Forbidden Fruit* by Kerry Greenwood.
Christmas in Melbourne, Australia. Corinna Chapman hates it.
She hates the heat, the humidity, the crowds of grumpy Christmas shoppers, and most especially, the inane Christmas "music" that seems to be broadcast everywhere.
Daniel, Corinna's lover, has a case. He's searching for a pregnant teenager who has run away from her controlling, fundamentalist Christian parents. Although Daniel has been employed by the parents, he's determined that he won't force the girl to return to them against her will.
As well as supplying baked goods for the greedy Christmas public (with the help of her able apprentice Jason, and shop-assitants Kylie and Gossamer), Corinna feels an obligation to help Daniel in his quest.
Corinna's life is delightfully quirky, comfortable and eminently enviable. She lives in an 8-storey apartment building called Insula, with an motley group of residents who have become a family of sorts caring for and celebrating with each other, the perpetually peevish Mrs. Pemberthy excepted. She is a strong, independent woman who is comfortable being a size 20 (bakers shouldn't be skinny!), and more of her adventures are welcome.
*I received an e-galley of this book, which will be released June 1st, through NetGalley.