Jenny Colgan's Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe explores one girl's highs and lows while establishing her own little bakery in London, England.
Written as a work of fiction, Colgan tells the tale of Issy Randall. Issy, who recently became redundant at her office job, searches for her life's meaning and a way to pay the bills in Colgan's work. Vibrantly colourful characters and a shifting plot-line are introduced throughout the text. Not only do readers learn the intricacies of Issy's personality, but the ins and outs of creating a bakery, too.
I *love* baking, and of course, as an avid baker, I have daydreamed of opening my very own bakery (these thoughts were before I contemplated grad school). However, I never quite thought of all of the work involved - work that Colgan expertly weaves throughout her tale.
At times, it feels as if Colgan is writing a story just about a young Londoner establishing a bakery... a book strictly on a store. And, at these times, I must admit that her work becomes a bit tedious to read. But... Colgan also creates a cute and lighthearted romance.
The only downfall to this book is its ending. I became captured by Colgan's plot and eagerly awaited to read her final pages. I find the ending branched too far away from the plot. I won't spoil the novel, but the ending does not fit Issy's character - a girl who loved and fought for her cafe above everything else.
Colgan, Jenny. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe. London: Sphere, 2011