Cupcakes for Christmas (Return to Willoughby Close Book 1) by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @TulePublishing #bookreview #contemporary #romance #holiday

Title: Cupcakes for Christmas

Author:  Kate Hewitt

Publisher: Tule Publishing

Publication Date: October 18, 2018

Page Count: 208

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

Always the baker, never the bride…

Olivia James has always been happy running a tea shop and bakery in the Cotswold village of Wychwood-on-Lea, and helping her friends find their happily-ever-afters, topped by the perfect wedding cake. But as Christmas approaches, Olivia is home alone and questioning her choices while eating too many of her own specialty confections.

When Simon Blacklock, a handsome, whimsical stranger, breezes into her shop and buys a cupcake and then returns the next day and the day after, Olivia begins to dream. Can romance blossom amidst the sugar and flour? And after a lifetime of living on the side lines, is she brave enough to star in her own story?

Simon may be hiding a painful secret, but Olivia harbors secrets of her own. If they can dare to risk their hearts, this Christmas might be the most magical yet!


Kate Hewitt is an author that I’ve lost count of how many books that I’ve managed to read at this point but seeing I’m reviewing yet another you can probably guess that I do enjoy her writing. The last book I had read was more of a domestic drama but Cupcakes for Christmas returns to what I’m most familiar with of her work, a contemporary romance with this one being set during the holiday season.

Olivia James is the owner of her own little tea and sweet shop that had once belonged to her mother. Olivia and her mother had always been close living about the shop together until recently when she turned the business over to Olivia and retired and moved into her own place.

Olivia had been experimenting with new ideas for the shop when she decides on trying out different cupcakes to hopefully expand her business. One day Simon Blacklock stumbles into the shop and his quirky nature wins Olivia over so when he promises to keep visiting for more cupcakes Olivia finds herself looking forward to his visits.

Cupcakes for Christmas is the type of book that is just as much heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. The couple within this story were both immediately likable and their meeting and getting to know one another quite sweet. Both however have issues in their lives that are quite heartbreaking and bringing that into each other’s lives only made them seem stronger so overall I found this quite the touching read with a bit heavier subject matter.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of women’s fiction, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea series set in the Lake District, the Willoughby Close series set in the Cotswolds, and Tales From Goswell written as Katharine Swartz. Her novel A Mother’s Goodbye has been called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘the most emotional book I have ever read’ by readers. Her latest novel, The Secrets We Keep, is out now.

She lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their lazy Golden Retriever. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways at, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate’s Reads and the Domestic Suspense Book Club.


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