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The Cake Shop In The Garden

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,891 ratings  ·  310 reviews
Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde wa ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published January 18th 2015 by Sphere (first published January 8th 2015)
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Mar 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a really nice, summery read set on the Grand Union Canal in a village just outside Milton Keynes. Fay runs a canalside cake shop and café, as well as caring full time for her mother Miranda and has been happily plodding along for the past 10 years with her boyfriend Anthony. She is about to get more than one kick up the bum and over the course of one glorious English summer her life is about to change completely.

I really loved the characters, especially Lija the spiky gothy waitress. Th
Wiebke (1book1review)
Okay, before you decide against reading due to my low rating, let me say I am not a regular reader of romance novels, for exactly the reasons I didn't like the book.
If you don't mind that the writing is overly cheesy, repetitive and long winded, you'll be fine.
If you don't mind that the story follows the standard story line, you'll be fine.
If you don't mind a narrator who constantly doesn't see herself in the right light, gives everything for others, and belittles herself, you'll be fine.

Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read.

However, I agree with another reviewer's perspective that the heroine was too obtuse and it definitely impacted the overall strength of the story. It's hard to believe that someone who can run a successful business, and survive to the age of 42, could be so gullible.

That being said, I still found the story to be engaging and entertaining. I was hooked from the first page all the way to the very last page. Carole Matthews is certainly a master in chick lit and knows how to
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Carole Matthews has long been a favourite of mine. She’s one of the Chick Lit Queens, and I really, really enjoyed her last couple of books A Place To Call Home and The Christmas Party. What I like is that, despite having written over 20 books (maybe even over 25) none of her books are ever the same. They’re always different and always enjoyable, so I was so looking forward to The Cake Shop In The Garden. AND it was blurbed by Mary Berry which is pretty freaking cool, actually.

The Cake Shop In T
Melanie Mole
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
An absolute delight!
Paul E. Morph
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me and it's not often I can say that these days.

It starts slowly... too slowly, really... and for the first third of the novel it was very much a case of 'so far, so predictable'. I was also worried I was going to die of an overdose of twee.

Then, at about the forty per cent mark, when I thought I had the whole plot pre-mapped, it threw me a major curveball.

I'm not going to say what that curveball was, because I try to be as spoiler-free as possible, but suffice it to say that
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy during a bitterly cold and snowy spell in January. Perfect antidote to winter.

Fay Merryweather lives with her bedridden mother, Miranda, in The Canal House where she also runs a little cafe called Fay's Cakes. She has a partner of ten years, Anthony, who is hardly the attentive type and a sister, Edie, who lives in New York and expects Fay to fund her lifestyle whilst she doesn't work. Fay just loves to help everyone and is used disgrace
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Yet another one of Carole Matthews' books that disappoints me. I can't understand why people praise her that much. Her stories always fall so flat! At least, this one has a nice cover and some mouthwatering food references. Never, ever, again. Ever.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, kindle, a-z-2015
What a fantastic book- a beautiful cafe setting with a narrowboat also serving cake and lemonade at the bottom of the garden.

Fay has been looking after her bedridden mother for years- after she took to her bed after a bout of pneumonia. She is a very challenging patient and Fay has had to give up all hope of a normal life where she's free to go out or go on holiday. Her mother won't even have a night nurse looking after her. She's also taken for granted by her boyfriend who uses her as somewher
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review:

As usual, Carole Matthews’s books are such little treats that would brighten your day. With a string of best-sellers in her name, her trademark flair and humour is very much still shining brightly in her writing. If you know me well enough, I do love a good book that is food-themed, especially Jenny Colgan’s, and I really had high hopes for The Cake Shop in the Garden. Judging from the cover, it may seem like the run-of-the-mill romantic comedy
Sharon Mckinlay
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I felt so sorry for Fay & my heart was in my mouth at the end hoping it would all turn out the way she wanted it too. Lija was a great character, well, they all were but she was my favourite! I hope Carole Matthews writes a follow up book to let us know what happens next x
Laura Graves
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was actually really terrible and repetitive, with thoroughly unbelievable characters...yet I found myself enjoying it. Must do some soul searching to determine what that means about me as a person.
Book Addict Shaun
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, kindle
The Cake Shop in the Garden was once again another book from Carole Matthews that I devoured in just a couple of days.

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden along the canal. I enjoyed visualising this but found myself wishing for more description, especially of the cakes themselves. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her mother means Fay barely has any time for herself, and she has almost resigned herself to the fact that this is her lot in life. It took me a whil
Rachel Gilbey
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fay Merryweather, is running a teashop out of her garden, and also her narrowboat at the bottom of the garden on the canal. She gets a reasonable passing trade from people meandering up and down the canals near Milton Keynes, as well as people from the local village. While running this teashop, she also is sole carer to her bedridden mum Margaret, as well as a huge support to her sister in New York.

Fay has a long term partner of 10 years, in Anthony, who seems more interested in golf and his ha
Yvonne Morgan
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just delicious......really enjoyed reading this book. The storyline had me feeling mixed emotions ..Found my self shouting and smile at regular intervals as I escaped into the countryside narrow boat world.
Loved the characters...would not mind a Danny in my life with his coke break moments...AND AS STAN WOULD SAY.. Its my favourite......
Karen Mace
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
wonderful!! loved every minute!! the perfect chick-lit book. Read it NOW!!!
Sharon Atkinson
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another truly fantastic book from Carole Matthews. It certainly doesn't disappoint. I could not put it down.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Fay reminded me of my old self, I wanted to slap her so bad...!!

Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it

Forty-something Faye Merryweather is a kind-hearted woman who always takes care of everyone but herself. Her mother is bed-bound, though more out of stubbornness than necessity, and Fay is her sole caretaker. She does have a younger sister, Edie, but she lives in New York and is too caught up in her own life to consider the feelings of her sister and mother. The only reason she regularly Skypes Fay is to complain about her boyfriend and to beg her sister f
Shaz Goodwin
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those reviews that is going to be hard to write because I LOVED The Cake Shop in the Garden. If you're a regular blog reader you will know I'm a fan of Carole's but she's raised the bar even higher with her latest novel.

41 year old Fay is living at the house she was born and brought up in along the Grand Union Canal. Having given up her job to look after her invalid mother Marigold, sister Edie has shed all responsibility and is living in NY (although still in contact, draining aw
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I make no apologies for reviewing yet another book by the wonderful Carole Matthews - The Cake Shop In The Garden has been available for kindle and in hardcover since January, but I managed to contain myself until the paperback was published on 23rd April by Sphere. After all, there may be some of you who haven't discovered her writing - although I do somehow doubt it when this is her 29th novel to delight her legions of fans (I hope I've counted right!). I'm usually a greater fan of her Christm ...more
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Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fay Merryweather is the central character in this latest CM release but if I am being 100% honest for me, the character of Lija absolutely stole the show! Fay is a nice girl, but is adjusted to seemingly just taking abuse from her horrible mother. Fay’s mum is bedridden and Fay looks after her, whilst trying to run a small cake shop from her garden. The one thing Carole Matthews has always been able to do is perfectly describe the areas the characters are in. In this case my mind created the mos ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Carole Matthews novels are always different enough to make you not get bored with them.

I literally couldn't put this one down.

Again, Loved it.
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Warm and sunny with a slice of cake. 4/5 stars.

This review was originally posted on my book blog, Art and Soul.

The Cake Shop in the Garden was exactly what I needed to read on a unseasonably cold, grey, wet day. This book is sunny, sweet and romantic: ideal escapism if you’re having a tough time. It’s a fun, light read which made me smile a lot and laugh out loud a couple of times too.

I did have some problems with the first-person narrator, Fay. She’s extremely kind, caring and loyal… to the poi
Susan Buchanan
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an advance review copy - this is my honest review.
After a slow start (first 10%) Carole once again held my attention with her excellent characterisation, from bolshie Latvian Lija to sweet pensioner Stan and sister from hell, Edie. Pure chick lit, but with the added serious theme of caring for an elderly parent, particularly when you have no other familial support and the sacrifices you have to make. A gorgeous younger man, a long-term boyfriend who play
Zoe Hall
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, 4-stars
I am a big fan of both baking cake (especially The Great British Bake Off) and Carole Matthews so this just seemed like the perfect book for me. As usual, I love Carole's writing, particularly her use of description. I thought the characters were well written - even if I strongly disliked Fay's mother and Edie, and how they treated Fay!

I am also so excited about reading The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas - I love those books too.

A fantastic read, with some brilliant characters and just generally a
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks goes to Net Galley and the publishers for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

This in my opinion is one of Carole's best books. This book made me go on a rollercoaster of emotions and left me wanting a sequel. I could relate well to a situation that Fay finds herself in. I loved Danny and think everyone should have a Danny in their life.

This book had things I love in books. A strong lead character , a sexy man, cakes and friendship, what more can a person ask for? Howev
Meital Ben-Daniel
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-and-romance
A lovely book about running a cake shop in the setting of a beautiful garden by an English canal. Fay takes care of the people around her and "loses" herself along the way. Will she find her way to find happiness and untangle the commitments which hold her down? A highly recommended read!

Fay reminds me of Hope in "The Sweetness of Forgetting" by Kristin Harmel (another excellent book of "food-and-romance"). I loved both characters.

Mandy Radley
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really enjoyable read for a sunny Sunday.
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Carole Matthews is an international bestselling author of hugely successful romantic comedy novels. Her unique sense of humour has won her legions of fans and critical acclaim all over the world.

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