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Meet Me at the Cupcake Café (At the Cupcake Café #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,873 Ratings  ·  690 Reviews
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 cafe.
Paperback, 456 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Little, Brown Book Group
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Arlene
Jun 11, 2015 Arlene rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, adult, read-2015
What a wonderful story filled with recipes that will tempt your sweet tooth. I was in the mood for a corner cafe story and this fit the bill perfectly. My first experience with Jenny Colgan’s novels, and I immediately grabbed her other books because she hit the mark with my literary craving.

When Issy Randall is made redundant in her city job, she takes her severance pay and decides to open a Cupcake Café that will display all the wonderful recipes she’s inherited from her grandfather. It’s not a
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Maxi  ♥
Mar 30, 2015 Maxi ♥ rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-my-shelf, 2015
*2.5 stars*

This book was enjoyable but it was really hard for me to get into it. I actually had to put it down for weeks before finally finishing it.
The main problem I had with this book was that I didn't like the format. There are different POVs and it's so annoying switching for one to another to another to another in the same chapter, because you don't have the possibility to really know the characters which, by the way, are one-dimensional and not that original or interesting.

It's not the
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Mike Finn
Mar 27, 2012 Mike Finn rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This books is an excellent cupcake: light, full of flavour and with just the right amount of sweetness to make you smile.

This was my first Jenny Colgan book. My wife bought it for me because I’d said that it was good to see a novel that set out simply to bring its readers some happiness. The book kept its promise.
There was enough plot to keep me turning the pages, enough character definition to want the heroine to win through and choose the right guy in the end and enough contemporary British
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Renate
Feb 03, 2013 Renate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklits
This is really one of the nicest books I've ever read! It was such a warm, funny, well-written story I really couldn't put it down. I came by it in a bookstore in Ireland, and somehow the cover persuaded me to buy it, although I don't like the color pink.

The story might be a bit unrealistic, for everything that happens to Issy, the main character, happens like perfect coincidence, but all too luckily timed. It doesn't decrease the story, though. It might actually make it better. Everytime somet
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 12, 2016 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
You probably know this story. A young woman loses her job and decides to try what she does best and open a cupcake cafe. You know there will be a Bad Boy and an almost unseen Love Interest. You know this poor woman is going to struggle to run the cafe. But you know that Good will triumph and that this woman is going to find Love and Happiness at her cafe and that’s why you will read it this summer and love it, despite its predictability. You will, I assure you. You will love it.
Wendy
Feb 19, 2016 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Mom
Shelves: fiction, moms-books
This was an excellent book. I didn't feel like I knew what was going to happen ahead of time, either with Issy's business or her love life, and I was actually worried about it. I really wanted Issy to succeed and be happy. It isn't often that chick lit makes me feel that way--usually I dislike the main female character and only grudgingly want things to turn out well for her, often because everyone else is just as unlikeable or worse. This book actually did a lovely job of making characters who ...more
Martha
I read this in a day and a half, so obviously it had something going for it. Good dialog, appealing if cliched trope of arrogant boyfriend taught a lesson, and I enjoyed the setting-up-a-business plot. This had a lot of similarities to the other book by this author that I've read, Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams--perhaps too many. The plot was definitely wish-fulfillment, and pretty unrealistic, but it's escapist literature after all. A couple of things bugged me in particular--the ...more
Rea Sinfield
Jun 05, 2011 Rea Sinfield rated it it was amazing
Meet Me at The Cupcake Cafe is the first book I have read by Jenny Colgan. I have found the last few weeks when I have gone in to Whsmiths to find a new release book which I haven't read I am stuck as there seems to be a bit of down time in the kind of books I like to read. What pulled me to this book was firstly there is a statement about the book from an author I enjoy ( Sophie Kinsella ) secondly the style of the front cover which is pink and cream which is very fitting considering the book i ...more
Obsidian
Feb 29, 2016 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So sometimes you get a chance to read a romance novel that not only gives you the feels (lots of aww moments) but also has a really good moving plot that keeps you engaged the whole way through. Except for a couple of tone deaf moments that didn't work for me. I loved mostly everything about this book.

Thirty one year old Issy Randall has a job that she doesn't love, but pays the bills while she gets to indulge in her baking. After getting fired (by her boyfriend of all people) she finally gets t
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
A baker, a real estate agent, and then back to a baker. Issy Randall had come full circle in her life, but could the circle be completed?

Issy lost her job at the real estate agency and was at a loss as to what she could do for a living. She wanted to do something creative this time around. She decided to open a cupcake shop since she had Grandpa’s recipes and his inherent baking talent to back her up. Issy started out having a rough time with her new endeavor, but she wasn't giving up just yet.
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SOS Aloha
Jul 07, 2013 SOS Aloha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me. – Audrey Hepburn

Issy Randall grew up in her grandfather’s bakery in Manchester, England. She learned how to knead bread, whip meringue, and frost cakes. Issy also watched her grandfather take care of his community, in good times and bad. In turn, the community turned Grandpa’s bakery into a success. The roles reverse when Issy is now working in London and Grandpa is relocated to a nearby care facility as
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Jenn Ravey
Jul 23, 2013 Jenn Ravey rated it really liked it
The smell of a bakery is home to Issy Randall, who grew up in her grandfather’s bakery. Now that he’s ailing and in a nursing home, Issy asks him to transcribe her favorite recipes while he still can. Baking isn’t Issy’s job, but she fills her evenings experimenting with recipes, and her coworkers at an estate agent company reap the rewards.

When the company announces redundancies, especially hard as Issy has been in a relationship with her boss for nearly a year, Issy is despondent. The only thi
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Inge
2.5 stars

Meet Me At the Cupcake Café tells the story of Issy, who recently got fired by her boss/secret-not-so-secret-boyfriend-not-really-boyfriend Graeme. She’s devastated and doesn’t know what to do (with her job and Graeme), until she gets an epiphany and decides that she should open a cupcake café, following in the footsteps of her Grampa Joe, who used to own a very successful bakery back in the day. The café, efficiently titled The Cupcake Café has a slow start but eventually becomes the h
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Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 Suad Shamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2012
So to keep it short, I thought this was a very well-written book with a sweet plot, amicable characters and a happy ending.

Issy is a very "nice" character, and like all "nice" people, that tends to get annoying sometimes. Her relationship with Graeme, and her obsession with him and stupidity at continuously taking him back to be treated like a doormat was the "annoying" part.

Otherwise, I think what I liked most about this book was how much I felt I related to it. Everyone (at least all those I k
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Mom
Jan 07, 2016 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because the title was cute and the summary sounded different, unlike all the other ones I picked up that had the same premise, same characters with the names and places changed. Still, I was not sure I would like it. As I was reading, I realized that it was keeping my interest. There were a few minor things that I didn't care for. The children in the story were written uncharacteristic of the ages they were supposed to be. The climax was anticlimactic and could have used more d ...more
Liisa
May 09, 2011 Liisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fab-chick-lit
Ok … so I might harbour a secret desire to own a cupcake café and I am absolutely addicted to all things cupcake so I knew I had to read Jenny Colgan’s “Meet Me at the Cupcake Café”, I just didn’t know if I’d like it.

As it turned out, I didn’t like it but instead I loved it! This, for me, is what chick lit is all about. Cute cover, cute premise, solid characters and brilliant writing. An enjoyable, comforting and engaging read. And for me, it was like slipping into a pair of much-loved slippers
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~☆laura
May 20, 2015 ~☆laura rated it it was amazing
OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK! !!! having never read a Jenny Colgan book I admit I fell in love with her book covers and the thought of reading a book about cupcakes and had absolutely no idea what she as an author was like and now I can honestly say her writing is as beautiful as her covers and she's now been added to my list of favourite authors. Meet me at the cupcake cafe was a delight to read not only did it make me want to go out and buy a load of cake ingredients it was one of those books I reall ...more
Nadine
Dec 21, 2012 Nadine rated it liked it
Die Idee fand ich wunderbar, zuckersüss und charmant, genau das richtige für die Vorweihnachtszeit. Aaaaber…:

1. Perspektivwechsel: Die Perspektive wechselt permanent hin und her, was ich generell als störend empfinde, hier aber noch unkoordinierter wirkte als in anderen Büchern.
2. Selbst die Beweggründe und Gedanken von Gegenspielern, die für jeden offensichtlich sind, werden noch einmal durchgekaut, damit auch wirklich jeder mitbekommt, was für ein fieser Charakter es ist. Ich finde es viel spa
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Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Allison
Book provided by NetGalley
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book.

Review: Part Romantic Comedy, part Chick-lit, Meet Me At The Cupcake Café is a charming story set in a little town off London about a woman who loses a job and finds her dream of opening a cupcake café.

Instilled with a natural talent for baking by her beloved Grandfather, Issy Randall finds her life and her romance with her boss turned upside down when she is made redundant (a British term for downsizing)
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Goldie
Aug 30, 2012 Goldie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers
Originally posted on My Book Musings.

Sometimes, I don’t like reading books that talk about baking, especially about cupcakes. I’m a very picky eater and I’ve only eaten about one or two cupcakes in my life, but I enjoy looking at them. I’m kinda like Louis in that regard – once I taste something awful, I am very hesitant (or never again) to trying it out again.

Anyway, I took my sweet time reading this book instead of rushing through it because I wanted to savor it. From the first few pages, I wa
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Smitha
Sep 27, 2012 Smitha rated it really liked it
Issy Randal works in admin at a cut-throat real estate agency. She loves baking, having been taught by her grandfather, a passionate baker, whom she adores. Taking cupcakes to work, sharing with her friends during her commute and living a steady, peaceful life, Issy is satisfied with the way her life is going. Her grandfather is now older and needs help. She brings him to London from Manchester, where he lived all his life, so that he is near her in a nice nursing home. The only sad thing in her ...more
Adrienne Furness
Alicia recommended this one, and I loved it. Light and fun summery read--plus coffee, baking, and recipes.
Ena Hasečić
Ubrzo nakon što sam ovaj roman dobila za rođendan bacila sam se na čitanje i nisam požalila!

Nakon što su je proglasili viškom na poslu, Isi odlučuje otvoriti kafe u kojem će posluživati kolače pravljene prema receptima svog dragog dede. U toj avanturi nailazi na mnoge prepreke ali i upoznaje nove ljude, novu ljubav... Veoma zanimljivo sa mnoštvom oooodliičnih recepata za kolače, kapkejke, palačinke i divnih citata. Roman koji pokazuje kako u životu ne treba odustajati i kako u svemu treba tražit
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Ava
Apr 07, 2015 Ava rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I am surprised how much I ended up liking this book and the characters in it. A story about dreams, love and family. I especially liked the relationship between the main character and her granddad, which reminded me a lot of my late grandfather and his situation, which brought many tears to my eyes, while reading it. All in all a very lovely story. First time reading Jenny Colgan, but certainly not least.
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
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Estoy segura de que he engordado al menos cinco kilos con este libro. No, no es una queja... He comido riquísimos pastelitos, una y otra vez mientras leía la novela. Es más, apenas abrí el libro por primera vez, me tenté y corrí a realizar paso por paso la receta para los scones con mermelada. Oh, sí, es delicioso, tantos los scones como la novela.
Issy es una excelente repostera, talento que aprendió de su abuelo Joe, quien en sus buenos tiempos tuvo tres panadería
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Cari
Jun 28, 2015 Cari rated it really liked it
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe is the first book I've read by Jenny Colgan and I must say that I'm glad I decided to take a gamble on a new author! This book is the epitome of "chick lit" with its rom-com type vibes and endearing female main character, who faces obstacle after obstacle in life and love, yet manages to persevere. There are elements of family, romance, and self-actualization that make the characters' stories such realistic portrayals of both the most difficult and most rewarding aspe ...more
La Coneja de Papel
Dec 24, 2014 La Coneja de Papel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Cuando vi la portada me encantó y me engañé pensando que este chick-lit iba a ser diferente. Evidentemente me equivoqué. No sabría por dónde empezar.

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Sara009
Apr 28, 2014 Sara009 rated it really liked it
Više je 3.5, nego 4.
Lagana i opuštajuća knjiga. Draga mi je zbog radnje i njenog ostvarenja sna.
Prvi dio knjige mi je bolji.
No riječ je o kolačima i ima i recepata. *-*
Morati ću nešto isprobati da vidim jel valjaju čemu...
Ann
May 20, 2015 Ann rated it it was ok
Ik geef toe : ik heb dit boek vooral gelezen omwille van de titel. Blijkt dat je een boek niet mag kiezen omwille van de titel alleen (had ik dat al niet moeten weten?). Het verhaal was minimaal, binnen 3 weken weet ik vast de namen van de personages al niet meer en het was allemaal bijster voorspelbaar.
De enige reden voor de 2e ster is dat er doorheen het boek receptjes staan voor originele cupcakes en taarten en ja, dat trekt me dan toch over de streep voor de 2e ster. Ik ben ook vast van pla
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Alice
Dec 27, 2014 Alice rated it it was ok
I honestly don’t remember how this book began. I remember what I was hoping to find, because I love baking, I love cupcakes, I’d like to open my bakery… but wow, this book. Looking back at it, it seems like a different writer took over about halfway through.

Short version: Bloated, in need of severe editing, lackluster characters, no conflict.

In the beginning, all Issy has going for her is that she’s nailing her boss. Her uber attractive “male model, sharp lines” boss who is, apparently, half tig
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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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“I have a head for business and a body for sin. Unfortunately, the sin appears to be gluttony.” 40 likes
“Life was always easier, reflected Issy, when you were carrying a large Tupperware full of cakes. Everyone was happy to see you then.” 18 likes
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