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Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe (edition 2012)

by Jenny Colgan

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Title:Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe
Authors:Jenny Colgan
Info:Sphere (2012), Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Read, December 2012, food, Christmas

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Christmas at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan



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This is the sequel to ‘Meet me at the cupcake café’ which I read a few months ago. I had vaguely remembered the people concerned, but was pleased to find a useful overview at the start, reminding me of the key characters and their families.

Issy is the main protagonist; she started a café with some redundancy money in the first book, and used her extensive baking skills to provide delicious treats for passers-by. This book starts a year after the previous one finished. Issy has moved in with her banker boyfriend Austin and his 11-year-old brother Darny. Things seem to be going well… except that Austin has gone to New York where it becomes evident that he’s being head-hunted. But there’s no way Issy would leave her café behind...

The story begins mid-November and takes us through December, culminating in a Christmas celebration, and - eventually - a satisfactory conclusion. I hadn’t seen where the plot was going, and certainly hadn’t expected the final scenes, but it worked very well.

Many of the people in the book are somewhat caricatured, but their problems are real. The people in New York are stereotyped even more; I found this amusing but can imagine that some Americans might not.

Each chapter begins with a recipe, some real and some intended as jokes. My favourite Christmas cake recipe is there, used by permission; I’m not sure I’ll try any of the other recipes, except perhaps the sticky gingerbread, but they make a nice feature. There’s also a basic guide for cake-making beginners.

Overall I thought this an enjoyable read. It didn’t require any deep thought, and it was light enough that I finished it in just a couple of days. It stands alone but I think is better read as a sequel to the first ‘Cupcake cafe’ book, and would probably appeal to anyone who likes this kind of fluffy ‘chick-lit’.
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  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Issy,Poud owner of the Cupcake Cafe, a quaint little cupcake shop in Stoke Newton (a district of London), couldn't be happier. Her relationship with banker entrepreneur, Austin, is blossoming; business at the cafe was booming and Christmas was around the corner.

When Austin is offered a job at a bank in New York and invites Issy and his eleven-year-old brother, Drany, to fly to New York in the hopes that Issy will fall in love with the city and consider moving to New York, the bubbles on Issy's cappuccino begins to burst. Will Issy face the possibility of a long distance relationship? Will she lose Austin to the glory of the Big Apple and a little waitress at a New York Cafe who sells awful cupcakes laden with oil and chemicals? Can Issy leave her home, her dream job that she started at the Cupcake cafe, and friends behind to start life with Austin in the Big Apple? I'll leave it to the reader to find out.

I really enjoyed this festive book. To me, Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe, is a Christmas pudding of a book......rich, dense and full of fruity flavour which burst in your mouth, flooding your taste buds with the flavours of Christmas. The characters are well-rounded and come to life. I enjoyed the scene where Pearl, one of Issy's employees is left to mind the fort at the Cupcake Cafe and train a new employee, Maya, who cant get the hang of the coffee machine, leaving unsatisfied customers waiting for their Java fix. Worse, Pearl explodes the mixer, which drips strawberry cake mix all over the walls and ceiling. I particularly liked the twist at the end where both Issy and Austin fly in opposite directions across the pond to be with each other. The book also includes tips and recipes and an excerpt from Jenny's new book, The Loveliest Chocolate shop in Paris. ( )
  TheGoldenPen | Jan 7, 2013 |
Having read and loved Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe, I was really looking forward to this, the sequel. It can be read as a stand-alone book, but it was nice to meet up with the characters from the first book again.

This time, Austin finds himself in New York, being headhunted for a new job. Issy has a dilemma: does she go with the only man she's ever loved, or does she stay behind at her beloved Cupcake Cafe? Darny, Austin's younger brother, is being his usual awkward self, Pearl and Caroline are still rubbing each other up the wrong way at the cafe and there are cakes galore again.

This book is a lovely read, just right for the time of year. I'm really enjoying Jenny Colgan's 'foodie' books and I think she gets them just right. ( )
  nicx27 | Dec 27, 2012 |
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Issy Randall, proud owner of the Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn't be happier. 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.

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