THE BAKESHOP AT PUMPKIN AND SPICE
The recipe for love always includes a dash of magic . . .
Every autumn, Moonbright, Maine, is the picture of charm with its piles of crisp leaves, flickering jack-o’-lanterns. . . and a touch of the sweetest kind of enchantment.
Witches, goblins, the occasional ghost—they’re all sure to be spotted at the annual Halloween parade, where adults and children alike dress in costume to celebrate Moonbright’s favorite holiday. And no place has more seasonal spirit than Bellaluna’s Bakeshop, a family business steeped in traditional recipes, welcoming warmth—and, legend has it, truly spellbinding, heart-melting treats. . .
Between good-natured Halloween tricks, frothy pumpkin lattes, and some very special baked goods, for three Moonbright residents looking for love—whether they know it or not—the spookiest thing will be how magical romance can suddenly be. . .
“Halloween in Moonbright, ME, means another anthology brimming with costumes, cookies, love, and a pinch of magic from the Bellaluna Bakeshop. In Kauffman’s “Sweet Magic,” Abriana Bellaluna can bake elaborate confections, but she has yet to master the perfect cookie—the one dusted with magic to give potential couples a love boost. When Caleb Dimitriou comes to town to fill in for a family member on vacation, the two might need their own boost to get beyond their many obstacles. Meanwhile, in Allyson Charles’s “Love Spells Disaster,” Cassandra Hie knows what she wants: the perfect haunted house and a stable, loyal partner at her side. Handyman Chip Gneiss doesn’t fit the bill on first look, but he’s prepared to prove her wrong by helping to build the haunted house of her dreams. Across town in the mayor’s office, planning for the annual Halloween parade has just fallen into the lap of Mayor Jack Hanson and is nearing chaos. When he runs into Lara Shaw at Bellaluna’s, having the absolute worst day, he thinks she might make an excellent event coordinator. The close proximity, though, makes it clear there might be more in store for these two in Kate Angell’s “Sweet on You.” VERDICT Halloweens in Moonbright continue to be an excellent time to start love affairs for both characters and readers in this latest collection following The Cottage on Pumpkin and Vine.”
“Three blended stories warm with romance celebrate the Halloween season in Moonbright, Maine. On the hottest day yet in Cincy, I felt a crisp breeze enwrap me as I raced through the pages, inhaled the scent of spiced lattes, savored the anise-sugar cookies from the Italian bakery, swooned as three couples fell deeply in love. I was transported to this small town rich with All Hallows’ Eve cheer, sexy coupling and laughter aplenty. A delightful read I did not want to end!” 5/5
Fiction From the Heart Anthology
ONCE UPON A WEDDING, featuring A Wedding in Swan Harbor
Moonbright, Maine Series
THE NAKED TRUTH/Truth or Dare
PERFECTLY PLUM (Non-Fiction)