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30-something Sarah has finally decided to start her own business. After years of 5 a.m starts, running around a busy television studio, she has decided to hand in her resignation, and begin her dream of running her own cake making business. Swapping her stylish clothes for tracksuits and an apron she gets to work, and is thrilled when the local café agrees to start selling30-something Sarah has finally decided to start her own business. After years of 5 a.m starts, running around a busy television studio, she has decided to hand in her resignation, and begin her dream of running her own cake making business. Swapping her stylish clothes for tracksuits and an apron she gets to work, and is thrilled when the local café agrees to start selling her treats. And – even better – she starts to get to know the handsome and single owner, David. Working from home also means she can finally do one other thing she couldn’t do with her hectic job – get a puppy. Deciding she wants a rescue dog, Sarah heads off to the local dog’s centre, and tries not to say yes to adopting the whole lot. One beautiful little Dachshund with adorable amber eyes immediately takes a liking to her. And Sarah knows there is no turning back. She bundles Malteaser up and takes him home, and before long he is helping her to meet new people in her local park. But Malteaser can be more than a bit of a handful. And Sarah knows she is no good at disciplining him... So when fellow dog-walker Nick steps in to give her hand she knows she should take his advice. But does he just want to help her out, or is he interested in something else? With an excitable puppy, and lots of orders to bake for the café, could Sarah be taking on too much? And could there be something there with David – or Nick? With Christmas on the way, and the café suddenly coming under threat, things get even crazier. And Sarah has to find a way to create a magical Christmas in the Park... ‘Christmas in the Park’ is a warming festive novella, full of sweat treats, doggy disasters and snippets of romance. Praise for Laura Lockington: `Like going to the most outrageous party and somehow avoiding the hangover. Pure pleasure.” Katie Fforde “A laugh-out-loud foodie romance. Throw in the magic of Cornwall, beach picnics, a handsome TV chef and the eccentric inhabitants of Port Charles and I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down!” - Sarah Rayner, best-selling author of 'One Moment, One Morning'. When she's not in the kitchen or mentally cataloguing the contents of her cupboards, Laura Lockington is a writer and playwright. She has co-written several plays for BBC Radio 4, including a comedy set in a beach hut. Her novels include ‘Just For You’, ‘The Cornish Affair’, ‘Cupboard Love’, ‘Before and After’ and ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas Dinner?’. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher. For more information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks. Follow us on Twitter: @EndeavourPress and on Facebook via We are always interested in hearing from our readers. Endeavour Press believes that the future is now....

Title : christmas in the park
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ISBN : 27249538
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 105 Pages
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christmas in the park Reviews

  • Melissa Borsey
    2019-06-18 18:00

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. This book was quite entertaining, there were quite a few embarrassing moments for both Sarah and her newly adopted dog Malteaser. I thought this book was a quick and fun read with some great characters, human and animals alike.

  • Fictionophile
    2019-06-13 15:49

    Television morning show producer Sarah Nash has just taken the station up on their offer of voluntary redundancy. The early morning breakfast show’s quality has deteriorated and the show has been failing as a result. With her new freedom she intends to A) bake cakes for a living, and B) get a dog.She has always had a soft spot for canines and has become a regular visitor to the R.S.P.C.A. shelter near her flat. Up until now she didn’t have the time to devote to a pet – but now is the ideal time. She visits the shelter again and falls in love with a little long-haired dachshund. Four-year old Malteaser’s owner has died and so he is in need of a home. Their life together is not without its challenges, but she and Malteaser seem made for each other.She puts her peppermint green Kitchen-aid mixer to work and bakes up a storm. Luckily the park across the street from her flat serves her in two ways. It is the ideal place to exercise Malteaser, AND, it has a café that is willingly to buy some of her delicious cakes!With her television career Sarah didn’t have much of a social life. Now, however, suddenly, without quite knowing how, Sarah has two dates! One with a fellow dog-walker named Nick. The other with the café’s co-owner, David.When she visits the café to deliver her cakes, she learns that the council is trying to shut it down to make room for car parking. With all of her contacts, and with the help of her friends in the television industry, she leads a “Trees not Cars” protest to keep the café open.With a satisfying, and of course, highly predictable ending, this Christmas novella will appeal to women who want a break from the real world and the stresses of getting ready for the holidays. “Christmas in the park” is a (very) light read that is one third chick-lit, one third romance, and one third animal story. It is sure to be a hit with Bridget Jones fans, foodies, and lovers of mischievous little long-haired dachshunds.I received this novella length novel from Endeavor Press via NetGalley. It is available as a Kindle single from Amazon.

  • Rachel Gilbey
    2019-06-01 15:49

    I'm not ashamed, nor sorry to say that I am a huge sucker for a pet dog in a book, and Malteaser is no exception. He is a Dachshund with lovely colouring and a beautiful personality. As a rescue dog he is a bit shy initially, but he soon warms to Sarah, and becomes the key character of this story. Sarah has swapped jobs, from TV Producer to cake maker, supplying to cafes, and as a result throughout this story we hear about the fabulous cakes she is baking. They may not be the most exotic sounding cakes, but there was enough detail to make your mouth water. With all the great food descriptions, I was happy to see a recipe included at the end, and if I had the slightest talent for baking I would have gladly given it a go!Thanks to Malteaser, she is getting to meet a lot of new people, and 2 men become prominent in Sarah's life for different reasons. The question you are wondering for a lot of the story is which one will she end up with. Nick has two dogs of his own, and seems to be quite strict with them. David part owns the cafe that Sarah is supplying with baked goodies in the middle of the park. The cafe also likes dogs, so Malteaser is even welcome. And then there are all the other dog walkers, with their various quirks, but all love the cafe and are all happy to join in the fight to save it. Christmas in the Park is a sweet festive romance, with lots of food, a fabulous Christmas day, dogs and a lot of humour. Written in a chatty style, this is a reasonably easy to read short story, and has proven to me that the one book I have read by Laura Lockington in the past wasn't a fluke. I last read one of her books probably about 10 years ago in paperback, loved it a lot, and then didn't see anything else by her, until the last year or so, where her books were popping up in kindle recommendations. Thanks to Endeavour Press for this review copy. This was my honest review.

  • C S R
    2019-06-11 21:04

    Good :)Nice uncomplicated storylineThe flow was rhythmicGood read but a really short oneThe ending could have been more merrier and happier

  • Annie
    2019-06-02 13:44

    I would actually give this book 3.5 stars, but it won't let me do 3.5 so I went with 3 instead. Thank you Netgalley, Laura Lockington and Endeavour Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to say, I loved this book! It was wonderful to read and had a great wit about it. The humor was perfect, the story-line was fun to follow (and not predictable) and the characters were likable. The book was short, but still had a decent plot. When the tale ended I found myself wishing there was a sequel or another book about the same people, that is how much I enjoyed this one.The only reason for 3.5 stars instead of 5 is because of the way the story flowed. It was a bit choppy in parts and I found myself unable to determine how much time has passed and what exactly was happening. Was it a day, a week, a month... it was a bit unclear. There were a few references to situations that I could not follow, perhaps they had been edited out. I also found myself forgetting the main characters name, it was not mentioned as much as I would have liked, which made her almost seemed under-developed, when in fact I could picture what she looked like and what her quirks were. Malteaser (the dog), was mentioned by name all of the time. Perhaps this is because the author wanted the dog to remain the main character instead. The "choppiness" improved as the story went on and the story ended very smoothly with a little twist. Overall I enjoyed this book immensely and would read it again next Christmas! :)

  • Sharon
    2019-06-23 22:03

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this review copy, given in exchange for an honest review.After years of early starts and working for other people, Sarah decides to run her own cake making business. When the local café agrees to see them, it’s great news and even better when it’s run by the very handsome David. As she’s working her own hours, it also means that she can get a dog, so decides to get a rescue dog. The one that catches her eye is a little dachshund called Malteaser. Whilst dog walking, she catches the eye of fellow dog walker Nick. Could there be something with David or Nick? With Christmas on the way, Sarah just might find out!This was a cute little read, and at only just over 100 pages a nice quick read also. The story of Sarah and her new business, her new dog and her two new men friends is perfect for a cosy read. It is a Christmas themed book, but to be honest it can be read at any time of year! There are lots of tasty food references, with an added recipe thrown in, and, of course, lots of dog! If you are a dog lover, then this is definitely the perfect book for you!An fun little book to pass away a couple of hours!

  • Diana
    2019-06-09 17:59

    Overall, I was really engaged throughout this book. It was a simple read even though my job only allows me to read for short increments at night. Malteaser was too cute! I only give 4 stars because I found the ending rather uneventful.

  • Lisa Ferrell
    2019-06-09 18:57

    The story itself was fine, I just didn't relate at all to the main character, which made it harder for me to enjoy.

  • Sally Eastwood
    2019-05-25 17:47

    Dog lovers delight.If you love dogs then this is the book for you. Great short story about love, dogs and food, especially cake.

  • Karen Whittard
    2019-06-16 13:47

    Thank you to Netgalley, Endeavour Press and Jill Barry for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. What a sweet, fun and festive read. If you don't have a lot of free time to read and you want a quick, easy book, that is fun to read, has romance running through it, will leave you with a smile on your face and feeling in a festive mood this is the book for you. The story follows a woman called Lucy Stephenson who runs a bistro called 'The Town Mouse' the business is failing to make enough money to survive. Emily a long standing member of staff the sous chef non the less and a good friend of Lucy's, (or so Lucy thought) flaunces into the bistro one day and quits her job as she is leaving straight away to catch a flight and leave the country.Lucy is Desistated and furious. It is Christmas time, the most busiest part of the year and she is without her sous chef. Drastic measures are needed so Lucy promotes Max as a stand in sous chef and Shez as next in command. The only trouble is Shaz passes out due to being pregnant but no one knows about it yet and can't work. Lucy just needs them to tide over for a few days until Dustin the cookery agent can find them replacement. Dustin contacts James Drummond an out of work culinary genius who isn't working at the moment as he has family issues to attend to. Dustin informs James about the job at the Bistro and intrigued James sets out to find out more information. Upon looking online James sees that the website for the bistro is terrible and their menu is outdated. But people seems to like the bistro and everyone raves about it. James knows the bistro could do with some help and so goes and sees what the food is like. While there James sees how busy the bistro is and how pressured the staff are. James can't just sit around and see them struggle and so goes into the kitchen to help. Lucy is extremely grateful but when she asks James his name he just tells her to call him Chef. Lucy also offers him a job there and then but he doesn't take the offer. However the next day he contacts Dustin and asks him to set up an interview. Obviously Lucy takes him on for the temporary job. But things aren't always as easy as it seems. Will Lucy allow James radical new addition and changes to the menu? Will this help save the bistro? Will James stay longer than the four weeks he has been contracted to do? Is there a love story in store for these two chefs? A lovely quick Christmas read. Very enjoyable. Happy reading everyone

  • Angela
    2019-05-27 22:02

    2.5 I'm not really a fan of when an animal takes top billing, but I know many people love a good story with a dog! This is a quirky little story about Sarah who leaves her high-stress tv show career, and decides to start her own baking business. The focus is actually on the next newest thing in Sarah’s life… a dog! If you’re an animal lover, you’ll be charmed by Sarah’s comings and goings with sweet yet demanding Malteaser at her side. He follows her to the cafe where she gains a few clients… and new friends. He also gives her a run for her money at the park! What I enjoyed most were the baked goods and coffees, the meeting up with friends, and the new beau… all fulfilling Sarah in a way her old life never could. provided an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Book Inspector
    2019-06-23 17:47

    When I read the description of this book I was really excited to read it. But what I noticed that the book description provided, actually gives away all book, no mystery left. This is a short light love story which would be great as a movie script for Hallmark Channel. Unfortunately it did not impress me. The characters in the book were quite weak and not very interesting. I thought this book supposed to be festive, but all festivity was wrapped up into one chapter, last chapter to be accurate. It would’ve been good if some twists and drama would’ve been involved. I think it was quite corny and not very original story. To conclude, it is a good book if you into something to pass your time with a little bit of fun and romance.

  • Sandra
    2019-05-31 20:36

    Excellently written novella about Sarah who leaves her job in television to start her own cake baking business and gets a dog. There is a lot about the dog, so if you aren't a dog person I would not recommend reading this. However, it is a lovely story that while not especially Christmassy has the potential to be a full length novel and flesh out some of the areas that are skimmed over a bit in the story. The characterisation was excellent, the locations well-written and the story was good. There were a couple of spelling mistakes but otherwise the only problem was that it was too short and, as I've said, I'd love to see it as a novel instead of a novella.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-29 17:35

    This is a rather quick read about a woman who quits her job and decides to bake for a living. The story is mainly focused on her new dog, which is quite unruly according to everyone that meets it. She then starts dating two men, which gets cut to one and then the story ends. If your a fan of dogs this book is for you, if your looking for romance or even a book about Christmas this will leave you wanting something else. It was a great story line, I just wish we knew more about her business and her relationship and a little less about the dog.

  • Kathleen Gray
    2019-06-04 21:04

    This is a very short, quick read that would have been better had it been expanded to a full length novel, which would have allowed Lockington to fully develop her characters. That said, I enjoyed meeting Sarah and her pup. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC- this is the perfect tale for a lazy afternoon.

  • Gail
    2019-06-14 20:43

    This is the best Christmas sory of many that I have read this season, The characters are well developed with good personalities including not only the people but the dogs I recommend this to anyone looking for a light Christmas story.

  • michelleSimons
    2019-06-06 16:55

    An easy to read love story with several comedic moments featuring Malteaser the dog.Leaving her job in television for a job making cakes seems like a dream job but can her love life improve as well.A well written book involving cake which is many a girls dream storyline.

  • poppy
    2019-06-12 18:45

    I liked this book it was a nice sweet little read,perfect for a lazy weekend.

  • Janyne
    2019-06-22 13:43

    Three and a half stars. Fun and entertaining. I did want to shake her a few times though!

  • Ashley S
    2019-06-04 14:57

    A quick read but great story.

  • Ulrike Böhm
    2019-05-26 20:42

    Kitschig und vorhersehbar. Nur in der Weihnachtszeit zu ertragen.

  • Linda
    2019-06-15 13:48

    Loved it!This is a feel good book - the love of a rescue dog and friendship among dog lovers makes it an easy read, one which makes you feel happy when reading it.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-05 20:42

    A very nice story...well worth your time.

  • Clara
    2019-06-23 13:41

    An enjoyable quick festive read I'm not a huge fan of stories that feature animals but I do love a story about baking! Lovely to read by the fire with some cake of course!