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The Cake Shop in the Garden

Narrated by: Jilly Bond
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Carole Matthews (P)2015 Isis Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A wonderful story of friendship and romance." (Katie Fforde)
"Full of joy and laughter." (Trisha Ashley)
"The perfect escape". ( Woman)
"Simply brilliant." ( Closer)

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Not A Fave

Didn't like this boom at all. It was drawn out too long and way too predictable. I was hoping it was near ending as I knew what was going to happen but when I checked how long was left there was still 7 1/2 hours to go! Felt like moving on but as is paid for it and wanted it to be good I kept going. A couple of surprises 3/4 of the way through but not enjoyable for me and I normally love cutesy romantic love stories.

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Frustrating - what a pathetic heroine!

This book was so frustrating as the heroine was so downtrodden and self-sacrificing that it was almost unbelievable. This was a disappointment as have read other Carole Matthews 's book and really enjoyed them.

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  • Shireen Alam
  • 10-12-2016

nice story but a little slow

nice story but a little slow. the main character was someone you could really identify with

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  • Maz
  • 21-04-2015

If you want to feel miserable then this is for you

The so called heroine of this book is a total doormat, and I just wanted to shake her. I can't believe anybody would act like her and allow herself to be put upon in such a way. She is such a whinging boring character that frankly I really didn't care what happened to her. The story was also spoiled for me by the dreadful Irish accent the reader uses for the main love interest. I normally really enjoy Carole Matthews, but I would recommend that you don't waste your money on this one.

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  • DEREK
  • 20-09-2015

Loved it

Loved this book, ( which is not my normal type )
A great story, with unexpected twists, loved the setting along the canal also.

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  • Jill Besterman
  • 23-07-2015

Only for those with a very sweet tooth

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This story was so saccharine that I could only get through about a half of it. The "heroine" was a complete doormat and was walked over by her mother, sister and boyfriend without a word of complaint and the hero was totally unbelievable. I have read much better books by Carole Matthews.

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  • Jess Ruth Ryan-Phillips
  • 25-05-2015

Disappointing and depressing!

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I had really looked forward to this but sadly it didn't deliver at all. The main character was pathetic and unlikeable, and the storyline completely predictable. The narration was totally mismatched, the main character sounded like an old woman and the fake Irish accent was truly awful!
Very disappointed.

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  • suzyd
  • 16-06-2015

Too long!

Not my favourite Carole Matthews book. A little dull in places and too long. The narrator also sounded too old for the main character.

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  • Bluebottle
  • 07-05-2015

Hmmmm

I feel pretty bad for saying this but I really didn't like the narrator, I thought she made Faye sound too old and so prudish. Not my favourite of Carole's stories.

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  • Sugar puff 84
  • 01-08-2015

Easy listening

Lovely romance novel that is easy listening with classic story line of love and happy endings

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  • shareen
  • 19-07-2016

Painful

The main character is such a painful doormat. The narrator sounds too old for 42. The storyline is boring and unrealistic. There are very few funny moments.

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  • Margaret
  • 15-07-2015

Another nice Carole Matthews book!

Typical Carole Matthews - easy to read or listen to. I agree with other reviewers that the narrator sounds much older than the main character which is rather off putting.

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  • Lindsay Roberts
  • 22-05-2015

The reader sounds like she is in her 60's not 4o's which was confusing.

Enjoyable story, just could not follow reader as she sounded older than character. Made me laugh out loud on quite a few occasions which I enjoyed.

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