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Publisher's Summary

It's Christmas many years ago, and topping young Hannah Swensen's wish list is becoming the go-to baker in Lake Eden, Minnesota. But as Hannah finds out, revisiting holiday memories can be murder....

With her dream of opening The Cookie Jar taking shape, Hannah's life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle in Lake Eden - especially when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas ball from the past in honor of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over decadent dessert recipes for the merry festivities, she instantly becomes enthralled by Essie's old notebooks and the tale of a woman escaping danger on the streets of New York. 

Hannah's surprised by Essie's secret talent for penning crime fiction. She's even more surprised when the story turns real. 

As Hannah prepares to run a bakery and move out of her mother's house, it'll be a true miracle if she can prevent another yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake....

©2018 H.L. Swensen, Inc. (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Why are we going backwards??

I am wondeeing if she doesn’t know how she is going to deal with the current situation. Why else would we have a story that is written in the past?

I started this book wanting to see the story progressed from the last book, and to see what what is going to happen. So, as this book doesn’t do that, I was disappointed.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Not what expected from this author

While it was interesting to go into the past there was no mystery. I have always enjoyed these books as light mystery reading, however this book just was almost silly.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Story Line

DON’T WAISTE YOUR MONEY!! DONT BUY THIS BOOK.
I hated the fact the story is going back in time. Please write the next book to wrap up this series and give poor Hannah a happily ever after!!! I will only buy the next book if it wraps up the series!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Horrible!!!!

If I could rate this book 0 stars I would. It might be time to end this series. Each book gets worse and worse… I keep thinking that the next one will be better but that’s not the case. I had to restart this book about 10 times because I found my mind wandering...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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story good, performance fair.

Reading sounded juvenile and choppy at times. Story was very good. Nice to see where the characters began.

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Need the Recipes!

I liked it, even though I agree it's weird to be going backwards in time.
Would really like to get the recipes. I hope they will post them in a pdf in the future.

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The Rest of the Story

Fun story that gives us the background of how the Cookie Jar came to be.

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Going Back in Time

I pretty much stopped listening to/reading the Fluke books once Hannah married - just didn't work for me. This book transports the reader to earlier times. Just didn't "hit it" for me.

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  • Nique
  • Compton, CA, United States
  • 12-18-18

Intriguing

This was a fascinating story and I love how the author cleared up Hannah's back story. The plot was well thought out and introduced us to some new town members.

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Great read!

Great storyline! Well written, easy to differentiate characters with the narrator. Love a story within a story.