Come and meet Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Café.

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 her courage – and confectionery – to avert disaster .

As a fan of Jenny Colgan and her relaxed, easy to read style of writing I was excited to spot this chunky, baby pink novel on a recent peruse of the shelves in Waterstones. As a bonefide lover of all things girly the beautifully designed cover had my immediate attention, its feminine design combine two of my favourite things- The colour pink and cupcakes!

Once I had read the synopsis I knew I was taking the book home with me-Having previously owned my own coffee shop, and still a independent business owner I thought it would be a subject I could relate to and as a woman, I felt Isabelle (Issy) would be a character I would definitely be able to empathise with.

The story follows the main character Issy who is made redundant and decides to take the opportunity to take a change of direction in her life. As so many people dream of doing she opens a café. Her character is indeed easy to identify with, she is down to earth and very likeable.The basic premise of the story is that hard work and determination in life can take you a long way- evident as Issy overcomes setbacks successfully building up a successful business  from scratch. The book is peppered with lovely recipes and there is also a Christmassy element to the story. What’s not to love? Cake, Christmas and a real sense of community within the cupcake café that draws the reader in and makes them feel involved with the hustle and bustle of café life. As a real foodie I devoured this book at any opportunity, five minutes in the bath, ten minutes on the train here and there whenever my busy life allowed me to dip back in and rejoin Issys’ adventure. The story is written in such a way that its easy to dip in and out of this book without losing the thread of the story. With heart-warming description’s of coffee and baking you can almost smell the café environment- A delicious read!

If your dashing off to grab your own copy ( and who could blame you)…why not treat yourself to ‘Christmas at the cupcake café’ and rejoin Issy at the café for her next adventure?


Issy Randall, proud owner of the Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn’t be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline aren’t quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face up to the prospect of a long-distance romance. And when the Christmas rush at the cafe – with its increased demand for her delectable creations – begins to take its toll, Issy has to decide what she holds most dear.

This December, Issy will have to rely on all her reserves of courage, good nature and cinnamon, to make sure everyone has a merry Christmas, one way or another . . .