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Meet Me At The Cupcake Café [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Colgan
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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Sheer indulgence from start to finish (Sophie Kinsella)

Book Description

The new novel from the bestselling author of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DUMPED

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 599 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (14 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SBMJQK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
How many of us sit in our offices dreaming of running our own little shop, whether it be a book shop, bakery, coffee shop or even a B&B.

This book allows us to escape and vicariously live this dream through Issy, a woman who was taught to bake by her Grandfather and has baked as a hobby all her life. Even though it is a story where you would expect the main character to succeed the disadvantages of pursuing this type of dream are also encountered.

The other characters in the book are from diverse backgrounds but are brought together in a very natural way. Each one has their own distinct personality, their own problems and their own quirks which add beautifully to Issy's story.

I loved this book and strongly recommend reading it.
Ok, I admit, I also fell in love with Issy and dreamed of working with her in the Café, but it is the mark of a good book when the characters feel that real.

Talking to Addison and Looking for Andrew McCarthy had always been my favourite books by Jenny but 'Meet Me at the Cupcake Café' would definitely be the one I would save if I had to save only one.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet! 14 April 2011
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I really loved the character of Issy (Isabel) straight away. She is one that we can all warm to, and Colgan has written her a very realistic and believable woman. She's stuck in a relationship that doesn't seem to be going anywhere, she turns at work because she has to, not because she loves her job but secretly she enjoys her passion of baking beautiful cakes at home with her flatmate Helena. Everytime one of those delicious cakes is written about in the book, which is fairly frequently, I can't help but imagine in my head and it did make my mouth water! Colgan has a way with words that manages to make you imagine every bit of the cake and I really loved that, it brings the book to life for me and made me want to try out the cakes for myself! In fact, there are recipes at the start of some of the chapters so you can give it a go if you're feeling adventurous!

The idea of the Cupcake Café is on readers can see coming, obviously from the book title, but it was still exciting to read about the lead up to it. Things seem to happen very quickly for Issy, very much unlike how they would be in real life, but still it had to go that way or the book would have been very long indeed. I could imagine the inside of the beautiful cafe and I wish it was somewhere that really did exist rather than the Starbucks and Costa's you see everywhere these days. Readers will love the idea of the Cupcake Cafe and Issy's passion behind it and that is what makes the book so enjoyable overall.

The characters were all well done and complement the story inside perfectly. Issy is our leading lady, a thirty-something woman struggling with the direction of her life and looking after her ailing grandfather too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet as a cupcake 5 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
I have read a few of Jenny Colgan books before and this one did not dissapoint me! Firstly a books cover always draws me to buy a book (i no it shouldn't!) but this one with the bright baby pink colour and beauitful cupcake cartoons is great. The story is quite fast paced and follows Issy who just lost her job, pursue her dream and the family tradition of opening a bakery. I found myself really feeling every emotion for Issy and her friends in this book. It was beautifuly written, and very senstive when talking about Granpa Joe who was alert at the start of the book but sadly got more ill as the book went on. An added bonus was the lovely recipes included in the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a sweet and exciting girly read, ideal for a holiday or a book to read on the bus or train, but be beware its very hard to put down!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good escapism but completely lacking in realism 30 Sep 2012
By Sam
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not the biggest fan of chick-lit but every now and again, when life is stressful, I crave something light and fluffy to read and chick lit is usually what I turn to. In this offering by Jenny Colgan, Issy is a thirty something working in admin for a real-estate agency who loves to bake the recipes passed on by her baker grandfather. When she is made redundant from her job, Issy decides to take the plunge and use her redundancy pay-out to open up a cupcake cafe in Stoke Newington. But running a business isn't easy and Issy has long working hours, a lack of customers and red tape to deal with, alongside working out what to do about her cut-throat property developer boyfriend Graeme.

I'm not an expert on chick lit by any means, but this book was far from the best in the genre. The basic plot was an interesting one, and I loved how the recipes Issy used were included at the start of each chapter but overall, Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe was missing a hefty dose of realism. I'm not saying I expect chick-lit to deal with heavy issues all the time, there's nothing wrong with a bit of escapism, but this was ridiculous. Issy straight away finds a location for her shop, magically has just the right amount of money, is able to open in a matter of weeks despite everything needing a re-fit, gets the first bank loan she applies for, meets the perfect employee by chance and has no issues with health and safety regulations, licencing etc. If opening a business was really that easy, everyone would do it. It was also astounding how quickly Issy was able to go from struggling to make ends meet to turning a generous profit. There was no real sense of the worry involved in starting up a business.

The characterisation was lazy too.
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