Review: There’s More to Life Than Cupcakes

Posted 7th January 2014 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: There’s More to Life Than CupcakesThere's More to Life Than Cupcakes by Poppy Dolan
Published by Novelicious Books on 10th October 2013
Genres: Chicklit
Pages: 295
Format: eARC
Source: from the Publisher
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 Ellie Redford has a husband, a job and a home. According to the rest of the world, it’s baby o’clock already. Shame life doesn’t come with a recipe…

Ellie knows that starting a family with lovely husband Pete would be an amazing adventure. Pete would make a brilliant dad and she’d have an excuse to eat shed loads of Cherry Bakewell. But Ellie’s bestie would rather she was up at 3am with a bottle of Malibu, not formula. And with redundancies looming, Ellie’s boss isn’t exactly going to throw her a shower if she disappears for a year, with pay.

While Ellie juggles her feelings (and everyone else’s) as competently as a drunken clown, she finds herself signing up for a baking class, alongside the young, free and sizzling hot Joe. As they work buns and shape tarts, is there more to their friendship than a shared appreciation of Paul Hollywood?

Ellie’s soufflés may be rising, but her personal life is one big soggy mess. If she doesn’t make a decision soon, she may just lose everything that matters to her. Maybe it’s time to take off the pinny and face up to the truth: there’s more to life than cupcakes…

I can actually relate to Ellie a tiny bit. I feel like everyone I know is having babies. 2 of my closest friends have babies, my brother, who is 2 and a half years younger than me, had a baby almost 2 years ago, and my brother who is 4 years younger than me has just told me his girlfriend is pregnant. So I recently had a little I’m getting broody moment. My solution? I decided to go to the pub and have a large drink because you can’t do that when your preggers.

I feel very much the same way Ellie does babies are cute, cuddly and I don’t mind looking after one for like half an hour, but I don’t want to give up the drinking and the partying and the lazing around on a Sunday because you have nothing else to do. Not just yet anyway.

I really like Ellie. She is definitely someone I would be able to be friends with, and not only because she bakes really good cakes.

Pete is an excellent husband. He’s a really kind and caring person. He would do absolutely anything to make Ellie happy.

I loved all the characters in this book her bestie Lyds, who has been there through everything. Her new baking friends Hannah and Joe, their classes sounded like so much fun. Jules,  both sets of parents, all the brothers on both sides, Skye her sister in law. I don’t think there was one person I didn’t like. Even the potato guy was great.

This book was Chicklit at it’s best, and fantastic book that will have you laughing and crying and then wanting to bake.

About Poppy Dolan

Poppy’s third book The Bluebell Bunting Society was a published in 2017 and tells the story of a little community pulling together in their hour of need, and how a little crafting can go a long way.

When she’s not glued to her laptop, Poppy loves cooking, reading and getting emotional over reality TV. She is in her mid-thirties and lives just outside London with her husband. She writes in a coffee shop nicknamed Terence and also – when it’s not too chilly – in the shed.


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