Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe - Jenny Colgan
Source: Review Copy courtesy of Sphere
Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn't be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline don't seem quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face up to the prospect of a long-distance romance. And when the Christmas rush at the cafe - with its increased demand for her delectable creations - begins to take its toll, Issy has to decide what she holds most dear.
This December, Issy will have to rely on all her reserves of courage, good nature and cinnamon, to make sure everyone has a merry Christmas, one way or another . . .
So, we are back with Issy Randall and her darling Cupcake Cafe in Stoke Newington to see how she's getting on and what December will bring. Don't worry if you're not up to date with the previous cupcake cafe novel Jenny has kindly written a fab opening message with a full update on meet me at the cupcake cafe to get you up to date.
I absolutely loved Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe and could remember everything about it. I remembered how cosy and warm the shabby chic gorgeous Issy's cafe was and I couldn't wait to get back in there. Oh how lovely it was slipping back through the doors into the warmth and loveliness of Issy and gorgeous Pearl. From beginning to end you are caught up in so much drama that you can't put the book down. As per usual with Colgan books the plot is deep and her writing is spot on. You automatically fall in love with all characters even Caroline the rich bitch cow. It really is a wonderful, Christmasy, lovely read.
It honestly had everything you could ever want on a chick lit novel. (Sorry Jenny I know you hate the word ChickLit) It is clear and real and is full of fun, laughter, love, friendship, heartbreak, family, New York, Christmas and most of all baking! Every chapter starts off with a recipe that Issy is making in the cafe and they sound mouth watering gorgeous. I do advise having a snack handy when you read this as I can guarantee you will need it. I couldn't wait to try the recipes and as I was reading Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe on Christmas Eve I decided to bake Issy's old fashioned gingerbread loaf and it was delightful. My family adored it.
Seriously, people treat yourself (and your family) to this wonderful book.