Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision - even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.
Danny is seeking some work for a few days, and Fay needs a man around especially as her partner is not much use around the place,so after she offers to supply him with bacon a friendship is formed. As things with the cafe seem to get better, her mum seems to get worse,let alone she is barely spending any time with Anthony (not that he is making plans either)
When a huge tradegy strikes, and everything Fay has known gets thrown into disarray - she suddenly learns where peoples loyalites actually lie, who her real friends are, and those who have walked all over her from the get go. What will actually happen? And is Fay stronger than she thinks?
The cake shop in the garden is a wonderful summer read, that has you longing for a wonderful cup of tea and some of Lijas fantastic cakes (or even a bacon sandwhich) Matthews has created an idilic setting that you just feel yourself in. Fay has also created some wonderful characters both the good and bad, but they were all so were built that you never once questioned them even when they were doing things that were wrong.