Monday, 12 May 2014

Jenny Colgan || Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe Review

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 ...

I love a good book based on a bakery, a cafe or a restaurant in a quaint setting, or a beach so when i rememberd i had this to read, and wanting a break from anything heavy i delved into the world of cupcakes (and wanted to indulge in a fair few!!)

We meet Issy, unhappy in her job, having a thing with the office hottie, and arming herself with cupcakes on an almost daily basis to cheer everyone up. Issy recives the news she is been made redundent, on a whim she visits a property, a property that is set to to be the cupcake cafe.  Finally gaining backing from the local bank manager, and support from her friends, she sets about making her buisness work, with the help of her new fund friend pearl (who she met at a get back to work do) we see her life transform.

However, its not all that simple. Ditching Graeme after she lost her job should of been simple. Its not, all Issy wants is to be a wife, to cook a meal, to care for her husband and well have a family all of her own, and she beileves Graeme is the man for that. When he comes back, Issy delves head over heels to be back with him. However time and time again she goes back to him, and i just wanted to shake her and tell her her time will come. Maybe in the form of a certain character we meet along the way.

A story based on love, cupcakes and one that includes recipes is always going to be a sure fire hit with me,but it wasnt just that it was the way Jenny drew me in to the world of Issy and made me feel like one of the gang in the cafe, the writing was fluent and to the point and i found myself reading until all hours (and dreaming in cake!) It was chick lit through and through and exactly what i needed to read.


Breakfast tea, of which i have had several mugs today.

Author bio
Jenny T. Colgan was born in 1972 in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK. After studying at Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic, before the publication of her first novel Amanda's Wedding in 2000. In 2013, her novel "Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams" won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association. She is now working on her next novel.

She is married with Andrew, a marine engineer, and had three children, Wallace, Michael-Francis, and Delphie. She mostly lives in France, with frecuently visits to London. She occasionally writes for The Guardian newspaper, as well as a TV series.

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  1. I also books with a bakery or cafe as a setting, there is just something fun about such a setting. I do find it a bit annoying when the main character keeps going back to a character, when as the reader it's obvious he isn't right for her or there is someone beter suited for her.

    1. i agree its frustrating but it was a cute read xx