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In Moonbright, Maine, there's a pumpkin on every porch, fresh brewed apple cider in every cup--and the sweetest sorcery in the air... Before, after, and even during the excitement of the annual Halloween parade, gathering at the Corner Café is a beloved Moonbright tradition. Costumed revelers of all kinds come for the famous whoopie pies, the heartfelt hospitality, and In Moonbright, Maine, there's a pumpkin on every porch, fresh brewed apple cider in every cup--and the sweetest sorcery in the air... Before, after, and even during the excitement of the annual Halloween parade, gathering at the Corner Café is a beloved Moonbright tradition. Costumed revelers of all kinds come for the famous whoopie pies, the heartfelt hospitality, and the chance to hear the town's spookiest stories and local legends whispered to the younger generation... The most magically romantic legend of all promises that a Moonbright woman will marry the man she sees reflected in a mirror on Halloween. For three such singles, the crunch of fall leaves and the fragrance of fresh-baked pie sets the perfect stage for this most tantalizing trick--and most delightful treat--the genuine enchantment of true love.


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In Moonbright, Maine, there's a pumpkin on every porch, fresh brewed apple cider in every cup--and the sweetest sorcery in the air... Before, after, and even during the excitement of the annual Halloween parade, gathering at the Corner Café is a beloved Moonbright tradition. Costumed revelers of all kinds come for the famous whoopie pies, the heartfelt hospitality, and In Moonbright, Maine, there's a pumpkin on every porch, fresh brewed apple cider in every cup--and the sweetest sorcery in the air... Before, after, and even during the excitement of the annual Halloween parade, gathering at the Corner Café is a beloved Moonbright tradition. Costumed revelers of all kinds come for the famous whoopie pies, the heartfelt hospitality, and the chance to hear the town's spookiest stories and local legends whispered to the younger generation... The most magically romantic legend of all promises that a Moonbright woman will marry the man she sees reflected in a mirror on Halloween. For three such singles, the crunch of fall leaves and the fragrance of fresh-baked pie sets the perfect stage for this most tantalizing trick--and most delightful treat--the genuine enchantment of true love.

30 review for The Café Between Pumpkin and Pie

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    The Café between Pumpkin and Pie is made up of three novellas centred around Halloween in Moonbright, Maine. All three authors, Marina Adair, Kate Angell and Stacy Finz were new to me. The reader follows three couples and all are absorbing tales. If pressed for a favourite I would choose Love Over Easy by Kate Angell as I liked the connection between Jake and Hannah. The stories are also linked by the Corner Café mentioned in the book's title. Love Rising by Stacy Finz and Romance on Tap by Mari The Café between Pumpkin and Pie is made up of three novellas centred around Halloween in Moonbright, Maine. All three authors, Marina Adair, Kate Angell and Stacy Finz were new to me. The reader follows three couples and all are absorbing tales. If pressed for a favourite I would choose Love Over Easy by Kate Angell as I liked the connection between Jake and Hannah. The stories are also linked by the Corner Café mentioned in the book's title. Love Rising by Stacy Finz and Romance on Tap by Marina Adair were also great stories. Love Rising is a second chance romance with a first love and Romance on Tap contains sweetness and humour. These novellas are a great way to discover new-to-you cozy romance authors and love the seasonal/festival theme they have. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    I sometimes take chance with anthology because it's a way to introduce myself to new authors. I have read two of these authors in this one, except for the last one. So here goes... Love Over Easy by Kate Angell: 4 stars "Bo Peep, you're losing your sheep" That first line totally did me in 😄. This is a cute story. Jake Kaylor returns to Moonbright, Maine, right on the time of their annual Hallloween parade, and see Hannah Allan in her Bo Peep costume while she is "herding" her nephews (who act as he I sometimes take chance with anthology because it's a way to introduce myself to new authors. I have read two of these authors in this one, except for the last one. So here goes... Love Over Easy by Kate Angell: 4 stars "Bo Peep, you're losing your sheep" That first line totally did me in 😄. This is a cute story. Jake Kaylor returns to Moonbright, Maine, right on the time of their annual Hallloween parade, and see Hannah Allan in her Bo Peep costume while she is "herding" her nephews (who act as her "sheeps"). They end up walking the parade together and of course be the source of new gossip in town. Jake and Hannah feels the pull towards one another as they are talking about likes, dislikes, favorites, and life. I LOVED these conversations so much. Because they are learning about each other and they connect, even if they are opposites. My only complaint is that the timeline is VERY quick. I don't mind the "love legend" but I still prefer it to happen more than mere days. Love Rising by Stacy Finz: 3 stars When her grandmother died, Sydney can't wait to sell her grandmother's house and move back to San Francisco. A successful professional baker, on a brink to opening her second store, Sydney never really consider Moonbright her home. She aims the bustling live of the city. Unfortunately, she realizes that her grandmother is making plan without telling her. A plan that involves installing a new kitchen to the house AND a blast from the past. Her old crush, Nick Rossi, who is currently owning Rossi Construction. It's a teenage "enemies" to adult lovers sort of story. Apparently back in their junior year, Nick has done Sydney wrong. Sydney still has a grudge but I guess attraction speaks stronger *laugh*. I liked it enough. Sydney is a bit too dismissive at first - but then Nick hurt her back in junior year. Plus she isn't exactly imagining to stay in Moonbright after her grandmother passed, so having feeling to Nick is a bit of a dilemma. Romance on a Tap: 2.5 stars This is the shortest of the bunch and it has one of my least favorite plots in a romance. Going to be spoiler-y here... I'm always a bit frustrated when the female MC decides to drop an opportunity of a good job out of town, to stay for a man, especially if the story happens in SHORT TIMESPAN! And this is what happened in this novella. I don't care if it sounds romantic, I just find it stupid. The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    A great way to get in the Halloween Spirit, three novellas all centered around Halloween in Moonbright, Maine, and its traditions. We follow three couples and their journeys. Love Over Easy: Hannah and Jake, she is relying on the town legend to find her true love. Jake is not looking for love but is intrigued by Hannah. Love Rising: Sydney and Nick, will they get a second chance when she returns home? Romance on Tap: Mila has had a crush on Ford for years, but her supposed curse on relationships cau A great way to get in the Halloween Spirit, three novellas all centered around Halloween in Moonbright, Maine, and its traditions. We follow three couples and their journeys. Love Over Easy: Hannah and Jake, she is relying on the town legend to find her true love. Jake is not looking for love but is intrigued by Hannah. Love Rising: Sydney and Nick, will they get a second chance when she returns home? Romance on Tap: Mila has had a crush on Ford for years, but her supposed curse on relationships caused by a kiss has her frustrated. Time to break the curse. All in all, quick, fun reads to get into the spirit of the holiday. Moonbright is a charming town when fall is in the air. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books; this is my voluntary review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gale

    I think I’ve gained weight since I’ve been visiting Moonbright… I loved this anthology and how we get to read different authors couples’ stories. It’s sort of a bird’s eye view of Moonbright, along with a Halloween legend about finding your true “one”. I really loved Hannah and Jake. Both of them are just a wee bit broken and find their hearts when they spend time together. Jake is such a sweetie, at least to me. He seems like he’s never felt…enough but he’s just what Hannah needs and wants. And I think I’ve gained weight since I’ve been visiting Moonbright… I loved this anthology and how we get to read different authors couples’ stories. It’s sort of a bird’s eye view of Moonbright, along with a Halloween legend about finding your true “one”. I really loved Hannah and Jake. Both of them are just a wee bit broken and find their hearts when they spend time together. Jake is such a sweetie, at least to me. He seems like he’s never felt…enough but he’s just what Hannah needs and wants. And I could actually feel the energy coming off the triplets… So cute! Sydney and Nick are both stubborn, imho. Their relationship, if you can call it that, starts out contentious but reading how it changed and grew was pretty special. I had a harder time liking Mila and Ford and Hudson (the men are twins). There was more angst than I enjoy but I did like Hudson! Great anthology about another visit to Moonbright, Maine!

  5. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne

    Read my review on RomanceJunkies.com by clicking on the link below: https://romancejunkies.com/reviews/th... I rated the book 4.5 stars but rounded to 5 stars here and on other sites. Read my review on RomanceJunkies.com by clicking on the link below: https://romancejunkies.com/reviews/th... I rated the book 4.5 stars but rounded to 5 stars here and on other sites.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Readsandeats

    I would like to thank Netgalley, Kensington Books and the authors for an e arc copy of this book. Moonbright is a lovely town and the characters as fun to get to know. There is a tradition for the ladies of the town that if you say special words on Halloween before midnight, your future husband will be revealed to you in a reflective surface. In this book we meet 3 different women, who do say the words and this is their stories. I really enjoyed all the characters and their stories. The town and I would like to thank Netgalley, Kensington Books and the authors for an e arc copy of this book. Moonbright is a lovely town and the characters as fun to get to know. There is a tradition for the ladies of the town that if you say special words on Halloween before midnight, your future husband will be revealed to you in a reflective surface. In this book we meet 3 different women, who do say the words and this is their stories. I really enjoyed all the characters and their stories. The town and its people all play a part. The town sounded lovely and their Halloween celebrations sound fun. I don’t want to say much about each story as it may spoil the stories for other readers. They are all lovely romances that made me smile. I will definitely read more books by these authors and hope to head back to Moonbright again. Would recommend this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Salem Reid

    Thank you NetGalley, I was looking forward to this. Accurate rating: 3.33 ⭐️ Love Over Easy by Kate Angell // 3⭐️ I had really high hopes in the beginning, and I quickly realized that dialogue and character development were far more important than atmosphere to this author. Angell doesn’t have unattractive writing, there’s an appeal to her characters and their somewhat unique traits, how she handles family dynamics and how well she treats older characters far better than most. She writes her chara Thank you NetGalley, I was looking forward to this. Accurate rating: 3.33 ⭐️ Love Over Easy by Kate Angell // 3⭐️ I had really high hopes in the beginning, and I quickly realized that dialogue and character development were far more important than atmosphere to this author. Angell doesn’t have unattractive writing, there’s an appeal to her characters and their somewhat unique traits, how she handles family dynamics and how well she treats older characters far better than most. She writes her characters respectfully with a bit of flair, her older characters really. The MC was okay. I related to her insecurity, her shyness and slight innocence, but the author made it very clear to both reader and love interest, that her main selling point was how undeniably kind she was, with no flaw. It was borderline Mary Sue. The love interest was, ofc, a broody man with a six pack, lock hair and a need for speed on his motorcycle, unable to settle down since he was a high school John Travolta from grease, and our MC was Sandy. I do not fault them, as much, because we actually got quite a bit of something from his POV. I adored seeing the grandfather ’major’ and his friend, his interactions with his family and their relation to the small town and the mc’s family. I also quite enjoyed the lore and magical realism behind the story, as small as it was to the plot. I can’t help but be disappointed by the obvious things that put me off. One, it was very contradictory. One moment he understands her independence and wants to give her space, and the next he’s looking up her skirt and calling her babe two days into seeing her again after years. The dialogue often felt... unrealistic and too pitched in favor for the characters to be perfect for each other in the end, which I can’t %100 complain about, because it’s a story routed about magical soulmates. I thought this author made the mistake of making the narration very similar to male authors who don’t understand how to write women, or how to not over sexualize them and make them objects with one or two needs... either or both being sex. Often the writing took me out with humorous one-liners such as the “breath he’d been holding” and honestly I couldn’t contain my laughter. I won’t lie, Angell has promise, but I won’t be reading any of her works. This book was not for me. I do rec this for anyone who is die-hard about cheesy romcoms with laughably tropey characters and rushed romances where (spoiler) their fates are sealed by proposal after having sex ( without foreplay??? ). Anywho. It’s a three star that isn’t quite a 2⭐️ and not a 3.5⭐️ Love Rising by Stacy Finz: 4.5⭐️ From the moment I started reading this short, I was aware of how much I would come to adore it. The writing is top notch, humorous constantly, and full of story. I adore our mc, who I remember, Sydney. A somewhat well known baker and recipe book writer who moved from our main plot small town Moonbright, Maine. Unlike our last mc, Syd got away from the small town to grow big. From the get go when we have an altercation between Sydney and her love interest, Nick, we learn there’s a lot more between them than we know. There’s some sort of spoiled history, a grudge Syd hasn’t let go of, and it seems Nick hasn’t let go of her either. Sydney is an incredible character, funny in narration, strong willed and wildly stubborn. I adore her quirks, how she handles herself and how she‘s straightforward. Her relationship with her grandmother even in passing was detailed and allowed us to have emotions for their relationship despite only seeing it per her recollection and situations with other family and townsfolk. Sydney is a great character and I loved getting to know her, her Insecurity on the past and how she struggled to have good relationships, and how her love for her job keeps her from moving on from past failed romance and pain. Finz did an amazing job at what Angell didn’t. The way she connected the town and brought the characters from Angell’s story felt molded in like pottery, no cracks. Whereas the first story felt like a short rundown, this was the full body film that kept me hooked. I knew very soon that I wasn’t too fond of Nick. Where at some points he was this antagonistic brute who played off Sydney with cute and hilarious banter, the author didn’t hide that she wanted Nick‘s trait of being a sexist pig to be hot. I hated it. I love Nick’s family and his relation to wanting to stay in Moonbright, unlike his high school love Jennifer who he broke off with after unforeseen red flags, and Sydney who couldn’t stand the small town discomfort. I enjoyed seeing how he was genuinely a good person at times, caring, willing to help others, and how he respected his promises even after death. I also like that he admitted his fault at how his past actions hurt Sydney, and that it was important to acknowledge what it meant for both of them. However, and I’m tired of this, I don’t understand why female authors make their female characters so authentic... and then make rubbish, by making the men solely desiring a woman’s physic. At many points in this story, I just kept asking why women lit write this way, the sexist and misogynistic way that woman every day fight against. I won’t stop pointing this out. Every time Nick, or any love interest in this anthology, seem to get their head straight and show emotions, some sort of non-toxic-masculinity trait, the progress is shut down by a scene where he wonders what underwear the mc is wearing. I just don’t understand. I really don’t, and I’ve come to learn that I despise the love interest point of views, aware that at any time I will see more gross paragraphs about the female sex. The writing is great. The story is well crafted and interesting, I loved learning about the characters and seeing their romance unfold. I also liked that even though the Moonbright Lore wasn’t a huge catalyst, it still brought everything together neatly. I liked this story a lot, but I brought it down a little bit because I’m especially tired of reading stories where women are objectified... by woman authors. It’s not hot, and I wish y’all would think of yourselves better... by creating things that make y’all feel better This is the best story out of 3! Romance On Tap by Marina Adair: 2/2.5⭐️ Oh boy. This one. I stopped reading at 80%, about 5/9 chapters finished. Umm.. lets get started. This story is about Mila, a Vietnamese artist in Moonbright, Maine whose taking care of her senior adoptive parents while struggling to make her career soar... while still hung on her first love and target, Ford James. After so many years, Mila believes she was cursed by the seven minutes in heaven kiss she supposedly shared with Ford James, the best kisser then and still now, in town. She believed he was the one, but thinks the best think she can do is break the curse by kissing him again, so she can find true love. He shows up, they kiss again. And oops. It’s not Ford, but his twin brother Hudson, the bad boy. There’s miscommunication, since Hudson pretended to be his brother bc he liked Mila, while Mila liked Ford. Due to the mixup, there’s a grudge. However, as typically as one might expect, she falls for Hudson. The writing was okay until it wasn’t. It didn’t flow well, and even through Mila is a lot older, she didn’t get any more mature, and don’t get me started on how long some particular scenes went on for. It truly felt like I was reading a 60 page script for one scene, in one single paragraph. There seemed to be so much going on in one scene that it was hard to tell what the main focus was, her old crush, the curse, her list of qualities she’s looking for in Mr. Right... I just started skimming. I can’t say that I would have enjoyed this if anything had been different. I was indifferent towards Mila, I thought the twins were written okay and their relationship.. I liked the dynamic of the romance.. But.. I hate military men characters due to trauma and I prefer not reading romance stories about them... and I just couldn’t get behind Mila’s personality or her motivations. It was very ... simplistic and overdone. I found myself skimming afterwards, even after forcing myself to finish it since I am trying not to get back into a slump.. but this wasn’t it. I honestly can’t make myself read any more, but I’m sure someone else will love it. I recommend the second or third author, and recommend the second author if you’re needing a reason to check it out or continue!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Helena

    I was drawn to The Cafe Between Pumpkin and Pie because I love books about food, and I especially love pumpkin flavored foods and drinks that show up every fall. I’ve read many cozy mysteries set in small towns, and I assumed it would remind me of those. I was wrong. The Cafe Between Pumpkin and Pie is a set of three connected novellas all set in around the annual Halloween Parade in Moonbright, Maine. It is the third in a series about Moonbright, Maine. There is a legend in the town that women I was drawn to The Cafe Between Pumpkin and Pie because I love books about food, and I especially love pumpkin flavored foods and drinks that show up every fall. I’ve read many cozy mysteries set in small towns, and I assumed it would remind me of those. I was wrong. The Cafe Between Pumpkin and Pie is a set of three connected novellas all set in around the annual Halloween Parade in Moonbright, Maine. It is the third in a series about Moonbright, Maine. There is a legend in the town that women will see the person they will marry in a reflection on Halloween. Each novella is connected and the central characters in each show up in the others. In “Love Over Easy,” Hannah, who works at the town diner, falls for Jake, who her older sister had a relationship with in high school. “Love Rising” is about Sydney, a successful baker from San Francisco, who returns to Moonbright to handle her grandmother’s affairs after her passing. Sydney learns that her grandmother had hired a contractor, Nick, to upgrade her kitchen, and she ends up romantically involved with him. In “Romance on Tap,” Mila, an artist ends up revisiting a high school crush. The premise of the Halloween reveal of a woman’s future spouse struck me as misogynistic and heteronormative. It makes it seem like there is larger than necessary focus on finding husbands for the women in the town, and there never is any consideration that any of the women would many someone who is not a man. Hannah gets very upset when she thinks the man she sees in the reflection is not the person she hopes it will be (of course, she could still be with the person she wants to date…) This overtone permeates the rest of the stories as well. One man in Romance on Tap, the third of the shorts, tells his brother to give back his “man card” when he says something that might be coded as feminine. In the same novella, Hudson pretends to be his twin so he can kiss, Mila, the girl (and then woman) he likes, twice! Moments like this frustrated me and made it hard for me to like any of the male characters in the stories. It might be because “Love Over Easy”, “Love Rising”, and “Romance on Tap” are all shorter than an average novel, but the romance in each felt very rushed. I didn’t feel as though I had the time to get invested in any of the relationships before the stories ended and the couples were living their “happily ever afters.” It was hard to believe, for example, that Nick would fly all the way to San Francisco from Maine to help Sydney because their romance isn’t developed enough. I really wanted to like The Café Between Pumpkin and Pie, but I had a hard time getting into any of the stories. It didn’t fill me with the warm and cozy feelings I was hoping it would.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amary Chapman

    Three authors collaborate in this trio of fun tales of Moonbright, Maine. The legend continues. Love Over Easy written by Kate Angell brings us Hannah Allan, sweet, good-hearted and maybe a little clumsy. She hasn’t found her forever love. Legend has it she’ll see him in a mirrored image on Halloween, but she’s disheartened. Jake Kaylor; not looking for love, but something about Hannah intrigues him. Ms. Angell weaves her tale around the pair and their families and throws a bit of competition in Three authors collaborate in this trio of fun tales of Moonbright, Maine. The legend continues. Love Over Easy written by Kate Angell brings us Hannah Allan, sweet, good-hearted and maybe a little clumsy. She hasn’t found her forever love. Legend has it she’ll see him in a mirrored image on Halloween, but she’s disheartened. Jake Kaylor; not looking for love, but something about Hannah intrigues him. Ms. Angell weaves her tale around the pair and their families and throws a bit of competition in, just to add some spice. She’s added humor, love and a little angst for the perfect mix. Love Rising by Stacy Finz has Sydney returning to town to settle her grandmother’s estate...at Halloween and includes a second chance with her first love, Nick Rossi. The pain in their past needs to be worked through as well as present day problems for them to get that chance. Humorous and sweet Romance On Tap is Marina Adair’s contribution to the trio. Mila Cramer has mooned over Ford James for years. This year she thinks she has a chance only to find out the man in costume was his twin, Hudson….and that’s not all that comes to light. Humor, sweetness and a little steam make Ms. Adair’s addition a sweet Halloween treat.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    In the town of Moonbright, young woman who chant some specific lines on Halloween are destined to see the reflection of their true love before the night is over. Three loosely connected stories explore the romances of 2021. Love Over Easy by Katie Angell Hannah Allan is in a little over her head. Dressed as Bo Peep so that her sister's children (her sister is home with a cold and her brother-in-law is at work as a policeman) can go to the Halloween parade and then go trick-or-treating. She didn't In the town of Moonbright, young woman who chant some specific lines on Halloween are destined to see the reflection of their true love before the night is over. Three loosely connected stories explore the romances of 2021. Love Over Easy by Katie Angell Hannah Allan is in a little over her head. Dressed as Bo Peep so that her sister's children (her sister is home with a cold and her brother-in-law is at work as a policeman) can go to the Halloween parade and then go trick-or-treating. She didn't expect to run into Jake Kaylor. He is the man that every woman in Moonbright wants. Hannah's sister was his girlfriend for awhile but they didn't work out. Hannah's family owns the Corner Cafe. She works as a waitress and may not always get everyone's orders right, but she is pleasant and the town loves her. Jake is beyond what she can imagine, the bad boy extraordinaire. Yet he somehow has eyes for her. And she's looking back... Some of the language by Angell is a bit formal and I'm not sure I bought an HEA but for sure there was an HFN. Three stars. Love Rising by Stacy Finz I've read Stacy Finz before and was happy to recognize some characters from previous books. Of the three stories, this felt the most cohesive and it may have helped that the main characters knew each other in the past and seemed to be willing to meet each other halfway to make the relationship work. Sydney Byrne is only in Moonbright to sell her grandmother's house and then she's going back to San Francisco and back to her bakery. She's not sure why Nick Rossi is at the house at o'dark thirty, nor does she know why he's tearing down the wall to her grandmother's crafts room but she never suspects that her grandmother may have made alternate plans. Nick doesn't know why Sydney's grandmother hired him but he always fulfills his clients requests. Especially when it means that he's tweaking Sydney's nose at the same time. The two were close in high school with Sydney tutoring him. But then his girlfriend caught them kissing and spread horrible rumors about Sydney that Nick did nothing to stem. Now they're all grown up, both single, and he's thinking that they can test the waters again. But Sydney's life is across the country, how can they make it work? Three and a half stars Romance on Tap by Marina Adair I really liked that Adair wrapped in the experiences of a child adopted from another country but still loves her adoptive parents. Mila Cramer is back in Moonbright so that her parents can have one last Christmas in the house she grew up in. While she's in town, she's determined to lift the curse that Ford James put on her when he kissed her during Seven Minutes in Heaven in high school. That was the last time she kissed a man with whom she had such chemistry. But Ford's twin brother Hudson might book a spoke in those plans. Again, having characters who already have a history served the author well in this short story. It made me believe that they might have a shot at an HEA because they do know each other... at least their histories. Three and a half stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is three stories in one book. Love Over Easy by Kate Angell Love Rising by Stacy Finz Romance on Tap by Marina Adair. Each story takes place in Moonlight, Maine and revolves around the local café where the best pies are served, is the hot bed of gossip for the town and where the town females believe in the legend of seeing the love of your life in a mirror on Halloween. In Love over Easy Hannah, is substituting in the annual Halloween Parade for her sister and helping by taking her triplet This is three stories in one book. Love Over Easy by Kate Angell Love Rising by Stacy Finz Romance on Tap by Marina Adair. Each story takes place in Moonlight, Maine and revolves around the local café where the best pies are served, is the hot bed of gossip for the town and where the town females believe in the legend of seeing the love of your life in a mirror on Halloween. In Love over Easy Hannah, is substituting in the annual Halloween Parade for her sister and helping by taking her triplet nephews to be in the parade. When who should come back to town sexy and hot, Jake the bad boy, and the pull of the magic that is Halloween and the legend starts the gossips tongues a wagging. Will the legend come true for Hannah and she finds true love or will Jake leave as fast as he rode into town on his motor bike? 3.5 Stars Love Rising has Sydney who took a temporary job baking for the Café and in her spare time is getting the house left to her after her grandmother passes away and get it ready for sales, so she can get back to her business in San Fransico, but she does not count on having sexy Nick working on a project her grandmother had him start before her death. Sydny is not happy, but she hires him to do the renovations for the house... But what she really needs to work on his stopping this attraction to Nick and get back on track with her plans to leave the minute the house is sold. But that Moonlight town legend keeps getting in the way. Can Sydney find the recipe for love and happy ever after with Nick. 4 Stars Romance on Tap has Mila coming back to town to help her parents make the translon to their new retirement home and she wants to go back seven years to a kiss in a closet with the guy she liked in High School.... but was it the man of her dreams Ford or was it his twin sexy and wild brother Hudson? When she gets her chance to relive history, did she get the right twin, or did the man she kisses this time was always the right guy. 3 Stars These were all good short stories and I enjoyed them, although I will admit that Romance on Tap, had me starting and stopping when reading this book, took me a few days to read this one. I loved the characters of the town and how everyone was in these three couples business of finding their true loves and happy ever after. Thank you to Kensington and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and give my honest review for this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    4.5 stars All three of these stories were charming and engaging, with just the right amount of seasonal cheer and small town aura – including parades and celebrations, nosy townsfolk, and elderly relatives. I loved that the three tales interconnected more than the average anthology stories do, with characters appearing in ‘guest’ spots in the other stories. The overlay of the Halloween chant lends a small but adorable mystical air while, predictably, muddying the waters for our heroines. Love Ove 4.5 stars All three of these stories were charming and engaging, with just the right amount of seasonal cheer and small town aura – including parades and celebrations, nosy townsfolk, and elderly relatives. I loved that the three tales interconnected more than the average anthology stories do, with characters appearing in ‘guest’ spots in the other stories. The overlay of the Halloween chant lends a small but adorable mystical air while, predictably, muddying the waters for our heroines. Love Over Easy – good girl meets bad boy, who happens to be her sister’s ex. This was my least favorite of the three, as I found the sentence structure choppy and distracting, and I really could not comprehend Hannah’s sister’s rivalry with her. Still, the triplets were adorable and I loved Jake’s quiet protectiveness toward Hannah, the boys, and his grandfather. Love Rising – Sydney is “home” to sell her beloved grandmother’s house, settle the estate, and hustle back to her real life in California. Nick, her sometime nemesis, has been there, done that, and happy to be back to make a life for himself in Moonbright. Even if Syd can forgive Nick his past transgressions, there’s no way this could work, right? A few misunderstandings cleared up, a meddling Gram, and two people who need to learn how to bend without breaking, and we might just get a HEA. I loved that Stacy included two of her characters from the Nugget book series, that was a perfect Easter egg as far as I was concerned. Great pacing, character development, and plotting made this a really wonderful entry. Romance on Tap – I’m a big fan of this trope, and the fact that Mila is of Vietnamese heritage added depth to the story. From Mila’s supportive girlfriends to Ford and Hudson’s relationship, the setting and character development were great. I wouldn’t have minded if it were a touch longer, but it worked very nicely as a short story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    pawsandpagesbyannie

    The Café between Pumpkin and Pie by Marina Adair; Kate Angell; Stacy Finz Publication Date: August 31, 2021 . Description “As warm and frothy as a spiced pumpkin latte on a crisp autumn day, this trio of magically romantic tales set in the charmingly festive small town of Moonbright, Maine is the perfect Halloween indulgence from bestselling authors Marina Adair, Kate Angell and Stacy Finz! In Moonbright, Maine, there’s a pumpkin on every porch, fresh brewed apple cider in every cup—and the sweetest The Café between Pumpkin and Pie by Marina Adair; Kate Angell; Stacy Finz Publication Date: August 31, 2021 . Description “As warm and frothy as a spiced pumpkin latte on a crisp autumn day, this trio of magically romantic tales set in the charmingly festive small town of Moonbright, Maine is the perfect Halloween indulgence from bestselling authors Marina Adair, Kate Angell and Stacy Finz! In Moonbright, Maine, there’s a pumpkin on every porch, fresh brewed apple cider in every cup—and the sweetest sorcery in the air… Before, after, and even during the excitement of the annual Halloween parade, gathering at the Corner Café is a beloved Moonbright tradition. Costumed revelers of all kinds come for the famous whoopie pies, the heartfelt hospitality, and the chance to hear the town’s spookiest stories and local legends whispered to the younger generation…   The most magically romantic legend of all promises that a Moonbright woman will marry the man she sees reflected in a mirror on Halloween. For three such singles, the crunch of fall leaves and the fragrance of fresh-baked pie sets the perfect stage for this most tantalizing trick—and most delightful treat—the genuine enchantment of true love.” . Thank you to @netgalley @kensingtonbooks for the digital ARC in return for my honest review. . My thoughts… Cozy romance. All these three authors were new to me, so I thought reading a short story collection was a good introduction. I enjoyed this, wishing it was cooler weather and I was sipping pumpkin spice latte, because the three stories were cozy, but also steamy. The three stories were connected and based in Moonbright, Maine. I thought the theme of Halloween and the legend of how single Moonbright women found love on Halloween was sweet. This is book 3 from the Moonbright Series, but worked as a stand-alone. I will look up the two previous books closer to Halloween 👻

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20... I have been really enjoying this series. Each fall we get a new one. Something to look forward to bring in the cooler weather. I read all three stories and have to say I enjoyed them. Each story is standalone but has a touch of the other in it. Not enough to interfere with the story but enough to tie them together. The cafe is mentioned in the stories. So up first is Love or Easy by Kate Angell, I really enjoyed thi Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: http://www.romancingthereaders.com/20... I have been really enjoying this series. Each fall we get a new one. Something to look forward to bring in the cooler weather. I read all three stories and have to say I enjoyed them. Each story is standalone but has a touch of the other in it. Not enough to interfere with the story but enough to tie them together. The cafe is mentioned in the stories. So up first is Love or Easy by Kate Angell, I really enjoyed this one it starts out strong and keeps going. I really enjoyed both characters and felt they worked. Her being so shy and totally not what you'd think he'd go for adds to the story. add a bitchy sister and her cute kids and you have a story. I liked that he didn't like the sister enough to stay but would for her. A solid 4 stars. After that, we have Love Rising by Stacy Finz. Another one that I really enjoyed. I found it to be easy to read and at times a little heartbreaking. Her losing her grandmother is very sad to me. I really felt for her. She had so much on her table and at times you wondered if he'd be able to be there for her and then they show you how much they really care for each other. So glad I read this one. It's another 4 stars Last of the bunch is Romance of Tap by Marina Adair. I will admit that this one wasn't my favorite of the three. I'm not sure if it was the characters or the writing. She's not an author I read often so that might be it. I had trouble connecting to the main characters and at times thought...who cares! Not something you want in a romance. I'm sorry to say I can only give it 2 stars. I'm sure others will love it. The first two stories make it well worth reading and enjoying. As a whole, it's a good book with at least two great stories. Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe... https://twitter.com/Romancingreader ARC received for an honest review

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kensington for the opportunity to read and review this book. #NetGalley #Cafe’BetweenPumpkinandPie #MarinaAdair #KatieAngell #StacyFinz #KensingtonPublishing The Cafe’ Between Pumpkin And Pie is an anthology of three stories that connect. All the stories take place in the town of Moonbright, Maine during Halloween. All are very sweet and fun. This book is as delicious, mostly, as the offerings from the titular cafe’. These stories are charming!! Let me start by say Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kensington for the opportunity to read and review this book. #NetGalley #Cafe’BetweenPumpkinandPie #MarinaAdair #KatieAngell #StacyFinz #KensingtonPublishing The Cafe’ Between Pumpkin And Pie is an anthology of three stories that connect. All the stories take place in the town of Moonbright, Maine during Halloween. All are very sweet and fun. This book is as delicious, mostly, as the offerings from the titular cafe’. These stories are charming!! Let me start by saying that I REALLY want to try the whoopie pies. After I write this review, I’m going to try to find one. Although this book does include the recipes for some of the cafe’ favorites, I’m not much of a cook. Each story features different residents of the town and all centering around the bakery. The first story was my favorite. Hannah and Jake felt the most real to me than the other characters, although I loved them too. Sydney and Nick, in the second story, took me a little longer than the others because Nick was hard to like at times. He was kind of misogynistic. Sydney was an enjoyable character. She was funny and stubborn. The third story was about Mila, who is a Vietnamese girl who is taking care of her elderly, adoptive parents. This story was the hardest for me to like. The characters were not as likable and the story didn’t flow as well as the others. I liked the plot of the third story though. It was a bit more original than the others. Each one of these authors shows a lot of promise. The writing, as a whole, was good. This book accomplished the intended job of making the reader feel good. I fully intend to read the previous two books in this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lori R

    I liked that all three of these stories set in Moonbright, Maine were full of town lore and superstitions and finding your true love by looking into a shiny surface on Halloween.  They were fun to read, full of romance and wonderful characters that drew me into the stories and made me want to find out what would happen next.  I liked that the authors did not disappoint me.  I especially liked how all three stories in the anthology tied in together with their events and characters,  It made the a I liked that all three of these stories set in Moonbright, Maine were full of town lore and superstitions and finding your true love by looking into a shiny surface on Halloween.  They were fun to read, full of romance and wonderful characters that drew me into the stories and made me want to find out what would happen next.  I liked that the authors did not disappoint me.  I especially liked how all three stories in the anthology tied in together with their events and characters,  It made the anthology so much fun to read, Love Over Easy by Kate Angell  I liked that this story introduced the Moonbrigh, Maine legend of finding a glimpse of one's husband reflected on a shiny surface before midnight on Halloween.  I also liked the characters of Jake, Hannah, and Hannah's triplet nephews who all took part in the Halloween parade. Love Rising by Stacy FinzThis story was very romantic and a lot of fun to read.  It was so much fun picturing Stella, Sydneys late grandmother trying to get Syd and Nick together again.  I liked that they both had a crush on each other back in high school and that it did not take much to reignite that flame with Stell's help of course.  The warm, fun characters and their bickering sold me  on this story in the anthology. Romance on Top by Marina AdairThis was also a fun story.  I liked Mila, who had a crush on Ford James since they were kids.  I thought this story was funny since Ford had a twin brother named Hudson and since Mila had her perfect guy list.  Who knew she had already found her perfect guy and that the Moonbright folklore just might have to intervene. I received an advance copy of this anthology and I willingly chose to write an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    If you are dog tired of the dog days of August then The Café between Pumpkin and Pie by Kate Angell, Marina Adair, and Stacy Finz will give you the perfect shot of cool fall romance relief. Moonbright, Maine has the legend of moon beans, mirrors and finding true love to go along with the delightful Corner Café during the annual Halloween parade. I was all ready to enjoy this anthology since my grandmother told me a similar story from her childhood involving a mirror and a nearby stream. And enjo If you are dog tired of the dog days of August then The Café between Pumpkin and Pie by Kate Angell, Marina Adair, and Stacy Finz will give you the perfect shot of cool fall romance relief. Moonbright, Maine has the legend of moon beans, mirrors and finding true love to go along with the delightful Corner Café during the annual Halloween parade. I was all ready to enjoy this anthology since my grandmother told me a similar story from her childhood involving a mirror and a nearby stream. And enjoy it I did. These three novellas by the superb writers make this a wonderful anthology from beginning to end. It is difficult to choose a favorite since all three has elements I truly liked but are written so well. They are novellas so I was prepared for a quicker than usual ending with only so much character development but that is expected from shorter works. Love Over Easy written by Kate Angell has a female lead that I could easily identify and sympathize with out of the stories. Jake needed to look beyond his nose to find that Hannah had been there all along. Love Rising by Stacy Finz is a second chance romance one of my favorite tropes. Well done with Sydney returning back to Moonlight to settle a family estate. There is Nick along with the hope of a second chance these many years later. Romance On Tap by Marina Adair gives the reader a long term crush that perhaps was misguided on the wrong twin but a switch-a-roo might just be the chance needed to correct it. An ARC of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sue Galuska

    This book is three shorter stories by Kate Angell, Marina Adair and Stacy Finz that all interact together and take place in Moonbright, Maine. They all follow the local legend where a female from Moonbright will see the man she will marry in a shiny surface on Halloween if she chants the special words before midnight. Love Over Easy by Kate Angell Hannah Allan isn't sure she believes the legend, but she says the chant anyways. Imagine Hannah's surprise when Jake Kaylor, the boy from her high schoo This book is three shorter stories by Kate Angell, Marina Adair and Stacy Finz that all interact together and take place in Moonbright, Maine. They all follow the local legend where a female from Moonbright will see the man she will marry in a shiny surface on Halloween if she chants the special words before midnight. Love Over Easy by Kate Angell Hannah Allan isn't sure she believes the legend, but she says the chant anyways. Imagine Hannah's surprise when Jake Kaylor, the boy from her high school fantasies comes into her life! Will bad boy Jake turn out to the be the clean cut vision she sees? Love Rising by Stacy Finz Sydney Byrne was in town to close out her Grandma Stella's estate. With plans to sell the house and open a bakery the last thing she is expects is to find Nick Rossi doing work on her Grandma's house. Turns out Grandma Stella hired Nick before she passed away. Guess maybe Grandma knew best! ;) Romance on Top by Marina Adair Mila Cramer thought when she was 18 and had her first kiss by Ford James, that it was they best thing ever and that she found her soul mate. Imagine seven years later she gets another chance and it turns out things that she has always thought are not what they seem....enter Ford's twin Hudson! The Cafe Between Pumpkin and Pie is three sexy romance stories all with fun and entertaining characters. I just adored the city of Moonbright, Maine. You will find many laugh out loud moments as well as some swooning ones. Overall this was a great set of stories that I highly recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Krystal

    Three stories of finding true love at Halloween. In Moonbright, Maine, a legend promises that a woman who glances into a reflective surface on Halloween will see the man she's destined to marry. Love Over Easy brings us sweet local Hannah who reunited with bad boy Jake while at the Moonbright Halloween parade. But could this chance encounter lead to happily ever after> Love Rising bring us baker Sydney who has returned to sell her deceased grandmother's estate only to find hot tradie Nick building Three stories of finding true love at Halloween. In Moonbright, Maine, a legend promises that a woman who glances into a reflective surface on Halloween will see the man she's destined to marry. Love Over Easy brings us sweet local Hannah who reunited with bad boy Jake while at the Moonbright Halloween parade. But could this chance encounter lead to happily ever after> Love Rising bring us baker Sydney who has returned to sell her deceased grandmother's estate only to find hot tradie Nick building an unexpected commercial kitchen that her grandmother had paid for before she died. With high school pasts causing tension between the two, will her grandmother's attempt to bring them together work? In Romance On Tap Mila saw her future with Ford James right from young, but after one kiss he left her for someone else. Years later she decides she's been cursed in relationships by him and needs to kiss him again to break it. Only it wasn't Ford but his twin Hudson. So is Ford James the one she was destined to be with after all? Each story is sweet, varies in length and by a different author. The first two cross over slightly, the third seems quite separate. A nice way to check out three new authors and see which writing styles appeal. I enjoyed them all and will check out each author individually.

  20. 4 out of 5

    B.

    All these stories involve a fictional small town in Maine with three romances revolving around couples who knew each other way back when, but either the guy or gal has left the town for bigger horizons and now is back for a short period of time. And, of course, they fall into insta-lust/love so the rest of the story is how they can figure out how the one who left can stay in the small town with the partner they’ve found and decided to love over a very short time. Add in a bit of mysticism about t All these stories involve a fictional small town in Maine with three romances revolving around couples who knew each other way back when, but either the guy or gal has left the town for bigger horizons and now is back for a short period of time. And, of course, they fall into insta-lust/love so the rest of the story is how they can figure out how the one who left can stay in the small town with the partner they’ve found and decided to love over a very short time. Add in a bit of mysticism about the young lady chanting something on Halloween and then seeing her future love in some shiny surface. Of course, that works out and determines whom they will love because Halloween charms work that way, don’t they? The best story was the one by Kate Angell - maybe because that one included a cute opening when the young lady is dressed as Little Bo Peep as she shepherds her triplet four-year-old nephews dressed as sheep through the Halloween festivities in town. Motorcycle-repairman, Jake steps in to help her with the adorable boys and wouldn’t you know it - after a couple of days, they’re in love. The cute boys and secondary characters make the story, rather less than the protagonists. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    The sweet Halloween stories set in Moonbright, Maine. Legend has it that if single women chant the Moonbright chant on Halloween eve before midnight, they will see the reflection of their true love. Hannah works at the family cafe as a waitress. She is adored by all, even when she messes up their orders, or accidentally spills on the tables/customers. Hannah is trying to corral her three nephews for the parade when a handsome motorcycle man joins them. Jake Kaylor is back in town. Hannah has alwa The sweet Halloween stories set in Moonbright, Maine. Legend has it that if single women chant the Moonbright chant on Halloween eve before midnight, they will see the reflection of their true love. Hannah works at the family cafe as a waitress. She is adored by all, even when she messes up their orders, or accidentally spills on the tables/customers. Hannah is trying to corral her three nephews for the parade when a handsome motorcycle man joins them. Jake Kaylor is back in town. Hannah has always found Jake intriguing, but this visit, it looks Jake is equally interested. Will Hannah see Jake’s reflection after the chant? Sydney is back in Moonbright to get her grandmother’s affairs in order. Early in the morning, she is wakened by obnoxious noises coming from the carriage house. When she goes to check things out, she finds Nick Rossi inside preparing to install a kitchen. No one under- Stands why Gram wanted a kitchen in the carriage house, but Nick was paid up front and is determined to complete the remodel. Sydney is not happy with any part of this arrangement, especially Nick Rossi. Will their history bring them together, or will it tear them apart? Mila Cramer, a local artist, is off to a Halloween gathering with her friends. Why won’t Hudson James leave her alone? He’s always been her nemesis, but why? These delightful stories will make you smile.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Café between Pumpkin and Pie is a collection of three stories intertwined in the same location of Moonbright, Maine during Halloween. Love Over Easy, Love Rising, and Romance on Tap follow three love stories that are draped in a local legend: a woman will marry the man they see in the mirror on Halloween. Each woman's journey is unique in it's own right, and there is plenty of small town charm and romance to go around in each section of the book. I was initially drawn to The Café between Pump The Café between Pumpkin and Pie is a collection of three stories intertwined in the same location of Moonbright, Maine during Halloween. Love Over Easy, Love Rising, and Romance on Tap follow three love stories that are draped in a local legend: a woman will marry the man they see in the mirror on Halloween. Each woman's journey is unique in it's own right, and there is plenty of small town charm and romance to go around in each section of the book. I was initially drawn to The Café between Pumpkin and Pie based on the premise, my prior reading of some of the authors' books, and the promise of sweet treats and love stories. The general setting of the book was lovely: who wouldn't want to be in this adorable small town during this time of the year? The authors did a great job making each story it's own, while still carrying the main themes throughout the book. I found myself the most invested in Hannah and Jake's story in Love Over Easy; however, my interest starting waning a bit with each of the following stories. I think readers familiar with any of the authors will enjoy this feel-good book, even if it more so for one of the stories over the others. Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for this ARC; this is my honest and voluntary review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

    I fell in love with the good citizens of Moonbright during the last book, so when I heard there was a new one coming, I knew I had to read it. I wasn't disappointed. Set during a single Halloween season in the town that loves all things Halloween, it tells the stories of three women, an old wives tale (or is it) about seeing your true love's face on Halloween night, and three hunky, hard working men with dirt under their nails who are just a little bit bad, but oh so good. Not only are the storie I fell in love with the good citizens of Moonbright during the last book, so when I heard there was a new one coming, I knew I had to read it. I wasn't disappointed. Set during a single Halloween season in the town that loves all things Halloween, it tells the stories of three women, an old wives tale (or is it) about seeing your true love's face on Halloween night, and three hunky, hard working men with dirt under their nails who are just a little bit bad, but oh so good. Not only are the stories as sweet as the pies from Nan's cafe (a prominent feature in all three stories), they're written by three top romance writers so, if you're not already familiar with Marina Adair, Kate Angell and Stacy Finz, this charming anthology will give you a chance to discover new writers who are likely to end up on your go-to list. Whether you love romance, or are just looking for some enjoyable reading that won't scare you half to death this Halloween, this one's a must read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna Ryan

    Wow I’m definitely hooked on moonbright! This really is a feel good book you won’t want to put down. Three different love stories all linked to one place. My only complaint is the stories finished and I wanted more! Loved that this book incorporated three authors yet the stories fit together so well. I thought I loved Hannah and Jake the best and was a bit stubborn to get to know Syd and Nick but they won me over too. Took me longer to get into Mila and those twins but again I ended up hooked! T Wow I’m definitely hooked on moonbright! This really is a feel good book you won’t want to put down. Three different love stories all linked to one place. My only complaint is the stories finished and I wanted more! Loved that this book incorporated three authors yet the stories fit together so well. I thought I loved Hannah and Jake the best and was a bit stubborn to get to know Syd and Nick but they won me over too. Took me longer to get into Mila and those twins but again I ended up hooked! These characters really come alive, and you inadvertently start imagining moonbright and the different places. The humour is also very much there with me having random moments of laughter. Reading this has definitely sent me on the hunt to read more of these books. If you like chic lit, that is feel good then this is the book for you.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Moonbright, Maine where pumpkins are everywhere and love is in the legends. During the Halloween parade the excitement of gathering at Corner Cafe is a Moonbright tradition. People in costumes come to reveal in the wonderful food, Whoopie pies, and the spooky stories that local legends tell to the young children. The magical legend promises that a Moonbright woman will marry the man she sees reflected in a mirror on Halloween. For three single woman this Halloween with the leaves changing colors, Moonbright, Maine where pumpkins are everywhere and love is in the legends. During the Halloween parade the excitement of gathering at Corner Cafe is a Moonbright tradition. People in costumes come to reveal in the wonderful food, Whoopie pies, and the spooky stories that local legends tell to the young children. The magical legend promises that a Moonbright woman will marry the man she sees reflected in a mirror on Halloween. For three single woman this Halloween with the leaves changing colors, and backing pies this will be the most memorable Halloween for true love. This was an enchanting book of love. I loved the setting and the promise of love on a beautiful fall day. If you want to fall in love don’t miss this book. I can’t wait for another book by the author it was truly magical.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    The premise for these three stories that are slightly linked is that if a woman says a chant by midnight on Halloween, she will shortly see the reflection of her true love. All three of these were really cute stories, but I'd have to say that my favorite is the first that is written by Kate Engell. The MC is in charge of her triplet nephews for the Halloween parade. They are dressed as sheep and she is, of course, Little Bo Peep. Her love interest refers to her throughout as "Peep". I just found The premise for these three stories that are slightly linked is that if a woman says a chant by midnight on Halloween, she will shortly see the reflection of her true love. All three of these were really cute stories, but I'd have to say that my favorite is the first that is written by Kate Engell. The MC is in charge of her triplet nephews for the Halloween parade. They are dressed as sheep and she is, of course, Little Bo Peep. Her love interest refers to her throughout as "Peep". I just found that really adorable. That may have been adorable, but his intentions were much hotter. The other two stories were really good as well. There are those rushed moments, because it is an anthology. If you're in the mood for some seasonal Halloween romance stories, I highly recommend The Cafe Between Pumpkin and Pie. I was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Perrin Larton

    The stories in the anthology were cute. Based in Moonbright, Maine, they center around the annual Halloween extravaganza put on by the town. I haven't read any of the other anthologies based in this town, so have nothing to compare this iteration with others that have preceded it. I have to go back to my first impression on all three novellas. They're cute. I think too much time was spent with the 'look in the mirror on Halloween at midnight and find your true love' thing. In the age of female em The stories in the anthology were cute. Based in Moonbright, Maine, they center around the annual Halloween extravaganza put on by the town. I haven't read any of the other anthologies based in this town, so have nothing to compare this iteration with others that have preceded it. I have to go back to my first impression on all three novellas. They're cute. I think too much time was spent with the 'look in the mirror on Halloween at midnight and find your true love' thing. In the age of female empowerment, this just doesn't sit well, but maybe that's just me. Very easy reads and easy to follow story lines. I'd recommend these for a lazy afternoon cuddled under a comforter, with a warm drink and an apple cider doughnut. Perhaps a bit of napping between stories. Thank you to Net Galley and Kensington for allowing me to read an ARC of this book. The review is my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Wood

    Halloween in Moonbright, Maine, is a big thing with parades, decorations and local legends. For Hannah, Sydney and Mila it could mean meeting the men of their dreams if only they'll let themselves believe. There are three stories in this book linked by the Corner Café of the title and are similar in nature but different enough to be entertaining throughout. There is added spice which isn't limited to the cafe menu that may put off those who prefer a more wholesome or innocent read. I was able to Halloween in Moonbright, Maine, is a big thing with parades, decorations and local legends. For Hannah, Sydney and Mila it could mean meeting the men of their dreams if only they'll let themselves believe. There are three stories in this book linked by the Corner Café of the title and are similar in nature but different enough to be entertaining throughout. There is added spice which isn't limited to the cafe menu that may put off those who prefer a more wholesome or innocent read. I was able to read an advanced copy of this thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. I enjoyed these stories and the recipes at the end of the book. It is an atmospheric but never scary Halloween read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    April

    This a compilation of three stories set in Moonbright, Maine. Each story is told by a different author. Each has a man and a woman who find their paths converging and they make the choice to build a relationship. I liked each of the stories. I think the first may be my favorite. At the end there are some recipes including the blueberry butter cake that makes an appearance in Kate Angel’s story. It sounds divine. Each story has sexual content. It’s open door sex but not in the erotic category. If you This a compilation of three stories set in Moonbright, Maine. Each story is told by a different author. Each has a man and a woman who find their paths converging and they make the choice to build a relationship. I liked each of the stories. I think the first may be my favorite. At the end there are some recipes including the blueberry butter cake that makes an appearance in Kate Angel’s story. It sounds divine. Each story has sexual content. It’s open door sex but not in the erotic category. If you like romance, this book will tick your boxes as long as you aren’t disappointed by short stories that don’t spend lengthy amounts of time developing the characters. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book prior to publication.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This book has an all star writing staff. With authors Marina Adair, Kate Angell and Stacy Finz, how could this book go wrong? For those of you new to these authors, you are in for a treat. Each short story is set in Moonbright, Maine. There, the residents have a legend that if you will see your future husband in a refecting glass before midnight on Halloween. While each author added their own details to the legend, all three make it something special. Each of the stories are contemporary and quai This book has an all star writing staff. With authors Marina Adair, Kate Angell and Stacy Finz, how could this book go wrong? For those of you new to these authors, you are in for a treat. Each short story is set in Moonbright, Maine. There, the residents have a legend that if you will see your future husband in a refecting glass before midnight on Halloween. While each author added their own details to the legend, all three make it something special. Each of the stories are contemporary and quaint. They will just plain melt your heart strings. This is a great fall book to warm you up as the weather gets cooler. If you follow any of these authors, you may just recognize a side character or two. Many thanks to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC of this book.

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