When shes'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 Cafe 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...
The lovely people at the new Tesco Book Blog have some up with the idea of grouping books into categories according to how they make you feel; Meet Me at the Cupcake Café was included in a group of books ‘To Turn Your Heart in Somersaults’ and they asked me to read the book and decide whether I agree with the category or not. And I very much do, Jenny Colgan has written a gorgeous book and I enjoyed every page of it.
Initially when I read ‘To Turn Your Heart in Somersaults’ I was thinking purely along the lines of romance but this book is so much more. Issy Randall goes all out to follow her dream and set up a cupcake café. She has learnt to bake from her Grampa Joe, a retired successful baker, so when she is made redundant from her boring city job she decides to risk everything on her baking dreams. It is far from plain sailing, Issy has to work harder than she ever has to achieve the success she wants. She hardly has a spare five minutes but when she does she is torn between Graeme, her ex-boss who thinks she is completely mad to start her own business and Austin, the gorgeous bank manager who has done everything he can to help Issy achieve success.
Issy’s character is simply lovely and I found her struggles with the cupcake café to be very believable. My sister runs her own very successful cupcake business so I am more than aware of how hard it can be to achieve success and turn a profit.
Jenny Colgan has her reader’s hearts turning in somersaults throughout the book. I was willing Issy to do well with the café and at the same time I wanted her to pick the right man. Jenny Colgan’s writing is warm and extremely witty and more than anything, she makes you want to bake! The book is littered with real recipes that I will definitely be trying out. I can’t recommend this book enough and I like Tesco’s idea of grouping books into these kinds of categories; a book ‘To Turn Your Heart in Somersaults’ was spot on.