Cookies and Candlelight by Elizabeth Maddrey – Review

Posted August 12, 2017 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Cookies and Candlelight by Elizabeth Maddrey – Review

Cookies and Candlelight

by Elizabeth Maddrey

Series: Baxter Family Bakery #2, Arcadia Valley Romance #8
Publication Date September 13, 2107
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Romance
Setting: Idaho Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
Pages: 161


What will it take for a former starlet to find love with an average Joe?

After the accident that killed her husband five years ago, Serena Johnson left Hollywood—and her stage name—behind to set up shop as a potter. Her online business keeps her occupied and fulfilled, but she misses having someone special to share her life.

Micah Baxter has enjoyed the year he’s worked in his family’s bakery in Arcadia Valley, even if his siblings are all finding love, leaving him the odd man out. When Micah delivers the cookies Serena ordered for an event at her pottery studio, the attraction between them is hard to deny. But so are their differences.

Having been a fan when he was younger, Micah knows all about Serena’s bad-girl history. So how can he trust the feelings that grow between them? And if Hollywood comes calling, will Serena be content to stay?

Welcome to Arcadia Valley, Idaho, where a foodie culture and romance grow hand-in-hand. Join my friends and me as we release a book every month set in Arcadia Valley. You’ll enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones as each of the six authors’ books intertwine with the previous stories in this Christian romance series. Get started with Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley and follow along at Arcadia Valley Romance dot com to make sure you don’t miss any installments!

Cookies & Candlelight is the second full-length novel in the Baxter Family Bakery series set in Arcadia Valley. It follows the novel, Muffins & Moonbeams. The series begins with a novella, Loaves & Wishes, that was introduced in Arcadia Valley Book 1, Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley. Get your copy today to spend more time baking with the Baxter family.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Donuts & Daydreams:

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I enjoyed the story.   It is a light-hearted story with slightly imperfect characters – which in my opinion are the best kind.  Micah is a little too nervous to ask Serena out or act on his attraction, despite the fact that she has made it clear that she is interested in him.  Serena is used to being assertive to get what she wants, and that worries Micah a bit.

I enjoyed learning a little bit about pottery and the Japanese form that Serena did and loved the descriptions of the treats that Micah baked.  Yumm.

Though there is mention of prayer and changed lives, this is not a preachy book that would offend a non-Christian.

About Elizabeth Maddrey

ElizabethMaddrey Author

From the author: Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace on their way to their own romantic happily ever after.

My notes: To date, I have read 10 books by Elizabeth and have given them an average of 4 stars. I appreciate the way she manages to deal with sometimes difficult issues without dragging down the tone of her books. I do not hesitate to read any of her books as she consistently puts out books that are well worth the time it takes to read them.

Elizabeth has written books in several of her own series, has several stand-alone books and has written several books that are part of the multi-author Arcadia Valley Romance series. You can see her books on her Amazon Page

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