27/09/2012

Things I Love Books: Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

This summer, I went to visit my best friend at her summer house, which was lovely.
When we were getting ready to leave, she asked if I "wanted to take this book that I just finished reading - it's really adorable." I'm always curious about new books, especially the chick-lit kind, so I said yes. It was Jenny Colgan's "Meet Me at the Cupcake Café".






I had just finished reading a rather rubbish book, so starting this one was truly marvellous. Jenny's writing is engaging, warm and funny, and the story is really cute.

Have you ever dreamed of opening your own little shop? A fashion boutique, perhaps, or a flower store. Or a bakery! In this book, we get to live this dream through Issy, a 31-year-old Londoner who has learned the art of baking from her Grandpa Joe (every time there was mention of him in the book, I thought of Nirvana's Sliver). Issy's life is turned around when she is made redundant from her safe-but-boring City job and sees things end with her boss-slash-boyfriend.

That's when Issy decides to open her own café - a tiny, tucked-away little paradise on the streets of Stoke Newington, a buzzing London area. On this journey, she meets lots of new friends, faces and overcomes hurdles, and wins readers' hearts.




It was funny that I started reading this book when we were moving to London - during our first week here, we were actually staying in Stoke Newington, the area where Issy's café is located! Reading about things I was slowly starting to get to know - the High Street, the 73 bus - was really great.

This book is endearing and heartwarming, like a cup of mint tea and a delicious (vegan) slice of cake on a rainy day. The characters are very easy to relate to, and London is portrayed in a lovely way. And I also love the recipes (surprisingly easy to veganise!). So, this book has inspired me. And you, my readers, are my witnesses. Before the end of 2012, I will become a Vegan Cupcake Queen. Starting this very weekend!




And you know what we will all be reading for Christmas, don't you? There's a sequel - Christmas at the Cupcake Café!

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