A Cozy Christmas at Bridget’s Bicycle Bakery by Alex Brown
Series: Carrington’s, Book 4 (reads as a standalone)
Publisher: HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter
Publication Date 14 Oct 2021
Genres: Holiday Romance
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
Bridget smiled to herself, certain she could see one of the stars twinkling extra brightly in that moment as if to acknowledge her wish and convince her that, yes, Mulberry-On-Sea was just the place they all needed to be. Surrounded by those happy memories of holidays and special times where nothing bad ever happened…
All you knead is love this Christmas … and plenty of baked goods!
Finding yourself without a home in the weeks before Christmas would break most people, but for Bridget Carrington it’s a chance to start again. Mulberry-On-Sea has always been her happy place and she’s hoping it can work its magic this festive season and heal her family after a difficult year.
Now, as the community wraps Bridget and her children – six-year-old Freya and fourteen-year-old twins, Oscar and Olly – in their warm embrace, she starts to feel like herself again. With a new business, kids who are starting to smile, and the promise of a second chance at love, Bridget’s holiday season might just be a happy ever after…
In mood for a cosy feel-good holiday novel? I always love to read this type of novels in the winter, they just make me smile and feel all ready for Christmas and all the cold weather!
This one follows a mother, Bridget, with her three kids: Freya who is six, and Olly and Oscar both 14, after they lost their father about a year ago. Bridget is now trying to make ends meet, but it’s almost Christmas and she is about to lose their house. She sees herself with the only option of going back to her childhood town Mulberry-On-Sea. They move to a tiny cottage at the beach, where she tries her best to keep her family afloat by doing what she knows best – baking. She is lucky enough to have the road to the town closed because of the weather and so, there’s a shortage of bread. All she has to do is put herself to work and hope for the best. But Mulberry-On-Sea holds a lot more than that for her and her kids.
Overall this is a very sweet novel full of warm and cozy feelings. I really enjoyed meeting the community and how close they all are. It felt like a beautiful place where everyone is ready to help the ones that most need it.
I really enjoyed Bridget and how much she tried to do for her children while never losing hope even with all the grief. She ends up being able to also follow her dream of baking, which is where it felt too predictable for me tho. I’m sure in a whole village someone else might know how to bake bread? All seems to just magically go too well. Which is good and beautiful to read but I need a bit more convincing… It was a bit too predictable. There’s no way life could be like this, no matter how amazing a place is, right?
Other than that I really enjoyed all the christmas-y vibes. The smell of bread on the making, fire pits, Christmas dinner and tossed marshmallows? Count me in! It felt incredibly festive and I really enjoyed the cottage vibe.
Another plus were the children. I loved how innocent Freya was and how much the twins tried to help where they could. It’s a beautiful family and I loved following their new adventures, especially with Henry, the cute dog they own! There’s just too many cute animals in here!
I also really enjoyed Bridget’s new friend Jack and all the funny moments that happened with them! They literally put a smile on my face and I just had a great time from the very first time they met! I really liked how their relationship progressed and how much, grief, guilt and happiness play a part on it.
But the highlight for me was all the baking descriptions, it made me drool! I love books that feature any type of food making or food enjoyment and this definitely delivered! So many deliciously described goods!!
If you feel like a light warm novel where things go as they should and the Christmas vibe is high, this is the book for you!
What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!