Don't miss the brilliant second book in the Home for the Holidays series from Gina Hennings.
A delicious cake. A guy who is late. Merry Christmas to all.
After the best Thanksgiving of her life, Lauren Hauser can't wait to see Jack-the-pecan-hoarder so they can finally be in the same place at the same time. Long distance really doesn't work when you're head over heels!
But when Jack doesn't turn up at the airport Lauren is left wondering if their relationship is really as great as she thought? Sure Jack's kisses were delicious and when he looked at her, her knees felt weak, but what did they really know about each other?
A big Hauser family Christmas is just what is needed for this situation. Not only will her mom be decking the halls with boughs of monstrous-Christmas-decorations, but Lauren is baking a Christmas cake to once again claim dessert queen of the family! Will Jack fit in with the Hauser clan? Or will Lauren have to face the music... and accept that not every holiday romance was made for a happily ever after...
The Home for the Holidays series:
Book 1 - How to Bake the Perfect Pecan Pie
Book 2 - How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake
Book 3 - Coming just in time for the 4th of July!
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Christmas Chick Lit
At just over 7 hours, I think my time was well spent.
I would recommend it to my laid back friends who love chick lit and contemporary romance.
The only thing I noticed the the narrator could have done better was sing the Christmas carol phone greeting to the correct tune.
This is the second book in the series. I haven't read the first book, but there was enough background given that this book could stand alone. Book one explained how Lauren and Jack met, this book continued their courting, so I expect the next book will tell us what happens from here.
I liked Lauren, but thought Jack seemed too good to be true. I spent the majority of the book telling Lauren to put her career first, because I didn't really trust Jack. He grew on me, so now I hope they can both find a way to compromise so neither of them has to give up everything.
I was surprised to find "the perfect Christmas cake" was a red velvet cake. I always think of fruit cakes as Christmas cakes.
I found the writing a little verbose and overly descriptive. I didn't really need to hear every step to Lauren putting on her makeup, every time she did it. Overall I enjoyed the story and the narrator was pleasant to listen to.
How to Bake the Perfect Christmas Cake is a great piece of chick lit that keeps you smiling all the way through. Lauren is hurt that she has been stood up by Jack at the airport after having what she thought was a marvellous Thanksgiving. When Jack suddenly turns up for the weekend unannounced he explains his actions and whether she wants it or not everything starts to change. Jack seems to be the perfect guy and very quickly Lauren begins to lose herself to him. He woos her, wines her and dines her so to speak, treating her with his own type of personal charm. Jack appears to get away with more than the average guy would but he tries harder too. After the weekend, Jack's 12 days of Christmas presents keep her wanting him more and this keeps building after Lauren heads home for Christmas. With the introduction of Lauren's family and then Jack's Aunt Minnie we start to build some conflict but only a little. This really is a heartwarming story that doesn't need a major conflict to keep the reader interested.
I loved that this book was fun, romantic, sexy and casual all at the same time. It kept me smiling as I listened and it kept me wanting more.
Hollie Jackson's presentation of the characters is great. She really brings them life as she narrates and gives them a real personality.
I just smiled all the way through this book. My cheeks hurt I was smiling so much.
I hadn't read the first book and after reading this that is the next book on my to read list.