It’s publication day for Daisy James’ – ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’. When better for a review?!

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‘When life gives you lemons, make lemon-drizzle cupcakes…

Lucie thought that proposing to her boyfriend in Tiffany’s would be the best day of her life. Until he said no. In just a few seconds, her whole world is turned upside-down! And when she accidentally switches cocoa powder for chilli powder at work, she finds herself out of a job, too…

Baking has always made life better in the past, but can Lucie really bake her way to happiness? Starting her own company, selling cupcakes out of an old ice cream van might just be the second chance that Lucie needs!

Of course, she never expected to find love along the way…’

What does TWG think?

Thank you to Carina and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in return for my honest thoughts!

Ever since I was involved in the cover reveal for this book, ‘impatient’ became my middle name. I love cake. The title has ‘cupCAKE’ in it, therefore, I had to read it! I had my fingers crossed because I didn’t want to be disappointed. I hoped my excitement for the book hadn’t hyped it up too much…

Ah, Tiffany’s. What female has never heard of Tiffany’s? I’m sure a lot of females would love to have their engagement ring from that particular jewellers, especially if they got proposed to right in the building! How incredible would that be?! Lucie thought that getting engaged in Tiffany’s would be surreal, and SHE had arranged to do the proposing! Oh how romantic! Well, it would have been romantic, if her boyfriend had said yes….
Thank goodness for cupcakes eh?!

You think you’re on the same path as your partner, ready to take the next step in your relationship, until one night, the rug takes taken from under your feet. Everything you thought you had, the romance, the plans, the dreams….all gone. Of course you’re going to be heartbroken, who in their right mind wouldn’t be? But there does come a time when you need to put on your big girl pants from Asda and own the situation. Move on. That doesn’t mean putting chilli flakes on top of a dessert though….no really…it doesn’t!

Never mind Lucie being heartbroken, I was heartbroken for her! What a plonker of a boyfriend! Life did have to go on, bills needed to be paid, so of course Lucie had to work. I found the events in the kitchen where she worked, absolutely hilarious. I probably shouldn’t have, I mean, I would be a tad miffed if I was on the receiving end of it in a restaurant. But, I wasn’t, so I could laugh ;).

The way positive events popped up for Lucie had me clapping my hands like a sugar hyped school child. You’ll see what I mean when you read the book! Several paths that Lucie went down created such a fun and vibrant atmosphere within the whole book. Yes, she did face heartbreak and loneliness, but the way she coped with it all made the book even more of an enjoyable read.

Cupcakes do feature quite a lot in ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’, which is obviously a good sign what with them being in the title!  However, all the different varieties of yumminess made me exceptionally hungry! I think a warning should be on the front ‘Only read with a CAKE in your hand’.

I could see where the storyline was heading, especially in terms of the ending, BUT, it didn’t ruin the book or the feeling that I got whilst reading it. I was extremely excited to read this book, and no, it most certainly didn’t disappoint. ‘When Only Cupcakes Will do’ is such a light-hearted and fun read containing characters that will keep you thoroughly entertained. Not only that, it’s the perfect book to read when times are hard in your own life. ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’ is the ideal book to escape in; where better to escape than with cake?

 When only cupcakes will do by Daisy James, published by Carina, is available to buy and download right now from: Amazon Uk

***COVER REVEAL For Daisy James – ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’***

-tries to contain excitement as the Garnet is about to reveal a book cover…about CAKE-

From the author of ‘The Runaway Bridesmaid‘ and ‘If The Dress Fits’ – Daisy James is about to give you a little slice of heaven as she is set to release her newest novel in August! Just in time for your hollybobs! I will be honest, as soon as I found out the title of the book, I pestered Daisy to let me be involved with any promotional features, luckily she agreed! Not only does she have an amazing book title (if you love cake, what is there not to like about the title…really?), the cover is just…….well, why don’t you see for yourself!

Without any more ramblings from me, it is with such great pleasure that I reveal to you the cover of…..’When Only Cupcakes will do’.

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See what I mean?! How enticing is this cover? I cannot wait to get my hands on this book, and I hope you’re as excited as me for this one! If you want to make sure you have your copy bang on release day, then why not head over to Amazon and pre-order your copy right now! It’s due for release on the 4th August 2016.

You can keep up to date with Daisy via her twitter @daisyjamesbooks or via her publishers @UKCarina!

Meet me at the Cupcake Café.

Meet me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan.
Published: 14th April 2011 by Sphere.
ISBN: 978-0-7515-4449-7.
Available on Amazon in multiple formats including paperback and kindle.

‘Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that – Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery, she has undoubtedly inherited his talent.

When she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment. Armed with recipes from Grampa, and with her best friends and local bank manager fighting her corner, The Cupcake Café opens its doors. But Issy has absolutely no idea what she’s let herself in for. It will take all the courage – and confectionary – to avert disaster….’

Picking just one of Jenny Colgan’s novels to review first was incredibly difficult, especially as I have several to choose from. It reminded me of when I open my Cookie Monster biscuit tin and try to choose a biscuit; I have a collection of those too so I’m sure you can see the similarities….

I chose the book because it’s about cake, and I like cake…chocolate cake mmmm. Plus, I had the pleasure of reading a couple of Jenny’s books before I got to read this one, she is an incredible writer.

Time to meet Issy. Issy is passionate about all things baking, and thanks to watching her Grampa at work when she was a child; creating delicious treats is all that she has ever known. So instead of fulfilling her dream and following in her Grampa’s footsteps, she became an office worker. However, the city job comes to an end and Issy gets made redundant. Will this be the perfect opportunity for Issy to finally fulfil her dream, or does she come up against yet more obstacles?
After her redundancy, Issy spends time thinking and baking….constantly baking. To see if her dream is actually realistic, she does some research. Along the way she meets a lot of different personalities. Some of those people are more than willing to help her succeed, and the others are quite happy to put up a tent and block her path. Will her Grampa’s advice give her fire to go for it? Or will there be more tents blocking the path? (I’m sure there is a law against that though?)

Do not, under any circumstances, read this book when you’re hungry. Unless of course you have cake, obviously. The amount of delicious treats that Jenny has Issy making is unbelievable. I was salivating. Not on the book, that would be a sacrilege! As always, Jenny Colgan brings you a warm, laugh out loud book that by the end, will make you want to work in The Cupcake Café. Well, I did! Poor Issy goes through a rough time, some of it being quite emotional. You might even end up with something in your eye. Sniff. Despite the humour in the story, it is very heart warming and moving. A story of people joining together for someone they love. Moments of unity. For me personally, having that unity in a story as well as emotion, humour, and cake, it ticked the boxes. With Jenny’s style of writing, she captures the true essence of every individual character and their lives. Because of that, Jenny Colgan makes their lives somewhat relatable to your own life. I found myself getting lost in the book because I felt cosy reading it, and hopefully you will too. It is a brilliant read. Jenny Colgan, you have written yet another smashing novel. It is a pleasure to have you on my shelf! (I’ll give you a cushion, honestly!)