The Christmas Cake Cafe

The Christmas Cake Cafe

By Sue Watson

  • Release Date : 2016-10-14
  • Genre : Holiday
  • FIle Size : 1.45 MB
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The Christmas Cake Cafe Heart-warming and hilarious, a story that will make you laugh, cry and bring a smile to your face.  Get ready for another deliciously amazing Christmas treat from Sue Watson…. 

As the Prosecco chills and Bing Crosby croons, Jen Barker just knows that her long-term boyfriend is about to propose.  But instead of a diamond ring nestled in her champagne flute, Jen finds cold flat rejection.  Her once perfect life and dreams of a husband and family seem even further from reach.  

A working holiday to the Swiss Alps with her younger sister Jody might not be the Christmas Jen had it mind, but it offers her the chance to recharge her batteries and recover from heartbreak. 

When Jen meets handsome ski instructor Jon Zutter her hopes for a happy-ever-after seem within her grasp again. Jon is kind and gorgeous and as they bond over Sachetorte at the picturesque Cake Café, Jen thinks he might just be her perfect man. But a relationship with him comes with a catch – and there are some things even cake can’t fix. 

As the snow falls and Christmas approaches, could this be the place that restores Jen Barker’s faith in love? 


  • 3.5 stars - rounded

    By glhince
    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.
  • Letting go of the past to find your future

    By JenTer13
    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!
  • A Christmas Get Away

    By bethl5
    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.