A funny novel about friendship, food and love, from British author Colgan.
Issy grew up helping her grandfather in his bakery in northern England. He always told her that bread was life and baking was love, and each chapter opens with one of his recipes. The book opens with Issy visiting him in an assisted living facility in London. Her mother, Marian, has long since moved to America. Issy works for a property development company and has a crush on her boss, the hot and ambitious Graeme. When Graeme announces the company must downsize, Issy is among those given a severance check, and she feels distressed at having lost both her job and her love. With her severance pay and a loan approved by another handsome bachelor, Austin, she reaches for her dream: opening a bakery/cafe. Among the women Issy hires to help her bake and serve cakes are a single mom and another woman going through a breakup with her child’s father. Here, the business of relationships is examined in tandem with the business of baking.
Readers with an interest in baking will love this book. Those who can't bake can skip the recipes and enjoy the humor.