Christmas at the Cupcake Café (At the Cupcake Café, #2)
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Christmas at the Cupcake Café (At the Cupcake Café #2)

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Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn't be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline don't seem quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face...more
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Sphere (first published October 1st 2012)
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Aw man, I wish I hadn’t read this. It’s kind of besmirched the nice memories of the first Cupcake Café book which, to my surprise, I enjoyed immensely. All the love and hard work Colgan put into her characters first time around, she completely negated with this: sparkly, straight-talking Helena becomes an insufferable baby bore; adorable Austin becomes predictably and stupidly inveigled in a near-affair with a perky American waitress; Caroline remains the hard-assed bitch she was before, only wi...more
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Kevin I Heart.. Chick Lit
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I loved Jenny Colgan's Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe, which is the prequel to Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe. I won it from a giveaway hosted by one of Sphere's publicity managers, and I was so glad I picked it off the catalogue! The thing is, I love baking. Yes, trying out new recipes, the lovely, delicious smell wafting in the air as the yummy cakes cook in the oven. It's heaven. Well, it's hell when you have to clean the me...more
Rea Sinfield
My favourite book of 2011 was easily Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan. The storyline left you all warm and fuzzy inside and the characters seemed to play on your mind for weeks after finishing the book so imagine my delight when sorting out our Christmas book when I am told Jenny Colgan is releasing a Christmas book and not just any Christmas book but back with our characters who we know and love!

Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn't be happier. Her ne...more
For those who have already read Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe, this is a welcome back to a cast of characters who feel like old friends. For new readers, it's a chance to meet them all for the first time, and the story stands alone well as Jenny Colgan has helpfully included a brief introduction to set the scene.

A year ago Issy launched her new venture; The Cupcake Cafe. The cafe is successful and has become a firm favourite in the neighbourhood. Issy has found a guy who she thinks might be the on...more
Sorry but I found this a very disappointing read. I LOVED the original Cupcake Café but this book was not for me, it was not festive at all - it was full of angst and anxiety all the way through as the two 'romantic' lead characters spent most of the book arguing and at odds with each other, the rushed 'happy' ending did not make up for this and I actually sped read the second half of the book to get it over with. Also, what happened to Helena???!! I loved her character in the first book but she...more
The second Jenny Colgan book involving Issy, the owner of the Cupcake Cafe in Stoke Newington, her two staff members Pearl and Caroline, her boyfriend Austin and his 12 year old brother Darny. The big problem here is that Issy loves her cafe but Austin has been offered an amazing new job in New York. Will one sacrifice their career or will their relationship be the one to end? To be honest, I didn’t like it as much as the previous Cupcake Cafe book, the book has so much anxiety in it and I don’t...more
Bought this one in a fit of Christmas shopping at ASDA. It was about Christmas, love and cake AND it was super cheap - a must buy!

This is a sequel to 'Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe'. It's lovely to get back together with these familiar characters, and the Christmas recipes are amazing. The story is perhaps, a little disappointing. It doesn't really seem to go anywhere, and it keeps the love interests apart for the entire novel! I still read it in two days though.... so there's obviously a lot to l...more
Sat up all night to read this after loving MMatCC, liked this one (view spoiler) so 3 stars rather than 4! Have still preordered The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris though :)
I did finish the book, but found it too obvious, and lacking in a real storyline. Disappointing as I loved the first book. I will look forward to her next book, but will not be dropping all of my other books to read it as soon as it is released.

Didn't enjoy this as much as the first cupcake book but it was still enjoyable. Still enjoy Jenny colgans books and I am looking forward to the next one.
Lauren Lucas
This wasn't as good as Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe. I got bored towards the end and thought the chapters dragged on. The ending was quite boring also.
Good book. A little predictable, but I didn't really mind.
A light read. Perfect to get in the holiday spirit.
Navidad en el Cupcake Café es la segunda parte de Encuéntrame en el Cupcake Café, libro que leí el año pasado y que me gustó mucho (reseña aquí).
Realmente no hacía falta una segunda parte, ya que el primero deja las cosas bien atadas y cerradas, pero aún así, no ha resultado ser una lectura innecesaria y que no aporta nada, ya que se ve claramente una evolución en todos los personajes y en la trama.

la trama es diferente y más madura. Dejamos atrás los problemas y líos de una chica soltera en...more
A lovely feel-good read . . . perfect for this time of year.
It was a really enjoyable read, though not as delightful as the first book about the Cupcake Cafe. I found it nice to see the characters develop into another direction, and then come back to themselves in the end. Issy is still the same wonderful person she always was, though slightly more worried. I did find it a pity that the recipes were less incorporated in the story, and the overall flow was less magical than in the first story. I did however still really enjoy reading this second book, and...more
From the very moment I layed my eyes on this book, I knew that I was gonna love it. I enjoyed reading Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe last year, so I couldn't wait for the book two.

In Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe, book one, we meet Issy, who starts her own bakery business from a scratch. Couple of years later, in book two, she is proud owner of a cozy and family friendly cafe that everyone adores. Issy and Austin are madly in love, taking care for Austin's little brother who is a teenager now. But Au...more
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This is one of those books that makes your mouth water as you read it. If you are a real foodie and a sucker for something sweet, then you will struggle not to eat as you read this book. Your taste buds are hijacked as each chapter gives you a tried and tested recipe to try before you even take a step into the Cupcake Café where you can almost smell the intoxicating aromas of the baking ingredients used to make the Cupcake Café so special.

This book is the second book set in the Cupcake Café foll...more
Mary Aris
Issy,Poud owner of the Cupcake Cafe, a quaint little cupcake shop in Stoke Newton (a district of London), couldn't be happier. Her relationship with banker entrepreneur, Austin, is blossoming; business at the cafe was booming and Christmas was around the corner.

When Austin is offered a job at a bank in New York and invites Issy and his eleven-year-old brother, Drany, to fly to New York in the hopes that Issy will fall in love with the city and consider moving to New York, the bubbles on Issy's...more
Just finished and loved this one. It features all the characters we met and loved in Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe, and although it's over two years since I read that one it was wonderful to spend time in their company again. But don't worry if you haven't read the first book - there's an introduction to tell you a bit about the characters, then you can jump straight in.

Issy's Cupcake Cafe - started a year ago - is now a roaring success. Her life is coming together nicely too - she's living very h...more
Maggie Boyd
This had a bit of a rough start but turned out very well indeed. Austin, Issy's love, must go to New York and meet folks at the American branch to discuss business matters. Issy stays at home, watching his brother Darny and tending to her cafe. As we go through the story we watch Issy and Austin struggle with the relocation issue. It is easy enough for him but harder for her, who has a business and employees to think of. We watch best friend Helena struggle with motherhood, something at which sh...more
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I hate to admit this but only picked up my very first Jenny Colgan book towards the end of last year (yes I know it's ridiculous) but that book was The Cupcake Café. I devoured it and was thrilled when I realised there was a follow up book that had just been released. I eagerly picked up this one, Christmas at The Cupcake Café, and couldn't wait to see where Issy was in her world.

For those that maybe haven't read the first one, fear not this can still be read as a stand-alone. However, it was so...more
While I was not overly impressed by the first book in this series, I still enjoyed it. It was fun, sugary sweet and filled with fluffy lines of pink candy floss and beautiful cupcake icing. Issy is such a likable main character and her cupcake café is a place filled with warmth and loveliness. It is impossible not to feel at home there.

With those thoughts in mind, a Christmas-visit to the Cupcake Café seemed like the perfect idea. I imagined the book to be a cozy and fun read filled with romance...more
Laura Smith
Jenny Colgan books are a true treasure, she's been a firm favourite of mine for many years now and she's matured into a writer who creates not only atmospheric settings but whole communities of great characters to fill them with. Such was the case with her smash hit novel Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe and because I loved it so much I couldn't wait to snuggle down this christmas with the sequel Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe.

Picking up some months after the original novel we find cupcake cafe owner...more
I FINALLY got my hands on this book from the library, after weeks of agonizing because it was always checked out by other users! Having read the first in the cupcake series titled Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe, I dived eagerly into this novel.

Spanning across 350 pages, the novel is an easy read. It immediately draws you into this story, even if you have not read the first. As another Goodreads user has mentioned, it's alright if you have not read the first because this book does not build that mu...more
Kerry Frith
A very sweet Christmas indeed!

I really enjoyed the first book, "Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe" so I was delighted when I found out there was going to be a festive follow up. I could not wait to catch up with the characters and find out what they'd been up and I wasn't disappointed.

This was a nice lighthearted Christmas read with plenty of yummy recipes for you to try. It was very festive which was great and I loved the descriptions of the cafe. I need to find this cafe! Also, New York at Christma...more
5 stars, of course. I cannot imagine it getting any less than that from me.

Jenny Colgan's Meet Me at the Cupcake Café is definitely one of my favorite chick lit books to date. I was actually afraid to read Christmas at the Cupcake Café because I was afraid that it won't be as good as the first. Oh, my fears were undeserved!

In Meet Me at the Cupcake Café, we meet the characters, from loveable Issy to endearing Austin, to cheeky Darny, larger-than-life Helena, always-worried Pearl, adorable Louis,...more
I absolutely loved Jenny Colgan’s first cupcake novel ‘Meet Me at the Cupcake Café’ it was quite literally a delicious read! So when I found out that she had written a follow up novel to this, and that it was set at Christmas, I get seriously over-excited! Although you might think I am setting myself up for a serious case of anti-climax here, I was certainly not disappointed! I enjoyed this novel very much, as devoured every last crumb of it.

We return to the Cupcake Café to catch up with Issy, P...more
Megan Readinginthesunshine
I love Jenny Colgan’s novels, and I especially loved Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe, which is the book before this one. But don’t panic if you haven’t read it, as Christmas At The Cupcake Cafe can be read as a standalone, and what is even better is that Jenny herself has written an authors note at the beginning which lists the important characters and sums up their current situation/what went on in the last book. So if you haven’t yet had the chance to read the first book, or like me, you are alway...more
Abbey Liddle
Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn't be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline don't seem quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face up to the prospect of a long-distance romance. And when the Christmas rush at the cafe - with its increased demand for her de...more
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Jenny T. Colgan was born in 1972 in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK. After studying at Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic, before the publication of her first novel Amanda's Wedding in 2000. In 2013, her novel "Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams" won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romanti...more
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