Book Review: Cupcakes at Carrington’s by Alexandra Brown

Cupcakes at CarringtonsWhat’s it about?

Georgie Hart loves her job–running the luxury handbag concession at Carrington’s Department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry Bay, and treating herself (once too often!) to a red velvet cupcake with buttercream icing in Carrington’s café.

But Georgie is thrown into disarray when Carrington’s is plunged into a recession-busting makeover, cueing the arrival of femme fatale Maxine, who wields the axe in her immaculately-manicured hands.

It spells a recipe for disaster for Georgie and soon she is fighting not only for her job, but also for the attentions of her gorgeous boss, James. And when hot newcomer Tom arrives, who may or may not be the best thing since sliced bread, Georgie must decide where her loyalties really lie…

My thoughts

I’d heard good things via social media about this book so I applied to Netgalley for the sequel, Christmas at Carrington’s and was accepted. So I thought I’d better read the first book to get acquainted.

With a gorgeous, glamorous cover I had high hopes and from the first few chapters it reminded me of the tv programme Mr Selfridge, all very special and elegant with the potential for lots of drama which it does deliver on.

However, some elements were a little bit predictable such as the gay BFF and the plot line with Georgie’s dad I didn’t think went deep enough – maybe that will develop later.  There’s also a lot of characters that get forgotten about after they’d be introduced and then they’d pop up later.

Georgie is a very likeable, believable main character and I really did relate to her with her money situation and her feelings of desperation.

I’ll read Christmas at Carringtons to see how things develop. Overall this was an ok read for die hard fans of chick lit!

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1 Comment

  1. 9th November 2013 / 3:42 pm

    I’ve had this one on my Amazon wishlist for a while but I just wasn’t sure about it. Think I’ll leave it for a slow book month or if it’s on sale! Thanks for the review!

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