The Christmas Cake Cafe by Sue Watson


Book Description:

Heart-warming and hilarious, a story that will make you laugh, cry and bring a smile to your face.  Get ready for another deliciously amazing Christmas treat from Sue Watson….

As the Prosecco chills and Bing Crosby croons, Jen Barker just knows that her long-term boyfriend is about to propose.  But instead of a diamond ring nestled in her champagne flute, Jen finds cold flat rejection.  Her once perfect life and dreams of a husband and family seem even further from reach.

A working holiday to the Swiss Alps with her younger sister Jody might not be the Christmas Jen had it mind, but it offers her the chance to recharge her batteries and recover from heartbreak.

When Jen meets handsome ski instructor Jon Zutter her hopes for a happy-ever-after seem within her grasp again. Jon is kind and gorgeous and as they bond over Sachetorte at the picturesque Cake Café, Jen thinks he might just be her perfect man. But a relationship with him comes with a catch – and there are some things even cake can’t fix.

As the snow falls and Christmas approaches, could this be the place that restores Jen Barker’s faith in love?

My Thoughts:

Hands down this is one of the best Christmas novels I have ever read! The story is literally crammed full of all things festive, love and good cheer, oh and not forgetting cake, lots of cake.

To be honest I actually think this book should come with a warning, DO NOT READ WHILST TRYING TO CUT DOWN ON YOUR CAKE INTAKE. The author as usual describes the most delightful and mouthwatering cakes. I literally had to keep wiping the drool that was escaping from my mouth. Even though it’s a book I could very much imagine the fabulous smells that would drift from the mention of the aromatic words like, cinnamon and ginger. It really was pure torture at times, but in a good way. It will certainly have you wanting to rush into the kitchen and start baking. Or like me, leave it to the experts and go rush to the shops and buy some instead!

What better setting for Christmas than in Switzerland. Jen finds herself in such a picturesque place, I was tempted to pack my bags and join her. As much as I don’t love the ‘white stuff’, to be able to wake up on a Christmas morning to snow outside would just be magical.

I loved Jen. She’s a wonderful character who readers will certainly take to. The time in Switzerland gives Jen time to fully bond with her half sister Jody and it was so endearing to read. Even though Jen maybe the older sister, Jody gives Jen the wake up call that she needs to move on with her life.

I think I actually fell a tiny bit in love with the gorgeous Jon, the love interest. With his stilted English, I could feel my heart melting every time Jen was with him. Their romance certainly makes you go all gooey inside.

Even though there is plenty of fun and laughter, relationships were also a main theme throughout the story. Through a few of the characters, we get to see that with a bit more time and effort, we can make that bond even stronger.

The Christmas Cake Cafe is the perfect read to get you in the festive mood. It made me laugh, smile, cry and eat cake! Yet another fabulous novel by a very wonderful and talented author.

My thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Christmas Cake Cafe is out on the 14th of October and available to pre order now on Amazon.

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