Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: The Gingerbread House by Nell Carson

About The Gingerbread House by Nell Carson

  After a tumultuous past, Greta Kendall has focused mainly on her bridal shop, located on the first floor of her beloved Queen Anne Victorian near Aspen. For two years she's fought to save her house from Stephanie Harwood of Harwood Development, who is intent on razing her home to build a new mall. But now Greta's running out of time. The town council is about to approve the final plans for the mall. 

  When Gray Daniels walks into her shop, Greta is immediately attracted to his rugged good looks and midnight blue eyes, until she learns he's Stephanie Harwood's fiancĂ©. She's furious to find they've tricked her into a publicity stunt aimed at garnering support for the mall. So now her little war has a new front: Gray Daniels. If only she could also fight her growing attraction to him. 

  A knock on the door brings a return of old danger, and Greta must now put aside her anguish over the house to discover if she's at last capable of looking the past in the eye and overcoming it -- and if she's finally free to love again. {Blurb from The Gingerbread House}

Stephanie's Review of The Gingerbread House

  I recently received a copy of The Gingerbread House from the author, Nell Carson, for review. I love a good romance and after reading the blurb, I took on the request. I do have to say that I was not a huge fan of the cover. With that said- I think it is worth mentioning that after reading the book the cover made perfect sense. The image depicts the design of The Gingerbread House, which of course, is a major part of the book. I do think that a better image could have been chosen, simply for the fact that some readers - including myself, are bad about judging a book by it's cover, literally. 

  As for the book itself- I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very heartfelt with down to earth characters and the 'snooty blonde' - Stephanie Harwood. The lady could have been hit by a Mac truck and I would not have flinched.

  I enjoyed the twists fate on whether or not historical gingerbread house would survive the wrath of Stephanie and all that she went through in order to build her prestigious mall at the expense of  the citizens in a small town. Very realistic, by all means.

  The overall ending, is somewhat expected- after all, it's a romance book and we all know how those go. BUT... yes there is a but, the ending is FANTASTIC. I tell you, it has an awesome ending which is VERY unexpected and for me- it set off the waterworks. Yes, a tear jerker for sure! Just when you think you 'know it all' and what's about to happen- BAM! it hits you smack-dab in the face. 

  Over all I really enjoyed the book. It's not my all-time favorite but it is in my favorites list. It's not  packed full of roller-coaster rides but was still a great book with events and scenarios we that you can actually relate to in the real world. Especially in today's society with the 'Big Wigs' and their money bags calling all the shots.

  More importantly, I think it is worth noting that this book is  safe for all ages and eyes. While it's not something a 6 year old would enjoy, it would be perfect for those who prefer a great romance without all the hot and steamy scenes. In other words, it's safe to let you grandmother borrow :) 

Where to Buy The Gingerbread House

The Gingerbread House is available in both print and ebook at 

FTC Disclosure: Please note that I did receive a copy of The Gingerbread House, from the author, Nell Carson at her request to review the book. The review above is my own honest opinion. Stephanie {Stephanie's Book Shelf} is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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