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Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,308 ratings  ·  196 reviews
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Fay and Danny are madly in love and it's a
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Sphere (first published October 29th 2017)
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Amanda Bannister
3.5 stars - lovely and light Christmas read!
Karen Mace
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, Love, Love this book!! I adored Cake Shop in the Garden, so was extremely happy to find out that there was a chance to catch up with the characters Fay and Danny! And it has been a delight from start to finish to read the latest chapter in their story!

Fay is such a wonderful character with a heart of gold, and no matter how badly people around her treat her, she will always come out smiling and trying to find the best in people. She's a better woman than me! Whilst her and Danny are enjoyi
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Agi
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases, 2017

Don't shake your head at me but it was a real surprise for me to see that "Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights" is a continuation of Fay and Danny's from "The Cake Shop in the Garden" adventures - it being a Carole Matthews' book I didn't take the trouble to read a synopsis, as with many other auto - buy authors, and already knowing it's going to be a fabulous, festive read.

Fay and Danny, deeply in love, are enjoying their nomadic life on the canal boat but when they get a call from Lija that S
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~Sofia~
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Love Love Love Fay and the wonderful cast of characters that come along for the ride!

This is a wonderful cosy christmas story that will continue the journey with Fay, Danny, Lija and the adorable Stan. As we delve ever deeper into their storylines you will not be disappointed. If you loved the first book as much as I did then you will certainly enjoy the second instalment. It’s funny, emotional and warm hearted. Matthews writes novels that really warm your heart and make you feel happy and hun
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Nessa
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Carole Matthews books and this one didn't disappoint.

Having previously read and loved her book The Cake Shop in the Garden, I was so excited to read this her new book as it meant I got to be reacquainted with all of the wonderful characters esp Fay and Danny again.

Thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish. Couldn't put it down and didn't want the story to end.
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Nicola Clough
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carole never fails to disappoint at all with her books and this one was excellent and had you hooked from the first page and full of romance and families and friends and having enjoyed the first book I was looking forward to what would happen next. I also hope abut her book follows on as well as feel there is more to come. Fay and Danny are in love and left to travel in their canal boat and day gets a phone call to say her elderly neighbour to where she lived has been taken ill she knows she has ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is always a treat to sit down and read a new Christmas Carole Matthews book, and within pages I knew I was in for another wonderful book from one of my all time favourite authors.

If you are a fan of Carole Matthews, then you will recognise Fay and Danny instantly from The Cake Shop in the Garden, but if you haven't read it, then don't panic, this can easily be read as a standalone too. In fact took me a short while to really remember the characters, and was so pleased to be able to spend mor
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Shirley
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous book, I was so excited to read Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights, I so love Danny and Stan, lovely characters and a gorgeous, cosy book, perfect for Christmas 🎄
Leonie
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What I've learned from this novel: if you have a problem, drink alcohol. Lots of it. ...more
Joséphine (Word Revel)
December 24, 2018

My full book review is now up on Word Revel.

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December 21, 2018

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Initial thoughts: I love a good Christmas story — yes, even with a huge dose of romance — around this time of the year. On that front Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights delivered for the sweetness amidst the hardships the characters faced. I adored Lija and Stan, though they were secondary characters. Rounded up with Fay and Danny, the main characters, as well as Rainbow, this book wa
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Clare
Listened to in audio format.

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is the follow up book to The Cake Shop In The Garden.

At the end of Cake Shop in The Garden Faye Merryweather had gone to live with Danny Wilde on his boat The Dreamcatcher.

Danny and Faye had been living a nomadic lifestyle touring the canals when Faye received a phone call from her friend an ex employee Lija. Her friend 93 year old Stan was poorly and Lija could not cope on her own.

Worried about her friend she went straight back to
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Hannah
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sooooooo I said a while ago I wasn't sure if I'd get this book while it was only out in hardback because it doesn't fit so well on my shelves! BUT I couldn't not get it and it dropped right down in price.... and I mean it's not Christmas without a new Christmas chicklit book!

I LOVE Carole Matthews books and I adored "The Cake Shop in the Garden" when it came out. So when I realised this was another book with Fay in I couldn't resist, plus it's set at Christmas and it features lots of cake! What
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Karen Whittard
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was so nice to return to the characters from the cake shop in the garden. I really hope this isn’t the last we see of them. I would really love another book involving them all. Lovely book with a wonderful Christmassy feel.
Sharah McConville
Loved the next installment of Fay Merryweather's story. I hope there's more to come! ...more
Lainy
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 4 days in and out

Pages - 392

Publisher - Sphere

Source - Bought

Blurb from Goodreads

Indulge in this wonderful, cake-filled novel of romance and friendship. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is Sunday Times bestselling Carole Matthews doing what she does best!

Fay and Danny are madly in love and it's all Fay's ever dreamed of. But she left everything - including the delightful cake shop she used to run - to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. And as she
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Ria
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Danny and Fay are crazy in love and after her sister sells the family house and cake shop she takes off for a life on the canal though she misses her friends who have become like family to her and mourns the life she also left behind.
But then one call changes everything, she rushes back to the little cake shop and she is thrust back into her old routine.
Though happy to be back the couple and also her friends face many obstacles if they are all to work to save the cafe from sinking.
Troubles and d
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Kelly Thomas
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights is the sequel to Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews. I haven’t read the first book and was able to get stuck into this one. All it did was leave me intrigued to how Fay and Danny’s story started.

This book is full of festive fun which have to be experienced whilst battling against many obstacles.

Fay and Danny have been traveling the waters of Britain on his canal boat but Fay returns home after a phone call from her friend, leaving Danny behind. Once h
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Jennifer Bibby
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cakes, canal boats and Christmas - what's not to love?! ...more
Zoe Hall
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Gorgeous book once again.

Fay, Danny, Lija, Stan, Edie and now Rainbow have become like old friends. I love this book and I love these characters. A gorgeous festive story with a sprinkling of cake, (view spoiler) and romance thrown in.

One of my favourite books by Carole Matthews. I'd highly recommend this book for a light, festive read to curl up with a nice mug of tea and a good slice of cake.
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Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
What a lovely book to kick start my Christmas reading with! It was so great to be back with Fay and her perfectly imperfect mismatched family over Christmastime. This book was a heartwarming and cosy read about family, friendship and of course baking! I loved how this book shows that you don't have to have lots of money to have a lovely Christmas, just those that you love around you. These characters are my favourite that Carole Matthews has ever written (especially lovely Stan!) and I really ho ...more
Ali Bookworm
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carole Matthews never fails.tp deliver and this book was no exception. I had really enjoyed The Cake Shop in the Garden and was thrilled that this was the follow up to see how all the characters got on. All were really likeable and the story flowed well. It was a lovely festive read, no major disasters, dreadful illnesses and nobody died - just a good old fashioned fun read. AND it makes me want to live on a canal boat too.
Jo
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this follow up to The Cake Shop in the Garden - didn't want to put it down. Enjoyed meeting up with all the old characters and finding out what has happened to them. I don't want to post any spoilers but this is a fantastic feel good story. Hope there is another installment. ...more
Helen
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very easy read, however I would have liked more of a story rather than ‘everyday life’.
Amanda
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved returning to the cake shop in the garden. It was like revisiting old friends but it left me wondering if there will be another book in the series. I really hope so!
Nicole
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, chic-lit
It wouldn't be that most wonderful time of year without a new novel from beloved British author, Carole Mattthews. This year Matthews brings us Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights, the sequel to her popular The Cake Shop In The Garden. While it is always ideal to read the prequel, this can be read as a stand-a-lone as Matthews provides just the right amount of background information for new readers. While it's difficult to imagine a freezing cold Christmas that brings snow in Australia, Matthew ...more
booksofallkinds
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delicious cakes, a beautiful setting, and characters that feel like family are all awaiting you among the pages of CHRISTMAS CAKES & MISTLETOE NIGHTS by Carole Matthews.

Fay is finally happy and completely in love with Danny, the man of her dreams. Life on the canals definitely has its challenges but The Dreamcatcher really does feel like home and nothing beats cuddling up with Danny on a frosty evening. Yes, Fay misses her old friends and her childhood home where she ran her cafe, but she is su
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Louise Mackin
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic follow on to The cake shop in the garden, it was great to be back with the characters and to find out what they were up to.
A nice easy christmassy read that was ideal to pick and put down over the festive period.
It would be nice to read another installment in the future, here's hoping Carole Matthews writes one.
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Debbie Austick
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It carried on with the same characters from the Cake Shop in the Garden. An easy read but a great story line. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I found Rainbow so irritating! ...more
Vickie Richens
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book. Loved it
Estelle Golding
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the continued saga of Fay and Danny. Just a nice, easy to read romance story.
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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.

A Minor Indiscretion and A Compromising Position both reached the Top 5 in the Sunday Times bestseller chart in the UK. You Drive Me Crazy reached number 8 in the original fiction charts. The novel Welcom
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