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The Cake Fairies: A delicious laugh-out-loud, feel-good romantic comedy - perfect for the holidays... (Foodie Romance Journeys) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07Z2S41TZ
- Language : English
- File size : 1342 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 394 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 369,193 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Two sweet characters (left to mature to develop their sharp flavour)
One cup of rich descriptions.
One block of well seasoned writing.
One large tablespoon of wisdom.
Stir in a fresh plot.
Add a dash of sauce and a pinch of spice.
And there you have it! Nigella in a Novel. Bon appetit!
Instead, I found the first half of the book to be very slow paced with every conversation and thought fully played out. While the second half you were lucky to get half the conversation explained let alone all the thoughts. I think if there had have been a happy pacing medium found throughout it would have felt more engaging.
With the slow pace that suddenly turned to a fast pace it felt like either the Isabella didn’t want to cut anything out, but also didn’t want to give us a mammoth sized book. Or, she was reminded to hurry up, or maybe she got bored writing so in depth. I mean, I can’t imagine how much time and effort that would have taken so I totally get it if she got bored or tired with writing in such detail!
Yet I think the main reason I found myself in a bit of a slump with this book is because the characters core personalities seemed to change at the drop of a hat. I get that under pressure and unknown circumstances people can react weirdly. But that’s usually out of fear or panic. Although these feelings were there when you read Polly and Annabelle’s thoughts, there seemed to be a larger shift that felt weird, unnatural and inconsistent.
Although I didn’t find the writing style suited me, I loved the messages Isabella spoke about throughout the book. Using cake to get people to connect, explore their emotions, realise their screen addictions and generally make changes for the better is genius. I don’t believe the effects would be so apparent with all the gluten free, dairy free, nut free, vegan friendly etc etc etc requirements in todays day and age. I mean, they didn’t even leave a little card out with the cakes letting people know what they contained.
But one can wish the effects would’ve been as popular as they were in the book!
I’m not one to comment on this normally, but I feel like a little LGBTQ+ (I honestly don’t know how many letters and in what order they are meant to go so I’m sorry if I’ve forgotten anything) rep would have worked in this story. Annabelle or Ivy were prime candidates for this rep to be woven in in a way that added value to the story, so I really wish that had have been explored. It would’ve made total sense and I kept expecting it.
Overall, the messages and story were great. It was just those little inconsistencies that I struggled to connect with. I’m the type of reader who really needs consistency, so I do struggle when it’s missing.
Top reviews from other countries
The concept of time travel that goes forward in time within the romance genre is rare so it was delightful to see how these 1960's ladies got to grips with the new way of life in the 21st century. Fazed to begin with, they soon hit their stride and begin to enjoy the tasks they need to accomplish.
A great, light, and highly enjoyable, read. Definitely one to recommend to your fiends.
I loved this romantic comedy with a time travelling twist and it definitely had the feel good factor to it. The wonderful main characters cousins Polly and Annabelle Williams live in a small village in Somerset during the 1960’s. They are both bored with their non existent love life and the mundane village life and so put all their efforts into the only pleasure they enjoy and that’s baking. Due to a chance encounter and some magic the cousins find themselves transported into the future, and end up in London in 2019. As well as enjoying the bright lights of the city both Polly and Annabelle have a chance at love. Over a year they travel all over the UK teaching the people of the future about the simple pleasures in life, baking, and become the ‘Cake Fairies’. The cousins leave cakes in unexpected places all over the UK and aim to replace the lure of technology with their sweet bakes. As the cousins enjoy their time in the future they have to decide whether to return to the 1960’s but have their philanthropical endeavours led them to everlasting love in 2019. This was a book I could not put down, a real twist on the usual time travelling novels that go back in time, I really enjoyed the fact that in this story our heroines traveled into the future. The storyline was unique and the narrative made the story flow nicely making it an easy read. The plot had plenty of drama and romance to keep any reader happily turning the pages and I loved the well defined characters in Polly and Annabelle. A lovely read and one which I definitely recommend.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2020