Meet Me at Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

Issy Randall has always loved baking. Taught by her grandfather when she was young, she has proved herself to be a skill baker, whipping up cake-based delights for the enjoyment of her friends, work colleagues and the passengers on the bus she takes each morning. Made redundant from her office job, Issy decides to take a big risk and opens up her own cafe, but can it succeed?

Meet Me at Cupcake Cafe is a glorious tale full of baking recipes (which the author recommends that you try!) which I think is a good idea, and sets it apart from other cooking stories. I like the way in which Colgan depicts the close friendship between Issy and Helena, as well as the new friendships forged with Pearl and Caroline.  Issy is a likeable character – as a reader, you really want her to succeed and you get caught up in her journey as she becomes more confident in career, life and love. This is a funny book and at times, quite emotional, such as the aprts between Issy and her grandad. Whilst the story focuses on Issy, another thing I liked about Colgan’s writing was the way in which she writes from the perspectives of other characters too. The reader gets to know the different feelings of an event, and it gives the story a greater depth as a result.

All-in-all, Meet Me at Cupcake Cafe is a light-hearted, fun read. The story is fairly predictable but charming, but it is a sweet treat! 3.5 stars.

This year also sees the release of Christmas at Cupcake Cafe, the follow up story coming soon!

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 …Indulge yourself and your sweet-toothed friends with Jenny Colgan’s new novel, simply bursting with Christmas cupcake recipes and seasonal sugar-fuelled fun.

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