Saturday, December 15, 2018

Book Review - Wreath Between the Lines

Wreath Between the Lines
By:  Daryl Wood Gerber
Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication Date:  November 08, 2018
4 Stars

Christmas is fast approaching in Crystal Cove, California.  Jenna, her aunt Vera, and the rest of the staff at the Cookbook Nook are getting it all set up for Christmas.   Things seems to be going great until Jenna’s older sister, Whitney, shows up in town unexpectedly.  Whitney comes loaded with drama as she is having trouble with her teenage daughter, Lacey, and she is worried that her marriage is in trouble.  Things, however, become tragic when Jenna’s friend and neighbor Jake, comes over to ask for help because he had found his friend Geoffrey murdered.  Jenna not only feels bad for Jake’s loss, but she would also like to help him find out what happened to his friend.  When Jenna realizes though how much Geoffrey and Jake look alike, she is afraid that Geoffrey’s death may the case of mistaken identity.  This makes Jenna even more determined to get to the bottom of things.

Wreath Between the Lines is a great Christmas cozy mystery, and it is the 8th book in The Cookbook Nook mystery series.  This book is filled with all the right ingredients to make it a great Christmas mystery story: the mystery itself, the christmas lights, the plethora of baking, Christmas music and carols, Santas, Elves, and most importantly friendship and love.

As a new reader to the series, I found it easy to jump right in and mingle with the story’s characters.  There was enough background information given that I was able to understand and enjoy the characters and their storylines.

The story is complex, but in such a delicious way.  The author has many different pots simmering with different dishes and is able to bring them altogether at once to serve up a delectable Christmas meal.

On top of a really great story, the reader is also treated to wonderful descriptions of cookbooks.  I have sworn away from cookbooks as I already have too many, but I had to go and look up many of the cookbooks described.  They sounded so wonderful.  If the cookbook recommendations aren’t enough, there are also yummy recipes included at the end of the story.

Thanks to Net Galley and Beyond the Page Publishing for an ARC of this book.  #NetGalley #WreathBetweenTheLines

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