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Meet Me at the Cupcake Café | [Jenny Colgan]

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

Ever dreamed of starting over? 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?
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Publisher's Summary

Ever dreamed of starting over?

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?

©2011 Jenny Colgan (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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    Federica Milan, Italy 02-27-13
    Federica Milan, Italy 02-27-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Enjoyable except when reader got under my skin"
    What did you love best about Meet Me at the Cupcake Café?

    The plot of the book was not focused on the pursuit of love, even if it contained that sweet aspect as well, but on the pursuit of one's dream and ambitions. It was inspiring and motivating, also the recipes at the beginning of each chapter and the final epilogue where the writer gives baking advice was such an original touch to the novel.


    What other book might you compare Meet Me at the Cupcake Café to and why?

    I haven't yet read another book like the Cupcake Cafe...


    Would you be willing to try another one of Penelope Rawlins’s performances?

    I think I would and might pick up the second Cupcake Cafè book I noticed on Audible


    If you could rename Meet Me at the Cupcake Café, what would you call it?

    Cupcake Romance? Nah, I prefer the original title


    Any additional comments?

    The reader... was talented as she was able to make many, many different voices but her tight British accent... dunno where it was from... but it was just at points unbearable. At times I even had to rewind back because I couldn't understand what the hell she was saying, especially when she was reading grandpa's parts. At one point I even thought about turning the damn thing off but stuck to the end only because the story was enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jetta Pori, Finland 05-30-12
    Jetta Pori, Finland 05-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A little too predictable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book. Entertaining and light.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More romance.


    What about Penelope Rawlins’s performance did you like?

    The mens voices wheren't good. And some women sounded whining.


    Did Meet Me at the Cupcake Café inspire you to do anything?

    Unfortunately not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Louise
    Thatcham, United Kingdom
    9/8/11
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    "LOVED it!!"

    I am amazed to read that another reviewer stopped listening to this book because of the narration. It is what makes this book come alive - the range of accents and voices used make this more like listening to a play than a book and I fell in love with the characters because of it. In fact the book and narration are so good that I've added to my wishlist 'The Good the Bad and the Dumped' by the same two people.

    This is a lovely story and if you love baking, you'll find it even more appealing!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Cheddar, United Kingdom
    6/10/12
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    "Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe"

    Very good, easy listening great while ironing. throughly enjoyed and did not notice job I was doing so must have been good!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    5/31/12
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    "Easy Listening"

    Yes, the voices of the men were annoying and yes, the story was highly predictable but I still loved it! If you love a girly story and cake then this book is the perfect mixture (pun intended!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
    4/7/12
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    "Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe"

    Although the basic story was okay, I found the narrative not to my liking. The voices were irritating, especially that of Helena, who did nothing but shout in an unidentifiable accent. Grandfather was tolerablle, but very sleep-inducing (perhaps a good thing under the circumstances)!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • GILLH
    1/21/12
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    "Loved it"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this, it was really well read, and the characterisations were good. It's a while since I read any Jenny Colgan books, and this has probably sent me back to read them again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kristin
    Drammen, Norway
    9/16/11
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    "sweet and easy"

    Colgans books are light fare, but well worth a listen, especially when they are beautifully read by brilliant Penelope Rawlins.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mitch
    bedford, United Kingdom
    5/16/11
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    "Pen needed to write the recipes"

    A nice story, slightly ruined by Grandpa's voice. Loved Lewis, he was my favourite. Easy listening story with a couple of laughs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    WhistonUnited Kingdom
    5/6/11
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    "Lovely story with nice narration"

    I recommend this to lovers of light hearted chick lits

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynsey Austin
    Wokingham, UK
    6/26/14
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    "Straight to your hips..."
    What did you like most about Meet Me at the Cupcake Café?

    I loved all of the main characters, and how you can immerse yourself in the world of baking, starting a new business, giving someone a chance, and looking for a new bank manager.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of Pear Tree Court, Stokey (Stoke Newington) and the fabulous cupcakes, mouth watering.


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Rawlins – was your favourite?

    Grandpa Joe, you buy into his spirit, enthusiasm and his recipes, I imagined every ingredient.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I really enjoyed this book, most part were light-hearted and fun, and you can associate the characters to someone you know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marianne Buck
    4/11/14
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    "Lovely"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book made you fall in love with the characters and I could not leave it alone I had to keep going back to it and listening to more & more until I had finished.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The one whom owned the cupcake café.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too difficult to choose I liked it all.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me cry but with happiness not sadness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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