The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams (Rabbits Leap, #6)
The most magical time of the year… Josie Donnelly spends most years pretending that Christmas doesn’t even happen! So, she hopes that the sleepy village of Sunnycombe will be the perfect place to escape the festivities…Or so she thought! Spending time with (far too handsome) bakery owner Callan Stewart and his young daughter, Mia, makes her long for the family Christmas she’s missed out on.Could the little bakery on the hill be her own recipe for a happy ever after this year…?Perfect for fans of Caroline Roberts, Cathy Bramley and Heidi Swain.

The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams (Rabbits Leap, #6) Details

TitleThe Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams (Rabbits Leap, #6)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 8th, 2019
PublisherHQ Digital
Rating
GenreHoliday, Christmas, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary, Adult

The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams (Rabbits Leap, #6) Review

  • Natalia Ramlal
    January 1, 1970
    Christmas is the most magical time of the year. But for Josie Donnelly, it's a day filled with painful memories. Hoping to escape the festivities, she moves to the charming little village of Sunnycombe and gets a job at a family bakery. But the more time she spends with the handsome bakery owner and his daughter, the more she longs for a family-filled Christmas celebration. The Little Bakery of Hope and Dreams is a sweet, uplifting Christmas love story, full of holiday cheer, humor, delicious Christmas is the most magical time of the year. But for Josie Donnelly, it's a day filled with painful memories. Hoping to escape the festivities, she moves to the charming little village of Sunnycombe and gets a job at a family bakery. But the more time she spends with the handsome bakery owner and his daughter, the more she longs for a family-filled Christmas celebration. The Little Bakery of Hope and Dreams is a sweet, uplifting Christmas love story, full of holiday cheer, humor, delicious cakes, and a heartwarming romance. The author did a fantastic job of developing the characters and I really liked her writing style. Josie and Callan were easy to relate to. The problems they were both facing will tug at your heartstrings and make you root for them. If you like slow-burn romances, then you will enjoy their love story. I really enjoyed this cozy, feel-good romance and will not hesitate to read more by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for the opportunity to read this ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Claire Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    5 - "Maybe we need to rethink that kissing under the mistletoe tradition…" Stars!Absolutely loved this one, perfect Christmas reading, both the H/h are working their way through some serious issues on the build up to Christmas, but nothing was OTT on the drama front, and add in a precocious but precious toddler, some great secondary characters, a lot of seasonal sparkle and it was an absolute winner! I hope the author has more stories in store for the residents of Sunnycombe in the future."To 5 - "Maybe we need to rethink that kissing under the mistletoe tradition…" Stars!Absolutely loved this one, perfect Christmas reading, both the H/h are working their way through some serious issues on the build up to Christmas, but nothing was OTT on the drama front, and add in a precocious but precious toddler, some great secondary characters, a lot of seasonal sparkle and it was an absolute winner! I hope the author has more stories in store for the residents of Sunnycombe in the future."To second chances."I read this little Christmas treat in one sitting, and I look forward to seeing what Ms. Hailes has in store for her readers in 2020!ARC provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    Well if there was ever a book to make you crave all your favourite festive treats then its certainly this one. I was permanently hungry while reading this delicious book, and some of the cakes sounded Bake Off worthy! I was hooked pretty much from the first few pages, I completely and utterly fell in love with Mia. She is the four year old daughter of widowed bakery owner Callan and some of what she comes out with had me laughing. Literally "out of the mouth of babes" moments! And then there is Well if there was ever a book to make you crave all your favourite festive treats then its certainly this one. I was permanently hungry while reading this delicious book, and some of the cakes sounded Bake Off worthy! I was hooked pretty much from the first few pages, I completely and utterly fell in love with Mia. She is the four year old daughter of widowed bakery owner Callan and some of what she comes out with had me laughing. Literally "out of the mouth of babes" moments! And then there is Josie who has just moved to Sunnycombe, who has applied for the job in the bakery, and little does she know how much its about to change her life. She is wary of Christmas but Sunnycombe's traditions soon eek their way into her and may just start healing her too. Both Callan and Josie are broken for different reasons, and it really is a bakery of hopes and dreams as the story progresses, I loved seeing how both of them developed as characters, and also a few of the other residents of the village. It is a book full of warmth and heart, that will give you a festive fuzzy feeling, and wow the finale section, was just wonderful. Took me by surprise but really did have me believing in the magic of the season. I loved every second of this book, just a bit upset that I read it so quickly, that I ran out of pages. I would have loved more. Well I console myself with the fact I still haven't quite got around to Kellie Hailes previous book, so still have another to look forward.. although one Kellie Hailes book to look forward to is never enough so I can't wait for the next release too... I really do love this author. Easily one of my favourite Christmas books for 2019 (and I have read many so far), this one was pure magic! Thank you to HQ Digital and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve read all but one of the books in this series (and the one is in my piles) and I just adore the coming together of not only the core characters featured in each story, but the community involvement, wanted or unwanted, that helps to add atmosphere, humor, depth and a sense of ‘place’ to the larger story arc. In this book, we meet Josie who has, for the umpteenth time, moved on to ‘somewhere else’ and is looking to use her baking skills (and front counter skills) to secure a job in the local I’ve read all but one of the books in this series (and the one is in my piles) and I just adore the coming together of not only the core characters featured in each story, but the community involvement, wanted or unwanted, that helps to add atmosphere, humor, depth and a sense of ‘place’ to the larger story arc. In this book, we meet Josie who has, for the umpteenth time, moved on to ‘somewhere else’ and is looking to use her baking skills (and front counter skills) to secure a job in the local bakery. With the opportunity for another fresh start and a place where no one knows her, she’s convinced that the small town will be perfect for her, until she needs to move on again. Callan has done his best with the bakery, even though he’s got no skills, but it gives him time to focus on his daughter Mia after his wife’s death. He’s going through the motions of living, and putting out truly terrible cakes and baked goods, all in an appearance of ‘keeping it together”. It also buys him some time from rejoining the very robust village events, using Mia as a shield and prop to simply exist from day to day. From the first he and Josie had and electric connection, and Josie’s skill for baking, as well as a clear determination to make herself helpful in the bakery but removed from the ever-increasingly personal chit-chat make her the obvious choice to revamp and run the bakery OH this was sweet – from both Josie and Callan trying to heal from their losses and their inability to simply state what they fear and move from there – with a nudge (or a giant push) from the pub owner, other townsfolk and Josie’s landlady who also serves as Callan’s sounding board, the two are clearly well suited, if only they could see it for themselves. But fear (and a tendency to be defensive and guarded because of past hurts) leads them into some potentially spontaneously bad decisions and choices. It will take no little amount of villager interference and pushing, and old town tale that is reputed to be true, some daring and real honesty to bring them together and allow them a new start, both together and alone. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Roberta
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed it. It has lots of little funny moments, some heartwarming moments, excellent character development and a lovely Christmassy atmosphere.I love the relationship between Callan and Mia, in fact Mia was brilliant altogether. The way that the people in the village care for each other is marvellous. Callan and Josie each working through their issues - I liked the way that they each thought it through in their head, they weren’t magically fixed by being in a This was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed it. It has lots of little funny moments, some heartwarming moments, excellent character development and a lovely Christmassy atmosphere.I love the relationship between Callan and Mia, in fact Mia was brilliant altogether. The way that the people in the village care for each other is marvellous. Callan and Josie each working through their issues - I liked the way that they each thought it through in their head, they weren’t magically fixed by being in a relationship.Overall, a great book to curl up with on a cold wintery day. I definitely recommend it.I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Corinne Rodrigues
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a sucker for books about single fathers and this one pretty poignant. Despite Callan trying his best to bring Mia up, there’s just something missing. And Josie, the daughter of a single father herself, knows what that is. It’s a book about learning to trust in love again and I really loved each of the characters in this sweet Christmas story.I’ll certainly be reading more of Kellie Hailes’ books soon.
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  • Loves
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first book I've read by this author, She draws you into her story as it unfolds and I was hooked by a few pages In. The characters are wonderful and you get that warm and snuggly feeling while reading of The cosy little community they live in. Josie doesn't know how to enjoy Christmas any more, it has unhappy associations for her, she is newly arrived in the village and has applied for a job at the bakery that Callan is the owner of. Their first meeting was entertaining and she gets This was my first book I've read by this author, She draws you into her story as it unfolds and I was hooked by a few pages In. The characters are wonderful and you get that warm and snuggly feeling while reading of The cosy little community they live in. Josie doesn't know how to enjoy Christmas any more, it has unhappy associations for her, she is newly arrived in the village and has applied for a job at the bakery that Callan is the owner of. Their first meeting was entertaining and she gets to meet 'the lady of the house' Mia. Mia is Callan young daughter , he's struggling to bring her up on his own and keep the bakery going. It's been 11 months since he lost his wife and it's their first Christmas without her so he wants to go all out to make it special for Mia this year. This was just the most beautifully written book, with some poignant moments and the descriptive writing made you feel like you were part of the experience . The chemistry is palpable between Josie and callan, neither is looking for a new romance , both having issues with letting people close to them . Josie relationship with Mia was insightful and a delight to read. Josie learns to enjoy the Christmas traditions of the village as she is welcomed into the family fold. This was an ultimately uplifting and heartwarming festive treat that I devoured in a day . Thankyou to Netgalley and the publisher for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Eve beinguniquebooks
    January 1, 1970
    Callan lives in his bakery with young daughter Mia as Christmas approaches, Josie find herself arriving at their bakery and applying for the job going as front of bakery assistant.Abigail was Callans wife who sadly passed away and left him to coepwith Mia and running the bakery, which it's obvious he's failing to manage as his bakes aren't up to much instead being hard and not the gorgeous delicacies his wife used to bake, which is where Josie comes in and changes things...In a really sweet read Callan lives in his bakery with young daughter Mia as Christmas approaches, Josie find herself arriving at their bakery and applying for the job going as front of bakery assistant.Abigail was Callans wife who sadly passed away and left him to coepwith Mia and running the bakery, which it's obvious he's failing to manage as his bakes aren't up to much instead being hard and not the gorgeous delicacies his wife used to bake, which is where Josie comes in and changes things...In a really sweet read Kellie has centred a whole story around a bakery that revives its Christmas spirit with renewed love and a new match made family thanks to Christmas spirit and magic. I loved the way the characters didn't fall for each other straight away but slowly and then suddenly especially little Mia as she comes to love and accepting Josie being around. I also love that Josie was the main characters name as my auntie Josie would've loved this book of she was here still and being nearly a year on since losing her, I encourage anyone who loves Christmas as much as she did to definitely give this book a read, it was quick and eventful but leaves you feeling happy and content with the story you've devoured and the sweet Christmas bakes you had too!Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I have read and enjoyed a couple of books by Kellie Hailes before, so I was pleased to receive an early preview copy of this book from Netgalley and the Publisher.Josie does not like Christmas anymore, she moves to Sunnycombe, a quiet village, trying to escape the festive season. She soon discovers that the village has huge celebrations, and pride themselves on being the most festive village.Callan is also trying to keep a low profile in the village, after tragically losing his wife. He is I have read and enjoyed a couple of books by Kellie Hailes before, so I was pleased to receive an early preview copy of this book from Netgalley and the Publisher.Josie does not like Christmas anymore, she moves to Sunnycombe, a quiet village, trying to escape the festive season. She soon discovers that the village has huge celebrations, and pride themselves on being the most festive village.Callan is also trying to keep a low profile in the village, after tragically losing his wife. He is trying to make everything perfect for Mia, his 4 year old daughter, without getting close to anyone.A tentative friendship soon develops, and the villagers try to get the Christmas cheer bring back the magic of Christmas to Callan and Josie.This is a lovely, charming and gentle book. It is an easy read and very festive, perfect for curling up with. It is a heartwarming read which makes you feel warm and fuzzy. I enjoyed reading this book, and I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    What a lovely story! Josie has never felt tethered anywhere and she particularly hates Christmas because, well for a lot of reasons. When she moves to the town of Sunnycombe she finds more than she ever expected to after she takes a job at the local bakery. Cullen, the owner, is coping with the death of his wife. He's trying to raise his little girl Mia and keep the business going but he's not the baker she was and things aren't looking good. Readers of this genre know these two are meant for What a lovely story! Josie has never felt tethered anywhere and she particularly hates Christmas because, well for a lot of reasons. When she moves to the town of Sunnycombe she finds more than she ever expected to after she takes a job at the local bakery. Cullen, the owner, is coping with the death of his wife. He's trying to raise his little girl Mia and keep the business going but he's not the baker she was and things aren't looking good. Readers of this genre know these two are meant for each other but they both have issues they need to work through. Then there's Mia- she's a great kid who has a strong personalities and feelings. Add to it the season and you know this is going to be a good read, don't you? Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Cheerful, positive, and sigh, HEA.
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  • Patricia Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy courtesy of NetGalley.This is a charming story of a woman, Josie, who never belongs anywhere. She ends up in the small town of Sunnycombe believing it to be just another stop on her endless journey. But everything changes as she seeks a job in a bakery. Enter the owner who is on his own path of loneliness and walls. With the added benefit of townsfolk who believe heavily in community and traditions, the charming story becomes one of home and redemption.Hailes writes a I received an ARC copy courtesy of NetGalley.This is a charming story of a woman, Josie, who never belongs anywhere. She ends up in the small town of Sunnycombe believing it to be just another stop on her endless journey. But everything changes as she seeks a job in a bakery. Enter the owner who is on his own path of loneliness and walls. With the added benefit of townsfolk who believe heavily in community and traditions, the charming story becomes one of home and redemption.Hailes writes a story with great description and heartwarming characters. Each flawed in their own way, they find a way to work around those flaws or make them work. She gives great insight into how Josie and Callan feel while still keeping some suspense in the mix. Will it work out or will it not?
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  • Lee Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a feel-good read. Kelly Hailes had me hooked from the beginning with this one. Callan is a widow with a young daughter, Mia. Mia is the center of his universe, and she's utterly adorable and insightful. Josie is a new employee at the bakery, and she's a little bit broken in her own right. But luckily Sunnycombe's traditions grow on her and help her heal..The character and plot development in this book are gentle and warm, and well-written. This book definitely gives you warm-fuzzy This was such a feel-good read. Kelly Hailes had me hooked from the beginning with this one. Callan is a widow with a young daughter, Mia. Mia is the center of his universe, and she's utterly adorable and insightful. Josie is a new employee at the bakery, and she's a little bit broken in her own right. But luckily Sunnycombe's traditions grow on her and help her heal..The character and plot development in this book are gentle and warm, and well-written. This book definitely gives you warm-fuzzy feelings and makes your heart feel full. This is a light-hearted, warm book, and easy read, and I'm looking forward to reading more of Kelly Hailes' books in the future. A great feel-good Christmas story.
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  • Steffi
    January 1, 1970
    "The little bakery of hopes and dreams" started out really sweet and I was sure I was going to love it.We meet Josie who is looking for a new job and finds herself in the Café of widowed Callan. The beginning of the story was very atmospheric as well as emotional and I had high hopes for the book.Somehow the book lost me throughout the story and I missed the atmosphere of the café and the emotions between the characters. I felt that everything was very rushed and I couldn't connect with Josie "The little bakery of hopes and dreams" started out really sweet and I was sure I was going to love it.We meet Josie who is looking for a new job and finds herself in the Café of widowed Callan. The beginning of the story was very atmospheric as well as emotional and I had high hopes for the book.Somehow the book lost me throughout the story and I missed the atmosphere of the café and the emotions between the characters. I felt that everything was very rushed and I couldn't connect with Josie and Callan. I really liked Mia, Callans daughter, who was totally funny and cute.I liked the Christmas cakes and cupcakes they were baking and there could have been more about the Café and Christmas.The book was good to read but for me something was missing for a good festive read.
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  • Claudia Doke
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for my ARC of this book. I really enjoyed this book. It is such a cozy, feel-good read - perfect for the festive season. The chemistry between Josie and Callan is infectious, but it also feels realistic. And Mia - I can't get over her. I loved this character from the start: the sassy personality, they way that she just says what she is thinking. I loved it. I love the cast of characters that the author has created in the fictional town of Sunnydale.This is such a charming Thank you to Netgalley for my ARC of this book. I really enjoyed this book. It is such a cozy, feel-good read - perfect for the festive season. The chemistry between Josie and Callan is infectious, but it also feels realistic. And Mia - I can't get over her. I loved this character from the start: the sassy personality, they way that she just says what she is thinking. I loved it. I love the cast of characters that the author has created in the fictional town of Sunnydale.This is such a charming story. I want more of Josie, Callan, and Mia.
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  • N
    January 1, 1970
    Cake, Christmas and a fluffy romance are three of my favourite things. This was really sweet story. Loved the slow, gentle way Josie and Callan fell for each other despite their individual fears about letting anyone in. Mia was adorable and I loved the mix of Sunnycombe characters like Margo, Brendon,, Lauren and Will that made the little village feel real. Oh and lots of cake talk which is always excellent. A lovely read.
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  • thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
    January 1, 1970
    Such a delightful read, easy and light, with cute and relatable characters. This is a wonderful romcom, very festive, my second read by Kellie and confirmed me as a big fan now, will be reading everything she has written now, it’s a lovely feel good read, gives you warm fuzzy feelings and a big grin while you read. Want joy and happiness read a book by Kellie Hailes.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    What better does one need to tuck up with on a cold day than a warm and fuzzy holiday story. Josie, a single woman who never seems to stay in one place for long applies for a job at a bakery run by Callan, the widowed father of young Mia. The story brings you the love of Christmas in Sunnycombe and how even if you don’t love Christmas it can work its way into your heart along with the people that live in a small town.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I loved The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams and it was perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit.The basic plot is girl moves to a small town, gets job at a bakery (which is run by a good looking guy), has feelings for said guy, their stories come to light, they learn about themselves, and then The End. Nothing in the plot was overly surprising, but the charm of the small town and the main characters draw you in, while Mia (Callan's daughter) helps to keep you hooked. There was enough I loved The Little Bakery of Hopes and Dreams and it was perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit.The basic plot is girl moves to a small town, gets job at a bakery (which is run by a good looking guy), has feelings for said guy, their stories come to light, they learn about themselves, and then The End. Nothing in the plot was overly surprising, but the charm of the small town and the main characters draw you in, while Mia (Callan's daughter) helps to keep you hooked. There was enough backstory about the characters that i did truly feel for them and it did make me want to succeed. The biggest criticism is that the plot does feel like a romance novel recipe, but that isn't always a bad thing.So while the book read like a typical Hallmark movie, it was still fun to get through and I did enjoy reading it.Ebook provides by and reviewed for NetGalley
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I’ve read that was written by this author and I have to say it was fantastic. I loved the flow of the story it kept moving and didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t wait to find out the ending but I wasn’t ready for it to end. Thanks Ms. Hailes for such a great book. I would definitely read more of your stories.
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  • Clare Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to netgalley for the chance to read this book.Josie hates Christmas. She moves to Sunnycombe and gets a job in a bakery, that Callan runs following the death of his wife the previous Christmas. Can Josie settle in the village, enjoy Christmas again and help Callan and his daughter Mia to see that Christmas can be a happy time.Couldn’t put it down, read in one day.
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  • Marti
    January 1, 1970
    This was a lovely Christmas story. that left me with the warm-fuzzies. It was very easy to read and flowed easily. The story was sweet and I especially adored the little girl. This was my first read from this author, but it won't be my last. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher was an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Nicola Ragel
    January 1, 1970
    This was a beautiful story about Josie who had been running from her feelings for years and finds herself in a lovely Christmassy village with lovely people finding her able to see a much happier future for herself. Lovely feel good fast read. Thanks to Net Galley for this book.
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  • Karen Kingston
    January 1, 1970
    A relaxing 4.5* festive read by a new author to me.The villagers of Sunnycombe love the festive season - can they help Josie and Callan rediscover their love for the festive season after life events made them sad?The cakes at the bakery sound delicious - this is a book that will make you crave cake, log fires and snow.Thanks to NetGalley and HQDigital for a digital ARC - my thoughts are my own.
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