Christmas and Cannolis

CHRISTMAS CANNOlIS                              PEGGY JAEGER

With Christmas season in full swing, baker Regina San Valentino is up to her elbows in cake batter and cookie dough. Between running her own business, filling her bursting holiday order book, and managing her crazy Italian family, she's got no time to relax, no room for more custom cake orders, and no desire to find love. A failed marriage and a personal tragedy have convinced her she's better off alone. Then a handsome stranger enters her bakery begging for help. Regina can't find it in her heart to refuse him.

Connor Gilhooly is in a bind. He needs a specialty cake for an upcoming fundraiser and puts himself—and his company's reputation—in Regina's capable hands. What he doesn't plan on is falling for a woman with heartbreak in her eyes or dealing with a wise-guy father and a disapproving family.

Can Regina lay her past to rest and trust the man who's awoken her heart?

PAT'S REVIEW


I absolutely enjoyed this story. It had everything, a big loud Italian family which I could relate to, love and everyone being involved or thought they should in Regina’s life but it was just the way the author told the story that really made it. Having her mother (ma), father, brothers, all having a say in her life like she did not matter. Had an Uncle like her father in the Bronx no one knew what he did, but drove a Cadillac and could find out information on anyone. Anyway, Regina now owns a bakery, she was once married, and because of a tragedy when she was younger she is single for the last six years. Now 32 she really is not looking for a guy. When a Connor Gilhooly comes in wanting a cake for a charity fundraiser and she can’t say no. She wants to because the name of the place has not so geed memories for her but she knows six years is long enough and agrees to do it. She also finds herself having feelings come alive inside of her that she thought were dead, but instead she is coming alive again. The takes you on a journey of family, tradition, and Christmas to tell this wonderful story. For me, it brought back many wonderful memories of sitting around the table with dish after dish of wonderful Italian food and people talking over everyone and just the loud and joyous sounds of the family that I  now look back on because for me most are gone and I am now the older generation cooking. I still wear my Italian Horn to ward off the evil eye (malocchio). A beautiful story with very good characters. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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