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 . . .
As I’ve mentioned this book a number of times already in various posts and comments I thought I should probably get round to reviewing it. It’s got 3.8 stars on Goodreads with nearly 10,000 reviews so it’s safe to say that it’s pretty popular. It was published back in 2011 and I don’t think it was long afterwards that I read it for the first time – I’ve read it multiple times since! There is also a sequel (Christmas at the Cupcake Café) and I’m hoping that another one comes out too.
Our main character in this story is Issy Randall and she loves to bake. So much so that when she’s made redundant from her office job she opens her own café. I think those two sentences pretty much sum up why I love this book so much. You may already have figured it out but I love cake and I love books about opening businesses – probably because I want to do the same, so I’m living vicariously through the pages of books until I can. We hear about Issy’s Grandpa, meet her devious ex and her current ‘is he-isn’t he’. Her fiery friend Helena makes us laugh and we get cross at Caroline for some of the things she comes out with.
Jenny Colgan attempts difficult themes in all her books and this one is no different – we see broken families and a strong contrast between a family with money and one with none. It’s all very tactfully done in a way that’s supposed to make you reflect on others circumstances. Every character has a different background and problems but mix together well.
This is a sweet and easy to read story that you won’t want to put down. It’s easy to lose yourself imagining you’re sitting in the Cupcake Café with a cup of tea and a huge slice of cake. If you want to be left with a warm, happy and possibly a slightly cheesy feeling inside when you’ve finished give this book a try – you can get a copy here.