Review: The Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice by Donna Kauffman, Allyson Charles, Kate Angell

Posted October 2, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice by Donna Kauffman, Allyson Charles, Kate Angell
The Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice

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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Kensington
Released on August 27, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

An Autumn-themed three-some of small town romance novellas by all new to me authors that I’ve wanted to try for ever so long was just the thing.  While I usually gravitate toward dark and chilling reads at this time of the year, my mood called for these sweeter tasting, gently-paced heartwarming stories with just a pinch of matchmaking magic as one of the ingredients.


As I said, these were all new to me authors and I thought it was neat that they got together and set their stories all in the same small town in Maine with the Bellaluna Bakery at the center of it all.  Each story is standalone and separate, but had a nice flow in from one to the next.

The first novella, Sweet Magic, gives the origin to the Bellaluna Bakeshop and the Italian family who inherit a dash of kitchen magic that allows them to help some of their customers find true love.  Sadly for Bree, she has not inherited her magic yet because she hasn’t found her own true love.  But then a handsome, geeky-looking Greek walks in and speaks her language in more ways than one.  Caleb loves to cook and family is important to him just like Bree and her baking and family.  But, Caleb’s stay to take care of his uncle’s restaurant is temporary right?

This one was sweet and engaging with a little conflict to give it some spice.

Love Spells Disaster was the second novella and it started off with plenty of spice and conflict when Cassie gets her knickers in a knot that the wrong guy sampled her box of ‘special’ Bellaluna cookies.  She’s got a crush on her boss, Sam, who doesn’t notice her and she wants his attention and not the annoying Chip who overhears just what she thinks of him, but still turns up to do the contractor job she hired.  Will Cassie see the real opportunity of love under her nose before its too late?

Cassie was a jerk at first and I wasn’t sure if there would be enough to turn things around and sell me on the romance.  It was a near thing since I honestly didn’t think she gave enough to Chip for encouragement and it was a novella so I saw it through and got some warm fuzzies in the end for this pair.

The final novella, Sweet On You, turned out to be oh so delectable.  Lara is having the worst day ever- dumped by boyfriend and given a raise in rent that she can’t afford by her landlord while working a job that is under-paying her.  Fortunately, its Nonna Sofia to the rescue with some magic cookies and a handsome mayor who joins her at her table and gives her a job helping him plot out the town’s big Halloween Parade and festivities.  This one was a savory friends to lovers and finished this book strong for me.

All in all, I saw something in each author’s story that drew me into their writing and made me want to grab more of their books.  My desire for romance with a fall holiday setting was fulfilled and I enjoyed the cozy, warm quality to these that put me in the mood for the season.  Contemporary Romance fans who love the autumn small town settings should give this one a go.

I received this book via Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

A Sweet and delectable read.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

It sure was. 🙂 Made me so hungry for bakery goods.

3 years ago

Oh it looks good!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

It hit the spot for some adorable fall-themed romances. 🙂

Carole Rae
3 years ago

What a cute book and cover!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It is adorable. Caught my attention right away. 🙂

Angie Elle
3 years ago

This is on my radar for sure. It’s been on hold at my library for a week or so. I’ve read Kate Angell before and really enjoyed her books. If you look around, you will also find another anthology by a few of the same authors that came out last year. 🙂

Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

Hope it comes in soon for you. I’ve seen her Barefoot Bay series and that looked fun.

Oh cool! I’ll have to hunt it up. 🙂

3 years ago

Kauffman and Angell are two of my fave authors, and even though I’m not a fan of pumpkins, this cover is absolutely fabulous! Looks like we’re into the new season! Hugs, RO

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  ROP

This just might be the book for you with two of your favorite authors in it. They were all new to me, but I had a good time with each story. LOL on the pumpkins. I think most of their bake goods are Italian so not alot of pumpkin flavor. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

That cover is making me hungry for something sweet.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh man, seriously, and that’s nothing to actually reading about the treats and scents in that place with each story. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

The first and third novellas sound really good! I’m in the mood for a sweet romance, one to read by the fire a fall luxury I’m now enjoying! Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh yeah, this one will give you some good fall ambience. 🙂

3 years ago

This book sounds like the perfect way to pass a chilly day!

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

It sure is, Karen. I read it while it was sweltering, but I’d love it for cozying up with my blanket. So sweet!