The Christmas Confection: (A Sweet Victorian Holiday Romance) (Hardman Holidays Book 6)
Series: Hardman Holidays #6
Publication Date December 5, 2017
Genres: Christmas, Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: Oregon Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-25
Written for: Adult
Will a sweet baker soften a hardened man’s heart? Find out in this historical holiday romance!
Born to an outlaw father and a shrewish mother, Fred Decker feels obligated to atone for the past without much hope for his future. If he possessed a lick of sense, he’d pack up and leave the town where he was born and raised, but something. . . someone. . . unknowingly holds him there. Captivated by Hardman’s beautiful baker, Fred fights his attraction to the lovely woman. He buries himself in his work, refusing to let his heart dream.
Elsa Lindstrom adores the life she’s carved out for herself in a small Eastern Oregon town. She and her twin brother, Ethan, run their own bakery where she delights in creating delicious treats. Then Ethan comes home unexpectedly married, the drunks in town mistakenly identify her as a missing harlot, and a mishap in the bakery leaves her at the mercy of the most gossiped-about man in Hardman.
Mix in the arrival of three fairy-like aunts, blend with a criminal bent on dastardly schemes, and sprinkle in a hidden cache of gold for a sweet Victorian romance brimming with laughter and heartwarming holiday cheer.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
If you have ever struggled with feelings of insecurity and lack of self-worth, you’ve got nothing on Fred. Because of his father’s crimes and the abuse he heaped on him, Fred feels unworthy and unlovable. He is one of the hardest workers in town and is constantly showing kindness to anyone he comes across who needs it, but still only sees himself as the son of a reprobate.
Elsa and Ethan were super close as twins, when things changed between them, she felt betrayed and all alone. Well, except for Fred.
I loved each of the characters in this book. Well, except for Curly and his cohorts, but I wasn’t supposed to like them. 🙂 My favorites were Fred’s aunts. Even before seeing the author’s comment that she thought of them as fairy godmothers, I saw them as exactly that.
I always appreciate the attention to detail that Shanna Hatfield puts into her books. She does extensive research, and it shows in the way her books feel so authentic. And I generally learn things about the time period as well. I also love the way she finds little ways to make her various books intersect with each other, even across the various series.
This story is very heart-felt and tender and includes a little bit of intrigue and danger. Just don’t read it when you are hungry, because it will cause you to crave all sorts of confections!
Shanna has a wonderful giveaway with giveaway for $75 worth of Christmas goodies. You can click on the image above or on the link to enter. This is the same giveaway as the one I mentioned in the post for The Dove and you can only enter once.
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