Donuts and Daydreams by Elizabeth Maddrey – Review

Posted March 14, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Donuts and Daydreams by Elizabeth Maddrey – Review

Donuts & Daydreams:

by Elizabeth Maddrey, Arcadia Valley

Series: Baxter Family Bakery #3, Arcadia Valley Romance #15
Publication Date March 13, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Idaho Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 186


She has a secret. Telling him will tear their world apart.

Everything in Gloria’s life was perfect, if boring, before Jonah Baxter moved to Arcadia Valley. Now their friendship—and the feelings that stretch the word’s boundaries—threatens everything she’s worked so carefully to build.

Jonah has been drawn to police officer Gloria Sinclair since she began frequenting his family’s bakery three years ago, but every time he asks her out, she shoots him down. When she refuses to accompany him to his brother’s wedding, even as friends, Jonah vows to give up and move on.

Watching Jonah date stabs Gloria to the core, but she isn’t free to fight for the man she loves. Can she clear the way for him to see beyond her devastating revelation, or will they be stuck with a relationship made of donuts and daydreams?

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!

Donuts & Daydreams is the third and finaly full-length novel in the Baxter Family Bakery series set in Arcadia Valley. It follows the novels, Cookies & Candlelight and 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: Cookies and Candlelight

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“Every good love story starts with a certain amount of stalking.”

When Jonah decided to bring Kenia to Micah’s wedding, I wanted to yell, “You can’t do that!” From reading the previous books in the series, I knew that Jonah and Gloria belong together. Whatever Gloria’s secret was, it couldn’t be so bad it would keep them apart, right? Right?

As with most of this author’s books, the story was a combination of humor, sweet romance and slightly uncomfortable situations that make me think about what the right thing to do is. She sprinkles Christian teachings throughout as a fine chef spices his food.

Speaking of chefs, (like how I did that?) Jonah has been so fun to read about through this series. He is a talented chef and baker who loves to experiment with various flavors of donuts. He is kind and loyal, but certainly not perfect.  Both he and Gloria needed to learn to be willing to talk instead of assuming things, and they both needed to learn to be vulnerable so they could be open to receiving God’s best for them.

I think my favorite part of the story is where Gloria was in church and realized that she had never allowed herself to fully open up to God and trust Him.

There was a part of her that wondered how much she held back from God the way she tried to hold pieces of her heart back from the people she loved.

I love the way Elizabeth Maddrey ties the books in her series together, and yet allows them to each stand on their own. The Baxter Family Bakery series books are all by Elizabeth Maddrey and intertwine more closely than the Arcadia Valley Romance series and so for the fullest enjoyment, I recommend you read them all.

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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