Saturday 26 July 2014

Review ~ The Marvellous Cakery by Laura Gavin.

Title: The Marvellous Cakery.
Author: Laura Gavin.
Genre: Chick Lit.
Release Date: July 9, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK

Part modern fairytale, part kitsch romcom, The Marvellous Cakery tells the story of Ms. Cake, a baker and fairy godmother-wannabe who has a bad habit of spiking her customers' cake with magic.

Her assistant Lacey is the only one who knows about her secret ingredient, or the way she feels about Fred, the bookish cafe owner across the street. But the gossip mongers of small town Spinningham are about to get a treat. Because when Ms Cake's well-meaning meddling goes awry, the Marvellous Cakery and its owner start down a path of very sticky self-destruction.

Imagine a cake which, other than the pleasure of simply eating it yourself, also has a bit of magic to make your life that little bit better…. It definitely sounds too good to be true but worth a try! The Marvellous Cakery is a charming little story about Ms. Cake and her assistant Lacey, whose work at a seemingly innocent cake-shop quickly turns dramatic and out-of-hand.

The Marvellous Cakery is an extremely short story although I thought the sweet plot was perfectly fitting for the size of the novel. I do love short stories but I would have liked this one to draw me in instantly because it took me a little bit of time to care about the characters’ stories. Once I did get into the story, I couldn’t fault it. It had a lot of endearing qualities which made it cute, funny and a little quirky.

What I enjoyed the most was the mix of customers that came into the shop and the insight we got into each of their lives. Mr Warwick and Mrs Tremmel’s characters provided a lot of the humour in this story. Some of the twists and incidents involving them both were a little batty yet amusing, which was the same for all the characters in The Marvellous Cakery. They all had different, strong personalities and all was not always what it seemed with them.

The Marvellous Cakery is a quick read sure to put a smile on your face. Laura Gavin did a great job in few pages to develop characters, pack in a few twists and an ending which was completely suited to Ms Cake and the way her story had progressed. A little mad, but a very entertaining short story.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK

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