The most wonderful time of the year?
Katie Warham has just one wish this year…to have the best Christmas ever!
If only she could lock herself away in a cloud of flour and sugar at her cosy little tearoom, Crumbtious Cakes, instead of spending the festive season trapped with her judgemental mother, crazy Aunt Gina and loved-up celebrity brother Carl…
But Katie never expected her ex-boyfriend, widower Sam – and his two adorable children – to turn up on her doorstep. She didn’t think that any man could tempt her under the mistletoe this year, but Sam might just prove the exception! And as the snow begins to fall and Katie puts the final touches to her famous Christmas cake, she begins to wonder, could her Christmas wish actually come true?
Three stars: A holiday romance that starts off with holiday feels and cheer, but then it goes downhill.
Katie plops down on the sofa in her cozy bakeshop. It has been a long day, and she wants to relax, but she must prepare for her family Christmas, which she isn't looking forward to. This will be the first Christmas without her beloved Granny. Besides, Katie never enjoys the drama that incurs when she spends time with her mother. Still, her parents are moving to France, so this may be the last time they can all be together for the holidays for awhile. When Katie arrives, she is startled to find Sam, her ex boyfriend and the love of her life, there with his two children. Is it possible to reignite the flames from the past with a simple wish on a Christmas cake?
What I Liked:
- Wish Upon a Christmas Cake is a book that features a second chance romance, holiday cheer as well as working through difficulties in familial relationships. I liked that it had a realistic feel, and I especially enjoyed the holiday setting during the first portion of the book.
- The romance is a second chance romance. Katie and Sam started dating when Katie was only seventeen. Then a heartbreaking and emotional event caused Katie to pull away and leave Sam. Neither ever got over the other, though they tried. This is a romance that takes its time to reignite, especially considering the circumstances. I was a bit leery when I learned Sam's situation, but once he explains what really happened, I was onboard. I liked that it never felt rushed, and that both parties were extremely cautious. The romance felt very genuine and realistic, and I liked watching it slowly unfold.
- Even though the romance is the main focus of the book, there are other relationships that are explored. Katie has always had a prickly relationship with her mother. I liked the way Katie and her mother came to terms with the past, while setting down a new positive foundation for the future. There is also the relationship between Katie's brother, Karl, and his boyfriend, and how they are forced to keep it a secret because of Karl's career. Then add in the Sam's relationship with his kids, and Katie's best friend Ann's romance, and you have an interesting and eclectic batch of relationships to enjoy and explore.
- The beginning of the book is set in a cozy manor house in the English country side during the Christmas holiday. It has snow, Christmas trees, gingerbread cookies and plenty of holiday cheer. I loved the holiday setting during the first portion of the book.
- The ending draws to a nice close without any leftover issues or questions. This is a stand alone.
And The Not So Much:
- The first half of the book was charming as it was set during the holidays, and it featured two old friends and lovers reuniting. I enjoyed the sparks and the chemistry and the holiday theme. Then the second half the book returns everyone to the real world. The second half falls off the tracks a bit. It basically is all about Katie continuing to second guess her feelings to Sam. Lots of stumbles in the romance. I totally understood Katie's hesitation and her dilemma, but it got old to have her constantly rehashing her worries over and over. It took away from the feel good for me.
- I loved the way Katie's mom came clean about the past, and I was excited for the possibility for the future, I was hoping for a bit more though as far as the future, and I was a tiny bit disappointed that she continued with her plans for France.
- Katie has an up and coming bake shop. I was excited when I started the novel as I always enjoy books with a cozy bakery setting. Unfortunately, very little time is spent in the bakery, and the wonderful food descriptions that I love were not really there.
Wish Upon a Christmas Cake starts out strong with its lovely holiday setting and the igniting of a second chance romance, but unfortunately the second half flounders with too much second guessing as far as the romance goes. I did enjoy all the different types of relationships and how everything settled out, but the second half was flat in comparison to the first.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.