Georgie Hart loves her job – running the luxury handbag concession at Carrington’s Department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry-On-Sea, 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….
I was thrilled to hear about this novel coming out. I had never actually met the Author but had chatted sometime on twitter and she seemed like a lovely lady. What I was most excited about was the subject matter of the book. Recently there have been a couple of series on the television that i have really enjoyed, that being The Paradise and most recently Mr Selfridge both of which are set in department stores. Unlike those programmes that were set a while back in time, Cupcakes at Carrington’s is set the present day.
Set in a sea-side town on the South coast, we are introduced to the coming and goings, the management and the employes at this prestigious department store. There is something rather exciting I find about programmes/books like these. I love the way despite problems the staff are experiencing that they still stand behind their counter and paint on a smile for their Customers. Something many of us have to do in life!
I loved the character Georgie and her tangles love life, her relationship with other members in the store and who doesn’t love a Gay personal assistant!! Elements of Devil wears Prada sprung to mind on occasions also!
Alexandra has written with great confidence the start of what I believe to be a trilogy of books at the Carrington Store and this really pleases me as it is so evident that she has hit on a theme that is totally engaging and something that I know for certain, I will definitely be wanting to read the next saga of. There is so much scope for opportunity I can’t help but be excited for the next installment. This really is a book that you will enjoy curling up on a sofa one Sunday afternoon and getting lost in. Chick lit at it’s best.
Available as a paperback or ebook via Amazon UK Cupcakes at Carrington’s