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    Love this book

    I love Carole Matthews' books and have read them all. As usual this new book didn't disappoint. It's a perfect summer read with a mix of humour, sadness and of course, romance! To top it off with a cherry, the story was set on the canal that my family and I spent our first ever boating holiday last year. Thanks Carole - keep up the great work xxx
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    Wonderful

    It's was wonderful to get lost in a different time and place. The characters were all so real, I'm on the hunt to find the cake shop by the canal
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    Fabulous st0ry

    Couldnt put this book down. Many of us are like Fay but could learn alot from this story. A must read book.
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    Good

    Lovely light hearted summer or winter evenings read.
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    A pleasant summery read.

    Fay Merryweather has the perfect job. She runs her own cake shop in the garden of the family home, together with her feisty, yet trusty assistant Laja. Yet in her personal life, her situation couldn’t be much different. Her mother is a demanding, bed-bound, arrogant woman, who relies on Fay for everything, and her partner of ten years treats her as if they are an old, married couple, even when they don’t live together. When Danny Wilde walks in to her life and Fay’s heart does a little flutter, could this be the change that she is so desperately in need of? ‘The Cake Shop in the Garden’ is an easy, sweet, chick lit novel, perfect for your summer holiday read. Fay for me was a bit of a hot and cold character. I never fully got a picture of what she looked like, or why she took the world on her shoulders, and at times she came across as bit of a doormat. Yet she was also a caring, considerate woman who always put other peoples’ feeling before her own. Her mum, treated her terribly, yet Fay ran to her every beck and call. Just like her partner Anthony, who put his golf and bell ringing above Fay, and her sister Edie who used her like a bank, taking Fay’s savings. When Danny walks into Fays life, she begins to feel that there is more that she could be doing with it. Danny makes her feel alive for the first time in years, and she starts to lose her inhibitions. My favourite character though, wasn’t one of the primary ones – he was a secondary character called ‘Stinky Stan’. He was full of wisdom and intellect and had many a wise word to tell Fay. Although I fully enjoyed the book, there were little things I would have loved to have been different. I would of loved to have seen some cake recipes in the book, like some other novels have done. I would also have liked to have gotten a bit of a background on Fay, and for her to lose that cardigan. Overall, a pleasant summery read that is pure escapism.
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