"A hilarious, fast-paced fantasy about starting over, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella. Absolutely adorable."—Booklist Issy Randall can bake. No, Issy can create stunning, mouthwateringly divine cakes. So when she loses her desk job, she starts her own café and finds life can be tougher, and sweeter, than she ever dreamed. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe's bakery, Issy has undoubtedly inherited his talent. She's much better at baking than she is at filing so when she's laid off from her desk job, Issy decides to open her own little café. But she soon learns that her piece-of-cake plan will take all of her courage and confectionary talent to avert disaster. Funny and sharp, Meet Me at the Cupcake Café is about how life might not always taste like you expect, but there's always room for dessert! A smart, quirky contemporary cupcake book of recipes and friendship, fans of Sophie Kinsella, X and X will be heading for their mixers to create a story as sweet and complex as Issy's. Other books by Jenny Colgan: Meet Me At The Cupcake Café "A hilarious, fast-paced fantasy about starting over, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella. Absolutely adorable."—Booklist The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris A heartwarming and bittersweet story of love lost and found Sweetshop of Dreams A charming story of nostalgic sweets and finding yourself in unexpected places What readers are saying about Meet Me At The Cupcake Café: "quirky and adorable!" "a real guilty pleasure—with a little romance thrown in on the side!" "Part Romantic Comedy, part Chick-lit... a charming story" "This book is an excellent cupcake: light, full of flavour and with just the right amount of sweetness to make you smile." "smart and funny" "this is a definite must read, a real page turner." What reviewers are saying about Meet Me At The Cupcake Café: "[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... "—Kirkus "A delightful story... warm, funny and well-written."—Fresh Fiction "Absolutely adorable... charming... an endearing, delightful read"—Silver's Reviews What everyone is saying about Jenny Colgan: "[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 "Absolutely adorable... charming... an endearing, delightful read"—Silver's Reviews
A sweet and satisfying novel of how delicious it is to discover your dreams Issy Randall can bake. No, Issy can create stunning, mouthwateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe's bakery, she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. She's much better at baking than she is a filing so when she's laid off from her desk job, Issy decides to open her own little café. But she soon learns that her piece-of-cake plan will take all of her courage and confectionary talent to avert disaster. Funny and sharp, Meet Me at the Cupcake Café is about how life might not always taste like you expect, but there's always room for dessert!
Come and meet Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Café. 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. When she's made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment. Armed with recipes from Grampa, and with her best friends and local bank manager fighting her corner, The Cupcake Café opens its doors. But Issy has absolutely no idea what she's let herself in for. It will take all her courage - and confectionery - to avert disaster . . .
New York Times Bestseller! For fans of Jojo Moyes (Me Before You) and Sophie Kinsella (the Shopaholic series) comes the perfect holiday story—a moving, funny, utterly delightful novel about love, loss, and baking. How many times can your life change? Once upon a time, Issy Randall was the girl nobody wanted. But when she opened the Cupcake Café, her life changed—and now Issy is happy, confident, and in love with a wonderful man raising his young brother after the death of their parents. Is life about to change again? With the holidays approaching, cracks show in Issy's perfect world. Her boyfriend Austin has been scouted for a possible move to New York City. Her colleagues at the Cupcake Café are suffering heartbreak. And as Christmas looms ever closer, Issy finds forced to decide what she holds most dear. From an author whose work Sophie Kinsella describes as 'sheer indulgence', and featuring delicious holiday recipes, Christmas at the Cupcake Café is a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and long for sugar.
Cupcakes at Carrington's
Author: Alexandra Brown
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
A deliciously indulgent read from a hot debut writer and first in a series of books set in Carrington s Department Store where life is sweeter Perfect for fans of Meet Me in the Cupcake Cafe and Breakfast at Darcy s. Georgie Hart had it all as a top personal shopper in London, the heady world of Mulberry launch parties and Louis Vuitton goody bags meant she was living the dream. But all that extravagance took its toll on her bank balance and it was time to stop drinking champagne on beer money. Now Georgie runs the luxury bag concession at Carrington s Department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry Bay and her lavish spending is confined to a red velvet cupcake with butter cream icing in Carrington s cafe. But her plans for a quiet life are thwarted when Carrington s goes into a recession-busting makeover and soon, with the arrival of Maxine, wielding the axe in her immaculately manicured hands, Georgie is fighting not only for her job, but also for the attentions of her dishy boss, James. And when newcomer Tom arrives, who may or may not be the best thing since sliced bread, Georgie must decide where her loyalties really lie "
"Sheer indulgence from start to finish." Sophie Kinsella Anna Trent may be a supervisor in a chocolate factory...but that doesn't necessarily mean she knows how to make chocolate. So when a fateful accident gives her the opportunity to work at Paris's elite chocolatier Le Chapeau Chocolat, Anna expects to be outed as a fraud. After all, there is a world of difference between chalky, mass-produced English chocolate and the gourmet confections Anna's new boss creates. But with a bit of luck and a lot of patience, Anna might learn that the sweetest things in life are always worth working for. A heartwarming, bittersweet story of life, love and chocolate, fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Weiner and Jill Mansell will be craving sweets along with this tale of love lost and found. Other books by Jenny Colgan: Meet Me At The Cupcake Café - "A hilarious, fast-paced fantasy about starting over, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella. Absolutely adorable." - Booklist The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris A heartwarming and bittersweet story of love lost and found Sweetshop of Dreams A charming story of nostalgic sweets and finding yourself in unexpected places What readers are saying about The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris: "This is a story about food and love, yes... It is so much more than that, however." "What I really loved was the vivid description of Paris. I almost felt like I was there, sitting on that terrace and enjoying the view of the city." "a fantastically written book that will get those taste buds dancing" "Romance + chocolate + Parisian backdrop sounds like a recipe for a good love story to me." "an homage to La bohème... Moulin Rouge and part of Rent... At the very heart of this novel is bohemian Paris." What reviewers are saying about The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris: "both believable and funny, while the Parisian setting makes this story practically irresistible." - Shelf Awareness Reader "This cross-generational story is as irresistible as Colgan's portrayal of Paris itself-and all things chocolate. " - Publishers Weekly "Heartwarming and funny..." -Booklist "will have you laughing one moment and crying the next... will entertain you at every turn." - RT Book Reviews "A tale of two Englishwomen in Paris, of love lost and found... Gently and lovingly done." - Dear Author What everyone is saying about Jenny Colgan: "[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 "Absolutely adorable... charming... an endearing, delightful read" - Silver's Reviews
Sun, croissants and fine wine. Nothing can spoil the perfect holiday. Or can it? When Emmy Jamieson arrives at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful guesthouse in the French countryside, she can't wait to spend two weeks relaxing with boyfriend Nathan. Their relationship needs a little TLC and Emmy is certain this holiday will do the trick. But they've barely unpacked before he scarpers with Gloria, the guesthouse owner's cougar wife. Rupert, the ailing guesthouse owner, is shell-shocked. Feeling somewhat responsible, and rather generous after a bottle (or so) of wine, heartbroken Emmy offers to help. Changing sheets in the gîtes will help keep her mind off her misery. Thrust into the heart of the local community, Emmy suddenly finds herself surrounded by new friends. And with sizzling hot gardener Ryan and the infuriating (if gorgeous) accountant Alain providing welcome distractions, Nathan is fast becoming a distant memory. Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast, feeding the hens in the warm evening light; Emmy starts to feel quite at home. But it would be madness to walk away from her friends, family, and everything she's ever worked for, to take a chance on a place she fell for on holiday wouldn't it? Fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Nick Alexander will want to join Emmy for a glass of wine as the sun sets on the terrace at La Cour des Roses. Praise for The Little French Guesthouse: 'Like sunshine on a cloudy day this is a book to warm your heart. I loved it.' Shellyback Books 'I loved every single page of this book and didn't want the story to end. It had me hooked from start to finish, had me giggling on the bus (rather embarrassing). It is one of those warm, cosy books that needs coffee and croissants.' The Reading Shed 'Utterly delicious, I loved escaping into this delightful French community, definitely a feel good book that had me with a smile on my face and laughing out loud. You've just got to love Rupert ... With the sexy gardener providing a great distraction from Nathan's desertion, new friends and new possibilities this is a real page turner that I thoroughly enjoyed Ä a truly wonderfully crafted novel that I highly recommend for its amazing characters, plot and storytelling that make it a brilliant story to escape into. I can't wait for the next book in the series to be available, I definitely want to read it, please!' Splashes into Books 'From the very beginning to the very end, I absolutely adored this book If I ever found myself in a jam I would want a Rupert in my life for sure (even with his persistence and tendency to butt-in)! The emotional journey that ended up being The Little French Guesthouse is sometimes sad, sometimes infuriating and sometimes hilarious and abso-freaking-lutely worthy of a comfy chair, a cozy blanket and a nice cuppa.' Well Read Pirate Queen 'Could not put down this fabulous book, peppered with humour and characters you can relate to. A wonderful, laugh out loud summer read. One to share with friends and recommend to strangers.' Renita D'Silva 'La Cour des Roses is the name of the guesthouse that is central to the story and with its warmth of character, picturesque gardens and eccentric owner, its a place I would love to spend more time. I am already looking forward to book two .' Rachel's Random Reads 'What a lovely gem of a book. I picked this book up during a particularly intense period at work and it was the perfect book, gentle and warm with some lovely characters and a good bit of eye candy, perfect for a pick-me-up/ summer read where you just want to lose yourself in the story.' The Met Line Reader
Author: Jenny Colgan
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
A deliciously warm novel from the best-selling author of Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris.
In the bestselling tradition of Jojo Moyes and Jennifer Weiner, Jenny Colgan's moving, funny, and unforgettable novel tells the story of a heartbroken young woman who turns a new page in her life . . . by becoming a baker in the town of Cornwall A quiet seaside resort. An abandoned shop. A small flat. This is what awaits Polly Waterford when she arrives at the Cornish coast, fleeing a ruined relationship. To keep her mind off her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey—courtesy of a handsome beekeeper. Packed with laughter and emotion, Little Beach Street Bakery is the story of how one woman discovered bright new life where she least expected—a heartwarming, mouthwatering modern-day Chocolat that has already become a massive international bestseller. Includes 7 Recipes!
Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly - dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books... not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing...
The Endless Beach
Author: Jenny Colgan
Publisher: Hachette UK
Run away to a beautiful Scottish beach and let the unmissable new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Jenny Colgan heat up your summer! Dreams start here... 'Charming, made me long to escape to Mure. Total joy.' - Sophie Kinsella On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It's a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content - unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend. While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he's about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him. As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?
Fans of Debbie Macomber and Jojo Moyes will love this warm, funny, moving holiday tale from the New York Times bestselling author of Christmas at the Cupcake Café and Little Beach Street Bakery. It’s a white Christmas in England, and Rosie Hopkins is feeling festive: Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, luscious chocolate boxes, and happy, sticky children, and she and her boyfriend are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their families. But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their charming town, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she and her loved ones see their way through the difficult times? Sweet and soulful, heartbreaking and heartwarming, this is the perfect novel for the holidays (or any time of year).
“You’re my wife, Lucy.” His lost-and-found viscountess After a year of desperate searching, Lord Oliver Sedgewick has found his wife…in the slums of St. Giles. He can’t suppress his joy that Lucy is alive, despite his grief that their baby had not made it. With his viscountess home, the spark of passion burning with more intensity than ever, Oliver may not fully understand why she left, but surely their marriage has a chance of a happy future…? “Laura Martin has penned another winner. She immerses readers in the world and scandals of the ton with realistic settings, authentic dialogue and twists and turns that keep the action moving.” — RT Book Reviews on An Earl to Save Her Reputation “A sweet and passionate romance with a worthy couple well deserving of their happiness.” — Roses Are Blue on An Earl to Save Her Reputation
'A heartwarming, charming and atmospheric story that made me long to escape to Mure. Total joy' - Sophie Kinsella A deliciously warm and funny slice of life from Jenny Colgan, Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery and The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After. Flora is definitely, absolutely sure that escaping from the quiet Scottish island where she grew up to the noise and hustle of the big city was the right choice. What was there for her on Mure? It's a place where everyone has known her all her life, and no one will let her forget the past. In the city, she can be anonymous, ambitious and indulge herself in her hopeless crush on her gorgeous boss, Joel. When a new client demands Flora's presence back on Mure, she's suddenly swept back into life with her brothers (all strapping, loud and seemingly incapable of basic housework) and her father. As Flora indulges her new-found love of cooking and breathes life into the dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour, she's also going to have to come to terms with past mistakes - and work out exactly where her future lies... Let Jenny Colgan make your dreams come true!
Baking, broken hearts and beach weddings...it’s all happening in the gorgeous little seaside town of Berecombe this year!