Sweet Afternoon Delight Review: Grimoires and Gingerbread by Danielle Garrett

Posted June 20, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Afternoon Delight, Reviews, Sweet Delight / 16 Comments

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Sweet Afternoon Delight Review: Grimoires and Gingerbread by Danielle Garrett
Grimoires and Gingerbread

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Series: Sugar Shack Witch Mystery #1.5
Genres: Holiday Romance, Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on December 4, 2020
Pages: 70
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

Gingerbread decorating and the holiday activities get interrupted by a icy situation straight out of the North Pole.  Loved returning to this new series featuring a witch with a sketchy magic related to animals, a certain sexy secret magical investigator, and a Christmas-themed mystery to solve.

Review

Grimoires and Gingerbread is #1.5 in the series and a ‘tweeny’ novella that can standalone if necessary.

It has been six months since Rosella’s return to her home town, the magical Winterfalls, and her loving quirky family broke and needing to start over.  The people of the town mostly treat her like a pariah for her type of magic, but her family and friends have always been supportive and she is slowly starting to get past the attitude against her and see herself as a worthy witch.

At the moment, her family’s bakery, Sugar Shack needs all hands on board to meet the sweets rush for the Christmas holidays.  She loves being busy and forgetting that a certain magical mystery man who she shared some attraction with is ghosting her.  Then, he’s there on a new case and needs her help.  The only witness in a magical heist is a squirrel and Rosella can communicate with animals.  With a Santa’s elf investigation team in tow, off they go to save Christmas.

In the first book, I was a little iffy about Rosella.  She was hurt by the way some people treated her so she ran away to live among the non-magic people world and cut off her family and friends when she did it.  But, in this one, she is settling back in among her family and making an effort to help and enjoy things.  Orion Croft is part of that because he is an outsider and a man of mystery who proved to her that it didn’t matter what a few small towners thought.  He saw her magic as a strong gift and she was able to team up on a case and see it for herself.  Now, there is a new case and she is eager to help him on it even as she tries to pretend that she is unaffected that he dropped their texting and ignored her for a few months.  She fools nobody about her interest.

It was a cute and light Christmas mystery that was solved, but also shows that there were darker forces behind the issue and those will be ongoing in the series.  Those who love paranormal cozy mysteries should definitely check out the series.

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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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Jen
Jen
5 months ago

This one was fun – although I wish I’d listen to it at Christmas time. I really want more, but the next book isn’t on the schedule for audiobook release… I’ll keep checking and hopefully there will be more.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Jen

I know, it made me think Christmasy thoughts, too. I noticed that something happened to put book two on hold for some reason.

vvb
vvb
5 months ago

Love the cozy look of this cover. The story sounds like a sweet one too 😉

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  vvb

Aren’t they cute? I love her covers for this series, too. Total sugar rush!

Rachel
5 months ago

This would be a great way to try out the author’s work. Sounds like a fun read! 🙂

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Yes, this is a nice novella length!

Melliane
5 months ago

Oh it’s always nice to have stories like that!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

It was a fun one. 🙂

Nadene
5 months ago

I had fun with this. I need to go back and listen to book one.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

It was cute. Yes, definitely go back to see how this pair met and how everything was set up. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I’d like to get back into some of these mysteries.

Sophia Rose
5 months ago

Yes, it’s hard to keep up with them all. 🙂 But, they’re fun!

Carole Rae
5 months ago

Awww fun!
Gah. Blogger hates me. Sorry if this multi-posted. Whoops. LOL

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It was a treat and really had my sweet tooth wanting all the baked goods.

LOL, no worries, there is only one entry.

Berls
5 months ago

I enjoyed this one as well. It looks like the next book is delayed though. I’m ready for more!

Sophia Rose
5 months ago
Reply to  Berls

Yeah, I saw that about the delay. Curious, but yes, want more. 🙂