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The Cake Fairies

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  33 reviews
"Nigella in a novel." - HEIDI CATHERINE

1960's Somerset is no fun for cousins Polly and Annabelle Williams. Mourning their non-existent love lives, and the mundanity of village life, their only pleasure is baking - until a chance encounter has them magically transported to the bright lights of London... in 2019!

Promised a chance of love, first they must teach the people of
Kindle Edition, 397 pages
Published January 2020 by Independently Published
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Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I swore I had read the synopsis of this book when I requested a review copy but obviously, one of the crucial elements of this book must have slipped my mind when I actually got around to reading this ...
This book threw me off a little bit with its fantastical flavor especially in the beginning but I can vouch for this book being a winner - especially if you love both Rom-coms and foodie novels.

As I previously mentioned, the fantastical element - a time travel to future, 2019 - fifty years from
Jane Hunt
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it

The iconic late 1960s meets technology-obsessed 2019 with cake. Bizzare? Well, only if you try to rationalise it. If you accept the fantasy, filled with magical time travel and enjoy Polly and Annabelle's quest to get people talking face to face again, and stopping to smell the flowers, this story is fun.

The opening section, which outlines the women's lives in 1960s Somerset is detailed and slows the pace, but the younger age group, this book is targeted at, may need the detail, to see why life
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Cakes and time travel – perhaps neither of them elements you’ll usually find in the books I choose to read, but I really enjoyed this book. I particularly liked the writing – humour can be rather subjective, and I’ll admit that this book might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I really liked both the concept and the way the story was told. It’s quirky, jokey, and really good fun – but there are some welcome slightly harder edges at times as we explore the relationship between Polly and ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (

The Cake Fairies had a few different genres- a Pay It Forward theme, mixed in with foodie delectables, wrapped up in a Quantum Leap bow. Even with such vastly different genres, when those three elements were stirred up together, it made for a fun and unique read!

In the beginning, there was no way of knowing just how Polly and Annabelle would project into the year 2019. And once they get there, I felt right at home with the
Jirinka (sony08)
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbc, read-in-2020
Polly and Annabelle are stuck. In their little village, with their lovely little bakery, with pretty much useless families to look after, single and with no prospect of meeting the big Mr Right any time soon. It’s 1969 and unbeknown to them both, they have just about ran out of chances for happily, ever after.

But all is not lost. They meet a strange lady in a tent at local fair and well, things go a bit magic. They are transported to 2019 to be the new cake fairies and to have a go at happiness
Susan Angela Wallace
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The cake faerie by Isabella May.
A good read with some good characters. I liked the story although a little slow in places. I liked the way it went from 1969 to 2019. Different. I liked the cover. 4*.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Cake Fairies is a delightful read. The book starts off in 1960s Somerset, but doesn’t stay there. Polly and Anna find themselves in present day London on a mission to show people there is more to life than staring at a screen and tapping into a daily fix of online activity. The girls use cake, cake and more cake to entice people to be kinder to each other (and themselves).

There is, of course, more to the book than that – we have romance, humour, witty exchanges and a touch of magic.

I am so
Brenda Blair
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved all of Isabella Mays books thus far. This one was a bit slow to begin with but the storyline was great. It was definitely a great way to portray the “book fairy” idea as a “cake fairy” idea in hopes to get people to feel that human connection without technology. I love how the book used magic to jump from 1969 to 2019/2020. I didn’t like how Annabelle treat Polly when it came to love interest Z though. I loved the Costa Del Churros tie in as well. Overall I loved the book and the ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Fun, aspirational with a yummie romance. Full review to follow.

It's 1969 and cousins Polly and Annabelle are best friends as well as partners in the bakery, living and working in a small village near Glastonbury. The girls are approaching 30 and even though they've reached a level of success in their professional lives their love life is pretty non-existent.
It's the annual fair in the village and the girls are attracted to a tent to which reveals a woman who appears to know an awful lot about
Rachel Gilbey
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hmm a book starting in 1969, and one that features a form of time travel, normally two things that would have me running in the opposite direction.

However I somehow knew that in Isabella May's capable hands I may just be in for a treat, and to at least go with the flow and suspend my scepticism for a bit.

And I'm so so glad that I did, as this was a wonderful story, and at the same time a commentary on how much nicer people can be if they take their heads out of a screen for at least some of
Pam Robertson
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this quite tricky to get into at first as the first chapters seek to establish the characters and Polly and Annabelle's lives in the village of Middle Ham in Somerset in the 1960's. However, once the time-slip aspect took over and they experienced life in 2019, it seemed to take off as a story. The relationship between Polly and Annabelle, two cousins, develops as the book continues and you glimpse the tensions between them which have been unacknowledged for most of their lives.

This is
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
What a fantastical read! Totally different to Isabella's previous books.

The characters of Polly and Annabelle where at times infuriating and to be fair I wanted to give them a slap, but, then in the next breath I wanted to just hug them!

A wonderful twist on the whole "book fairy" phenomenon with the cake theme drops and portrays the best side of human nature. The world is in need of some real life fairies at times.

On the whole I loved this book flowing from the 60's to modern times of 2019/20
Beccy Thompson
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from TBC Reviewers request- Thank you
This was a very different offering from Isabella’s previous books, I’m not usually a fan of books that centre around the subject of time travel- it usually makes my head spin! However, this was an absolute breeze to read I found it funny and moving there was a genuine air of loveliness around the whole book. A gorgeous post Christmas read!!
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a massive fan of Isabella's foodie books and this one was pure genius! Who can't help but fall in love with a cake fairy!

A light hearted read to cheer you up on the dreariest of days. This book oozes charm as you travel around the UK with the delicious creations of the cake fairies.

The concept behind the book is brilliant, the characters jump off of the page and you can literally taste the wonderful creations as you turn the pages.

A superb book to kick of 2020 with and a memorable read that
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recieved a copy of this book through TBC group.
It was an enjoyable read with alot of fun twists to it, and involves time travel which is interesting to read about at times. Very well written book
Karen Farrow
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the idea of this book from the beginning, to swap books for cake and have a “cake fairy” who leaves cake all over the country for no reason. Two of my favourite things are books and cake and therefore can’t go wrong. The main characters, Annabelle and Polly were unbelievably annoying and gorgeous at every step and turn. One minute I wanted to scream at them, slap them or shake them and then in a split second I wanted to comfort them and mother them.

The idea that people would put their
Joanne Cartwright
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet (!) book with a slightly odd premise of time travelling bakers but ultimately a book about friendship, opportunities and love.
I drooled over the descriptions of some of the cakes on offer as the "fairies" travel the country in 2019 dropping cakes off to share the love and cancel out the modern obsession with mobile phones.
Lovely characters and a lovely story with a great idea in the cake drop (I have joined in with book drops before and love that idea) but with an unsatisfyingly
D. Messing
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun romp through England filled with cake, mayhem, romance and drama. The first half of the book was pretty slow, but it really seemed to pick up after that and just flew through the second half. All in all not a bad afternoon getaway book!
Carmen Radtke
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Polly and Annabelle are best friends, cousins and bakers extraordinaire. They’re also not exactly happy in 1969, with Polly being hardly more than a servant for her three boorish brothers and Annabelle glued to her parents. But a mysterious woman in a tent tells them they have one last chance at happiness, and for that they have to become cake fairies for one year. That year is 2019 ...
While it takes a bit to get the story started, and some parts are utterly predictable (a bit like successful
Misfits farm
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

Polly and Annabelle are almost thirty. this is 1969 and this is very much being on the shelf. They are cousins and just don’t seem to have come across the right man. Together they run a small bakery and one also looks after her brothers (who inherited more than she did- a sign of the times). When they visit a fair and meet Amber Magnolia they are told of the twenty five chances they each had at love and managed to dodge it one way or another. Amber transports them to present day for her plan Z
N.J. Simmonds
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another delectable offering from foodie fiction author Isabella May. Every one of her books is a gastronomic dip into rich humorous drama and light fun antics, topped with a sprinkling of magic and meaning. And The Cake Fairies is no exception!

I loved all the colour of 1960s Somerset contrasted with the time-slip element of modern-day London. This book had it all - evocative descriptions, deep characters, some really fun and funny story lines, cake, cake and more cake (don't read on an empty
T Rowley
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a lovely story. I thought the idea was very clever and I enjoyed the time slip element.
I did feel that the “setting the scene” went on a little long for me but it’s worth preserving as the book picked up once the main characters were given their task of being “Cake Fairies”.
I personally struggled to keep focussed for a large part of the book but that is probably more down to my normal reading genre being a bit more fast-paced.
Some people will absolutely love this story, those who like
Elaine white
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book for some reason it took me a couple of chapters to get into it.
However it has been one of the best books I have read this year.
Witty and charming with the hint of mischief.
I loved the girls and there relationship with each other .
Brilliant concept in story line .
5+ broomsticks xxxx
Pam Chantrell
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A lovely read from Isabella May. She writes so well painting pictures and tastes and textures of food with her words. They are an indulgent pleasure to read - not complicated or overly sweet and often with a bit of a bite or a twist or an unexpected flavour - a lemon curd in the middle of a beautifully decorated cupcake or a rainbow of Smarties flowing out from the centre of a stunning decorated birthday cake, much to the surprise and awe of those lucky enough to be nearby. Another stunner by ...more

I jumped on the chance to read this book because of the title. I love books about food and books with fairies. Why not combine them?

I loved the idea that Polly and Annabelle meet their fairy godmother who is frustrated with them. She has set them up to meet many good husbands but their lack of adventurous spirits has derailed every plan. Now it is time to do something drastic.

They are good bakers who are brought forward to 2019 to spread joy through random gifts of cake. I always like time
Kerry Robinson
I mean, that cover! Any novel that looks as delicious is this is just asking to be devoured if you ask me. And devour it I did.

Isabella May always manages to write novels that completely cheer me up. She takes unique elements and combines them with food and a little magic/wonder and hey presto! You are guaranteed a fun and enjoyable novel to completely escape into.

The story spans two time periods and both are written with such vibrant detail that really brings each period to life. In the 1960s
Proud Book Reviews
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I start off this crazy two months with a story about love, second chances, family and screen addictions. Together this sounded like it was going to be a great story with lots of positive messages and a chance for me to reflect.

Instead, I found the first half of the book to be very slow paced with every conversation and thought fully played out. While the second half you were lucky to get half the conversation explained let alone all the thoughts. I think if there had have been a happy pacing
Nicola Mitchell
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who doesn’t love cake? The cure for all ills? Read on and find out.
A little confusing for me to start with but when I was in more familiar surroundings and a matching dateline to boot...I settled down to enjoy it. An interesting premise but jumps around quite a bit. We travel here and there but it has a strong set of characters throughout which helps with the continuity.
It all, almost came together at the end, but I really would have liked a little more about how a certain change to the past
Megan Mayfair
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastical foodie adventure from the Queen of Cake, Isabella May. A fun, quirky yet oh-so-sweet story of two cousins who are transported from 1969 to now to help solve our screen-addictions with the simple joy of baking and bring a little 'hygge' to modern society. With the author's own brand of unique rom-com, the fabulous Glastonbury area setting and a fresh spin on magical realism, The Cake Fairies is a yummy treat for those looking for a digital detox from today's high-tech world.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a book this is! It is so much more than a book about two cake making cousins running their own cake shop in the sixties who may or may not find love! Sooo much more! For one, there’s time travel!! Which I thought was an awesome part of the book. What really spoke to me, though, was that it tackles the issues of how modern tech, like our phones, affects us today and how most of us just seem glued to our phones instead of engaging with the people and taking in the environment around us. In ...more
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Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.

Cake, cocktail, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s ‘rules’.