Pupcakes

by Annie England Noblin

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All she wants is a settled-down life.

What she gets is a dog—and a whole new normal . . .

There he stood in the doorway: overweight, depressed and nearly homeless—a pug named Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy was Brydie Benson’s latest problem, arriving on top of her messy divorce and sudden move. Brydie needed a place to start over, so this rent-free home seemed a great idea. She just never counted on Teddy, or his owner, the Germantown Retirement Village’s toughest customer, Pauline Neumann.

And because rent-free doesn’t mean bills-free, Brydie gets a night-shift job at a big-box grocery. Whoever guessed there were so many people who wanted baked goods after midnight?

Then, she gets an idea—why not combine her baking skills with her new-found dog knowledge? And so her store Pupcakes is born. Along with a new start comes a possible new love, in the form of Nathan Reid, a local doctor with a sassy Irish Wolfhound named Sasha. And as fall turns to winter, and then to Christmas, Brydie begins to realize that life is a little bit like learning a new recipe for puff pastry—it takes a few tries to get it just right!

The cover is what sold me on this book. I mean I’m not a pug person but Teddy is so cute on this cover I had to read it. I have had Sit! Stay! Speak! in my TBR pile for a long time again the cover sold me, but have never picked it up. I will be picking it up right away. If it is as good as Pupcakes I’m going to be upset I haven’t read it before now. Pupcakes has a great cast of characters and a sweet story line. This is one of those books that I just fell for and while some character’s had there moments I liked them all. Brydie needed to start over new after losing her bakery that she ran with her now ex husband and going through a divorce in a small town. She ran to her best friend’s town and there she was able to start a new life for herself. She was working in a bakery again on the next town over, baking dog treats on the side and building up quite alot of repeat and new customers. She was taking care of a cute little dog and house since the owner is in a nursing home. Teddy Roosevelt is just like every dog I’ve owned he get’s in the trash, has accidents after just coming in from being let out, he eats things that he isn’t suppose to and sleeps all day! I could relate to Brydie’s dog dilemma’s. I liked how each set of chapters was grouped by month, October, November and December, then you had a final chapter taking place 1 year later. Brydie finds love again in the doctor that makes he rounds at the nursing home that Pauline is living at. They are not all sunshine and roses they have some big fights and disagreements. I liked that it wasn’t always smooth sailing. So many romance books it is head over heels sunshine and roses from start to finish. That is partly why I’m not a fan of romance books. Brydie has to bring Teddy for weekly visits since both Pauline and Teddy miss each other. Through out the book Brydie and Pauline forge a great little friendship they are  just what each other needs to heal from the past and be ready to face what is ahead. I loved their friendship as well and it was almost like Pauline was the mom/grandma that Brydie has been needing as well as Brydie is the daughter Pauline never had. This was a great holiday book and I will be looking into reading more Annie England Noblin books.

I know this has nothing to do with the book. In a way it kinda does but I just have to say I really wish the elderly could take their animals with them to the nursing home. I know it would be total chaos with those animals and some can’t really take care of them but it just makes me sad. Pet’s become family both for us and them, and it makes all involved very sad to be separated. Have you ever looked at all the tags where the dog or cat at a shelter has been an owner surrender? It always makes me wonder if it is the case of an elderly person who couldn’t take them with them when they went to a nursing/assisted living home. OK I’m done this book just kinda touched base on it and it is something that I wish could change.

 

 

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Annie England Noblin lives with her son, husband, and three dogs in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated with an M.A. in creative writing from Missouri State University and currently teaches English and communications for Arkansas State University in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Her poetry has been featured in such publications as the Red Booth Review and the Moon City Review. She spends her free time playing make-believe, feeding stray cats, and working with animal shelters across the country to save homeless dogs.

Thank you so much William Morrow and Harper Collin’s Publishing for allowing me to read Pupcakes. I enjoyed every minute of this book and was sad when it ended. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

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Chasing Christmas Eve

by Jill Shalvis

Series: Heartbreaker Bay however it is a stand alone

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I will say I haven’t read books 1 – 3 of the Heartbreaker Bay series. I usually don’t go for sappy romance books. Every now and then I will pick one up, however if it takes place during Christmas I’m all for it. I thought this book sounded really sweet and a nice light read. I was right I really enjoyed Chasing Christmas Eve. I’m going to be checking out more from Jill Shalvis and will read the rest of the series as well as grab books 1-3 from my library soon. If you’re looking for a holiday, winter themed book that is sweet than Chasing Christmas Eve might be just the book.

 

 

 

About the Book:   Meet cute…   Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.

Make merry…

Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself… just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spence immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

…and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

 

 

Thank you HarperCollins and Avon books for allowing me to read Chasing Christmas Eve. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.