Always the baker, never the bride…
Olivia James has always been happy running a tea shop and bakery in the Cotswold village of Wychwood-on-Lea, and helping her friends find their happily-ever-afters, topped by the perfect wedding cake. But as Christmas approaches, Olivia is home alone and questioning her choices while eating too many of her own specialty confections.
When Simon Blacklock, a handsome, whimsical stranger, breezes into her shop and buys a cupcake and then returns the next day and the day after, Olivia begins to dream. Can romance blossom amidst the sugar and flour? And after a lifetime of living on the side lines, is she brave enough to star in her own story?
Simon may be hiding a painful secret, but Olivia harbors secrets of her own. If they can dare to risk their hearts, this Christmas might be the most magical yet!
I really enjoyed the previous Willoughby Close books, so I was excited to read a new addition to the series.
Olivia James took over mother's bakery, Tea on the Lea, after her mother retired and moved into a retirement home. Olivia has made a few friends in Wychwood, but still felt disconnected from the rest of the town. She lives a quiet life working and then returning to her flat above the shop to the moody cat, Mr. Jekyll that her mother left behind when she moved. With Christmas on the way and the new cupcake promotion at the bakery, things are starting to turn around for Olivia. Then, Simon Blacklock, walks through the door and everything in Olivia’s life changes.
The author did a great job writing this book. The story had a lot of different elements to it, but not so much that it was overwhelming. This is a romance that borders on women’s fiction. Part of the story touches on mental health issues and Alzheimer's, which made the story emotional and believable. The book was a quick read and easy to follow.