The Christmas Cake Café: A brilliantly funny feel good Christmas read

The Christmas Cake Café: A brilliantly funny feel good Christmas read

by Sue Watson

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This book made me stay up until 2am to finish and had so many laugh out loud moments!Karma for Life Chick

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?

What people are saying about The Christmas Cake Café:
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…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.’ By the Letter Book Reviews

I absolutely loved this book! Perfect holiday read!’ Neverland Nook

‘Yet another of Sue’s books which I absolutely adored. It had me choking on my hot chocolate on more than one occasion with laughter. It also had me reaching for the tissues too…an all-round feel good cosy heartwarming book which I was sad to see come to an end.The Reading Shed

What a deliciously delightful Christmas book that will make you laugh and cry with happiness…a light hearted wintery story, that won't fail to lift your spirits.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

‘Sue's books make me laugh, they make me choke with emotion…Sue Watson is a writer who amazes me with her depth, the way she invites us readers to take a look at our own lives through her engaging stories, her wholesome, believable, lovable characters. I just loved this book like I have loved every one of her books so far. Each word is a treat - this book is a gem. Funny, heart warming and oozing Christmas spirit and cheer. Loved it! Highly recommended!’ Renita D’Silva

The story flows well, with great characterisation and an amazing setting.Fiona’s Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786810861
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 10/14/2016
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 471 KB

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The Christmas Cake Café: A brilliantly funny feel good Christmas read 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars, rounded Christmas-Obsessed librarian Jen has spent her entire life trying to make every Christmas more perfect than the last, and when her relationship ends, not with a bang but a whimper, she is facing a holiday with her cat and the ability to do as she pleases for the first time in forever. When her half-sister Jody suggests a working holiday in the Alps for snow, skiing and men, Jen is nonplussed. More digs from Jody, the recognition that in the last years she has lost her sparkle and joy, and the years of deferring to an ex who was an arse, and she relents. With missing luggage, traveling companions that believe alcohol is a food group, and spectacularly mismatched and haphazard outfits, Jen’s first moments aren’t spectacular. But something wonderful, a ski instructor named Jon seems to like her, and is happy to see her happy. Light and fun, the story does have its repetitive moments with Jody harping on Jen. I do think she means to shake up Jen’s life and get her to prove she isn’t stuck, old and scared, but these moments do wear. Secondary characters (Jody’s friends) are simple backdrop, while the relationship between Jen and Jody does deal with some long-standing issues. And while the relationship with Jon was sweet, it also proceeded far too quickly for comfort considering Jen’s history. But there are funny moments and situations, as well as some lovely imagery. I just wanted a bit more show than tell, and some more development from Jen overall. Still a great escape for those readers who need a little sparkle in a place far away. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
BookFidelity More than 1 year ago
I'm going to be honest with you, dear reader. I'm a bit on the fence about this one. If I had to give it stars - I'd give it 2.5 to 3 stars out of 5. That's not a horrible evaluation - but I can't decide if I liked it enough. I wouldn't re-read it - which is unfortunate for a Christmas read, but I don't regret reading it. There will be some spoilers. Jen is on the cusp of her 40th birthday on Christmas (her favorite holiday), and she's expecting her boyfriend of nearly a decade to propose to her. With the champagne going at a nice restaurant, she thinks they're on the right track - only to realize that her boyfriend is breaking up with her. There starts the story - a tale of reflection, learning to let go, and love. Most of all, the acceptance that life is not perfect - and neither are we. This is the message I truly loved about this book. We so often expect life has to be perfect, or nearly so, and when it isn't, we are disappointed and unhappy. With a little push from her half-sister, Jody, Jen decides to join her in Switzerland on a working holiday. Together with two of Jody's closest friends, they embark on an adventure of skiing woes, and nights of partying. Jen meets a lovely man named Jon, who seems to be just as interested in her as she is in him. And here's where we encounter my problem with the book. Jon is a really nice male character - but by the time "things happen", I know far more about Jen than Jon. Which isn't a horrible thing, except I'm supposed accept that these two meet, talk, and fall hopelessly in love. Again - it happens, but all Jen does is talk about herself! Things get a bit better when we do learn more about Jon, and I think his "secret" is dealt with in a very responsible way. But throughout the story, I couldn't shake the feeling that this story went from being a Christmas romance to being...something else. Something I didn't think I was signing on for. I appreciated that Jen was able to work through her demons from her father leaving when she was younger, and from trying to make things fit into a perfect mold instead of just letting things happen. But at about half way through the book, I just wanted to know what happened. I can't say I was enjoying the journey. It was funny in parts, but to describe it as a "funny, feel good Christmas read" is misleading. If you like deep reads like this whenever, including Christmas - this is your story.
Tarri More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Cake Cafe by Sue Watson is a good book and I enjoyed the main theme. I liked Jen and Jon. I liked Jen's half sister most of the time because she was definitely a big catalyst in Jen letting go of the pain of her past. I found Jen's two friends and travel buddies people I would avoid if ever I were to meet them. Together they were too loud, too out there, and way too full of themselves. I mean who travels with only a suitcase full of clothes that can't be worn in public, and dancing on tables is fun when you are in college, but not when you are pushing 30. I enjoyed reading about the village, the shops, the townspeople, and the budding romance between Jen and Jon, and I wish the author had spent more time on them and Jen's coming to terms with her parents divorce. I received this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.