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The First Love Cookie Club: The Twilight, Texas Series, book 3 (Twilight, Texas, 3) MP3 CD – MP3 Audio, October 23, 2018
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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.
Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!-- "Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author"
- Publisher : HarperCollins B and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged MP3CD edition (October 23, 2018)
- Language : English
- MP3 CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1982555521
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982555528
- Item Weight : 2.88 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 6.5 inches
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- Lori Wilde
I was thrilled to learn that Lori Wilde was coming out with a new book -- The First Love Cookie Club -- just in time for the holidays. One, because I've loved almost all of her books, and two, because it gives me the perfect stocking stuffer gift for several of my friends who love to read romance (and several who also bake).
First Love Cookie Club is the 3rd book in Wilde's "Club" series focusing on crafts (Quilting and Knitting being the other two), and in it, Wilde brings us back to Twilight, Texas as Childrens Book Author Sarah Collier returns to fulfill the wish of a sick child. The sick child is named Jasmine. Her father? Sarah's childhood crush Travis Walker -- the man who broke Sarah's young heart when he got married to somebody else.
I could offhandedly mention Wilde's excellent writing, but lately I've grown to appreciate it all the more as I find fewer and fewer romances that really hook me and keep me reading and interested all the way through. First Love Cookie Club really rose to this challenge and, for me personally, touched my heart. Not just with the whole "sick kid"/Holiday angle (which is handled really well), but through Wilde's understanding of Sarah and Travis, what makes them tick, the fears that ride them, and push them together even as they threaten to tear them apart. I think we can all see a bit of ourselves in the pair, which just makes this story read so *personal.*
Watching Travis see a new beginning for his own future while struggling to keep his daughter alive and watching Sarah long for family and a place to call "Home" while struggling so hard to keep some distance so she doesn't get crushed when she loses it all keep the pages turning and your heart hoping that kismet will find a way to keep them together and give them the Happily Ever After they deserve.
Does Wilde deliver? Oh yeah.
Warm. Romantic. Sexy. Fun. Heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. The First Love Cookie Club delivers the perfect read for the holiday season. And when you turn that last page and close the book, you'll not only come away with a terrific love story, I think you'll walk away with a profound appreciation for family and love and the miracles that can happen every day of our lives. Plus I'm a total believer in soul mates, kismet, destiny, and fate. So what can I say? First Love Cookie Club called to the Romantic in me with every chapter.
P.S. Normally I don't read the Author's Acknowledgements, but for this book, it's a must. Perhaps it is why this story resonates so strongly... because it is so very personal for the author and Wilde wove a piece of her heart into each page, which just makes it that much special that she shared it with us.
It doesn't matter if you've read any books in her Twilight, Texas series, because with no introduction, The First Love Cookie Club will stand on its own. These days, I read mostly romantic fantasy and suspense, but there's something that just beckons about a wonderful romance as Christmas approaches, especially when it takes place at Christmas. Besides, who can resist a town with a Horny Toad Tavern, a Sweetheart Park and a Merry Cherub store?
The story centers around a self-conscious young teenager who feels out of place, with parents who are married to their careers and no time for little Sarah Ann Collier. Thankfully, she has a Grandmother who lives in Twilight, Texas and tries to take up the slack during the holiday season. It is there in Twilight Sarah discovers the town's legend about Kismet cookies, the home-baked goodies with magical powers that, if placed under your pillow on Christmas Eve, will make you dream about your soul mate. During all her teen years, Sarah has dreamed about the same guy, Travis Walker, the next-door neighbor's son. But on the Christmas of her fifteenth year, she discovers Travis is getting married that day. She rushes to the church, dressed in a reindeer sweater with bells and wearing antlers, and declares she's his soulmate to Travis, his bride and the entire congregation. He tried to let her down easily, but an unrequited first love never truly heals.
A little girl with a broken heart grows up into a woman, goes to college, strikes it big with her first book, The Magic Christmas Cookie, and discovers through a letter from a sick little girl that she has an opportunity to revisit Twilight, this time as the little girl's favorite author. Perhaps she can regain the self-confidence she lost there. Upon discovering, the little girl, Jazzy, is the daughter of none other than Travis Walker, now divorced after his wife left him, Sarah can't help but wonder if she has a chance to regain a soul mate as well.
This book starts as what appears to be a romantic romp, oh, so enjoyable but predictable. Don't forget the author is Lori Wilde, and after all, every small town has sordid secrets. Just like in real life, the road to true love is never traveled without a hitch. Be prepared for surprises when you least expect it. But at the end, you get what you want, a warm and loving feeling, and a knowing that things can turn out happily ever after. So snuggle next to a fire with The First Love Cookie Club and enjoy it with a big cup of hot cocoa laced with a generous dose of Kahlua.
reprint from [...], November 15, 2010.
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This was just one of the stack of Christmassy books I picked up this year, and with no reviews I decided to take a chance. I'm really glad I did. From the author's note at the start dedicating the book to the real life inspiration for Travis and Jazzy, who sadly didn't get a happy ending, to the sweet love story and kooky locals this book is a great read.
Sarah is sweet and easy to identify with, and Travis is the perfect hero but both thankfully manage to avoid the standard romance novel cliches. However Jazzy steals the show with her incredible zest for life despite all the odds. The townspeople reminded me a bit of the people in Stars Hollow in the Gilmore Girls ; a bit kooky but kind hearted. The Dickens festival was a bit of an oddball idea in Texas, but it really works with the story.
The romance itself is well thought out, and doesn't see the characters leap into bed together as soon as they're reunited. It was good to see that each carried realistic scars from their lives that were dealt with sympathetically, and that outside meddling didn't interfere with the characters free will.
I'm definitely interested in reading some of the other Twilight novels - this is actually the third in the series, with The Sweethearts' Knitting Club (Avon Romance) first and then The True Love Quilting Club (Avon Romance) both before this, and book 4 The Welcome Home Garden Club out next year. Chances are I'll also be baking a batch of kismet cookies using recipe on the author's website, although they probably won't make it under my pillow.
All in all, a light seasonal read with unexpected depths that is well worth a read.
Das Buch fängt gut an, die Heldin Sarah ist glaubwürdig dargestellt und sympathisch, den Ort Twilight kann man sich sehr gut vorstellen und fühlt sich heimisch. Auch die Unsicherheiten der High School oder die Verzweiflung über ein krankes Kind kann man sehr gut nachempfinden.
Leider enthält der Roman zu viele Klischees - Held rettet Heldin bei Schiffbruch auf einem See, in dem sie natürlich erfolgreich ihr Handy versenkt hat und keine Rettung herbeirufen kann, beide werden eingeschneit in einer Hütte, zufällig mit einem Riesenberg Proviant und genug Feuerholz, harter texanischer Cowboy mit einem Herz aus Gold, und eine Wunderdroge sorgt dafür, dass es auch der kranken Tochter bald besser geht. Auch sind die erotischen Szenen leider nicht besonders gut geschrieben ("Higher and harder and faster until the bed was bashing against the wall..."). Zwar ist der Cookie Club von Twilight der Namensgeber, doch er spielt eigentlich nur eine kleine Nebenrolle, seine Mitglieder wachsen dem Leser nicht wirklich ans Herz. Die Christmas Kismet cookies werden oft beschworen, man wird sehr neugierig darauf, aber das Buch enthält leider kein Rezept. Somit hatte ich ständig das Gefühl, hier wurden Chancen verschenkt.
Der Roman ist ein netter Zeitvertreib, aber eben nicht mehr. Ich empfehle für Fans von Chick/Hen Lit statt dessen "The Christmas Cookie Club" von Ann Pearlman und für Freunde der Romantic Comedy "Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe" und "Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe" von Jenny Colgan.