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Product Details

  • Series: Carrington's
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (January 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007488238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007488230
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Defies the chick lit cliché.’ – Heat magazine

'Cupcakes at Carrington's is deliciously delightful from start to finish, sprinkled with magic and full of heart.' Miranda Dickinson

‘I loved it. 5/5’ – iheart-chicklit.blogspot.co.uk

‘So much more than just a chick lit novel. It has the humour of Sophie Kinsella, the warmth of Cecelia Ahern and the wit and wisdom of Maeve Binchy and the cheek of Are You Being Served?’ – Jamieson Villeneuve, Thebookpedler.wordpress.com

‘My favourite book this year – funny, romantic and fabulous!’ – readinginthesunshine.wordpress.com

‘I loved Cupcakes At Carrington’s, a warm, witty, loveable read with plenty of sparkle and charm.’ – Rowan Coleman

Book Description

Where life is sweeter...


More About the Author

Alexandra Brown is the author of the funny, romantic Carrington's series. Set in a department store in a pretty seaside town, the series follows the life, loves and laughs of sales assistant Georgie Hart.

Alexandra is the former City Girl columnist for The London Paper and has written for a range of publications including YOU magazine, Cosmopolitan and Elle. She lives near Brighton, on the South Coast of England, with her husband, daughter and a very shiny black Labrador puppy.

Website: www.alexandrabrown.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alexandrabrownauthor

Twitter: @alexbrownbooks

Customer Reviews

Most enjoyable story line....and real characters.
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This book held my interest from beginning to end....with a lovely, and unexpected conclusion.
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The book seemed a little repetitive and the storyline was not spellbinding!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Perry on March 12, 2013
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SPOILER WARNING

I usually try to be more specific, maybe even eloquent, in my reviews. But there's no getting around this one: This book sucked. I give it one star for a really promising idea (for the record, there is no where near enough CUPCAKES to warrant the word CUPCAKES being in the title). But that's just one of the many, many disappointments with this typical chick-lit romcom. The characters are all cut from the same stock. I seriously cannot tell the difference between Georgie's best friend Sam and her gay friend Eddie. I had trouble remembering who the dull ensemble cast was and why exactly I should give two s**** about them and their silly lives. Georgie was one of the most un-inspired heroines of chick-lit I've yet come across: she's dumb ("hmmm...let's see...I'm over 7,000 pounds [10,000 in US dollars, I might add] in debt BUT I think I'll keep buying things on credit and also get suckered in to this TERRIBLE idea to pay it off after I've also broken a company rule"); pathetic ("I'm so sad that my dreamy-turned-douchey boss randomly rejected me with atypical logic better suited to a hormonal 19-year-old than a level-headed adult"); sex-crazy ("Oh but it's OK, I've got my self-esteem back because this other total cheese-ball of a male lead made out with me and made it better"). This girl is a door mat. And apparently she wears skinny jeans, which is so NOT cool for "curvy" women with a weakness for sweets. Unless, Georgie isn't as fat as we're meant to think. I'm OK with these girls being overweight; I'm not OK with the image (for fashion's sake, especially) that they're shoveling themselves into clothes that I know from real life are not complimentary to fat legs and spare tires.

Bottom line: This book is rarely romantic and not at all funny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamieson Villeneuve on January 21, 2013
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Georgie Hart loves her job. She works as a sales associate in Carrington's ladies bag department. Though she works on commission, she loves it. Carrington's holds all the wonderful memories of her childhood with her now deceased mother. She still gets a thrill every time she steps through the shops doors.

Okay, so she's in debt up to her eyeballs and hasn't had a date for Valentine's Day in years, since the breakup with her ex-boyfriend. However, she finds solace at Cupcakes at Carrington's, the café run by her best friend Sam, and the occasional Red Velvet cupcake.

Georgie doesn't mind living the quiet life. However, her world is given a shakeup of the first order when everyone at Carrington's is informed that sales are declining thanks to the recession and Carrington's will be going through a makeover where some people will have their jobs declared redundant. The makeover is being done by the evil Maxine who is wielding her axe with a well-manicured hand and a breathy, phone sex voice. She creates instant dislike on first sight. Georgie is heartbroken to learn that she will now be in competition with all the other sales associates. Only those with the highest sales will be able to keep their jobs.

However, there is more than the possibility of being jobless for Georgie to contend with: Her best friend Sam has met Nathan, the man she claims is "the one", her boss James, who is married, begins to flirt with her, her best mate Eddie is depressed when his boyfriend dumps him for someone else, her estranged father contacts her and Georgie wrestles with whether or not to forgive him and her mountain of debt is growing.

All in all, Georgie's life has gone upside down. Thank goodness for the red velvet cupcakes that Sam makes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Tonkin on March 1, 2013
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took a long time to get to the point and when it did still didn't get the point - bit disappointed but not sorry I saw it through to the endl
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on November 25, 2013
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Rather tedious and was disappointed. It sounded like a great book but the main character was too stupid for my taste. And others were too over the top to be believable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Wilson on March 4, 2013
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I thought it was too drawn out in some parts then rushed in others, I would recommend this to someone who had time to sit & really take note of the characters, All up I look forward to see how Ms Browm proceeds with the next book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anissa Annalise on February 26, 2013
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I used to very much love reading Brit chick-lit & it's been quite a while since I've delved into one. This caught my eye for a few reasons, the Brit chick-lit thing, that its setting is a department store & that I'm looking very much forward to Mr. Selfridge. This is part of my Downton Abbey season gap therapy, so don't judge. I am also happy that this book is the first in a series. I liked all of the characters & really liked Georgie, so I want to see how this all plays out.

There's the usual retail therapy, brand name flurry & the main character with money troubles but instead of it being staid & boring, Georgie made it fresh. The descriptions of Sam's tea shop made me want to pull up a cupcake & stay a while. The same feel applied to the description of Carrington's. I liked taking a break & "shopping" vicariously as Georgie narrated. She had me at "handbag". I automatically adored Cieran, Sam & Eddie. Tina not only had a bad attitude she had horrendous taste. Her description of what she was having at the wedding was cringeworthy, gave me Kyle/Chardonnay (Footballer's Wives) nuptial flashbacks & I rooted for & then reveled in everything crashing and burning around her. It was great payoff & only second to Camille's epic takedown. Maxine was also perfect in her role as stress-inducing hatchet woman when she swooped down on Carrington's to revitalise & restructure. Kon Malikov was easy to spot as a problem & it only got worse when the necklace entered the picture. And James... ugh. Not worth half the angst Georgie expended on him. I was all-in for Tom from the start. He just struck me as the one for Georgie.
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