November 13, 2013

The Christmas Cookie Collection


The Christmas Cookie Collection (The Christmas Cookie Chronicles #1-4)
by Lori Wilde

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Published October 29th 2013 by Harper Audio
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Four delightful novellas featuring characters from Lori Wilde's New York Times bestselling book The First Love Cookie Club. First published as e-originals, they are now available in one volume in print and audio for the first time

There's a legend in Twilight, Texas. It says that if on Christmas you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your one true love, he will be your destiny. Carrie, Raylene, Christine, and Flynn are all members of the Christmas Cookie Club. Each has a story to tell, and each discovers the miracles of the season and the power of love.

Carrie: Reconnects with her high school sweetheart . . .the only man she's ever loved.

"On Christmas Eve, if you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your own true love, he will be your destiny."

Carrie MacGregor doesn't believe this--not one bit. She might be a "paid up" member of the Cookie Club and the local Sweethearts Knitting Club, but she's not about to give in to the forced ho-ho-ho of the season. And why? Mark Leland. When he left town he broke Carrie's heart. Now, the local-guy-made good is back, hosting the reality show "Fact or Fantasy."

Fact: Mark broke her heart. Fantasy: her friends think they'll be getting back together. But could the magic of a Twilight, Texas Christmas make Carrie's secret dreams come true?

I didn't like Carrie's cynical attitude but I listened to this on audio which was part of the Christmas Cookie Collection and I thought the narrator did a brilliant job. Carrie wasn't sure what to make of Mark Leland showing up after he had left her 8 years ago. Their romance was the stuff of legends and was exactly what Twilight was popular for.

Instead of - sleeping with kismet cookies under your pillow dreaming of your one true love- type thing, in the Christmas Cookie Collection it was: "If you throw a penny in the sweetheart fountain(?) and make a wish for a special someone , he will come back to you and live HEA."



Raylene: Discovers that the daughter she gave away at birth is living right in Twilight . . .

It’s Christmas time at the Horny Toad Tavern, located in the heart of Twilight, TX. Elvis is on the jukebox, the lights twinkle outside…and inside, Raylene Pringle is wondering if it’s going to be another “Blue Christmas” without her true love, Earl.

But things are about to change—because ‘tis the season for unexpected romance and a surprise mother/daughter reunion…reminding Raylene that you should never disbelieve the legend of the kismet cookies!


Christine: Has given up on love . . . until the man of her dreams walks through her shop door.

Everyone in Twilight, TX knows that Christine Noble can mix up the most delectable concoctions and turn them into amazing Christmas cookies. And the whole town also knows she can't seem to find the ingredients for finding true love. Then through the doors of her shops strides Eli Borden—the man she still thinks of as “the best kisser ever.”

To her surprise, Eli asks her on a date...and to her greater surprise she accepts. Maybe it's the mistletoe, or the season, or even the cookies...but suddenly something magical happens. But the dreams that Christine thought she'd given up on are suddenly coming true—and it all begins with another kiss Eli.



Grace: It's Christmas Eve, and Flynn and Jesse Calloway are thrilled to be expecting a new baby. Jesse believes he's put his dark history behind him … until his past resurfaces, pulling him from Flynn's side, leaving her alone and vulnerable. Then Flynn's car hits a patch of ice, and Jesse must move earth—and heaven—to save her and their unborn child.





About the Author 


Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 60 romance novels. She is a two-time RITA award nominee, a four time Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominee and has won numerous other awards. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and holds a certificate in forensics. She also volunteers for a domestic abuse shelter as a first responder. An animal lover, Lori is owned by several pets, and lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

Lori teaches Romance Writing Secrets via the Internet through colleges and universities worldwide at www.ed2g.com

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