Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel with Recipes
By Jenny Colgan
Sourcebooks Landmark, 2013. 410 pgs. Fiction.
When Issy Randall is unexpectedly laid off from her desk job, she decides to take her future in her hands and do what she's always wanted - she opens a bakery. She knows she can bake circles around anyone, but will she be able to out-market and out-sell the competition? And will she be able to impress the bank financier who has taken a chance on her business plan (and is pretty cute, to boot)?
In this book, Colgan has managed to capture a lot of the charm I love from Hester Browne's Little Lady Agency books, but without making the characters as loveable as Browne manages to do. I also wonder where she is going to take the series (the second book was just published in the U.K.), since it felt like she wrapped things up pretty well at the end of this one. Overall, an enjoyable read and one that will tempt you to bake a lot of cupcakes.