Summer Freeman returns to the waterside village of Willowbeck to rescue the Canal Boat Café, her late mother’s picturesque narrowboat, which has run into choppy waters. A family friend, Valerie, has been trying to keep things afloat, but the coffee machine is jammed, the cake offerings are paltry, and not all of the locals want to see the café succeed.
Help comes from the boat next door, in the shape of handsome wildlife photographer, Mason and his naughty Border Terrier, who are showing more than a passing interest in Summer and her adorable Bichon Frise, Latte. But is Mason being honest about himself? Or does he have something to hide?
As her life and the community of Willowbeck begin to entwine, Summer finds herself setting sail on a new adventure. Will the anchor of a steady life on land be too strong, or can Summer learn to cut loose and embrace life afloat?
I won this book in a competition and I feel very lucky as it is such a brilliant easy read. Cressida is a new author to me and I am so glad I have discovered her, I will be reading more of her books soon too so keep an eye out on my blog. This story has romance, two really sweet dogs, a hot guy and lots of cakes and a canal boat cafe to top it all off with. I loved it from the very first chapter. A brilliant story and a few chuckles on the way though I did wonder if Summer was going to get her happily ever after or not.
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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 walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made.
When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.
Carole Matthews is my one of my favourite authors. This book has to be my favourite of this year so far. I really enjoyed losing myself in the story, I did find it emotional as Fay has to go through some terrible times, which I could definitely relate to, Carole has a sensitive approach to these issues and I love that about her and her way of writing.
There are also parts to this book that are funny and I thought Stan was lovely, bless him. I liked the sound of Danny he sounded like a dream and I though Anthony was a bit of a wet sap. There is a twist in this book that had me on the edge of my seat I couldn’t believe it. When I found out about the canal side of the story I was really interested to read about it as it is sometime I have always wanted to do, as long as there is a canal boat selling cake I will be very happy. With this story I felt like I was actually a customer sampling one of Lija’s mouthwatering cakes, if only I were it would be sheer bliss. Loved the ending, it would be interesting to have a sequel just to find out what life brings to all of the characters.
Marie Dunwoody doesn’t want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. But her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee.
Marie can’t ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie’s had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow – to the letter – recipes from the Queen of Baking, and at all times ask, ‘What would Mary Berry do?’
Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget cuts and with redundancies on the horizon, he too puts on a pinny. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls…..
Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling souffle that is his career? And is Lucy’s sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?
What a brilliant read! There is a warning that comes with this book – you will want to eat cake and lots of it. This is definitely one for people that love’ The Great British Bake Off’. Great family life story, found parts in it that I could relate to. The cover to this book is amazing, I literally bought it and then made a cake, now I like baking but this has inspired me to bake more, maybe from a Mary Berry book. I loved every single character, Claire has written it well to touch on certain issues and I just found it a heart warming story that you just want to snuggle up with and maybe have a cake or two. A laugh out loud read.