My Star Rating: 4/5
Synopsis: Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.
Kat’s Review: Fay Merryweather is the central character in this latest CM release but if I am being 100% honest for me, the character of Lija absolutely stole the show! Fay is a nice girl, but is adjusted to seemingly just taking abuse from her horrible mother. Fay’s mum is bedridden and Fay looks after her, whilst trying to run a small cake shop from her garden. The one thing Carole Matthews has always been able to do is perfectly describe the areas the characters are in. In this case my mind created the most beautiful garden with its canal at the bottom and her father’s old narrow boat moored up and used as a place for customers to sit and enjoy the sun with their tea and cake. There were many times when I was reading this I just wanted to pull up a chair at Fay’s place and sit in the sun!
It seems that Fay is getting battered from all sides with a grumpy and difficult mother, as well as a demanding and diva sister living in New York. We also get to meet some wonderful characters such as Lija who works for Fay and one of their regular customers Stan. Some of the things Lija came out with had me in hysterics and to be honest there were times when I echoed her sentiments. Fay was a good character but a little ‘wet behind the ears’ for my liking. There were times I wanted to just smack her and tell her to stand up for herself.
When Danny Wilde appears on his narrow boat ‘The Dreamcatcher’ Fay’s life is made so much more complicated. Danny and his cute little were great and made the perfect ensemble with all the other characters. The story certainly had me hooked and I really enjoyed every single page. I am quite shocked when I look back and think that Carole Matthews has been writing since 1997 and still manages to create characters you fall in love with or loathe. I am never disappointed and her latest instalment is no exception. I will as always look forward to the next one!