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REVIEW: The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

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Back of the Book

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 taking care of 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?

My Thoughts

Firstly the main characters name is Fay – that doesn’t happen on a daily basis! Main character of a book has the same name as me and I am all giggly like a little school girl. As usual from start to finish Carole Matthews makes you want to curl up with a cuppa and her book and just block out the rest of the world.

Between night shifts, a read-a-thon and those lovely sunny afternoons we have been having in the UK this book was delightful to read and made me incredibly craven for tea, cake and more cake. From coffee to a lovely lemon drizzle this book really does make you want! The fact that Matthews makes the book relatable to anyone who knows the UK or surrounding areas of the place in the book is just delightful. The mention of Stoke Bruerne bought back some fond memories of a day trip I once took just to get out of the city.

Throughout the book I found myself wanting to grab Fay by her cardigan front and shake her vigorously. Although the book was slightly predictable that did not put me off in the slightest as with Carole Matthews you never know. It got to the point where himself and I made a bet at the outcome – I was right!

Once again Matthews style of writing is immersive and makes you want to climb into the book and actually live in the beautiful settings portrayed. From the canal boat to the large house come cafe it sounded like the perfect place to be even on a stormy night.

Without giving spoilers Fay is to say the least one of the nicest people you could ever imagine. Thinking of everyone else before herself even when given the most golden opportunity of them all she puts up barriers that don’t exist just because she is used to not living life for herself. With the weight of everyone else’s world on her shoulders Fay hides behind her responsibilities to replace the life that could be for the life where she is just stuck in a constant rut.

By the time we get to the end of the story I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was in store for the lovely Fay. If you are reading this book or looking forward to reading it you will be on the edge of your seat too.

Once again worth the read and if you haven’t already ploughed through this tasty read then hop to it!

Here is a little thought of mine – after googling canal houses and boats in the Milton Keynes area this is the closest I could find to my idea of the place in the book!

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If you have read it – is this what you have imagined?

If not then read it with this in mind and see if you feel the same!

Thanks to the lovelies at Sphere (Little Brown) for sending me this delectable read.
It was everything and more than expected.

Rating

rating4* worthy fix

Read-a-thon Wrap Up

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So let us calculate a little. The read-a-thon has been done now for about 11 hours, 8 of that I have been without internet and unable to put up this post! For those 8 hours about 5 of those I fell asleep after my bulk of night shifts and 3 I used wisely to crack on with house work and Audible on in the background and sitting with a cuppa, tucked up in bed and reading my current book.

Sadly I was unable to finish reading anything but I have made a serious advance on The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty and I cannot wait to get to the crux of The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews. Now I have an idea about what will happen but I am really looking forward to finding out about this book.

Plans

Finish The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Finish The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty on Audible 

Start Operation Sunshine by Jenny Colgan on Audible

Read the stack of books planned for Read-a-thon

I am not sure how long this list will take me to get through but I am determined.

 How was your Read-a-thon?

Read-a-thon Time

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It’s that time of year again Book Lovers. Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon has been a long standing tradition in the book blogging world and for many years I have been taking part as a reader and co-host for the past few. It is a great way to share your reading, the experiences you have whilst reading and to meet new people who also love books either the written word or electronic! This year I am taking a back seat, helping out behind the scenes and hopefully getting some reading done too. Just so you know the thon is not only about reading it is like a mass online gathering of book lovers who want to chat and share what is going on in their corner of the blogosphere.

You can take part on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook and on your blogs and others by leaving comments and supporting each other along the way.

I will be posting a picture of my book stack either later today or tomorrow some time on Instagram.

As I am finishing my stretch of night shifts at work I will be using Audible to listen in the odd moments that I get to myself. Work is pretty hands on so Audible really does come in handy – I am hoping to finish off one book at least.

Over in the UK the thon starts at 1pm – at this time I will be asleep in prep for my shift but thinking of all you bibliophiles out there cozied up with your pile of books and goodies to get you through the stretch. When I am home, showered and settled that is when I shall start my reading and socialising!

Keep it Bookish peeps and keep in touch throughout!

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