Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel with Recipes (Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe #1) by Jenny Colgan
Sourcebooks Landmark, 2013
(Originally published in 2011 in Great Britain by Sphere; reprinted 2011 (thirteen times), 2012 (five times)).
Description (from the author Jenny Colgan’s website).
Ever dreamed of starting over?
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. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own cafe. It should be a piece of cake, right?
Wrong. As her friends point out, she has trouble remembering where she left her house keys, let alone trying to run her own business. But Issy is determined. Armed with recipes posted to her from Grampa, and with her local bank manager fighting her corner, Issy attempts to prove everyone wrong. Following your dreams is never easy and this is no exception. Can Issy do it?
My Review – 4 Stars
Single, thirty-one year old, Issy Randall is made redundant (laid off) from her job. She impulsively decides to open The Cupcake Cafe. Right from the beginning, this book brings a smile to your face. The author, Jenny Colgan, presents a gentle perspective on human nature. Parts of this story are very funny. Descriptions of the characters and discourses between them are enjoyable.
There are plenty of recipes in this book. They are presented in a clever way, written to Issy from her loving grandfather from his nursing home. After reading this book, I did have a desire to start baking! I think I will check out the second book in this series, Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe, soon.