Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe is the second book about Issy and her little cupcake cafe in Stoke Newington. I really enjoyed the first book and I was pleasantly surprised that the second book in the series was just as good as the first book.
This installment finds Issy and her boyfriend having a long distance relationship when he’s in New York for business. It’s also the run up to Christmas and Issy, her employees, Pearl and Caroline are extra busy. The budding teenager, Darny also makes an appearance.
Both of the books are a great reading as the characters are enjoyable and in the second book they still feel fresh. The book also contains several recipes to put you in a festive mood! Including gingerbread, polar bear cupcakes and classic Christmas cake.
As usual with Jenny’s book there are some very funny parts. When describing that a jar of mince pie filling makes a good gift Issy says,
“make sure you give it to people who like stewed fruit and know what to do with it, otherwise they tend to look at you as if you’ve just given them a jar of fresh rabbit droppings, which is rarely a welcome gift unless you have a friend with a very very tiny garden to compost”.
The only part I didn’t love were the American characters in the book. They were all typical stereotypes (annoying and loud) which is disappointing as all the other characters in her novel are always well developed and they felt so flat in comparison.