Title: The Christmas Cake Café
Author: Sue Watson
Pub. Date: 10/14/2016
Genre: Holiday; Chick-Lit
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 Review: 4/5
What an adorable story! I’ve discovered a new love for Christmas stories and this one did not disappoint.
We are introduced to Jen, a 40-year old who just went through a break-up from a man she was with for 10 years. When she had expectations of a proposal, he did the opposite: broke her heart. The worst part about it is he did it on the night before Christmas, her favorite holiday. She loves Christmas so much that she even has a cat named Mrs. Christmas. I just loved that!
The next Christmas rolls around and she has two choices. She can spend her Christmas at home alone, with Mrs. Christmas, OR she can travel to Switzerland for 6 weeks with her half-sister for a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s pretty predictable which option she is going to choose.
The book is funny and cute, and I just fell in love with the quirky Jen. Being 41 myself, I could identify with her feelings of getting old and feeling ‘over the hill’ at 40. Her antics are hilarious and she gets herself into situations that would be so embarrassing. She also meets Jon, a German-man who sweeps her off her feet.
I loved joining the journey with her as she allows herself to fall in love again, and deals with the struggles of her past, the present, as well as the bond that grows between her and her sister.
This is such a delightful read to get you in the mood for the Holidays.
***Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for the book in exchange of an unbiased and honest review.