Review: The Christmas Bake Off

by Abby Clements

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“Two…ONE. So, it looks like I’m out of here.”
- 61%

Title: The Christmas Bake Off
Author: Abby Clements
Publisher: Quercus
Book: novella
Genre: Christmas?
Found: Kindle
Rating: 1.5 Voodoos

With Christmas just around the corner, the residents of Skipley village are gearing up for the annual bake off, and tensions are high.

Winning means a lot to everyone involved – talented cake-shop owner Katie dreams of baking stardom, Rachel wants to prove she’s more than a stay-at-home mum, and John hopes his culinary skills will impress the woman he loves.

But when the judges discover that some cakes have been tampered with, the villagers’ loyalties are called into question – whose ambition would stretch to sabotage, and why?

The Christmas Bake-Off is an exclusive short story from Abby Clements, author of Meet Me Under the Mistletoe. This ebook edition also includes bonus recipes for cinnamon cookies and vanilla and almond biscuits.


In a village full of people entering the bake off, we follow 4 in this story.
Katie, the local cake shop owner and her prospective love interest John, who runs the hardware store as well as house-wife Rachel and her mother in law Bea.

They each have different reasons for entering the competition of course and the event is being co-judged by a bakers from the TV, but we follow them in the hours before The Incident.

This was an awfully strange story.

I lived the different point’s of view and their individual yet connected storylines. I feel it was a little short for us to fully appreciate that sort of writing though. Because of the length of this story, the mystery of The Incident and the bake off collapse were both MASSIVE plot points but also tiny happenings.
I guess the outcome was meant to be in the Christmas spirit?

Some people made it to a happy ending though! Even if it wasn’t the one they thought they needed.

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