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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant Christmassy story with recipes for you to try!, 26 Oct 2012
This review is from: Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe (Paperback)
I love Jenny Colgan's novels, and I especially loved Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe, which is the book before this one. But don't panic if you haven't read it, as Christmas At The Cupcake Cafe can be read as a standalone, and what is even better is that Jenny herself has written an authors note at the beginning which lists the important characters and sums up their current situation/what went on in the last book. So if you haven't yet had the chance to read the first book, or like me, you are always grateful of a little reminder, then have no fear because Jenny brings you right up to speed so that you start the story knowing exactly what is going on with each character. Brilliant!

I thoroughly enjoyed this one from Jenny Colgan - It is Christmassy, it is fun, it is festive, and it makes you fall in love with baking all over again. I loved that throughout the book, there are many recipes provided, such as gingerbread, mince pies, cookies and cupcakes. I'm going to be honest, I did feel very hungry throughout (it might be wise to make sure you perhaps have a chocolate bar to read this with!), and as well as looking forward to re-reading such a fabulous book, I am also very excited about trying out all of these recipes and getting stuck in with some baking!

I really liked the main characters in the book, I easily warmed to them, and I honestly can't fault a single character - they were all very well developed throughout the story and I felt as though I knew them as well as if they were my best friends. I liked that as readers we saw things from the perspectives of each character, and I loved how no character was the same. For example, the three wonderful ladies at the Cupcake Cafe - They were all so different with their own worries and contrasting personalities, but put together in a Cafe, made the best of friends. I LOVED the character of Issy especially, she really stood out for me even more so in this book, and I very much enjoyed my time with her. Louis, Pearl's son, was absolutely adorable and his parts always put a smile on my face.

This is one of my favourite books that I have read recently, and it has been raining here so I've spent my time inside curled up with Christmas At The Cupcake Cafe, and it has definitely brightened my week! It left me with a warm glowing feeling, and since reading it I have not stopped talking about it! Christmas At The Cupcake Cafe is the perfect treat for readers, it is comforting, it is exciting and it is filled with Christmassy goodness!
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