Christmas at the Cupcake Café (Christmas Fiction) Paperback – 10 Oct 2013
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The perfect escape (Woman Magazine)
Light and fun read for the sweet-toothed, with a clutch of recipes as the icing on top (Choice)
This tale is even sweeter than the first. Festive and charming, it's another triumph for Jenny Colgan (Cosmopolitan) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A deliciously warm story of Christmas and cupcakes, by the bestselling author of The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris and Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of DreamsSee all Product Description
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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 . . .
This is the first sequel Jenny Colgan has released and what a hit this is going to be. Meeting back with all of our favourite characters it doesn't take long to fall into step with their lives a year on.Read more ›
The story follows Issy and her friends as she prepares to celebrate Christmas. She owns the cupcake cafe and is relatively happy with her life, having met Austin and his brother Darney. That is until Austin goes to New York... There is a nice balance between all the characters lives - Pearl and her little boy, Louis, Caroline and her divorce.
This book just really lacked something for me. I found it rushed at times and there wasn't as much of the cupcake cafe as I would have liked. It didn't give me the Christmassy feeling I expect from a Christmas book.
The recipes were of no interest to me as I cannot stand buttercream, but I did read them. Colgan came across as quite bossy in them - do this, don't do this. It just annoyed me. I do agree with another reviewer that these would have been better at the back of the book as they were distracting and they broke up the flow of the story.
All in all, not bad but I have read better Christmas books.
Issy's Cupcake Cafe - started a year ago - is now a roaring success. Her life is coming together nicely too - she's living very happily with banker Austin and has been accepted totally by his younger brother Darny, one of the most realistically drawn difficult young teens I've come across in some time. Everything's pretty perfect until Austin gets an offer of a job in New York, an offer he really can't refuse and which solves a few problems with Darny and his schooling. But, if he accepts, what will Issy do? She's fought hard to make a success of the cafe, and she's surrounded by the very best of friends and helpers.
The central story is a major "will she, won't she", but the story is really enhanced by the wider cast of characters. Helena now lives in Issy's former flat with her doctor husband and all-consuming child from hell - some of the images from her life are really, really funny. Pearl and lovely little Louis feature heavily - her constant shortage of money, her relationship with Louis' father and her yearning for the constantly present postman. As before, Caroline is an absolute tour-de-force - with her murderous thoughts towards her philandering ex-husband, her fashion mistakes and her discovery that family life can be more rewarding than a spotless showhouse lounge. Issy's mother Marian/Miriam is wonderful too - enjoying her unconventional lifestyle and finding unexpected common ground with Darny.Read more ›
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This book is a follow on from "Meet me at the Cup Cake Cafe" but if you haven't read that one, dont worry as this book can stand alone. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joyce
Read "Meat me at the cupcake cafe " first which was a lovely then this one which I really enjoyed too.I shall be reading more from this author.Published 5 months ago by barbara dugmore
Purchased as a present, the gift recipient states they greatly enjoyed it.Published 6 months ago by Marcus Cannon
I got this book as I love baking + cakes + Christmas lol, also I read Meet me at the Cupcake Café so I wanted to know what happened next. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hannah
I enjoyed reading this as I have read her previous books. I read it in summer which was a bit daft!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer