The Christmas Spirit – Susan Buchanan

Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

When Natalie Hope arrives to temporarily take charge at the Sugar and Spice bakery for the month of December whilst the owner Mrs Williams is recovering from an operation, she brings her own blend of charismatic charm and superb baking talents to tempt customers and to spread some happiness.  Although they don’t know it, four people who are feeling sad or lonely are in her sights. 

All the characters in this novella are superbly written and I couldn’t help getting involved with their lives and hoping for the best for them.  They were all very different, from newly widowed Stanley to Sophie, a PA having to deal with her horrible boss, Meredith.

This was a lovely heartwarming and charming story but without being sickly sweet. Natalie took charge of the bakery spreading her own special magic and I instantly fell under her spell.  The daily cake selection sounded wonderful and I spent a lot of time with my mouth watering and wishing I could pop in for a cake and a latte.   

If you’re looking for a warm and magical read for Christmas that also has a touch of romance then I can highly recommend this one.  It’s the perfect read to accompany a large slice of Christmas cake and a hot chocolate!

My thanks to the author and JB of Brook Cottage Books for the e-copy to review

About the author:

Susan Buchanan has written three novels in the chicklit and contemporary fiction genres: Sign of the Times, The Dating Game and The Christmas Spirit. She lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their baby daughter. She is currently working on her fourth and fifth novels, What If and another Christmas themed book, both due to be released in 2015

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