mercoledì 14 marzo 2018

Review: Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan (Appuntamento al Cupcake Cafè)

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café
by Jenny Colgan
Published by Little Brown Book Group on April 14, 2011 

Series:  At the Cupcake Café #1
Genres:  Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit

Pages: 456
Format: eBook, Paperback 
Buy links: Amazon



Summary From Goodreads
Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that - Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe's bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she's made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own cafe. 


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My Review
E' una storia leggera, romantica e dolce di una donna che lotta duramente per realizzare i suoi sogni.
Issy è cresciuta nel forno-pasticceria del nonno e si diverte a fare dolci per i suoi amici, soprattutto cupcake. Il nonno è tutta la sua famiglia e sta morendo in una casa di cura colpito dalla demenza senile che spegne ogni giorno un suo ricordo. Fino a quando ci riuscirà lui le spedisce delle lettere con delle sue ricette. Quando Issy viene licenziata scopre che forse non è così negativo come crede. C'è un piccolo locale in affitto che può permettersi con i soldi che ha messo da parte e con la liquidazione. L'agente immobiliare crede in lei e la aiuta più di quanto potrebbe. Anche lui ha una situazione familiare delicata: i suoi genitori sono morti e deve fare lui da padre al fratello, più piccolo di lui. Issy vuole aprire la sua pasticceria e si impegna duramente, oltre ai problemi economici c'è anche il suo ragazzo che cerca di ostacolarla. Con molta fatica e dopo molto tempo si decide a lasciarlo. Ma gli ostacoli sono tanti. Riuscirà a realizzare il suo sogno?
Issy è determinata ma fragile allo stesso tempo. Durante la storia però cresce e le difficoltà la rendono molto più forte e decisa. Ha sopportato per tanti mesi un fidanzato egoista e egocentrico che non l'ha mai amata nè rispettata. Singolari  sono anche le due donne che Issy assume per lavorare con lei nel Cafè: tutte e due sono madri ma con situazioni economiche completamente diverse. E' stato bello vedere crescere il rapporto tra le tre colleghe.
Ho amato il rapporto speciale che Issy aveva con il nonno, forse perchè ho rivisto me stessa: anch'io ho avuto un nonno speciale che era tutto per me e che ho visto morire a poco a poco senza neanche riconoscermi.
E' stata una lettura veloce, piacevole con qualche ricetta davvero interessante da provare.
Lo consiglio a chi ama i Chick Lit e i dolci, vi verrà l'acquolina in bocca.

It's a light, romantic and sweet story of a woman who struggles hard to realize her dreams.
Issy grew up in her grandfather's bakery and enjoys making cakes for her friends,. Her grandfather is all her family and he is dying in a nursing home affected by senile dementia that turns off his memory every day. As long as he can, he sends her letters with his recipes. When Issy gets fired, she finds out that maybe it's not as bad as she believes. There is a small shop for rent that she can afford with the money she put aside and with the liquidation. The real estate agent believes in her and helps her more than he should. He has a delicate family situation: his parents are dead and he must be a father to his little brother. Issy wants to open her cafè and is working hard, in addition to the economic problems there is also her boyfriend who tries to hinder her. With great difficulty and after too much time she decides to leave him. But there are many obstacles. Will she succeed in realizing her dream?
Issy is determined but fragile at the same time. But during the story she grows and the difficulties make her much stronger and more tenacious. For many months she has endured a selfish and self-centered boyfriend who never loved her or respected her. Special are also the two women that Issy hires to work with her in the Cafè: both are mothers but with completely different economic situations. It was nice to see the relationship between the three colleagues grow.
I loved the special relationship Issy had with her grandfather, perhaps because I saw myself: I had a special grandfather who was all for me and I saw him die little by little without even recognizing me.
It was a quick and enjoyable reading with some really interesting recipes to try.

I recommend it to those who love Chick Lit and cakes, you will be mouth watering.





Author 


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 Novel of the Year Award 2013. 


For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter.



Jenny Colgan has also been published under the name Jenny T. Colgan.

https://www.jennycolgan.com/

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