Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe
Jenny Colgan

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel with Recipes

Genre: Chick Lit

Summary (from Goodreads):  Having grown up in an apartment above her Grandpa Joe's little bakery, Issy Randal has always known how to make something sweet. She's much better at baking than she is at filing, so when she's laid off from her desk job, Issy decides to open up her own little caf . But she soon learns that her piece-of-cake plan will take all her courage and confectionary talent to avert disaster. Funny and sharp, Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe is about how life might not always taste like what you expect, but there's always room for dessert!

Review:  This is a cute little book about a woman who follows her dream of becoming a professional baker.  It's completely formulaic, from the self-centered old boyfriend to the supportive new boyfriend, and Issy's lucky success at opening such a niche business is completely unrealistic.  And personally, the almost 3-year-old boy's dialogue drove me nuts - that's not how 3-year-olds talk!  But it's an escapist novel about a woman who follows her dream, opens a business, ends up with the right man, and helps her friends out along the way.  Plus, it has delicious sounding (and funny to read!) cupcake recipes.  So what's not to like?

Rating: 3.5 stars

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