Wednesday 4 February 2015

Review for The Cake Shop in the Garden - Five*


Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will?

Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made.

When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision - even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.


I thought A Place to Call Home couldn't be beaten. I was wrong! This is a lovely story and beautifully written as always. The characters were fantastic - I particularly loved Lija and Stan. Carole's portrait of Fay's cantankerous mother is a masterpiece in creative writing!

Fay's dilemma was one I identified with readily. How many of us have been faced with a decision like that? Do we go with our heart - or the way we have always gone - with putting everyone else before ourselves? Fay fluctuates between the two roads and we are kept guessing until almost the end. And then the tension as she attempts to resolve the problem before it's too late!

I felt like strangling Fay's sister Edie at times - and cried buckets as well. This book would make a perfect romantic film; every emotion is present!

I can definitely say that I'm with Mary Berry - I'm a Carole Matthews addict!

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