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

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 …
I'm really happy to see a fall-themed book. We don't get enough of them. What a wonderful time for a romance. I know it's one of my favorites. What's also my favorite is anthologies. First, I'm able to finish the whole story pretty quickly, and second, I can often read a new author to me. This time there is no new authors but ones I really enjoy. 

Sweet Magic by Donna Kauffman
This one starts it off and I really enjoyed it. It let us know what the whole theme of the book was. It did a great job of setting up for the next two stories. Characters are good I only wish for more of a romantic feeling between these two. I needed more. 

Love Spells Disaster by Allyson Charles 
I love Allyson Charles books so this was a treat for me. I did think that Cassandra treated Chip pretty poorly but got where the author was going. She finally got her head on straight and figured out what she really wanted. I liked how much she enjoyed Halloween and went all out for it. One of my favorite things is to decorate for the holiday's so this talked to me. I only wish I could build a haunted house in my driveway. 

Sweet On You by Kate Angell
The third and final story is by Kate Angell an author I really enjoy. This one is so well done you won't want it to end. I have to tell you Jake and Lara are up there for my favorite couple of the year. I just loved these two together. They worked perfectly together. I loved them so much that I want more of the town so I can visit with them. 

Summary of the whole book
The book is worth buying. You'll love the fall-themed stories. It's full of wonderful characters and not all of them are the main characters. More than one of the stories leave you wanting more of their world. I will say that Angell's book was my top favorite. Her story was the best written. You could tell right off the bat how much she connected with them. Even after I was done I kept thinking about them. Made it hard on me to start something new.

I enjoyed both Charles and Kauffman's stories but will admit that Kauffman's was the hardest to get through. Her writing and I don't always match.  

If you are looking for some good reading with the weather turning cooler than this is your book! So, do you like holiday-themed books? Have you read any of these authors and if so which is your favorite? 


  1. I should read more Fall themed romances. It's my favorite time of year.


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