You never get a second chance at a first kiss… or do you?
She’s a big-city executive with a cool head for business.
He’s a small-town veterinarian with a passion for saving injured wildlife.
As children, they’d been the best of friends, until the day Evie had so determinedly—and somewhat disastrously—kissed Daniel on the lips, just before his family moved back to England.
This December, they’re both back in town, and Evie’s grandmother is on a mortifyingly obvious matchmaking mission. What good would it do for Evie to fall for the tall, dark, and British version of her childhood sidekick? Daniel has come back to stay; Evie is leaving as soon as the holiday rush at her family’s bakery is over. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is to resist the temptation to take a second chance at that first kiss.
After all, one little kiss before Christmas won’t change their lives… will it?
Gingerbread and Jingle Bells is a cute, clean, and wholesome love story on first love and second chances. The story revolves around Evie, an independent career woman who eventually realizes that the job isn’t everything that she wants. She reencounters her childhood friend, Daniel when she comes home for the holidays to help her grandma with the Bakery. Just like Evie, Daniel also has a successful career as the town veterinarian and he still has feelings for her despite the years of separation. Evie’s grandma notices this and decides to play matchmaker, taking readers through an enjoyable ride as they read of two childhood friends slowly rediscovering the love that they once held for each other.
The book starts with both leads as young children in fifth grade and it ends with a cute narration on how the two characters live out their happily ever after. Sandwiched in between their love story is their character development in which you get to observe how the characters change as they grow from children to adults and then to individuals falling in love.
If I would have any criticism for the book, it would be that the story is rather fast-paced but this is understandable since it is a short story with less than 100 pages.
Overall, Gingerbread and Jingle Bells is an endearing holiday novella on discovering what really matters in life. It is a short, yet sweet and fluffy love story of two childhood sweethearts who reconnect and managed to rekindle the feelings that they once had for each other. This book is a great read for those who believe in the saying: “If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be”.
Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Synopsis from Goodreads.com