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Meet Me At The Cupcake Café [Paperback]

Jenny Colgan
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Book Description

14 April 2011

Come and meet Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Café.

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 Café 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 . . .

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751544493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751544497
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Sheer indulgence from start to finish (Sophie Kinsella)

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

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40 of 40 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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31 of 32 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
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
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Yummy read 23 May 2011
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I love fictional novels about food & this was no exception. Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe was a very enjoyable read & i have since bought 2 more copies to pass onto friends. I did feel that at the beginning the story moved quite fast & the end came very suddenly rather than naturally. However, i would read more of Ms Colgan's work.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book! 21 May 2011
By Mrs "B"
I took this book away with me on holiday and finished it within 3 days. I enjoyed it so much, I found it really difficult to put down!

The whole book makes me want to open my own little cupcake café! Loved the recipe cards in the book (don't know if this is in every book or just where I bought it from) and also the recipe's throughout the chapters of the book.

Never read a Jenny Colgan book before, it just caught my eye and not just because of the word cupcake!

Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe 21 Aug 2011
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Issy, the main character finds herself doing a job she doesn't particularly enjoy with a boyfriend (boss) who doesn't value her for the wonderfully warm, loving and funny person that she is. After being unexpectedly made redundant by her boyfriend (what a cad) she despairs of ever finding another job.

Issy comes from a long line of traditional family bakers and throughout the book there are some wonderful descriptions of what the bakery was like many decades ago. Unsurprisingly Issy has an inherited her grandfather's talent and light fingers for baking and she can easily make the most delicious, light, fluffy cakes that are to die for. It isn't long before she takes the plunge, rents a shop and opens her own cupcake cafe. However, as you would expect, things are by no means plain sailing and this wonderful book takes you on a journey with Issy as she battles to keep her shop open and to find true love.

The characters in the story are well developed and you can't help but admire the support and friendship they offer to Issy. Her relationship with her grandfather brings a huge amount of warmth to the story and you can empathise with her distress as he slowly deteriorates.

I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. I couldn't stop myself from speed reading through the pages as I so wanted to find out what was going to happen next.

As well as a great story the book contains a host of fabulous recipes to try out for yourself.

If you like a well written chick lit with a proper story behind it then you will love this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I lost my original copy but it was one of those books that I couldn't stop thinking about so I brought myself another copy and re-read it. Enjoyed it just as much the second time. Read more
Published 9 days ago by A Hipperson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read, sad and funny. Really enjoyed could not put it down and look forward to reading similar more like this.
Published 11 days ago by Miss Joan Mason
3.0 out of 5 stars sweet as sugar icing
A sweet toothed love story between a couple of 30 something's. Sadly, the characters were a bit too characterless for me.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Great book love Jenny Colgan books they are so easy to read. Can't wait to read her next book on my kindle
Published 1 month ago by m j burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
This is a sweet story about different sorts of love and includes lots of lovely cake recipes to try out, too. Unusual idea. I enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Stewie
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming holiday read
This book is light and fluffy and thoroughly enjoyable. Issy loses her job and decides to set up a bakery but things do not go smoothly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Thornton
4.0 out of 5 stars Cupcake caress
A dreamy wonderful light hearted tale. Easy to read and relate to....very enjoyable indeed. Like a acrimony lemon cup cake......
Published 2 months ago by Ali h
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted easy reading.
Another feel good story from this author. When made redundant Issy turns her passion for baking into a business.
She makes friends and helps and cares for others. Read more
Published 2 months ago by fudge
4.0 out of 5 stars as expected
a bowl of popcorn one of sweets and apot of tea, and there I was lost in my imagination again
Published 3 months ago by Caraan Cloherty
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
Lovely book liked it so much I read it twice.great characters and wonderful recipes which seem so simple to do.
Published 3 months ago by myra45 mcculloch
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