Christmas at the Candied Apple Café
There’s nothing so magical as Christmas in New York…
Santa is coming to New York!
Snow is falling, excitement is high and the delicious scent of chocolate drifts along Fifth Avenue – the Candied Apple Café is ready for Christmas! And no one is busier than publicist Iona Summerlin. With so much to do, she doesn’t have time to think about men, dating, or the fact her last boyfriend ditched her for her brother… Relationships are off the menu!
Hotel boss Mads Eriksson is not looking forward to the first Christmas since losing his wife. His six-year-old daughter Sofia has lost her belief in Christmas magic along with her mother, and he has no idea what to do. But an unusually festive business meeting at the Candied Apple – and meeting the beautiful Iona – starts to defrost Mads’ frozen heart, and suddenly life seems full of light and sparkle again.
If only they dare to believe, maybe all their Christmas dreams will come true!
Iona Summerlin has her hands full running the Candied Apple Cafe with her two friends. Christmas is approaching and the shop is thriving, so much so that a large company has shown interest in investing. Iona’s personal life, however, has not been going quite so well, but she is happy in her work and looking forward to the festive season.
Mads Eriksson is the hotel boss who has the job of sealing the investment deal. Christmas will be a sad time for him, it will be the first year alone with daughter Sofia since his wife passed away. He tries so hard to balance his family and work life but something is missing. Mads is so busy trying to be both mother and father to the six year old that he fails to actually recognise the little girl’s true feelings. When Iona strikes up an unexpected relationship with Sofia, it doesn’t take long for her to see that the child is hurting.
I liked the character of Iona, she had a tough business mind yet an incredibly soft side emerges as the story progresses. Mads is a lost soul, trying to hide his pain by working too much, and trying his best to restore some happiness into Sofia’s life. For me, the little girl who was feeling lost and lonely, but desperately trying to put on a brave face for her papa, just stole my heart.
Curl up with plenty of delicious snacks ( the descriptions of truffles and gingerbread will have your mouth watering!) and devour this heartwarming and beautifully written story, about the true magic of Christmas.
Thank you NetGalley and Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.
USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 60 books. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children and a very spoiled miniature dachshund.