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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.


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.


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?


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One week of nights down and another to go before I get to chill for a couple days in the sun if it sticks around. The garden is a great place to hang out, drink copious amounts of coffee, smell the roses and save money at the same time. Both himself and I are on a mission to save as much money as possible as we are meant to be moving ASAP so every penny counts. Enough of us and on to the week!

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From the very beginning I was in love with this book – I am still not finished but I am going steady! Also the name of the main character is Fay – bonus right :)


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Ladies and Gents I can say with pride that if you do not already know from my instagram pictures I HAVE FINISHED this tome of a read. It was quite honestly one of the best books I have ever read and look forward to another tome some day soon. My review will be up soon – it is going to take a lot to put it together but I will get there eventually.


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We headed out the other day to pick up some new bed sheets but on our travels I managed to pick up some bargain beauty treats. The Spotless Blackhead Face Scrub is a bargain of a product that packs a fair punch but as I have only used it for a week I cannot really give it a fair review yet.

I picked up a couple of other bits but will post about all of the products together later this week. Keep your eyes open for Beauty on a Budget later this week.

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I am desperately searching for these bad boys last summer they were the most comfortable thing I could find and went just about everywhere in them. If they are not found then I will most definitely be buying a new pair!

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Although I am not feeling my best I managed to get out and about in a dress last week at Columbia Road and the weather really was a god send. The first day of the year that I could wear a dress and shades! This dress is one of my favourites of all time – it is from Collectif. Collectif clothes seem to fit me perfectly so when I get the chance I will get more. What are you wearing this week?


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We fixed up part of the garden the other day so we now have a little corner to sit outside and chill together in the wonderful that the UK is showering us with.

Just a little thought to leave you with . . .

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Book Post

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Book Post is not something that I really post about on here but I figured that since most of the books I get are just so pretty why not share them. This little pile has been what has graced my letter box over the past three weeks. The first one in the stack I am hoping to conquer is ‘The Cake Shop in the Garden’ by Carole Matthews. I love her style of writing and as it is spring there is nothing more inviting that a feel good book that is about all the good things that a season like Spring has to offer.

Academy Street by Mary Costello

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Are there any books that you have on your want list at the moment?

Have you read any of the above books?


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As you may have seen from my Instagram photos I am currently on a chill out holiday. Until I’m back the posts over here are going to be a little thin on the ground but I have managed to schedule a couple of things. I hope the rest of your week is as relaxing as mine.

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Holy Cow by David DuchovnyThanks to Audible I am listening to this little anecdotal audio book which is not only written by but narrated by David Duchovny.

Losing It, Helen Lederer, Pan Macmillan, Audio Book, Audible, Blog A Book Etc, Fay I will be starting this whilst away – there have been so many good things said about this book so I am quite excited.

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This is not my usual type of book but its sounds absolutely wonderful to read about such a sensitive subject of history.

Not only am I listening but I am finally starting

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There will be no pictures just yet but just think spa treatments, massages and just good old wellbeing and relaxation.


Monday, Blogging, It's Monday What Are You Reading?, IMWAYR, Blog A Book Etc, FayMy, my what a rushed week it has been on top of family stress and work just being a bit full on I am glad to bid farewell to last week and welcome the new week whole heartedly. This Monday post is a little late due to a long dog walk and an array of other personal appointments that we have both had today. Himself and I have had a really tough time this week and we just want to chill and reboot a little.

Onwards . . .

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For my eyes

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As a hardcore Colgan I have nothing but love for this book and continuation of the Polly and Neil adventure. Must-read for all!

For my ears

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Haven’t had much listening time recently so I am looking forward to picking up where I left off with this.

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Despite the sun coming out the wind has also been up so I have been able to get my tootsies out whilst wrapping up around my neck to prevent a cold. My feet are one part of my body that I do not like to keep covered up if possible as the more air that gets to them the better so my Birke’s are just awesome.
Just a couple of the new products that I have been using for the past month. My favourite is the brow set as when I get up for work in the morning as I wear no make-up I put a bit of this on and I am ready to go. There really is no point in wearing make up to work as after a whole day it would most probably melt off my face!

How was your week?

RELEASE DATE: Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

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Today is the release date for this awesome book – have you got your copy yet?

If not then head out and buy it.

Whether you get it online, in the store or on audible it is a MUST read!

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I received my copies almost over a week ago from the lovelies at Sphere and I am really enjoying the read so far. Keep checking back for the review guys.

Happy Pub day to Jenny – you have done it once again 😀

Jenny Colgan’s Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery – A Note!

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Just so you guys know what is going on behind the scenes. The book above is my current read and I am LOVING it. Jenny Colgan has yet to disappoint me and this time is no different I won’t be giving away any spoilers even in my review but I will highly recommend it to you especially if you have read her books before. Colgan fans are waiting with baited breath for the next installment of Polly and Neil and on Thursday you can finally get your copies. Why not pre-order now!


The Book Depository



REVIEW: Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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The Back of the Book

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

My Thoughts

Family dramas, friendship, love, hate and even murder! 

‘Little people, little problems’ (From the book!)

Jane is a single mother to a beautiful boy called Ziggy and is finding it hard moving to a new community and trying to fit in with all of the ‘perfect’ family surroundings. Despite the beautiful new surroundings there is something shady about Pirriwee but Jane is yet to let on.

Celeste despite being a slender beautiful mother of two with a gorgeous husband and more money than most can dream of there is still something that we do not know – or so it seems. Covering up is never easy but some women make it such a habit that when it does come out it is like you are numb to the subject.

Madeline takes no prisoners, she is upfront and most certainly does not mince her words. With a tongue that could cause a serious bout of whiplash as well as a teenage daughter that is ready to cause havoc and possibly a crime.

Community spirit with plenty of secrets in the background. This story circles around the three womens complicated lives. Between Jane, Celeste & Madeline any woman who reads this book will identify with the narrative somewhere along the lines and hopefully enjoy it immensely. From out there and brash to reserved and much like a ticking time bomb of emotions these ladies become friends and their lives intertwined in ways that not even they could imagine possible.

It is a great of love and support for friends and family as well as delving into a shocking back story that had me on the edge of my seat and wanting to throttle certain characters in the book. Moriarty has a way of bringing her characters to life and making them incredibly relatable.

A deeply thrilling, page turner that even though finished I want more. Once again Liane Moriarty has written a book that has left the reader wanting more.

Have you read it yet? 


rating4* worthy fix


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 Last week I returned from Amsterdam on Monday but was too late to put up my Monday post due to ridiculous delays with British Airways. Surprisingly the flight and customer services was awful but thankfully we are home safely.

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I finished this last week and absolutely loved it, my review will be up this week so keep your eyes peeled.

Next Up

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In the mood for more Moriarty I started listening to this and it is no surprise that I am already hooked.

Written Review


Check out my review HERE.


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€2.50 – 150ml
Last time I went to Amsterdam I remember this product and lucky for me the HEMA shop were still selling it. It smells amazing and although it is over the 100ml mark and I am unable to take it back home it is just the right price to use whilst there and not feel bad leaving it behind.

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€4.50 – 30ml

Perfect sized bottle of serum which I can say from experience works on Afro Caribbean hair very well. Leaving my locks feeling well nourished and smelling fresh – also it seems to tame the frizz. Of course I bought it home with me!


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Just one of the many delicious coffees we had whilst in Amsterdam – maybe it is because they use creamer instead of milk. Yummy!

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Most nights we would take a stroll around the town and on our first night we came across Spongebob watching us.

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What have you been up to this week?
Any plans for the week ahead?