This one goes back to when Hannah moved back to Lake Eden to take care of her family after the death of her father. It goes over how she got started with her bakery and it also introduces another story. So we get two stories for the price of one.
Essie is an older lady who lived in the town and had story times for the children of the town on Saturdays. She would entertain and love on the children while their parents ran errands or just took a break. She fell going down the stairs and was having to live in the hospice as her place was not fit for the living (no electric, water, heat) and Annie, Grandma Knudsen, and Delores got together and decided to give her a gift from the whole town. They plan a Christmas Ball with a Christmas Cake Parade.
It had a lot of recipes and it was a fun read. I didn't want to put it down.
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I don't think I'll ever like these books as much as I could. I always feel like they should rhyme. They always get 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed stuck in my head and then feel lackluster against the fun rhymes.
The story itself was okay. Definitely wouldn't recommend letting monkeys (or children) use the oven by themselves, even if firefighters may or may not have ideas for how to fix the mess. Cute illustrations. It's obviously one of those books that is not meant to be taken seriously but I take a little seriously because I can only imagine how terrifying it would be to wake up to find firefighters in your bedroom after your children almost set the kitchen on fire.