romance. Spoonful of Christmas definitely falls into the adorable sweet romance. I adore the characters. If Creative Cupcakes was in my neighborhood, I would probably be there everyday. I want to sit down over coffee and cupcakes and just talk to the three friends. Andi, Kim, and Rachel are characters you would want in your life. They are strong women that were brave enough to open their own bakery when everyone thought they'd lost their marbles. When times got tough, they stuck together and plowed through. They're even lucky enough to find love along the way. What I think sets Spoonful of Christmas apart from a lot of other books is that it follows each of the main characters. I loved that we get to find out what is going on in each of their lives at this point. Life is still no perfect for the three of them, but they are working through their issues. Their stories did not end at the conclusion of their books. Instead, it continues on in Spoonful of Christmas. I loved watching them live life after falling in love. I wish more series would include a novella like Spoonful of Christmas. A sweet Christmastime story of love, friendship, and second chances.
If you enjoy romance and friendship, then pick up The Cupcake Diaries. Read them all at once or space them out, but once you enter Creative Cupcakes and meet Andi, Kim, and Rachel, you won't want to leave.
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.