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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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