Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
Publisher: Sourcebooks-Landmark
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (410 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

Ever dreamed of starting over?

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. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own café. It should be a piece of cake, right?

Wrong. As her friends point out, she has trouble remembering where she left her house keys, let alone trying to run her own business. But Issy is determined. Armed with recipes posted to her from Grampa, and with her local bank manager fighting her corner, Issy attempts to prove everyone wrong. Following your dreams is never easy and this is no exception. Can Issy do it?

Reading a good book while eating cupcakes. No better combination and that’s what’s to be found in Meet Me At the Cupcake Café. Ms. Colgan has managed to combine an interesting, witty plot with recipes for various sweet treats scattered throughout its pages.

I found myself cheering for everyone in this book. They’re skillfully drawn and come across as real people with issues we can all relate too, like losing a job, aging parents and grandparents etc. The lead character, Issy, is fun to follow as she deals with what to do with the rest of her life. There’s also Pearl who I thought was a memorable character and who often had the funniest dialogue.

Despite its 400 plus pages, the story seemed to clip by and you find yourself wanting to read just a little more at each sitting. I’ll definitely be looking out for more of this author’s books. If you enjoy chick-lit with a British setting, plus tempting cake recipes, this might be one for you to try.

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