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...
Praise For The Cottage On Pumpkin And Vine
“This wonderful, well-written collection calls to mind brisk autumn nights cuddled with a loved one.” –Publishers Weekly
“This diverse trio of stories bring three couples to love with a charming, slightly sexy Halloween flair . . . Sassy, funny, and dusted with magic.” --Library Journal
“Delightful and spicy. . . . With humor and a little mysticism thrown in, each story winds its way to a happy ever after. Every pairing comes to fruition in a unique way.” –RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
Includes cookie recipes!
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The Sweetest Village
(Sunday, September 1, 2019)
Reviewer: Kathy Jund
The following review is for Donna Kauffman's story in the anthology "The Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice" titled SWEET MAGIC
Moonbright, Maine corners the market (literally) for all thinks Pumpkin and Spice, from the actual street corner where you can find Bellaluna's Bakeshop, to the largest pumpkin patch that draws the tourists to the coastal town to enjoy the Halloween happenings that can't be matched! The whole town pulls out their best for their Halloween festival, including a parade with Pumpkin queen and all...and if there feels to be a bit of magic in the air..those none the wiser may be in for some unexpected romance. Bellaluna's Bakeshop just might have a hand in it as the women of Bellaluna's have a bit of it on their side. One cookie is all it takes, and every year these talented women have had a hand in the match making. Abriana Bellaluna O'Neill (Bree to her friends), but really, who would want to shorten her name; is hoping this is the Halloween that she comes into hers. Like her mother, and grandmother before her, and on and on; magic has been part of the female line. Sophia her grandmother, and owner of the shop is pretty sure this will be the year..You see, (she has her "own" way of knowing!), even if Bree doubts it. All it takes is one special Italian iced cookie and romantic sparks will fly. As the baker in this family owned shop, Bree is not so sure, especially if the latest "batch" of her "special" cookies is to be believed..and after one taste, she is ready to scrap the whole sheet. Just as a tall dark and gorgeous professorial specimen of masculinity walks into her kitchen, alas she can't move fast enough to be rid of them! Apparently, the nephew of the family owned Italian restaurant down the street has come from Philadelphia to help run the restaurant while his aunt and uncle have whisked off to a long over due honeymoon to Greece, Sophia advises Bree. Coming from a large Greek family who own many a restaurant there, this will be the new manager temporarily, and maybe if he's lucky will play his hand at cook. Well one look at Caleb Dimitriou and Bree never wished so much for one great cookie in all her life as right this moment! Sugar and spice and Italian cream aren't the only thing coming to a boil to be sure!