Jenny Colgan books are a true treasure, she’s been a firm favourite of mine for many years now and she’s matured into a writer who creates not only atmospheric settings but whole communities of great characters to fill them with. Such was the case with her smash hit novel Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe and because I loved it so much I couldn’t wait to snuggle down this christmas with the sequel Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe.
Picking up some months after the original novel we find cupcake cafe owner Issy living with her boyfriend Austin and his younger brother Darny whilst running her beloved fledgling business. All is going well until Austin is headhunted for a top job in New York and Issy isn’t sure she wants to move to the other side of the world.
It’s such a joy to spend time with the great cast of characters from Colgan’s original novel again and to follow their stories further, the amazing sense of camaraderie and community created is lovely to share in. I’d even say you could bring a third novel in the series out in the future and not find the characters flogged to death – Colgan has left lots of room for them to grow and I’d jump at the chance to read more.
A lovely christmas read,full of heart and emotion and brilliant storytelling at its best.