A Gingerbread Romance written by Lacey Baker is a wonderful holiday romance story from Hallmark Publishing. Philadelphia is holding their very first contest to build a life-sized gingerbread house. Ogilvy & Associates Architecture is entering the contest, and Taylor Scott has been assigned to holiday project. If she does well on this community event, she could get the job of her dreams – a promotion to their Paris office. Her boss has set her up with Philadelphia’s best pastry chef, Annabelle Renard, to win this contest.
Taylor goes to meet with Annabelle and she is asked how much experience she has in the kitchen. Taylor admits that the answer is none, and Annabelle gives her a look that shows that she is not impressed. Next, Taylor gives her a rundown of her architectural accomplishments and explains that she knows how to take charge and she is ready to lead. Annabelle told Taylor that she would need to get in touch with her boss, Linda, who she was doing this favor for. She then turns away from Taylor and it seems that the meeting was over.
Taylor returns to the office for their holiday party and meets Adam Dale in the break room as he is dropping off a commissioned tree cake for the party. Unfortunately he placed the cake down for a moment, and it was on top of a set of plans that Taylor was working on and ruined them with cake frosting. Adam tries to wipe away the frosting but ends up doing more damage to the plans. Soon Taylor finds out that her boss is upset because Annabelle has decided to join with Crestford, a competitor, because they offered her top billing on their promotional items for the competition.
Now Taylor is on the search for a replacement baker and is having no luck at all. She finally tracks down Adam Dale out of sheer desperation. Adam finally agrees to be her partner in the contest when his daughter Brooke pleads with him that he would make the best gingerbread house ever. Adam will do anything for his daughters happiness. Sadly she lost her mom and as a single dad he takes his parenting responsibility very seriously, even giving up his chance to graduate from culinary school in order to provide for his daughter.
Now that they are a team, Taylor proudly shows him the sleek, modern design of the gingerbread house this she has designed, and explains that they will need very thin gingerbread to make the house work. Adam explains the issues of cracking that will happen if they go too thin, but Taylor is running the show and Adam tries to go along. He thinks the house should be more traditional, more homey. This project is off to a rocky start, when the first try at making a gingerbread recipe that could work, results in a burnt mess. Is there any room for a gingerbread romance? Will they be able to work together and build a winning house for the contest?
Adam and Brooke show all the holiday traditions that Philadelphia has to offer, and convince Taylor that having a good time is important. She finds herself wanting to find a place to call home instead of being a jet-set architect that she has always dreamed of being. Will winning this contest bring the future that Taylor is looking for or have her desires changed since she came into Adam and Brooke’s lives?
A Gingerbread Romance is the perfect book to get ready for the 2019 holiday season!
Disclosure: Thank you to Hallmark Publishing for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.