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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402281803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402281808
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Isabel Issy Randall learned everything she knows about baking and business from Grandpa Joe: use high-quality ingredients, mix by hand, and if people look hungry, give them a cake. So when she loses her job and her boss/boyfriend in one embarrassing swoop, she takes her severance pay and opens a bakery in her out-of-the-way London neighborhood. No one believes she will make it, except Grandpa Joe and her flatmate, voluptuous nurse Helena. And the handsome, disheveled bank manager, Austin, who has a good feeling about Issy, even if she gives away a lot of merchandise for free. But when her ex comes back, is he looking for more than just cupcakes? (Yes.) A wonderfully diverse cast of supporting characters keeps Issy from indulging in self-pity and provides plenty of drama. The recipes, sent to Issy from Grandpa Joe, include cute reminders from a man who knows his granddaughter well. A hilarious, fast-paced fantasy about starting over, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella. Absolutely adorable. --Susan Maguire

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"[A] heartwarming story a la Bridget Jones' Diary... Colgan folds in a colorful cast of characters and whips up an easy, sweet read. " - USA Today

"A funny novel about friendship, food and love... Readers with an interest in baking will love this book. " - Kirkus

"If you love watching Cupcake Wars, you'll likely enjoy this book. " - RT Book Reviews

"A delightful story... warm, funny and well-written." - Fresh Fiction

"Absolutely adorable... charming... an endearing, delightful read that will raise your spirits and definitely have you making something sugary " - Silver's Reviews

"A very cute story... Great recipes in the book too." - Cocktails and Books

"An interesting, witty plot with recipes for various sweet treats scattered throughout its pages." - Long and Short Reviews

"A warm and funny story that I could not put stop reading..." - A Novel Review

"One of my favourite things about Colgan's writing is the details that make the places and people come alive." - Novel Escapes

"A sweet book that will make you want cupcakes." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

Customer Reviews

Look forward to Colgan's next book.
Marcella L. Moharter
The book was good ,but lengthy with the same repetitive problems .
Desert Susie
For a fun and easy read, I couldn't put it down.
J. A. Wright

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J on July 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan in exchange for an honest review.

I liked a lot of things right off the bat about this book - the title, the cover, and the sweet tagline. I thought this book would be right up my alley, but it seems to have missed the mark for me. I think there were too many POV's for my liking. It seems everyone got a chance to chime in, and the story would have been easier to follow if only one or two characters got the lead. I did really enjoy the storyline between Issy and her grandfather, and the sections with Issy and her on and off again boyfriend were interesting to read about. While this wasn't a favorite novel of mine, I didn't highly dislike and wouldn't not recommend for reading. It's still a cute chick lit book, I just had trouble connecting with the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. N. on March 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Light and frothy, perfect for the summer or a head-cold (which is what I've been suffering from). Who else gets a head-cold in the middle of summer??

In any case, this was a fun novel, and it included a slew of really great sounding recipes! The novel is set in London, where a thirty-year-old women has realized what we all realize at one point. We're getting older and unhappy with our safe course. Issy has a boyfriend she likes, but who doesn't like her. She has an ok job, but it doesn't make her happy. Her mother is distant, her grandfather is sick, and her friends are all settling down. When she gets laid off in a crap economy with no job prospects, she takes a crazy chance and follows her passion - making cupcakes!

Opening a cupcake cafe may seem a little nuts, and maybe it is, but she's so sweet and passionate for baking that you cannot help but be swept up and want her to win. Naturally, there are a few bumps along the road. Should she go back to the jerk boyfriend or give a new guy a chance? How will she run this cafe without her grandpa's guidance? Can she settle into the community?

Issy is a sweet character. She's so innocent, even though, at times, you wish she should could see the true character of her jerk boyfriend. On the other hand, I think most young women have had a relationship like this at some point, so it's not that terrible a flaw. The supporting cast adds a great comedic element, and I liked that none of the characters felt too...typical. They were quirky and adorable!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Greene Pace on November 7, 2013
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Awesome enjoyable read - with recipes as an added bonus! This is a real guilty pleasure - with a little romance thrown in on the side!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Romancing the Book on October 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Allison
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book.

Review: Part Romantic Comedy, part Chick-lit, Meet Me At The Cupcake Café is a charming story set in a little town off London about a woman who loses a job and finds her dream of opening a cupcake café.

Instilled with a natural talent for baking by her beloved Grandfather, Issy Randall finds her life and her romance with her boss turned upside down when she is made redundant (a British term for downsizing). At a loss as to how she's going to live, she finds herself wandering into the funny little building she has seen every day as she waits for the bus. Using her separation package funds, she signs a lease on the building, and she's off and running, muddling through bank loans, hiring a staff, ordering supplies, dealing with builders, and the dreaded fire inspector.

At times the story was a bit difficult to follow as the point of view would suddenly switch to a different character mid-scene, and then go back to the main character. The author wrote from the point of view of pretty much all the characters, which is a bit much in my own opinion. I would have liked it better if it was kept to at least Issy, her best friend, the first boyfriend (the louse!), and the man who becomes Issy's new love interest.

I so enjoyed all the characters who rally around Issy, from her voluptuous siren of a best friend, to the down-on-her-luck single mother she takes a chance on, to the strange little man who runs the ironmonger shop next to her, to her charming rascal of a grandfather.

Issy's journey takes her from doing the safe, ordinary, boring job at a property development company to taking a risk, not just on a café, but on herself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Wright on August 24, 2013
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This book was total fluff, but it was totally captivating fluff or should I say yummy whipped icing fluff. For a fun and easy read, I couldn't put it down. I was rooting for Issy and her staff on every page, that they would realize their dreams, find love, experience success. There were enough quirky characters to keep the book interesting. They were quirky, but believable. Great reading entertainment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Shamma on January 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
So to keep it short, I thought this was a very well-written book with a sweet plot, amicable characters and a happy ending.

Issy is a very "nice" character, and like all "nice" people, that tends to get annoying sometimes. Her relationship with Graeme, and her obsession with him and stupidity at continuously taking him back to be treated like a doormat was the "annoying" part.

Otherwise, I think what I liked most about this book was how much I felt I related to it. Everyone (at least all those I know) have wanted at one time or another to just up and quit from their stupid office desk jobs to go do something for themselves. To be their own boss and open their own businesses. I know I have. Of course in Issy's case, she was made redundant, and had a unique talent for baking, and through a series of events, she was led to opening her own Cupcake Cafe.

It isn't the most realistic account of businesses - her success was based mostly on luck and coincidence (which doesn't happen very often in the real world). However, that is why this is fiction, and it is only meant to entertain us, inspire us and perhaps motivate us a little as well.

I loved Austin, and loved his brother Darny and their part in this whole story the most. However, I did not like Louis (the baby) at all. I don't think Jenny Colgan really knows how to write children's dialogue. For a two-year-old, his conversing skills were a little bizarre. Two-year-old's don't speak like that, and I know his part was quite trivial in comparison to everyone else's, but I found myself noticing his speech every time he said something, and it was irritating. Not cute.

Even Darny's dialogue was a lot older than his age (10). But I didn't mind it as much, because I found it entertaining and funny.

Good book. Not great, but good.

Disclaimer: It will start you craving cupcakes!
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