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Christmas at the Cupcake Café

(Cupcake Café #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,857 ratings  ·  602 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
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Molly F The author includes a section in the introduction explaining all the characters and their stories in the first book. You can certainly read this witho…moreThe author includes a section in the introduction explaining all the characters and their stories in the first book. You can certainly read this without reading the first, though both are fun!(less)

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Nov 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Got cupcakes? Issy Randall does! She bakes them fresh every day at her London bakery, the Cupcake Café. Now that the Christmas season is drawing near, Issy is up to her eyebrows in batter, icing, and stress. That’s right – stress! But it’s not what you’d expect. She loves her job, her business, and her boyfriend Austin. But in Christmas at the Cupcake Café, Issy’s troubles begin when Austin travels to New York City for an interview for a promotion. Will he be swept off his feet by the big city b ...more
Oct 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Best Jenny Colgan book Ive read, added bonus recipes every two chapters that sounds amazing with funny comments by author.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2014
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
Dec 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-on-2021
A Smarmy, and ultimately forgettable Christmas romance. I was not impressed.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book picks up a year after the end of Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe. Please don't read since there are spoilers for Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe included in this review.

Issy is finally content, she has an awesome boyfriend in Austin. She loves living with him and working at her cafe with Pearl and Caroline. Though she feels adrift from her best friend Helena since Helena had a baby, she still feels happy about things. And one of the things she loves most of all is celebrating Christmas.

So pr
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
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. ...more
Helen Dunn
Jan 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Wow. Super terrible. It’s like she changed and ruined the personality of every character except for one adorable toddler.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gentle-reads
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Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelf
Cute and lighthearted. Definitely a feel good read!
Erica Chaillot
Dec 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sweet romance back at the Cupcake Cafe. I felt I was rooting for these people. What a fun ending, I hope she continues this series.
Claire Meadows
A world away from my usual literary fare - I picked this up because I loved the first Cupcake Cafe book. I wish I hadn't bothered. I got 40 pages in before I threw it on the floor - lazy writing in the extreme. For a start, the lovely cast from the first book have turned into a cast of utter miseries.

Issy can't seem to see beyond her nose end in terms of supporting her boyfriend who is actually doing what he's doing to support her (lazy gender stereotyping here: 'oh, look how hopeless Austin wa
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Feeling ready for a bit of festive, fun, feel good fiction? Christmas at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan includes all the delicious ingredients needed for a warm and delightful Christmas romance. We have Issy, the hardworking owner of the tinsel bedecked Cupcake Café in London. Then there’s Austin, the caring boyfriend, doing his best to get on in the world by accepting a job in snowy, lonely New York. Not forgetting Pearl, Caroline and Helena who make a whole stack of interesting friends.

Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Lynette Burnett
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really love The Cupcake Cafe and all the characters in it! I'm really hoping for at least one more Cupcake Cafe book from Jenny Colgan because there were some storylines left unfinished (Pearl and Caroline). ...more
Joanna Nurin
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
She did it again. Good job Jenny Colgan!
Hanje Richards
Dec 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Just what I needed. A book about baking and New York and England.
Mrs Kate
It was a good read
Claire  (Jst1MoreChapter)
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
almost 4 took me a whole month to read this but not to the fault of the book, I've been in a reading funk for so long!

This was a pretty sweet little read which I enjoyed quite a lot, I liked the writing and the pace, but it left a few loose ends, I now know it's part of a series but it's okay as a standalone...

why not 5?... I like a book boyfriend with a bit more assertion, Austin was nice but he was a bit passive, he wasn't very bold... and Issy, as much as I related to her, was al
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book enjoyed the storyline and loved the cafe all the cakes a feel good book a good cozy read.
Kelly Thomas
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book continues the story of Issy and Austin that we met in Meet Me at the Cupcake Café a year after we left them. The second instalment was just as good as the first with a load of Christmas spirit thrown in.

We see all the great characters return from the first book, Pearl, Louis, Caroline, Darny and Helena as well as the main characters Issy and Austin. Their lives have all moved on with a new set of challenges facing each of them.

I would imagine this book is more enjoyable if you have rea
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rea Cobb
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Oh, Jenny....why is your writing so inconsistent??? I loved the first book in this series so much that I couldn't wait until Christmas to read this one. Issy was so delightful then, charming, determined and tough--and her banter with Pearl and Caroline both heartwarming and funny at times. Austin I could have done without, but somehow I had hoped he'd become less of a drip in this book. NOPE. Thankfully the supporting cast was enough to (barely) earn the book a 3-star "I kinda liked it" rating b ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
SO the verdict! It really was a cute and enjoyable story, got me smiling at some point here and there, made me wish I was in New York, made me crave cupcakes (which I literally went to get), etc etc... BUT it was kind of cliché. I have skim read here and there, especially the last let's say 100 pages. I've only read the parts that were Issy or Austin's POVs (main characters) because I couldn't be bothered to read about the others. What I did like A LOT, is that at the start of every new chapter ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Shirley Revill
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this story. Easy to read but very hard to put down. Recommended.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books, 2018, romance
This book annoyed me so much!
Kerry Henderson
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Issy is happy running her little cupcake cafe with her friends when her boyfriend announces hes off to New York for a job interview. Issy knows theres a good chance he may get it and a new start is just what he and his brother needs but what about her. Where does that leave Issy?

Aww such a cute little christmas story. Love the contrast between New York and London. The plot is cute and simple with an ending as expected for the story. The plot is slow and steady with the clever addition of the ot
Jane Shand
Jan 07, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a warm and cosy romance with a bit of humour and some lovely characters. Issy thinks her life is finally sorted with her Cupcake Cafe doing well, good friends and a devoted boyfriend - but of course life throws some spanners in the works by her boyfriend possibly getting offered a job in New York (she is in London), a job that he would be a fool to turn down - wouldn’t he?
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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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