This title will be released 19th October 2017
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 soon finds out, making delicious cakes on the water isn’t always smooth sailing!
Then Fay gets a call from her friends, a call that sends her back to her friends and the Cake Shop in the Garden. It will be hard being away from Danny but their relationship is strong enough to survive . . . isn’t it?
Fay soon falls happily back in love with her passion for baking – especially now she’s on dry land again! – and starts to wonder if she ever should have left. With Christmas around the corner, Fay is determined that her friends will have a very merry time, but does that mean even more time away from Danny?
This story follows on from The cake shop in the garden which I would recommend reading first as you can get a bit of background and also meet some of the lovely characters. I really find Fay lovely as she puts everyone before herself. I am not too keen on her sister Edie though, I thought when she came back that she might cause trouble. It was great to catch up with all the old characters but also to meet some new characters. You wont be disappointed. I love Stan bless him he is such a lovely man and the things he says melt your heart. I assume there will be another follow up as I don’t think it can be left where the story has been left.
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Paperback will not be released till October 18 2018
This title will be released on July 14, 2016.
The sun is shining in the quiet little seaside town of Sandybridge
Sandybridge is the perfect English seaside town: home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fabulous fish and chip shop. And it’s home to Grace – although right now, she’s not too happy about it.
Grace grew up in Sandybridge, helping her parents sort junk from vintage treasures, but she always longed to escape to a bigger world. And she made it, travelling the world for her job, falling in love and starting a family. So why is she back in the tiny seaside town she’d long left behind, hanging out with Charlie, the boy who became her best friend when they were teenagers?
It turns out that travelling the world may not have been exactly what Grace needed to do. Perhaps everything she wanted has always been at home – after all, they do say that’s where the heart is..
I was very lucky to receive an advanced copy of this book. I like Ali’s books I always find them enjoyable. The story itself I liked as it was a bit different. I loved the letters written by Remy such a fantastic idea which I didn’t think would work but it does. We find out about Grace and the story flicks back to when she was younger and her two friends Charlie and Danny. I really enjoyed this story. I didn’t want it to end.
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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.