Monday, 17 February 2014

The Year in Books: January Review and February's Choice

It's very remiss of me not to have posted about my January read earlier in the month!  If you can remember back to my previous post my January read was Jenny Colgan's Christmas at the Cupcake Café and it was exactly as I expect a light, funny, chick lit type of read.  That's not to say it wasn't any good, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

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 don't seem 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...  Blurb from

It is a sequel to Meet at the cupcake café which I have not read but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this book as Miss Colgan gives you a brief run through of the character backgrounds, but even without that it's easy to follow what's going on in each of the character's lives.  The two main characters (Issy & Austin) are in a 'will they/won't they conflict' but not in the traditional sense, and it did twist a few times and keeping guessing to the very end as to how things would turn out.  My favourite characters were Issy mum and Austin's son they really added the humour to this read.

Overall a lovely cosy read for the festive period (or a great New Year read if you're not quite ready to let go of Christmas!)

8 out of 10 KDS points
My February read is...drum roll please...Watch By Moonlight by Kate Hawks
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
I'm already 159 pages into this book having read fastidiously every day since 1st Feb.  Don't misunderstand me, it has been a pleasure not a chore.I sneak a read any time I can over breakfast, in the bath, at the bus stop, over lunch, in bed...not because of The Year In Books but because I'm so engrossed in reading and chilled out, so much so that dinner is sometimes late, breakfast is a two hour affair and the bath water goes cold!  I shall try to post my review of this in early March and explain why find this particular title was so exciting for me.

1 comment:

Dianne said...

I shall look forward to reading Christmas at the cupcake café you made it sound like a really good read x