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

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

by Sue Watson

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The Christmas Cake Cafe: A brilliantly funny feel good Christmas read 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 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.
ScotsLass More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Cake Café: A brilliantly funny, feel good Christmas read by Sue Watson is the story of Jen Barker who is in search of the perfect Christmas of her dreams. After a 10-year relationship with her boyfriend Tim, he calls it quits on Christmas Eve, which is also her birthday. With hopes of a Christmas engagement dashed, she finds herself adrift feeling like her life has passed her by, leaving her single and childless. Continuing with her job as a librarian, Jen continues with her unfulfilling life until her half-sister encourages her to break out of the dull life and go with her to Switzerland for the holiday season. This begins the roller-coaster ride of disasters and the exploration into situations she had once thought she was too old to enjoy. She begins to learn to relax and leave her insecurities behind and enjoy the moment. This is one of the few times that I’ve read a book and been left totally underwhelmed. I liked the fact that Ms.Watson used an older couple for her story, although I’m not sure I’d consider 41 as really old. There was very little about a Christmas Café within the story line, maybe it just needs a different more accurate title. The writing seems redundant and dwells on the issue of age and Jan’s unresolved issues with her father, wanting a child, and menopause over and over. There wasn’t much affection or emotion shown between Jen and Jon. It seemed as though they went from having a nice time straight into bed without much transition. Probably my one biggest complaint was the overuse of the word Christmassy. There was Christmassy place, Christmassy fragrance, Christmassy fling and more. I think another adjective might have worked better some of the time. I was disappointed that I didn’t feel more of a holiday spirit in the book. It just wasn’t my piece of cake. I received a ARC from NetGalley and Bookouture.
Jarina More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Cake Café is the eighth book by British author Sue Watson. True to form, Ms. Watson combines great humor with a very soul searching topic of finding one's true place and destiny. Forty something Jen Barker has spent the last year nursing her wounds from being dumped by her ten-year boyfriend Tim. Her much younger half sister, Jody, has pulled all stops to convince Jen to accompany her and two other friends to a ski resort in Switzerland for a three month holiday worker program which would include the Christmas holiday. Being alone at Christmas is a horrible thought for Jen, who has always sought the perfect Christmas, so she finally capitulates, takes a leave of absence from her job as head librarian, and joins the three other ladies on an adventure. Unfortunately, Jen's self esteem has tanked from the break up, and had never been high since the perceived desertion by her father. When she meets handsome ski instructor Jon, the connection is immediate but she does not believe her own impulses. Can she trust her feelings, and Jon's, and create a future she has always dreamed of? Written with humor and sincerity, Sue Watson has again struck literary gold with a story that will warm your heart, tickle your funny bone, and draw beautiful visions through her thoughtful descriptions. I laughed out loud, held back tears, and thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas story. I definitely recommend this book!
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
A festive, fun, rollercoaster romance - highly recommend! Talk about an emotional roller coaster - this is a brilliant, festive read that will have your experiencing the full gamut of emotions. It starts with high expectations but the anticipated proposal from her boyfriend, Tim, after a decade together isn’t the proposal she’d hoped for. After being dumped by him at Christmas, Jen Barker spends Christmas and her birthday with only her cat, memories and tears for company. Next year she succumbs to the temptation to spend the festive season with her half-sister working in the Swiss Alps. This is definitely a change from her usually quiet work as a librarian but it is a very welcome one, or it was until her luggage went missing! This is when more of the hilarity starts as Jen, in borrowed apparel, starts her new job and socialising in the resort. Oh, I nearly forgot, she did have one early Christmas present that was clothing that she wore to work and for her first, disastrous skiing lesson . . . the image of someone in a cow onesie, complete with udders, attempting to ski, had me in stitches! As Jen goes from one disaster to another, she also grows in her self confidence and starts to realise just how brow beaten and bullied she had been in her relationship with Tim and it is great to join her on her journey in self discovery and empowerment. Her encounters with one of the ski instructors, Jon Zutter, seem fraught with laugh out loud embarrassing moments. As the two put their reticence to one side, risking getting to know each other - and visiting the local Cake Cafe for delicious sounding treats! There are plenty of unexpected obstacles to their relationship but working together to overcome them will give them both the chance for their own HEA and a growing family. Jet away to Switzerland in this delicious, light hearted wintery romance, together with plenty of humour and love as well as angst and turmoil along the way. It is a fun, festive read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel.