Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Book review: Meet Me At The Cupcake Café - Jenny Colgan

Meet Me At The Cupcake Café

The blurb.
Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that – Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own café. It should be a piece of cake, right?

Wrong. As her friends point out, she has trouble remembering where she left her house keys, let alone trying to run her own business. But Issy is determined. Armed with recipes posted to her from Grampa, and with her local bank manager fighting her corner, Issy attempts to prove everyone wrong. Following your dreams is never easy and this is no exception. Can Issy do it?

My opinion.

Another lovely summer read. The story is about dreams, ambition, family, love and so much more. I love how Izzy got to accomplish every single one of those goals. She made some unexpected decisions concerning her love life, but those were easily forgiven for the way she decided to run her business and her exciting group of friends gave her a hard time about her decisions concerning guys anyway ;-)
About those friends. Helena always stayed a mystery to me, but a very good friend and a rock for Izzy. She seems like the best friend for Izzy, who needs some tough love from time to time. Pearl... I wasn't sure what to make of her at first, but I warmed up to her. The same goes for her: she's the perfect business partner for Izzy. Pearl is able to share her dreams, but keeps it realistic and is not afraid to 'call earth' to Izzy. And then we have Caroline... I hated her, absolutely hated her. I love how Izzy saw something in her and gave her a chance. I can't say I like her all that much, but she has her heart in the right place and once you can see through the snobbishness, you'll see she really is trying to be a good friend to Izzy.
Really enjoyed reading this book! Highly recommended!

Friday, 5 July 2013

Book review: Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop - Abby Clements

Vivien's Heavenly Ice Cream Shop

The blurb.
When Imogen and Anna unexpectedly inherit their grandmother Vivien's ice cream parlour, it turns both their lives upside down. The Brighton shop is a seafront institution, but though it's big on retro charm it's critically low on customers. If the sisters don't turn things around quickly, their grandmother's legacy will disappear forever.

With summer fast approaching, Imogen and Anna devise a plan. Rather than sell up, they will train up, and make the parlour the newest destination on the South Coast foodie map.

While Imogen watches the shop and conjures new marketing ideas, her sister flies to Italy to attend a gourmet ice cream-making course. But can their best-laid plans survive their warring family, tempestuous love lives - and the great British Weather? One thing is for certain - this summer will be like no other . . .

My opinion.
I loved this book. The blurb, unfortunately, gave away a lot of the story and it wasn't a very surprising read, but that didn't matter: I enjoyed reading it very much. It kept me captivated and I finished it in no time. It gave me instant summer-vibes and I almost booked myself a ticket to Italy. 
I liked both Imogen and Anna, but I found it easier to connect with Anna. I'm not the adventures, free-spirited type like Imogen, but that didn't stop me from liking her from the start. Anna's love for food and cooking is contagious and I can't wait to get into the kitchen and try out some new things myself. And who knows, maybe I'll try my hand at some homemade ice cream!
One thing is for sure: ice cream is on the menu tonight, and it will soon be followed by another Abby Clements novel, I'm hooked!