Monday, February 25, 2013

Review- The Gingerbread House by Nell Carson

Goodreads Summary:

After a tumultuous past, Greta Kendall has focused mainly on her bridal shop, located on the first floor of her beloved Queen Anne Victorian near Aspen. For two years she’s fought to save her house from Stephanie Harwood of Harwood Development, who is intent on razing her home to build a new mall. But now Greta’s running out of time. The town council is about to approve the final plans for the mall.

When Gray Daniels walks into her shop, Greta is immediately attracted to his rugged good looks and midnight blue eyes, until she learns he’s Stephanie Harwood’s fiancé. She’s furious to find they’ve tricked her into a publicity stunt aimed at garnering support for the mall. So now her little war has a new front: Gray Daniels. If only she could also fight her growing attraction to him.

A knock on the door brings a return of old danger, and Greta must now put aside her anguish over the house to discover if she’s at last capable of looking the past in the eye and overcoming it—and if she’s finally free to love again.


*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of The Gingerbread House from author Nell Caron in exchange for an honest review. We thank Nell for the book! 

Author Nell Carson's The Gingerbread House is a very sweet and heartwarming read. 
Greta Kendall and her mom Adele run their family's traditional bridal wear boutique. Greta is fighting to save the only home they've known, popularly known as The Gingerbread House by locals which Stephanie Harwood is keen on demolishing and in it's place, Stephanie wants to construct a mall just to prove herself to her businessman father. 
When Gray Daniels and Great Kendall meet in her shop, sparks immediately fly but it really seems worthless since Gray is there with a single purpose- to fix the wedding gown passed down by the beautiful ladies of his family for his fiancee, Stephanie Harwood. 
Greta was a good woman who stood up for what she believed in and did her best to protect The Gingerbread House. Her past was really terrible and it was so good to see her try  to overcome her fears with the help of those close to her. Her relationship with her mother Adele was wonderful. Their moments together were emotional and simply cute. 
Gray was a kind man who realised he was foolishly in love only with the girl he knew and not the woman she had become. It was so good to see him get out of it and finally find his peace and solace. 
Greta and Gray shared a wonderful relationship full of sparks, ups, downs, ons, offs and everything that basically goes into making a relationship steady and sweet. 
I did have a little problem getting into the story. I found myself rereading a few lines to know what was going on. 
Nonetheless, author Nell Carson's neat and simple writing, a groovy plot, an unforgivable past, a not so stable present, a bright future, a tender romance and an ample amount of humour make The Gingerbread House a lighthearted and awesome read that's short and sweet with a honeyed ending that left me smiling. 




  1. I haven't heard of this one but I'm glad you like it :) Sounds like an interesting and easy read :) Thanks for sharing. Great review :)

    1. It is a very easy and quick read! Thank you, Tanja! :)

  2. Sounds like a sweet story, I have not seen it before. Funny thing ~ my house is also referred to as the gingerbread house, or Hansel & Gretal's house & sometimes the Harry Potter house. It was built by an older German couple that used a ton of Bavarian details. Anyway...your review made me think of it. ;)

    1. Oh, that makes me want to come see your house, Ali! The Harry Potter house? That's lovely. Thank you! :)

  3. Awww, this sounds like such a cute, touching romance! I love the sweet premise and the fact that this has a simple, but still charming writing style.

    Thanks for your thoughtful review! xo

    ♥ Karielle @ Books à la Mode

    1. You just perfectly summarized the book in one line, Karielle! :)


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