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

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,342 ratings  ·  211 reviews
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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7th out of 164 books — 261 voters
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Having never read a Jenny Colgan book in my life and this being Christmas season, this book seemed like a good option.

But, alas, a good option it was not.

It happens during Christmas, there are lots of Christmas-related recipes, lots of talk about Christmas and the such, but the characters spend most of the time whining and complaining about this or that. Making choices is never easy, but come on! No need for such drama!

I already mentioned the characters so I'm going to say I didn't care for most
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Slightly better than the first one, still not the best chick-lit book I've read so far but the series it's enjoyable overall.
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
Review originally on I Heart.. Chick Lit.

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
Ena Hasečić

Nastavak romana Vidimo se u Kapkejk kafeu koji i dalje prati Isi, njene prijateljice i momka, te njihove živote u srtci pred Božić. Veoma dobar nastavak, za nijansu lošiji od prvog dijela i zbog toga mu dajem 4.5. Svakako preporučujem, divno chick-lit štivo sa divnim božićnim receptima za kolačiće.
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
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
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
Now just because I have given this book 4 stars instead of 5 doesn't mean it isn't 5 star worthy... I only knocked one star off because I wished the book was longer as I found that the ending was rushed and that SOMETHING wasn't done quite properly and that they should have just come right out and said it because I am not a fan of subtlety as I want to know written down on the piece of paper in black and white that YES they are happy and that things work out for them and they do take that big "l ...more
The second book that I have read from this author, I love how Colgan incorporates food (chocolate or cupcakes) into her stories and gives them a respect that one would expect from characters. Issy is a year into running her Cupcake Café, and when I finished this, I added Meet Me at the Cupcake Café to my buy list. Colgan provides readers who haven’t read the first book with a solid sense of events leading to this story, without overwhelming us with details or information, in fact, she starts out ...more
Paula Croskell
I did enjoy this book as it was an easy read but a bit predictable. I would now love to go to New York even more as part of this book is set there. I liked the idea of adding recipes to this book.
Readers return to the Cupcake Café in this sweet holiday novel from Jenny Colgan.

Christmas is coming, and Cupcake Café owner Issy is eagerly anticipating a cozy holiday. Living with her boyfriend, Austin, and his younger brother, Darny, Issy looks forward to the family fun of the season.

Her dreams of Christmas bliss are interrupted by Austin’s business trip to NYC. The folks in NYC are so impressed with Austin that they want him to move there. Who could resist such a great opportunity?

Well, Issy
I have not read the first Cupcake Cafe book so came with no previous knowledge of the characters. I liked Issy and could understand her conflict between pride in her business and the chance to join her partner Austin in his new job offer in New York. I began the book but then left if for a few evenings without any great rush to return to it - which says it all. The solution to Issy and Austin's predicament was flagged up so early on in the storyline, that I knew what was going to happen and the ...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 :)
Kobby Gyampoh
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Imagine this: You own a café. A café you’ve worked throughout the year to stabilize. You have the perfect boyfriend with a not-so-perfect/too-eco-conscious little brother who doesn’t deter you from loving him so. You’ve built a network of friends who find solace in your café working to earn a living and dreading Christmas is around the corner.

You cannot wait for Christmas to get by. It would be an amazing time of the year for you since for once y
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.
Disappointed. Colgan was onto a winning formula (I felt) with Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe but then she went off the boil with this lacklustre sequel. I tried, I loved the characters in the original book, but for some reason everything all of a sudden fell flat. The relationship was no longer filling me with butterflies, the characters became one-dimensional and rather un-likeable and I wanted nothing more than to end my torture, so I did. I skimmed the rest of the book, discovered that the endin ...more
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
A lovely feel-good read . . . perfect for this time of year.
The sequel to Meet Me At the Cupcake Café, this lovely little novel tries to further sort out protagonist Issy's life and love. The same great characters are further developed and the wit and laugh-out-loud elements are present. Cogan has a different ear than I do for the way small children talk, but that's just picky. She is dead-on with some of the ironies of Christmas (brass quintets blaring the tender "Once in Royal David's City," for example). A sequel that almost outshines its predecessor, ...more
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
I now have reached the conclusion that Jenny Colgan is now one of my favourite authors and I absolutely must buy the rest of her novels! !! like the first novel meet me at the cupcake cafe this delicious sequel lived up to my expectations not only did it continue to make me mouthwateringly hungry for pretty much anything sweet but the book kept me interested and it took me no time at all to devour it!!! Issy and Austen face the some very hard decisions in this book and it really tests the streng ...more
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This review was originally posted on Chicklit vs Fantasy
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
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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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