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Matthews has a way of conjuring up a unique little universe instantly before
your very eyes. It is like one of those pop-up tents. You open the book and a
whole little world jumps out, fully formed and perfectly believable.

The world in The Cake Shop in the Garden is not a great one for narrator Fay Merryweather.
She finds herself trapped in a mundane life of caring for her mother and
running the cake shop of the title.  Her long-term
relationship with her partner Anthony is not doing anything to cheer her up

However the chance of an entirely different life
for Fay arrives with the appearance of the gorgeous Danny Wilde, a one-time
city trader, now turned itinerant canal-boat dweller.

This is a great story, convincingly told,
with some intriguing twists and turns, dilemmas and difficult decisions along
the way.

There are some great characters in the
book.  My favourite was Lija Vilks, Fay’s
assistant in the cake shop.  Lija manages
to be entirely loveable, despite being foul-mouthed and always ready to say it
exactly how it is.

Cake also has a high profile in the book,
featuring in the title, in the story and also in an add-on chapter and recipe
at the end of the book.

The Cake Shop in the
not the end of Fay’s story, as there is a sequel Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights, where cake features even more

Cover The Cake Shop in the Garden


The Cake Shop in the Garden
Author: Carole Matthews
Publisher: Sphere
Publication date: 23 April 2015
ISBN: 978-0751552157
RRP: £7.99 (paperback)
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