I know it is only October, but I am trying to get in the Christmas Spirit, in fact, I read Christmas stories year round as well as watch all those wonderful Christmas movies. This is one that I read, then promptly watched the movie. I loved them both.

44077276. sy475 A Gingerbread Romance by Lacey Baker

Published September 17th 2019 by Hallmark Publishing

5 Stars:Β 

I love Hallmark movies, especially Christmas ones. When I saw this book was available, I jumped at the chance to read it. It is the perfect Christmas read and when you finish reading it, watch for the Hallmark movie to be aired again this year. Architect, Taylor Scott has been selected by her architecture firm to compete in a gingerbread house competition. She has teamed up with Adam Dale, a baker and single dad. The problem is, they both want to be in charge. Forced to work together, they spend a lot of time together, with his daughter Brooke. She is a sweetheart and bonds quickly with Taylor. The more time they spend together, the more they find themselves enjoying each other’s company and learning new things about each other and themselves. Taylor finds out that Dale wants to open his own bakery, Dale finds out Taylor wants to work in Paris. Working as a team with support form the firm and Phoebe, they build and design a rather traditional gingerbread house. Is it enough to win the competition?

This is a sweet, feel-good, lighthearted Christmas romance. It has all the wonderful things I look for in a Hallmark Christmas movie. There are likable characters, family relationships, a heartwarming romance, a little bit of angst, some mishaps to overcome, some misunderstandings, and a festive holiday atmosphere. I really liked both Taylor and Dale. They both had some baggage they had to overcome and dreams that they were working towards. The secondary characters added to this story, especially Brooke. She was adorable and had no filter when sharing things with Taylor about her father. This was a great story for Christmas. It brought back memories of baking cookies with my grandma and decorating our own Gingerbread Houses (not lifesize like in the book). I recommend you sit down with this book, have a plate of Christmas cookies and hot chocolate (a spot of Bailey’s or Amaretto will add a kick) and enjoy this wonderful story. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

Synopsis:Β Taylor’s architectural firm enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. But Taylors original partner soon backs out, and she needs to find a replacement. When she meets Adam, a baker and single dad, at a local bakery, she convinces him to partner with her for the contest. After all, winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere “home” for fear it would only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter Brook in their cozy home, decorating for Christmas, and enjoying Philadelphia’s holiday traditions, fills her with a longing for a place to call her own.