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Description - The Cake Maker's Wish by Josephine Moon

'Josephine Moon just gets better and better. The Cake Maker's Wish is my favourite of her novels so far, and one of my favourite reads of the year. This is pure escapist delight, with a lot of heart and humour.' Better Reading

When single mum Olivia uproots her young son Darcy from their life in Tasmania for a new start in the English Cotswolds, she isn't exactly expecting a bed of roses - but nor is she prepared for the challenges that life in the picturesque village throws her way.

The Renaissance Project hopes to bring the dwindling community back to life - to welcome migrants from around the world and to boost the failing economy - but not everyone is so pleased about the initiative.

For cake maker Olivia, it's a chance for Darcy to finally meet his Norwegian father, and for her to trace the last blurry lines on what remains of her family tree. It's also an opportunity to move on from the traumatic event that tore her loved ones apart.

After seven years on her own, she has all but given up on romance, until life dishes up some delicious new options she didn't even know she was craving.

An uplifting and heartwarming story about the moments that change your life forever, human kindness and being true to yourself.

'Moon's novel is utterly charming, sweet, engaging and carefully crafted...This is the perfect single-sitting read for a lazy Sunday, best accompanied by tea and a piece of cake (or two).' - Apple Books Review
Praise for Josephine Moon-

'A mountain of heart, an abundance of soul and a banquet of mouth-watering food.' Good Reading

'You can't go wrong with a book by Josephine Moon.' Vanessa Carnevale

'A delightful page-turner and a truly moving tale.' Better Reading

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143792017
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Michael Joseph
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2020
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: The Cake Maker's Wish by Josephine Moon - Reviewed by (13 May 2020)

5 stars The Cake Maker’s Wish is the sixth novel by award-winning Australian author, Josephine Moon. Just over a year after pastry chef, Olivia Kent loses her grandmother (and last-known blood relative), she and her young son, Darcy arrive in the Cotswold village of Stoneden. And less than twenty-four hours later, the old lady next door accuses Olivia of theft: apparently not all the villagers are happy about the reverse-emigration scheme that the Stoneden Renaissance Committee has implemented.

Stoneden is where Olivia’s grandmother, Eleanor Kent grew up before emigrating to Tasmania with her parents. Many of the villagers are determined to reverse the slow death that has been facing the village as cottages are snapped up for holiday homes by Londoners at ridiculous prices. Invited to settle, especially if they have any connection with Stoneden, are young families with skills or trades, and this has attracted “imports” from the various corners of the globe.

For Olivia, it’s a chance to learn about her family history, and for Darcy, to connect with his (never-met-in-person) Norwegian father, as well as make some genuine friends. Furthest from Olivia’s mind is any sort of relationship with a man, even if farmer Grayson is stunningly gorgeous, and Helge, up close, still stirs her hormones.

Soon enough, Olivia and Darcy have made some firm friends and Rambling Rose Fine Cakes opens for business. Before long, a celebrity wedding has the village, not to mention the whole country, agog. But will the resistors, with their racist graffiti and their little acts of sabotage, ruin it for all?

What a delightful cast of characters Moon gives the reader, both amongst the old villagers and the imports: effusive providores, ageing charmers, cranky old women and more. None is wholly good or evil: all have very human flaws, and there are plenty of people holding secrets, guilt and resentments, and feeling the ongoing effects of past tragedies.

The village’s Renaissance Project is an intriguing concept, and Moon clearly demonstrates how and why there might be valid objections despite all the enthusiastic support. While the ending may be fairly predictable (and entirely welcome), there are a few red herrings and surprises on the way. Mouth-watering and a little mysterious Josephine Moon’s latest novel will have you smiling, welling up with tears, preheating the oven and digging out the cake tins, or at least the cake forks. This is Moon at her best! This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Better Reading Preview and Penguin Michael Joseph.


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