Blog Tour - Excerpt & Review - Brides & Bouquets by Rebecca Raisin


I am very happy to be taking part in the Blog Tour for Brides & Bouquets by Rebecca Raisin. This book is the second story in the Cedarwood Lodge series. So let's take a look at the book, read an excerpt & then you can read on for my review. 

Brides & Bouquets
Cedarwood Lodge #2
By Rebecca Raisin
Releasing November 24
HQ Digital

Blurb:

Christmas has come to Cedarwood Lodge in the second part of the feel-good romance serial from best selling author, Rebecca Raisin!

Dreaming of a happily ever after at Cedarwood Lodge is Clio Winters’ current focus, especially with a winter wonderland wedding expo planned. But with brides coming from far and wide the heat is on for Clio to fulfil everyone’s dream of a Christmas wedding!

It seems like Clio’s new business might be off to a rocky start and surrounded by love struck brides she can’t help but hope for a little Christmas romance of her own…

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is Part Two.


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Excerpt:

Clio,
I hope the bridal expo goes off without a hitch. Have I told you yet that I’m glad you came home? Life was never really the same after you left. Looking forward to that dinner whenever you’re free.
Timothy x

Life was never really the same? But he got married and had a family about three minutes after I was out of sight! I’m sure I wasn’t on his mind one little bit. I didn’t hold any grudge or strong feeling about it – we’d been so young, really. But still, he had moved on fairly quickly. Would something bloom between us if I just let go and lived for the moment? The same niggle bothered me. Kai. Even if nothing happened with him, would it be fair to date Timothy when secretly my heart beat a double rhythm when I thought of my Australian surfer guru?

Taking my cell, I hastily sent Timothy a thank you text back, avoiding any talk about the dinner date invitation.

This was why I loved work. Being busy gave me the ability to shelve any boy dilemma and focus on the task at hand. I found a crystal vase and took the bouquet to my office. That done, I went back to the ballroom and checked off my list.

Every vendor was accounted for, set up and ready to go. Isla and Micah had the activities organized. Aunt Bessie was getting her donuts out of the van and ready to serve… so what was I missing? I’d forgotten something, I could feel it.

I wandered around the tables we’d set up in different themes, lifting champagne flutes, checking for smudges. The cutlery was lined up perfectly reflecting prisms of light from the chandeliers. Georges would serve canapes as soon as the guests –

Georges! Normally he’d be singing and bellowing in the kitchen, foodie scents wafting down the hallway making my mouth water, but I hadn’t seen him arrive yet. I dashed down the hall to check. The kitchen was empty, not a pot on the stove and more worryingly not a sign of Georges. Snatching up the phone I called him, picturing the worst – a car crash, the roads were slippery this time of year. My heart was in my throat by the time he answered on the third ring.

“Hi Clio, did you get my message? I’m sorry to let you down like this, but I couldn’t say no, you understand, don’t you?”

Blood drained from my face as I checked my watch. Three hours until our brides were due and my chef was telling me he wasn’t coming. Trying to halt the erratic beat of my heart I said, “What message, Georges? Where are you?”


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My Review

After reading Celebrations & Confetti by Rebecca Raisin I was looking forward to catching up with Clio and her friends. So what did I think of Brides & Bouquets... 


First of all I really enjoyed reading about all the improvements being made at Cedarwood Lodge. Rebecca Raisin does a brilliant job when writing her stories. Not just with making characters you begin to care for but also with the descriptions of the lodge itself. I don't really want to go into any details but little things start to crop up for Clio and it's not all smooth sailing.

I think that because we had already been introduced to the characters in the previous book the story flowed a bit more easily in this one. It was great to find out more about the different characters and discover their personalities a bit better. I liked that there is a mystery surrounding the past of Cedarwood Lodge it adds a bit of depth to the story. I definitely can't wait to find out more!

Four and a half stars from me! 

Thank you to Rebecca Raisin, Love Reading Romance Tours, HQDigitalUK & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion. 

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You can read my review of Celebrations and Confetti here


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Author Info:

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

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