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“Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!” —New York Times Bestselling author Robyn Carr Come back to Twilight, Texas with award-winning author Lori Wilde. The First Love Cookie Club is heartwarming contemporary romance fiction, the story of a famous writer’s return to t “Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!” —New York Times Bestselling author Robyn Carr Come back to Twilight, Texas with award-winning author Lori Wilde. The First Love Cookie Club is heartwarming contemporary romance fiction, the story of a famous writer’s return to the hometown she once fled in humiliation—only to discover that the boy she foolishly gave her heart to those many years ago might just be her Christmas miracle. Fans of Debbie Macomber, Susan Wiggs, Susan Mallery, and Sherryl Woods will delight over The First Love Cookie Club, a wonderfully poignant tale of small town second chances.


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“Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!” —New York Times Bestselling author Robyn Carr Come back to Twilight, Texas with award-winning author Lori Wilde. The First Love Cookie Club is heartwarming contemporary romance fiction, the story of a famous writer’s return to t “Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!” —New York Times Bestselling author Robyn Carr Come back to Twilight, Texas with award-winning author Lori Wilde. The First Love Cookie Club is heartwarming contemporary romance fiction, the story of a famous writer’s return to the hometown she once fled in humiliation—only to discover that the boy she foolishly gave her heart to those many years ago might just be her Christmas miracle. Fans of Debbie Macomber, Susan Wiggs, Susan Mallery, and Sherryl Woods will delight over The First Love Cookie Club, a wonderfully poignant tale of small town second chances.

30 review for The First Love Cookie Club

  1. 5 out of 5

    Penny McGill

    Quite possibly the worst book ever. I hesitate to give it that title because I might read a book that I liked less than this someday but I'm not sure that is possible. I'm always keen to try something new because I'm pretty sure that there is a reader out there somewhere for every book (didn't someone say that once...) but I that seems unlikely with this book. Lori Wilde promises us a 'first love cookie club' right on the title but that is a tiny part of the book. Disappointing. Cookies are bake Quite possibly the worst book ever. I hesitate to give it that title because I might read a book that I liked less than this someday but I'm not sure that is possible. I'm always keen to try something new because I'm pretty sure that there is a reader out there somewhere for every book (didn't someone say that once...) but I that seems unlikely with this book. Lori Wilde promises us a 'first love cookie club' right on the title but that is a tiny part of the book. Disappointing. Cookies are baked and there is a club but that's as much as I feel needs to be said about that part of the book. Trying to bounce back from being mistreated by the title of the book I thought I'd focus on the quirky romance part of the story. Famous author returns to the town she knew as a child, meets the man she always wanted to marry and things turn out for them. Sounds good. She's beautiful but distant and he is handsome and gregarious. Opposites attract (plus there is a little side story of his seriously ill child who loves the famous author as soon as she meets her, oh and her father is divorced so available for famous author to reconcile with) and poof, romance blooms. Well. Romance almost blooms. The possibility is there for some serious heat and Lori Wilde blows any chance she has for at least making the sex interesting by using some of the best cliche lines I've ever read in a romance novel. He growls. She murmurs. All words and phrases used before by people with a gift for writing this stuff until he felt "the riptide of biology dragging him under". Yup. Nothing like referencing science in a sex scene. So I'm adding a new shelf to my Goodreads account. Worst Book Ever. I hope that I don't read another book that comes close to unseating this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    I'm enjoying the books from this series. They all contain a Christmas theme snuck in it. Twilight is a small quaint town so everybody knows each other. The Sweetheart Tree brings first loves together. A little mystery is always involved as well as romance, humor, and a little sex.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Booklover

    This is my first book of Lori Wilde and must say she writes so well the book kept me hooked from first page to last,its such a cute emotional christmas story ,excellent read though the sexual words(Cock,clit) used made the whole making love scene between Travis-Sarah spoilt it,and I also don't like references to body parts being discoloured or the hero saying `whoops' in the middle of it all. It made for some very awkward reading! as you start from first page you will realise Sarah loves Travis This is my first book of Lori Wilde and must say she writes so well the book kept me hooked from first page to last,its such a cute emotional christmas story ,excellent read though the sexual words(Cock,clit) used made the whole making love scene between Travis-Sarah spoilt it,and I also don't like references to body parts being discoloured or the hero saying `whoops' in the middle of it all. It made for some very awkward reading! as you start from first page you will realise Sarah loves Travis from the age of 15 and believes Travis is her soul mate and later after 9 years when they meet again Travis-Sarah both bond emotionally also,both know that its not just sex between them its more then that then in between using those words it kind of spoilt the scene for me otherwise i m very happy with story and how Travis-Sarah give space and time to develop their feelings and even confess that their feelings are very strong for each other book opens with one of the most painful, embarrassing scenes with an awkward adolescent Sarah declaring her love for Travis at his wedding to another woman. Sarah declares she's his soulmate to Travis, his bride and the entire congregation. He tried to let her down easily, but an unrequited first love never truly heals. A little girl with a broken heart grows up into a woman, goes to college, strikes it big with her first book, The Magic Christmas Cookie, and discovers through a letter from a sick little girl that she has an opportunity to revisit Twilight, this time as the little girl's favorite author. Perhaps she can regain the self-confidence she lost there. Upon discovering, the little girl, Jazzy, is the daughter of none other than Travis Walker, now divorced after his wife left him, Sarah can't help but wonder if she has a chance to regain a soulmate as well. Travis Walker also had a difficult childhood and this makes him an ideal match for Sarah because he understands her fears. Unlike Sarah, Travis is very comfortable with others; he's naturally charming and very outgoing. His strengths are all of Sarah's weaknesses. The secondary characters in this book are also fantastic, from Travis's daughter Jasmine "Jazzy" Walker to Benny Gent, Sarah's agent. The ladies of the first true love cookie club are also important secondary characters, especially Raylene Pringle, Travis' aunt whose idea it was to bring Sarah back to town. Like many small towns, everyone knows everyone's secrets but when one of the ladies secrets is exposed, it almost drives a wedge between Sarah and Travis. I liked the fact author brought Crystal,Travis ex-wife at the end,her reason for not bonding with Jazzy and why it is so difficult for her and why she ran out and abandoned her own child but still i feel she was very wrong in doing so and then abandoning her twice,i cannot forgive Crystal for it previously when she ran away Jazzy was small does'nt remembers but then again at the end running away that 2 when Jazzy is in hospital and so sick Travis-Sarah both are brave and courageous and liked the way before getting intimate Travis decides to be a open book and confesses all his fears and shares his pains with Sarah and vice versa with Sarah Good read,except for the sexual language Recommend it

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I really enjoyed this book. I felt like the problems and emotions were ones that were realistic. While both Travis and Sarah have issues, none of them seem to overwhelm the story. It starts with Sarah as an awkward teenager discovering that the guy she's been dreaming of is about to marry someone else. After humiliating herself by trying to stop the wedding she swears she will never risk her heart again. Fast forward nine years, and Sarah has become a successful children's author. When she recei I really enjoyed this book. I felt like the problems and emotions were ones that were realistic. While both Travis and Sarah have issues, none of them seem to overwhelm the story. It starts with Sarah as an awkward teenager discovering that the guy she's been dreaming of is about to marry someone else. After humiliating herself by trying to stop the wedding she swears she will never risk her heart again. Fast forward nine years, and Sarah has become a successful children's author. When she receives a letter from a sick fan, she reluctantly returns to Twilight, only to discover that the little girl is Travis's daughter. I had a little trouble connecting with Sarah at first. She was so resistant about going to Twilight that she came across as a bit selfish. Even once she was there she seemed rather standoffish. Some could be blamed on her memories of that day, but other things about her life are slowly revealed and begin to explain her problem. Her initial meeting with Travis shows her that she has never really forgotten those feelings for him. She also knows that she won't stay in Twilight so there's no sense in starting anything with him, tempting though it may be. She doesn't count on the ladies of the cookie club doing their best to push them together, or that Travis seems equally drawn to her. As the week goes on Travis and Jazzy start to break down the walls that Sarah has built up to keep people out. She starts to connect with them and others, but still doesn't see herself as able to have that happy ending. Travis was a wonderful hero. From his kind attitude toward Sarah on his wedding day to the amazing father he is today he is awesome. He may have made a mistake by getting his girlfriend pregnant when he was twenty, but he was determined to do the honorable thing and take care of them both. He was an involved father from the beginning, and even more so when Jazzy got so sick. He took on the role of both parents when his wife left them, making Jazzy the center of his world. When Sarah came back to Twilight he was surprised by the strength of his attraction to her. He would be very happy to see where it goes, but he has some of his own baggage to overcome. Between watching his dad fall apart after his mom's death and then his disastrous marriage, Travis resists the idea of soulmates, fearing that his life would fall apart too if he were to lose someone he cared about that much. I really liked the way that he saw Sarah's pain and fears and gave her the space she needed to process what they were beginning to feel for each other. Even as they began to acknowledge their feelings for each other, there were still some obstacles to overcome. Jazzy's mother comes back to town, causing Sarah to question her own place in their lives. Sarah has some professional problems that also interfere with her decision making process. Then there is a health crisis with Jazzy that brings a whole host of feelings to the surface, causing both Sarah and Travis to take a good look at what they really want from life. The town itself is another character in the book. I enjoyed seeing the various Christmas traditions and how they worked with what Travis and Sarah were going through. The people had the usual small town nosiness and tendency to interfere, but mostly in a positive manner. There was a secondary storyline that was left hanging, but it is addressed in a later series of novellas.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Penny Watson

    Review for The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde Even though I am starting to dread contemporary romances, I thought I would give this one a try. Lots of folks are recommending it. What I liked...the story is very sweet, very sentimental, and chock full of Christmas-y themes. The hero is fabulous...I love him...charming, sexy, an incredible, loving father, and....did I mention sexy? Unfortunately, I wasn't digging the heroine...she was sort of irritating, and frankly, I couldn't figure out why Review for The First Love Cookie Club by Lori Wilde Even though I am starting to dread contemporary romances, I thought I would give this one a try. Lots of folks are recommending it. What I liked...the story is very sweet, very sentimental, and chock full of Christmas-y themes. The hero is fabulous...I love him...charming, sexy, an incredible, loving father, and....did I mention sexy? Unfortunately, I wasn't digging the heroine...she was sort of irritating, and frankly, I couldn't figure out why the hero thought she was so great. There was too much deep POV in here (which happens a lot with contemporary romances, and it drives me nuts), but otherwise the ending was very satisfying. I was hoping for an epilogue with a wedding, to bring their mystical dreams to life, but we didn't get one. Oh well. Overall, a very sweet holiday tale. Grade: B/B+

  6. 4 out of 5

    S

    There are times when I wonder why I read romances at all and this is one of them. Every time the kismet cookie comes up, I cringe. Every time the cookie club members scheme to bring Sarah and Travis together, I cringe. Basically, all the other residents of the small town, aside from Travis, Jazzy, and perhaps a few more, make me cringe. I think I like Sarah too much to want her to put up with all that nonsense. Other than those parts, I quite enjoyed this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    I’ve read a recent contemporary that’s perfect for the holidays. This book is adorable in its telling, and just steamy enough where you won’t need to sit in front of a roaring fire to keep warm. I adore Lori Wilde’s romances, and The First Love Cookie Club has a very emotional story behind it. Read the acknowledgments at the beginning of the book and you’ll understand why. Lori excels at writing small town romances, and with this latest, the heroine, Sarah Collier returns back to Twilight, Texas. I’ve read a recent contemporary that’s perfect for the holidays. This book is adorable in its telling, and just steamy enough where you won’t need to sit in front of a roaring fire to keep warm. I adore Lori Wilde’s romances, and The First Love Cookie Club has a very emotional story behind it. Read the acknowledgments at the beginning of the book and you’ll understand why. Lori excels at writing small town romances, and with this latest, the heroine, Sarah Collier returns back to Twilight, Texas. This is where Sarah spent most of her holidays and summer vacations with her grandmother since her cold and distant doctor parents had no time for their sweet, sensitive, very romantic thinking chubby daughter. Her grandmother fed into Sarah’s fantasy of finding her one true love, and when Sarah is only fifteen, she thinks she has found that with her handsome older neighbor, Travis Walker. But Sarah is crushed when she finds out that Travis is getting married on Christmas morning. Sarah goes to stop the wedding and announces she and Travis are meant to be together because of the dream she had thanks to the Kismet cookies she put under her pillow. Sarah is mortified in front of the entire town when Travis basically pats her on the head and tells her to run along. Nine years later, Sarah no longer believes in romance or true love. She lives in New York and is a best-selling author of a children's book under the name, Sadie Cool. She has lost all her baby fat and doesn’t care if her parents don’t love her. She also hates the holidays, including Christmas, but is cajoled into going back to Twilight for the Christmas Festival where she’ll be treated like a star because she’s a small town girl who has done well for herself. Sarah is more than nervous about returning. What if she sees Travis again and he makes fun of her? She still hasn’t lived down her humiliation over her very childish outburst years ago. Travis is a single father trying to do his best where his sick daughter, Jazzy is concerned. His wife walked out on them because she couldn’t deal with Jazzy’s life threatening breathing problem. Jazzy is Travis’s whole life, where he’ll do whatever he can to make sure she stays well and alive. Jazzy adores The Magic Christmas Cookie by Sadie Cool, and her dream is to meet the author. And when Sarah meets Jazzy, she falls in love with the fragile little girl. She’s also still very much attracted to Travis who doesn’t ridicule her, but welcomes her back in his own special way. Sarah slowly finds the joys of Christmas again with Travis and Jazzy’s help. Travis has thoughts of romance on his mind when it comes to Sarah, although she’ll only be in Twilight for a short time. And then when Jazzy has a turn for the worse, including someone from Travis’s past who comes back into the picture to causes problems, he turns to Sarah to lean on. She begins to question if she can go back to her sterile, hermit life back in Manhattan when all she could ever want was in Twilight. The First Love Cookie Club is uber-cute. The reason this book struck gold for me wasn’t the courtship between Sarah and Travis, but the deep love and devotion Travis has for his young daughter. Jazzy’s own story will tug at your heart, and she is the true spirit of Christmas from her innocent excitement and her strength to have a fulfilling life for as long as she can even though she may not have a future. The ending is way too pat and eye rolling ridiculous, as if someone waved a magic wand over Sarah and Travis to make sure there is no more drama or heartache in their lives. The sudden appearance of a few characters took something away from the plot. And I also found a strange inconsistency regarding Travis’s ex-wife that didn’t make any sense. It would have been better left out of the story and really irked me, when up to this point, I was really enjoying what I was reading. Can we say this would be a perfect Hallmark movie that would evoke an ending much like The Grinch That Stole Christmas? Why yes, I think I will say that it is. Other than my issues with the last few chapters and an annoying misunderstanding that comes out of the blue between Travis and Sarah, I really did enjoy The First Love Cookie Club. It’s one book to read while snuggling in your snuggie with a cup of hot chocolate at your fingertips. A lovely holiday romance story for those who need some joy and sweet optimism in their reading material.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    An emotional read that will pull on the heart strings and bring readers a lot of holiday cheers. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! After reading this book, I’m in holiday mode. The book starts off with fifteen year old Sarah Collier who is spending the Christmas time with her grandmother, Mina in the small town of Twilight, Texas. Following in the tradition of her grandmother, Sarah bakes kismet cookies and places them under her pillow to dream of her one true love. Year after year, sh An emotional read that will pull on the heart strings and bring readers a lot of holiday cheers. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! After reading this book, I’m in holiday mode. The book starts off with fifteen year old Sarah Collier who is spending the Christmas time with her grandmother, Mina in the small town of Twilight, Texas. Following in the tradition of her grandmother, Sarah bakes kismet cookies and places them under her pillow to dream of her one true love. Year after year, she dreams of Travis Walker. This year when she learns that Travis is marrying another woman, she rushes to stop it but she is unsuccessful. Heartbroken and embarrassed, Sarah buries her beliefs in true love and the Christmas spirit. Years later, Sarah Collier is now Sarah Cool, a successful children’s author living large in New York City. She is stumped to get her next book out by the end of the year and her agent, Benny has a plan. A little girl name Jazzy is ill and wishes for nothing more than to see Sarah Cool, so Benny enlist Sarah to attend a book signing and honored in the Twilight’s festivities. Sarah is mortified upon learning that she will be back in Twilight. She has yet to overcome her embarrassment with Travis but she doesn’t want to disappoint Jazzy. No one is more surprised than Sarah to learn that Jazzy’s father is no other than Travis. Though she knows she can’t avoid him forever, it makes their reunion more difficult. Since Travis and his wife split up, the ladies of the First Love Cookie Club have tricks up their sleeves and they are playing matchmaker. This story is very emotional and touching. The characters will make readers laugh and cry. I fell for Travis immediately. The devotion and love he displays for Jazzy will pull at readers’ heartstrings. He goes through so much to make sure that she has the best possible care. As the story progresses, more obstacles are thrown in his way but he remains so optimistic and calm. The love between Travis and Sarah is gradual with sexual tension. Sarah is afraid to lose her heart to Travis again. Travis whole world revolves around Jazzy but the chemistry between him and Sarah is hard to ignore. Jazzy is a great child character and she makes the story that much more emotional. Readers will want to know if there is a happy ending for her as well. The secondary characters make fore a great addition to the story. They add spice and side stories that keep the book from becoming too hokey. One of the ladies harbors a secret that she is afraid for the town to learn, especially her husband. Well, I don’t want to give anything away but once the secret is revealed, I was slightly disappointed because there is no resolution. I went back to make sure I didn’t miss what happened next for this character but nope, the author left me hanging. I hope that the author explains what is to come for her in another book but I still felt cheated. Overall, a very light romance that will get readers ready for the holiday season.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nairabell

    In Twilight, Texas there is a tradition that states if you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow on Christmas Eve you will dream of your soulmate. Sarah Collier once believed in that tradition, until as a teenager she ended up running down the church aisle on Christmas Day wearing a jingle bell sweater and reindeer antlers to try to stop Travis Walker from marrying someone else. Sarah was completely humiliated and hasn't been back to Twilight since. Now Sarah is all grown up and a successf In Twilight, Texas there is a tradition that states if you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow on Christmas Eve you will dream of your soulmate. Sarah Collier once believed in that tradition, until as a teenager she ended up running down the church aisle on Christmas Day wearing a jingle bell sweater and reindeer antlers to try to stop Travis Walker from marrying someone else. Sarah was completely humiliated and hasn't been back to Twilight since. Now Sarah is all grown up and a successful children's author 'Sadie Cool', and has sworn off love completely. But a letter from a sick fan has brought Sarah back to Twilight, and she's about to find that Jazzy, her number 1 fan is the daughter of Travis Walker himself. This was just one of the stack of Christmassy books I picked up this year, and with no reviews I decided to take a chance. I'm really glad I did. From the author's note at the start dedicating the book to the real life inspiration for Travis and Jazzy, who sadly didn't get a happy ending, to the sweet love story and kooky locals this book is a great read. Sarah is sweet and easy to identify with, and Travis is the perfect hero but both thankfully manage to avoid the standard romance novel cliches. However Jazzy steals the show with her incredible zest for life despite all the odds. The townspeople reminded me a bit of the people in Stars Hollow in the Gilmore Girls; a bit kooky but kind hearted. The Dickens festival was a bit of an oddball idea in Texas, but it really works with the story. The romance itself is well thought out, and doesn't see the characters leap into bed together as soon as they're reunited. It was good to see that each carried realistic scars from their lives that were dealt with sympathetically, and that outside meddling didn't interfere with the characters free will. I'm definitely interested in reading some of the other Twilight novels - this is actually the third in the series, with The Sweethearts' Knitting Club first and then The True Love Quilting Club both before this, and is followed book 4 The Welcome Home Garden Club. Chances are I'll also be baking a batch of kismet cookies using recipe on the author's website, although they probably won't make it under my pillow. All in all, a light seasonal read with unexpected depths that is well worth a read. Plot: 9/10 Characters: 10/10 Ending: 10/10 Enjoyment: 10/10 Cover: 9/10 Overall: 48/50

  10. 5 out of 5

    kari

    I didn't realize this was the third of a series, so I guess I'd have to say that you can read this book without reading the series and you won't feel confused or that you don't have the whole story. I understood Sarah, the heroine, of this one and her decision to keep her emotions firmly tamped down. With her upbringing and then her experience with dating, it made sense. Yes, I did think she was a bit too much at times, but still, it made sense and she is a well-drawn character. The attraction Tra I didn't realize this was the third of a series, so I guess I'd have to say that you can read this book without reading the series and you won't feel confused or that you don't have the whole story. I understood Sarah, the heroine, of this one and her decision to keep her emotions firmly tamped down. With her upbringing and then her experience with dating, it made sense. Yes, I did think she was a bit too much at times, but still, it made sense and she is a well-drawn character. The attraction Travis feels for her also makes sense as you get to know who he is. He likes to make those around him happy and comfortable. He is in so many ways a caretaker and not just of his young daughter who has struggled with health issues for several years. The ending is well-done, wrapping up not only Travis and Sarah's romance, but resolving some family issues. There were a couple of things I didn't like which is why I didn't give it a five star rating. There is a side story about one of the minor characters and it came out of nowhere. It didn't seem necessary, even to bring about certain events and I think it should have been edited out. There is enough drama to the relationship without some additional angst thrown in for no reason. I just didn't like that. There was a bit with a pedal boat and the hero comes to save her and I did feel that it was pushing my believability buttons a bit much. First, she's smarter than this and second, I think the women with whom she was supposedly spending time would've come looking for her in a fast minute. And who goes out alone in a boat if they can barely dogpaddle? But that is just my opinion. And there are some contiuity errors, like where someone has his arm around a shoulder and without moving his arm, his hands are folded in his lap in the next sentence. Also, some of the desctiptions read almost as if they are copy/pasted as the exact same words are used again describing the same event. These small things were bothersome enough that they did break the flow of the story, but not bothersome enough that I didn't thorougly enjoy this one. If you like modern romance, I'd say give this a try.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fedora

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cute Christmas romance--Sarah Collier's 15-year-old self completely bought into her grandmother's charming story about Kismet Cookies. They bake them on Christmas Eve, and when you sleep with one under your pillow, you'll dream of your one true love. Well, Sarah's dreamt of Travis Walker, her grandmother's next door neighbor's son, for years. Although he's five years older than she, he's always been kind and friendly, and she's cherished that hope that he'll love her too, for quite some time. Ov Cute Christmas romance--Sarah Collier's 15-year-old self completely bought into her grandmother's charming story about Kismet Cookies. They bake them on Christmas Eve, and when you sleep with one under your pillow, you'll dream of your one true love. Well, Sarah's dreamt of Travis Walker, her grandmother's next door neighbor's son, for years. Although he's five years older than she, he's always been kind and friendly, and she's cherished that hope that he'll love her too, for quite some time. Overwhelmed by the unexpected news that he's getting married that Christmas morning, she impulsively runs all the way to the church to declare in front of God and all the guests that he can't marry Crystal because he's HER true love. Fast forward eight or nine years, and Sarah's now a best selling children's author, Sadie Cool. Travis's very sick eight-year-old daughter Jasmine, Jazzy for short, is her biggest fan. Circumstances in the form of Twilight's Cookie Club (yes, the same women who populate the quilting and knitting clubs of the previous stories set in Twilight) conspire to get her to return to Twilight to fulfill Jazzy's Christmas wish and maybe bring out some fulfilled dreams for Sarah/Sadie and Travis, too. While I enjoyed the small-town feel and the secondary characters quite a bit, some of the plotting and characterization really seemed a little too sappy for me; it all worked out in the end, but all the handwringing and drama and heartwarming stuff was just too much for me to love.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maryann

    Another feel-good romance novel, this one was interesting. I'd never heard of kismet cookies before so that was a first for me. The idea behind the magic kismet cookies was really cute and then bring in Sarah and Travis' love story, made it even sweeter. Travis' daughter was the icing on top of the mountain of sugar that made up this novel. There's a lot of nervousness, anxiousness and uncertainty on Sarah's side coupled with Travis's never-ending love and determination for his daughter fighting Another feel-good romance novel, this one was interesting. I'd never heard of kismet cookies before so that was a first for me. The idea behind the magic kismet cookies was really cute and then bring in Sarah and Travis' love story, made it even sweeter. Travis' daughter was the icing on top of the mountain of sugar that made up this novel. There's a lot of nervousness, anxiousness and uncertainty on Sarah's side coupled with Travis's never-ending love and determination for his daughter fighting her illness, I really rooted for the couple. The novel revolves mostly around Sarah, Travis and his daughter all becoming closer as they spend more time with each other but ultimately the trio do get their happy ending and I was glad for that. Travis' daughter, Jazzy (Jasmine) is the main catalyst in bringing together the couple and I'm not sure if Lori Wilde intended it to be that way, but without Jazzy you don't really have a story. Jazzy was the spice, or in this case, the sugar icing that made everything gel together. The rift between Sarah and Travis isn't actually that interesting until Jazzy comes in to bring the two together. It's very endearing but there isn't much more to the story other than Jazzy's attempts to push her dad and Sarah together. The story is very simple and straightforward. I didn't think there was a lot of humour or witty banter in this story as much as I expected from other reviews, but I guess my humour runs toward the dry side. Overall the story is sweet and easy to get through. 2/5 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This book was a lot of fun, like reading a Hallmark Christmas movie. It was a fun read, and the characters were engaging enough for this read. I think the main negative for me with this book was that I read a Christmas novel in the middle of April, while it was 80 degrees here in San Diego. I probably won't follow through with the series, but I will definitely be reading this cozy romance again-when the season is right. I would recommend this to any looking for a Christmas-y romance. It's exactl This book was a lot of fun, like reading a Hallmark Christmas movie. It was a fun read, and the characters were engaging enough for this read. I think the main negative for me with this book was that I read a Christmas novel in the middle of April, while it was 80 degrees here in San Diego. I probably won't follow through with the series, but I will definitely be reading this cozy romance again-when the season is right. I would recommend this to any looking for a Christmas-y romance. It's exactly what you would hope for.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eloisa James

    I just finished a terrific Christmas romance: Lori Wilde's The First Love Cookie Club. Back when the heroine was a pudgy teen, she humiliated herself by interrupting Travis Walker's wedding--but now she's a famous author & back in Texas...I loved it! It's a little sad, makes you laugh, perfect to curl up with & enjoy the weekend. I just finished a terrific Christmas romance: Lori Wilde's The First Love Cookie Club. Back when the heroine was a pudgy teen, she humiliated herself by interrupting Travis Walker's wedding--but now she's a famous author & back in Texas...I loved it! It's a little sad, makes you laugh, perfect to curl up with & enjoy the weekend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Hmmm ... just finished this book. Fairly predictable. The love scene near the end is too explicit, using crude and vulgar words that didn't really fit with the rest of the feelings expressed. Poorly edited - many typos that were distracting. Has been described as a great Christmas read, however I can't really recommend it to anyone, for any season.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ~Megan~

    Really cute little story! I'm glad I read it now as it is still close enough to Christmas to feel relevant. The sick little kid theme is one that I generally don't like, but here it wasn't overplayed and fit the story nicely. My first Lori Wilde book and it was just kinda sweet!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kayrene Smither

    Cute little Christmas story, with some depth added about his daughter, and in the end Sarah's parents. Just didn't think the very graphic sex scene at all matched the cutesy Christmas novel format. Bordered on pornographic. Could have done without it. Good story, though. Quite a bit of humor.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    This and the series are delightful. I love getting to know the people of this town and watching love happen.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samolakisses

    This is an absolutely delicious read! Starting from the first page you get the sense that the author really loves and enjoys food (desserts in particularly) and she writes about it poetically. You can almost smell the cookies and cakes when she's describing them. Not only that, but she describes Twilight, Texas beautifully as well. It's a made up town (as far as I know), but this books makes you want to go and have a visit any time of the year, and it's not just because the people seem friendly This is an absolutely delicious read! Starting from the first page you get the sense that the author really loves and enjoys food (desserts in particularly) and she writes about it poetically. You can almost smell the cookies and cakes when she's describing them. Not only that, but she describes Twilight, Texas beautifully as well. It's a made up town (as far as I know), but this books makes you want to go and have a visit any time of the year, and it's not just because the people seem friendly either. Lori Wilde paints an amazing picture where the trees are full and green, the lawns are probably lush, and the food is terrific. But there's gotta be some flaws, right? Mine came in the form of the main character, Sarah Collier. First of all, she's this "big city slicker", fashion forward female and it seems as if she's gone back to Twilight with only one pair of shoes--black knee high stiletto boots. Now, I'm from South Carolina, but a woman is a woman and if I'm going somewhere for more than a day, I'm taking more than one pair of shoes--period! Not only that, but she spent DAYS there and I know must ladies would take 3 pairs MINIMUM if they're going somewhere for a week. And that's just us being practical. I'm not a real fussy or high maintenance person either, but every woman is prepared for any and every situation when it comes to their footwear and she may not have been a resident of Twilight growing up, but she'd stayed there enough times and long enough to learn that she should've taken a pair of Uggs. Has Lori Wilde never heard of a pair of friggin' Ugg boots?! Sarah getting off the plane in a pair of stilettos, fine; but Sarah running around a town, reading to children, and going to sit over at some middle aged women's houses to sit around and drink eggnog in stilettos--not only that, but the SAME pair--yeah, she'd look pretty stupid to me. I don't care where you're from, most women know that life isn't an ongoing episode of Sex and the City and you're not going to want to be in heels constantly. Cause no matter how they look, they hurt like hell, and going back to Twilight I would think that apart of her would feel comfortable enough to want to chill where her wardrobe was concerned at least one or two days during her stay (despite the fiasco that happened all those years ago). That was just ONE issue I had with Ms. Collier. The second issue was the fact that she was just absolutely too dainty acting as if she'd never been there before. All those times she'd spent there as a little girl i would've thought she would know the virtues of getting her hands dirty and it wouldn't have been that big of a deal. It's not like she spent 2 weeks out of every year with her grandmother in Twilight, she spent the summer months AND the two weeks for the holiday vacation in December. I'm telling you right now, when you spend that much time down south in a small town where everybody knows you and you've been taught how to fish and do this and that, you're not going to be all uptight like she was upon her return. She just seemed like an idiot wanting to wear her stilettos (*eye roll*) while picking out a tree in all that soft mushy soil and also wanting to wear a pair of thin cute little gloves while hauling a tree and resisting putting on the worker gloves claiming they were "icky" or something like it. I kinda wanted to slap her. First of all, you damage the heels of your stilettos when they sink down in soil like that and since they seem to be her favorite and/or only pair of shoes, I would've thought that would cross her thick skull at least once. Secondly, trying to haul a tree with cutesy little gloves on would've probably ripped them or at the very least left them with scratch marks that would render them unattractive. If this was her first time down south, or if she hadn't spent so much time there as a kid, I would've forgiven these things, but there was no excuse for her behavior. Last but not least, she exhibited some of those fatal flaws that i always see in female "heroines". The weak woman that the author is trying to make come off as strong variety. Also, the dumb woman who is trying to be portrayed as intelligent. Sarah Collier was both of these. Sarah snapped at Travis whenever he tried to help her out or suggest some things to her and her reply was in the area of "I'm a woman who can do anything and I think I know it all, I'm not a princess from a fairy tale who needs rescuing..." That's not verbatim, but that's the gist of what the reader gets from the way Sarah talks to him. Really? Seriously, Ms. Collier? It's funny because Travis was ALWAYS coming to her rescue! The dummy drops her cell phone in the water while she's out on a pedal boat sans jacket where nobody knows where she is. I can understand anybody being tempted to go out on the water during that time of day but a grown woman also knows that anything can happen and I don't appreciate it when authors dumb women down like this just for the sake of putting them in a compromising situation. We can all get in compromising situations without being stupid first, but when it's something so basic as seeing virtually no one around, no one knowing where she's going, and then going out in the middle of nowhere we're charting moron territory here. Is she trying to tell women that if they turn their brains off and do something reckless that their "Prince Charming" is going to rescue them? I can imagine how many women have tested guys this way after reading romance novels like this and have either gotten killed or been left hanging out to dry in the process after reading some stupid romance novel like this, and I'm not going to blame the guy for their stupidity. And as usual she's wearing those damn stilettos. While she's debating how strong she was as a woman after noticing she was in trouble and resisting calling people for help, that's when she lost her phone. But then she returns to Twilight STILL without a cell phone the second time which I thought was just unbelievable. I'm actually not a phone person myself, so I can understand how she wouldn't have one on some points, but realistically it's very naive to walk around without one at all nowadays and I'm talking for needful purposes. I have one right now that I wasn't using, but I keep 911 on it and carry it around in my purses or pockets when I go out and I just keep my home phone on. Simple. And also common sense. Sarah isn't a person who can't afford a cell phone she's just so whimsical and brainless she's traveling from state to state without one. How do people get in touch with her? Leaving messages at the front desk of the bed and breakfast she's staying in? Do they still do that??? That part of the story would probably work in the 1990s, but by the time this story was published it's just ludicrous. Also, in Sarah's purse she rattled off a list of her possessions: "Makeup, money, credit cards, driver's license, breath mints, tissues. What else do you need?" That is directly from the book itself and I wanted to punch her for it. Why on earth did she even take that purse with her when she went to help Travis get the tree?! She has nothing that would be of value where she went except the driver's license to be honest. I don't know about anybody else, but if I'm going out in the middle of nowhere I'm taking a big Luella Bartley type bag with me and I'm going to have not only what she has, but a bottle of water, a book (or a kindle), a friggin' snack, a cell phone, gloves and whatever else I think I might need at a moment's notice that can be stuffed in there. And what I just listed are the things I take with me on a daily basis almost or at the very least that stuff is in the back of my car somewhere. Travis was carrying everything they needed, it's just that his battery in his phone was dead or something like that, and she's going on about how she's not the type that needs rescuing. Please, she sounded like the type of woman who needs someone to hold her hand if she wants to cross the street. Now off Sarah, and onto Travis's Aunt Raylene. Before I finished reading the book, I hated that woman. What she did was not only selfish and irresponsible, but just plain EVIL! It would've been different if she hadn't been one of the people orchestrating Sarah's return to Twilight, but she calls back Jazzy's birth mother into all their lives when she sees that Travis seems to be getting serious with Sarah. She didn't take into account anyone's feelings but her own in this matter and seemed to not even consider the fact that if Travis wasn't pursuing her in any way that maybe there was a reason. There was a little girl to take into account, that could have her world not just disrupted, but torn apart by this, but Raylene throws caution to the wind and does something that horrible to them all. I didn't think it was all that sappy, but I did feel more frustration reading about these people dancing around one another pretending not to have feelings or fighting for over 300 pages of the book. It reminded me why I don't pick up a lot of romance novels, but this one was worth buying for the cover alone. It truly is a beautiful book and I'm talking about the picture on the outside of it. Then I read the first page and the description on the back and went for it. It's a nice little story, and given the chance I'd read it again, but the characters Sarah and Raylene did get on my last nerves. Just because a woman doesn't express emotions doesn't make her "strong", nor does it make her seem strong; what it does is make her seem like a potential sociopath when it's done the way that this book did it. Lots of authors have the ability to use this characteristic to their character's advantage, but that's not what happened here. In all fairness, this book has lots of redeeming qualities and I would recommend it, but it's far from being perfect. I'm also very glad that more girls have better female protagonists to look up to in literature like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and the character in Ada Legend of a Healer than this kind of drivel in the form of Sarah Collier and Raylene Pringle. Although I would buy this book again without hesitation, I don't think I would ever buy another one by this author. I couldn't deal with reading about women behaving this way in a book that takes more than a day to read--no common sense, weak, and not seeming to know what they want even though they're adults and should know better. All that back and forth head case stuff about telling the man you know you really want that all you want is sex from him is just plain childish and using the excuse that the girl is 24 or whatever isn't going to fly. I'd rather put myself out there and get knocked down and know where I stand than lower myself and have meaningless sex (or tell him that) with a guy that I know I truly want more from. Overall, this book is a lovely read if you don't look too much into it, and go into it with the idea that it's a flimsy little read with nice descriptions then you should be okay.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nate Brightman

    The First Love Cooke Club at least to this reader felt darker than the first two books. Maybe it was because one of the main character’s Jazzy was a little girl with a life threatening illness? Maybe it was because our heroine Sarah was emotionally shutoff? Maybe it was the revelation of Jazzy’s mother’s dark secret or her Great Aunt Raylene’s? Most likely it was the cumulative effect of all of these factors. When the book opens Sarah our heroine is a 15-year-old girl. She’s a little chubby and s The First Love Cooke Club at least to this reader felt darker than the first two books. Maybe it was because one of the main character’s Jazzy was a little girl with a life threatening illness? Maybe it was because our heroine Sarah was emotionally shutoff? Maybe it was the revelation of Jazzy’s mother’s dark secret or her Great Aunt Raylene’s? Most likely it was the cumulative effect of all of these factors. When the book opens Sarah our heroine is a 15-year-old girl. She’s a little chubby and she’s in braces. And she’s in love with 20-year-old Travis Walker who lives next door to her beloved Grandma Mia. When Sarah’s not away at boarding school she spends much of her time off at her Grandma’s because her parents, busy world renowned heart surgeons are so wrapped up in their careers that they don’t have time to be parent’s to Mia. Travis has always treated Sarah like a little sister and she has a major crush on him. Each Christmas Eve Sarah sleeps with a kismet cookie under her pillow and dreams of Travis. Her grandma assures her that the boy she’s dreaming of must be the true love she’s destined to marry. So Sarah is certain that she and Travis are destined to be together forever. But events happen that both embarrass and crush Sarah destroying her belief in the magic of the kismet cookie and far worse, pushing herself to emotionally distance herself from others not allowing anyone into her heart. Much of this story revolves around Sarah and the walls she’s built around her heart both because of nature as she’s a natural introvert and nurture because of her relationship with her parents and other events in her life. Fast forward nine years and Sarah is a world famous children’s book author living in New York City who the first time out of the box wrote a book that becomes so popular it rivals Harry Potter’s success. Problem is, it’s been over a year since that book came out and her second book for which she received a hefty advance from her publisher is due and she has severe writer’s block. Sarah receives a heartfelt letter from a seriously ill little girl named Jazzy who tells her she’s her favorite author and it would mean everything to her to meet her. The catch is the little girl lives in Twilight Texas where her late grandmother lived and where Sarah experienced her great public embarrassment. Her agent convinces her to accept the offer of the First Love Cookie Club of Twilight Texas and spend a week there visiting Jazzy and participating in their Christmas celebrations and a book promotion. What Sarah doesn’t know is that Jazzy’s father is the same Travis Walker who was the source of that so public embarrassment. But the meddling match-making ladies of the First Love Cookie Club do and they have an unshakable faith in the power of the kismet cookie. I won’t give-away anymore of the plot but it doesn’t take a Nostrodamus to see where this is going. One thing I enjoy about a book series is seeing the characters from the previous book have a part in the rest of the series. Unfortunately Ms. Wilde doesn’t involve her previous heroes and heroines much in future books. Emma Parks gets a mention and Jesse and Flynn get a little bigger mention but none play a pivotal part in this story. But most of the ladies who are part of the Knitting Club from book one and Quilting Club from book two do have a large presence in this book. Raylene the former Dallas Cowboy’s cheerleader, now co-owner of the Horney Toad and Travis Walker’s aunt more so than anyone. But honestly even the ladies don’t play as prominent a role in this book as they have in the previous two. They try to embrace Sarah but she's so skittish and afraid of letting down her walls that even they can't breach her walls. The focus of this book is pretty narrowly on Sarah and Travis and Jazzy as they negotiate the hurdles to their happily ever after. If you like the steamy this is the least steamy of the first three books as Sarah and Travis only physically consummate their relationship once and that happens late in the book. I really like Travis and Sarah and Jazzy in this story and there were a few twists and turns, enough to keep it from becoming completely predictable. If you’ve read the first two books in this series I think there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this one too.

  21. 4 out of 5

    rebel

    Trigger warnings (I DNF'd at 28% because I hated it that much, but here are the triggers I saw): (view spoiler)[Recurrent internal monologue about weight, weight loss, and shame related to eating. I thought I'd be free of this in a lighthearted romance that is about a COOKIE CLUB, but apparently no. The MC's relatives also shame her about her weight. If you didn't catch it from the summary, the child in here is very sick, often in hospitals, and close to dying. The book has a weird idea that your Trigger warnings (I DNF'd at 28% because I hated it that much, but here are the triggers I saw): (view spoiler)[Recurrent internal monologue about weight, weight loss, and shame related to eating. I thought I'd be free of this in a lighthearted romance that is about a COOKIE CLUB, but apparently no. The MC's relatives also shame her about her weight. If you didn't catch it from the summary, the child in here is very sick, often in hospitals, and close to dying. The book has a weird idea that your first love is your true love, and if you didn't end up with your first love, your current love isn't your one true love. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Enjoyable There were things I liked, such as the storyline, the love and devotion Travis has for his daughter and the lengths he would go through to save his daughter, and more. I can understand Sarah’s feelings of low self esteem. What I didn’t like were the errors that, although minor, should have been caught before publication and the numerous occurrences of words repeated three times in a row. Do we get to hear about Sarah’s latest book in a future story as well as what happens to some of th Enjoyable There were things I liked, such as the storyline, the love and devotion Travis has for his daughter and the lengths he would go through to save his daughter, and more. I can understand Sarah’s feelings of low self esteem. What I didn’t like were the errors that, although minor, should have been caught before publication and the numerous occurrences of words repeated three times in a row. Do we get to hear about Sarah’s latest book in a future story as well as what happens to some of the other characters?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Svalora

    Really enjoyed book 3 — the first Christmas story for me this season! I thought it was well written and even the “Murphy’s Law” scenes were fun! I enjoy small town romance — can so relate to everyone knowing all your business! Unless you’ve lived it yourself, you might not get the significance - but this author does a great job of capturing the good and bad of small town life! On to book 4.. another Christmas story for the season!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susabelle Kelmer

    I cannot in good conscience give this book more than one star. Too many inconsistencies (how can he put his arm around her shoulders if they are sitting on opposite sides of a table??), and the main character's waffling around like she was 10 years old drove me nuts. The side-story with Raylene/Earl and Crystal was completely unnecessary and did not really further the story. I really wish I could have enjoyed this book more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Great read This was a wonderful story about two people whose paths had crossed when she staying with her Grams during Christmas and he lived next door. When she was fifteen, he married a young woman because she was Pregnant. Sarah did not understand because she knew that Travis was her true love and she ran into the Church on Christmas day to stop the wedding. How could he marry someone else. It took several years and a sick child to bring these two back to their destiny.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Wonderful book! This was a wonderful story of the power of love and how two disparate personalities can perfectly balance each other. I loved the ending and, as I so often do with a good book, I had to re-read the final chapters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This book reminded me of a Hallmark movie. You knew how it would end but there would be bumps in the road first. I debated whether to finish reading and decided to continue since it was a quick read. Not the type of book I would typically read but for those that like Hallmark you might enjoy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    This was such a good book, especially with the holidays coming. It was a little sad about the other two woman who had a past with a child that they lost or that past away. But knowing that Jazzy was going to be ok was super good.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Terri Waddill

    Breathtaking story I loved Travis and Sarah's story. It was about love and acceptance. They both had healing to do and pulled through. I loved Jazzy and glad she got a happy ending.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I love romance novels, and this one was well-written enough that I wondered why I didn't like it more. Granted, I'm a much greater fan of historical novels, but I read enough contemporary fiction that this wouldn't interfere with my enjoyment, right? But, in my final analysis, I think the 'chick-lit' conflicts are where this novel goes off the rails: All of the conflicts the main characters must overcome are of the self-inflicted, first-world variety that feel contrived and lack authenticity. Sar I love romance novels, and this one was well-written enough that I wondered why I didn't like it more. Granted, I'm a much greater fan of historical novels, but I read enough contemporary fiction that this wouldn't interfere with my enjoyment, right? But, in my final analysis, I think the 'chick-lit' conflicts are where this novel goes off the rails: All of the conflicts the main characters must overcome are of the self-inflicted, first-world variety that feel contrived and lack authenticity. Sarah Collier grows up as the daughter of two highly successful heart surgeons who can't be bothered to raise their daughter. This means boarding schools and precious few visits to her grandmother, who fills in where she can. But then a shy teeanged Sarah is overcome with passion and declares her love for her grandmother's young neighbor Travis Walker--at his wedding. Sarah's humiliation is total, and devastating: Her life has been shaped by her parent's rejection, and now she can't cope with the embarrassment of what she's done. She flees to New York, and buries herself in the anonymity of shallow and solitary city life. Travis has dealt with rejection too: His mother died when he was younger, and his wife leaves him when their daughter is diagnosed with the same illness that killed his mother. His world revolves around getting his daughter all the time he can, and much of little Jasmine's happiness comes from a children's book written by Sadie Cool. It just so happens that Sadie Cool is Sarah's pen name, and Travis is shocked to see the cool, composed, but distant, woman she has become. The rest of the book devolves into a Liftime Television movie with the interfering, but well meaning, help from the members of The First Love Cookie Club and encouragement from "Jazzy." Sarah and Jazzy instantly fall in love, a condition that gets referenced a great deal even though most of this mutual adoration doesn't happen on the page. In one early scene Sarah is described as having a warm and maternal expression on her face when looking at Jazzy despite having spent what felt like no time with the little girl. There are pages and pages of dialogue in which the characters talk about their feelings, or inability to have feelings, how Jazzy has to come first, and how the sense of community in small-town Twilight is changing Sarah into a better person after all that time in the big, bad horrible 'big city.' There are pages and pages of internal dialogue where Sarah and Travis make decisions about their relationship for the other's own good, and it all comes across as self-indulgent and condescending. This is particularly true with regards to Sarah's parents and the role they play in the story. **Spoiler Alert!** After a lifetime of being ignored and having to make do alone, Sarah must turn to her parents to get help for Jazzy when the little girl's illness takes a terrible turn. Of course her parents are the only doctors who are able to identify what is really wrong with the little girl, and all of a sudden Sarah sees two decades of neglect in a whole new and forgiving light and wants to mend bridges. This is a romance novel, after all, and all loose ends must be tied up as neatly as possible to ensure the happiest ending. There's also a disconnect between the sex scenes and the rest of the story. I'll happily admit to having read some fairly graphic stuff in romances in the past, but the language of the novel is gentle and romantic until Sarah and Travis 'do the nasty' (because, yeah, it's like that), and then the language is graphic and vulgar in a way that doesn't match the tone of the rest of the narrative. I love a good sex scene as much as the next girl, but I don't enjoy getting 300 pages into a novel like this one and watching the characters have sex in pornographic detail. Once again, it feels self-indulgent and condescending to me as a reader. Leave something to the imagination! I have a good one and can fill in some of the imagery myself, thank you. Although most of my review has been less than flattering I'll add that I did enjoy reading about the town of Twilight and the people who live there. This is a town that loves Christmas and throws themselves into it with a frenzy and, though the cuteness of it all was sometimes overwhelming, I didn't mind hanging out there in my imagination. This is an interesting community of characters, and this made up the majority of my enjoyment of the novel. Readers should be aware that this is only one of many stories in a series, which means that the novel doesn't always work as a stand alone. Beyond the four full-length books set in Twilight, there are three novellas that provide additional stories for the members of The First Love Cookie Club. I was quite disturbed by how one major plot element was left dangling altogether, and I'd like to warn other readers before they read to be aware of the three "Christmas Cookie Chronicles" novellas that complete the stories for a supporting cast that includes Carrie, Christine, and Raylene. I was very confused about these narratives until I figured out that they were completed elsewhere.

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