Sunday, 5 December 2010

Review - Twilight Texas 3: The First Love Cookie Club © Lori Wilde

The First Love Cookie Club

Twilight Texas 3 -

Author: Lori Wilde

Publisher: Harper Collins

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             "On Christmas Eve, if you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your one true love, he will be your destiny."

The townsfolk of Twilight, Texas, believe the legend, but not Sarah Collier—not since she was a pudgy teenager, running down the church aisle on Christmas Day in a jingle bell sweater and reindeer antlers, trying to stop Travis Walker from marrying someone else. She may be grown-up, slimmed-down, bestselling children's book author "Sadie Cool"now, but Sarah will never forget that day. And she'll never fall foolishly in love again!

But when a letter from a sick fan brings Sarah back to Twilight, she's shocked to discover that Travis is the little girl's father—unattached and hotter than ever. His smile still makes her melt, but Sarah knows that ship has sailed. Travis, however, might have different ideas.

 

Every Christmas Eve from the time she was eight years old; Sarah Collier baked kismet cookies, slept with a handful under her pillow and dreamed of her one true love.

She couldn’t wait to fall asleep as the lights on the eaves twinkled a prism of colors through the sheer lace curtains of her bedroom window, and the piney smell of fresh-cut Douglas fir filled the house with Bing Crosby crooning “White Christmas” from her grandmother’s record player.

On that most magical of evenings, in her cozy little lakeside cottage in Twilight, Texas, Gramma Mia would trot out the flour and sugar and vanilla and creamy, rich, honest-to-goodness butter (that Sarah’s mother would never let her eat) and assemble the ingredients on the shiny white tiles of her kitchen counter. Even though they both knew the recipe by heart, Gramma would unfold the yellowed piece of notebook paper to reveal the faded blue ink written in spiky, cursive lettering and gently prop it against the tea canister. Eager to get started, Sarah’s excited fingers tangled the strings of her apron and pulled her wavy caramel-colored hair into a haphazard ponytail.

In seven years the dream never changed. Soft-focus, misty-white lace stretched out like wedding veil trains. A dark haired man wearing a sharp black tuxedo, stood waiting at the end of a pink rose petal strewn path, his back to her, while gentle snowflakes drifted from a gun metal gray holiday sky.

Heart pounding, she glided closer to him until the sound of her own rushing blood was a wild cacophony of jungle drums in her ears. Then he turned, smiled and held out a hand.

That’s when she saw his face.

Travis Walker, the handsome older boy who lived next door to Gramma, but all grown up now.

Her hero. 

 

My Thoughts

I am not one for seasonal books of such but for some reason every element of Lori Wilde latest in her Twilight Texas series called to me and I had to give it ago.

This is the third book in the series so far and I started with some concern that I would meet people who were main characters from the previous two books in the series and would be lost,  but I am pleased to say this book can be read be as a stand alone and I totally enjoyed it.

The story starts off with Sarah as a child in her favourite place with her favourite person and dreaming about her one true love. This goes from cute to totally embarrassing all within a few pages and in alot of respect that one childhood incident and what transpires after will shape Sarah’s life and her reaction to people who she meets along life way.

Years later Sarah is now a much sought after children author otherwise known as Sadie Cool and as much as she is not a fan of the yuletide season she is touched by a heartfelt request from a child and she makes up her mind to go home to Twilight, Texas where it seems is home to this little girl and also her one true love from her childhood.

With an array of people having a mile long agenda planned for her, Sarah puts on her game face and steps boldly into Twilight. Some things have naturally changed in her childhood town, alot of thing if she is honest – but one thing remains the same – Travis, the boy next door is still her one true love and he is also father of the little girl who just happens to be Sadie Cool’s number one fan.

With a little baking, a whole lot of gossip – some soul searching and even a life threatening incident, Sarah and Travis ends up making their own magic in this magical town. But, yes but reality sets in quickly, as it takes two tango and there seems to be way too many players in this story for Sarah liking while Travis has his own set of troubles closer to home to deal.

THE FIRST LOVE COOKIE CLUB was a totally delightful book to read. It had all the feel good things that makes a seasonal read just right for me.  The characters were sweet, gossipy, irreverent and totally obsessed with traditions and first love – I loved them.

Ms Wilde added a few minor plots here and there, which worked for me and I am assuming those will be chased up in following books, however they was a nice teaser and a break from the drama surrounding Sarah and Travis

The little town of Twilight was also a pleasure to visit, small town really works for me and the close knitted group that resides here was a fun gang to meet and  share in their hijack and introspective moment as well.

The romance between Sarah and Travis went where I expected it to, I also liked the fact that both characters were decently fleshed out and even when I wanted to slap them six ways to Sunday, I understood where they were coming from with some of their actions.

If you are fan of Ms Wilde’s work, there is no excuse why this is not on your list, new readers especially those looking for a sweet read that just hits the spot this season -  try THE FIRST LOVE COOKIE CLUB. You wont regret it.

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