THE CHRISTMAS CAKE CAFÉ by Sue Watson out on 14th October
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?
About the Author
Sue Watson was a journalist on women’s magazines and national newspapers before leaving it all behind for a career in TV. As a producer with the BBC she worked on garden makeovers, kitchen takeovers and daytime sofas – all the time making copious notes so that one day she might escape to the country and turn it all into a book.
After much deliberation and copious consumption of cake, Sue eventually left her life in TV to write. After a very successful debut novel, Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes Sue signed a three book deal with Bookouture.
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and here are my thoughts.
Sue has a really engaging writing style which always draws me in and makes me smile. Add in the ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham setting- and you have the perfect Christmas read. You can just imagine yourself in the beautiful resort and drinking lots of hot chocolate with marshmallow toppings and the most delicious cakes imaginable.
Jen has recently parted from her long term boyfriend and agrees to go and work in Switzerland with her younger sister and her lively friends. They are staying in a dream lodge. There are so many funny scenes when Jen first meets Jon. She is a walking disaster in front of him and you can really feel for her. Jon is the typical leading male character- gorgeous, slightly mysterious and to top it all, he’s a ski instructor.
He takes her on a trip to a neighbouring village and they have a drink in the Christmas Cake Cafe. It is the picture box vision of a Swiss cafe and has the cakes that you can only imagine tasting.
Jen is encouraged to ‘live’ a little and she allows herself to ignore her inner reserve and experience some wonderful moments. I want to visit the cafe and just while away an afternoon with my kindle and a cuppa and just one or two of those cakes.
It really does leave you in a warm Christmas bubble- the vision you have of spending a glorious festive season in the snow with a very special person by your side.