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 . . .
Meet Me at The Cupcake Café
by Jenny Colgan
Meet Me at The Cupcake Café is a gorgeous read!
It is the first book I’ve read by Jenny Colgan, but it certainly won’t be the last!
Issy is a lovely character. I liked her from the very start. What she sees in Graeme I will never know! He’s infuriating. Issy deserves so much better than him.
When Issy finds she is to be made redundant from her administrative job she wonders whatever she will do. How will she pay her mortgage etc. What Issy can do though, and do incredibly well, is bake. She had the best teacher in her grandfather who is sadly now in declining health and being cared for in a nursing home. After much soul searching Issy decides to completely change her life by opening a little Cupcake Café in a quiet little courtyard complex of old buildings. It does sound delightful, but not everyone is convinced it will work out, least of all Graeme. She has the support of her closest friend though (and the bank) and she is determined to give it her best shot. I was rooting for her the whole time, and I loved seeing how she turned this neglected little property into a warm, welcoming café. I’d love something like that in our village.
I love how Issy turns her passion into a successful business. I so admire her bravery.
I love how she fights when her livelihood is threatened by greed, and how all those around her fight with her.
I love the friendships she develops with her staff.
I love her friendship with Helena.
I love the close relationship Issy shares with her Grandad and my heart broke for her as she comes to terms with him not getting any better. I know how devastating that is.
I love the romance, which again is far from straight forward.
This is such an uplifting story, which warmed my heart and left me with a huge smile on my face.
I loved every page!
I also love that there are delicious cake recipes throughout this book. Such a sweet tale, in every sense.
I highly recommend and I will be adding Jenny Colgan’s other books to my TBR list.