Friday, 10 January 2014

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan (Fiction, Romance, 10E/10E)

 April 2011, Sphere/Hachette Digital, 496 pages, ebook, Personal copy

Themes: firm friendships, lots of cupcakes, unlikely allies, aging grandparent, dealing with being single when others are settling down, following dreams, wrestling with legal side of business, having a laugh, being happily poor,

Content: understated adult romance, lots of cake, tissues needed- and cupcakes!

Summary from Little, Brown 
Come and meet Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe.

Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that - Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe's bakery, she has undoubtedly inherited his talent.

When she's made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment. Armed with recipes from Grampa, and with her best friends and local bank manager fighting her corner, The Cupcake Cafe opens its doors. But Issy has absolutely no idea what she's let herself in for. It will take all her courage - and confectionery - to avert disaster . . .

Nayuleska's thoughts 
I'd eyed up this book for a good month as anyone starting a shop sounds appealing to me. This book is
awesome! There is surprisingly few details about romance, which is a pleasant surprise. I loved the lead up to Issy getting the cafe, the zillion emotions she goes through, the way cupcakes make her blissfully happy, as does making others smile. When you find that one thing you want to do forever, no matter what, its a buzz that doesn't fade. Issy did have tough times, which made me think about the future when my own books get published, which is probably why I grew so attached to Issy as she dares to realise her dreams. Both new and old friendships make a huge impact on her new venture, especially Pearl and Caroline who are not on good terms. Don't get me started on the sleazebag who shall not be named!

Find out more on Jenny's website.

Suggested read
Another cake shop book which I intend to reread is Semi-Sweet by Roison Meaney (Fiction, 9/10E)

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