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.
PRAISE FOR THE COTTAGE ON PUMPKIN AND VINE
“This wonderful, well-written collection calls to mind brisk autumn nights cuddled with a loved one.”
“This diverse trio of stories bring three couples to love with a charming, slightly sexy Halloween flair . . . Sassy, funny, and dusted with magic.”
“With humor and a little mysticism thrown in, each story winds its way to a happy ever after. Every pairing comes to fruition in a unique way.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
Halloween magic and the enticing aroma of pie fill the air of Moonbright, Maine, the small-town setting for this trio of quality autumnal love stories. Angell's "Love Over Easy," finds shy waitress Hannah dressed as Little Bo Peep for the town's Halloween parade—but she's lost track of her sheep: her three four-year-old nephews. To her surprise, Jake Kaylor, her longtime crush and a man she's always considered out of her league, offers to corral the flock and walk the parade with her. Even in this abbreviated format, the crisp dialogue between Jake and Hannah (enjoyed over some delicious-sounding desserts) builds real chemistry between this couple. In "Love Rising," from Finz, baker Syd returns to Moonbright to deal with her grandmother's estate, only to discover that contractor Nick Rossi is building a professional kitchen in the carriage house at her late grandmother's request. The professional bread maker, her grandmother's plans to start a tearoom, and the dreamy Nick might be enough to entice Syd to stay. Adair's "Romance on Tap," while entertaining, is the weakest link, relying on the tired trope of a woman compromising her professional aspirations to accommodate a man. Still, there's plenty to love in this well-wrought anthology.