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Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

(At the Cupcake Café #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  12,530 ratings  ·  1,114 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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May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, read-2015, romance
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
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-reads
*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
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.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a sweet book about a woman discovering her strengths. But, it seemed to take a long time. And she kept falling back into the bad relationship with the ex. I kept wanting to slap her silly and tell her to stop being his doormat. Wait till you see what an ass he was to her. And since this book is written through everyone’s POV you even get to hear how he justifies his crappy actions.
Anyway, great recipes. 🤷🏼♀
Mike Finn
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I'm categorizing this under romance, not chick lit. There was nothing "chick lit" about it. Predictable, but fun. However, disappointing in a few places.

* Very slow start, I almost gave up on it
* Heroine leaves a lot to be desired. I mean really, ex boyfriend says "jump" and she says how high.
* Abrupt ending, with an unexpected twist done solely to alert you that there are more books coming.

I don't think this is the best this author has.
Feb 03, 2013 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
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
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.
Amra Alihodzic
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rea Cobb
Jun 05, 2011 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
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
Nida Kazi
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. The most disappointing thing was the unexpected change of povs in sentences. For one moment I'm in Issy,'s head and the next without any distinction I am in someone's else. I had to read almost twice. Also what century this book was written can be very questionable. Also Issy doesn't act like a 31 year old. Somethings were beyond my understanding. Also I cant believe she was actually thinking of getting together with that jerk shithead even after what he did!

( Issy can be really anno
Pankhuri Paliwal
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I love the feels of this book with lots of cupcakes bakery and coffee. This centres around life of Issy and also slightly on pearl ,Helena and Caroline with Austin and Graeme being her love interest. Graeme was so horrible he just used and dropped her from his life while Austin was really sweet. Allover it is a good chicklit novel
Jan 28, 2016 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
Jenny Colgan muss ja sehr Erfolg haben mit dem Dessertmilieu in ihren ChickLits, nach Cupcakes gibts ja jetzt schon den Süssigkeiten wie Schokoladen Ableger. Nun aber zum Ursprung von diesem "Trend". Die Rezepte waren ne nette Idee, besonders für leidenschaftliche Bäckerinnen. Ich gehöre nicht dazu, deswegen habe ich nach dem 3. Kapitel die Rezepte nur noch übersprungen. Besonders anfangs hatte es mir zu viele Charaktere. Wieso muss man die Perspektive von so vielen zeigen? (view spoiler) ...more
Ena Hasečić
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute and sweet.... Like a cupcake.
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Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe' is about Issy, who, one day, loses her boring office job. After trying unsuccessfully to get a new one, she takes all the money her old company has given her and opens a little café on a street far off the beaten track. Because if there's one thing Issy's really good at, it's baking.
Of course, becoming an successful entrepreneur isn't as easy for Issy as she would've liked, but her dear friends, a very nice bank adviser and her grandpa, who supplies her with his ol
Killien Huynh
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I read a romance or chick lit book, I just randomly found it at my sister's house and try something new to killing time. It turns out to be a good reading time. I love all the lovely cake receipts written by grandpa Joe. I think everyone would love to have a sweet and great grandpa like Joe. Other characters are also interesting and lovely, you can't really hate anyone, except Issy. I don't really understand her, however I know there is a type of woman who act and think li ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a cute chick-lit book. I loved how Izzy was so down to earth and felt like your best friend. And the problems she faced throughout are normal girl issues that we all face at some point. But I love how she went from a shy girl to a strong businesswoman. This was just such a cute story! I wanna visit the Cupcake Cafe!!

#SassyBookworm😏 #Chicklit #RomCom
Feb 26, 2016 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
SOS Aloha
Jul 03, 2013 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
Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 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
Meet Me at the Cupcake Café is a standalone novel written by author Jenny Colgan. I read this as part of a goodreads group reading challenge to "catch up" on past book of the month's. I expected to love this book- I mean what's not to love about cupcakes and chick lit? While I did like this book overall, it was more of an "ok" for me. I started out really enjoying the drama of the main character Issy sleeping with her boss, getting laid off, then feeling empowered by her ex-coworkers to open her ...more
Book of Secrets
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MEET ME AT THE CUPCAKE CAFE was a fun book to read. The main character, Issy, was delightful and quirky, and I was rooting for her every step of the way. After getting laid off from her clerical job at a real estate office, she decides to follow her dream of running her own bakery, just like her beloved grandpa did while she was growing up. This is a huge life change for Issy, and the road to success is rocky with many hard lessons to learn along the way.

Issy was an endearing and kindhearted cha
Sep 25, 2015 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
Apr 17, 2011 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
A typical Jenny Colgan book--sweet, mostly light, a bit predictable but a definite feel-good read, a palate cleanser that will make you want to open a bakery in a quirky London neighborhood, have a flat with a pink kitchen, and crave all manner of cupcakes and other baked goods. Issy is a likable heroine, if a bit naive, and the supporting characters are fun. There are plenty of recipes included although rather than bake, it made me want to run to my favorite cupcake place and order a dozen. ;-)
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
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Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including 'The Little Shop of Happy Ever After' and 'Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery', which are also published by Sphere.' Meet Me at the Cupcake Café' won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was 'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams', which won the RNA Romantic ...more

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“I have a head for business and a body for sin. Unfortunately, the sin appears to be gluttony.” 73 likes
“Life was always easier, reflected Issy, when you were carrying a large Tupperware full of cakes. Everyone was happy to see you then.” 24 likes
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