Preview Reviews: The Cake Maker’s Wish by Josephine Moon

Preview Reviews: The Cake Maker’s Wish by Josephine Moon

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.

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It takes a village…so single mum and cake maker Olivia, moves from her lonely home in Tasmania to the perfect environs of golden Cotswold village Stoneden, to raise her son Darcy and investigate family connections of long ago. There she re-unites with lost love Helge and meets new love Grayson, as well as immersing herself in her dream career of baking and designing. With a cast of well-developed characters, a picturesque setting and heart-warming relationships, the complications abound as the new arrivals in the village are pitted against the old guard. This poignant story has it all.  I particularly loved reading about the relationship between Olivia and Darcy and watching Darcy bloom in his new home. The subplot of celebrity and social media, as well as the references to current lifestyle trends, movies and games, place this story in the here and now. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, another of Josephine Moon’s wonderful, well-paced stories. – Fiona, NSW, 5 stars

Olivia (The Cake Maker from the title) moves from Tassie to The Cotswolds, hoping to trace her family history. Returning to the land of your forefathers is a bit of a change to the usual emigration story… I really liked Olivia and her adorable sounding son Darcy, and was all for her wish of a new start in a new land. It’s a sweet book with all the mandatory amount of drama, and engagingly written, making village life sound enticingly appealing… – Ayesha, NSW, 5 stars

Not my type of book. Overall pretty good read though. – Brodie, VIC, 2 stars

What a delightful read. I enjoyed this book on a cool winter’s weekend. The journey to Stoneden with Olivia and Darcy is entertaining, when she decides to take up an opportunity which allows her to trace her heritage in England. Stoneden is full of memorable characters from the original inhabitants to the recent residents. There is mystery and intrigue, there is love and laughter, sadness and happiness. There are also choices to be made, and mistakes made. There is a lot packed into this novel which proved an entertaining read. I am also delighted with the choice that Olivia made at the end of the book, as I was hoping it would go that way. – Lisa, QLD, 4 stars

The Cake Maker’s Wish was a charming and enjoyable read.  Equally as beautiful as the cover, was the description of wonderful food and the magical countryside setting.   The main character Olivia’s journey is engaging and exciting right to the end. – Clare, SA, 4 stars

This was a delightful book.  I especially love books set in quaint English villages and this was no exception.  I enjoyed the mix of characters and the realistic interpretation of village life. Whilst the ending was predictable it didn’t detract from the book overall.  This is my first book by this author, but won’t be my last – Lisa, TAS, 4 stars

I enjoyed reading this book. From the start I liked the main character and then as the story progressed the other characters were also interesting and varied.   There was enough mystery on the side to keep the pages turning right to the end. The concept of the story was great and I would like to live in a town where this actually comes to life, not to mention the delicious food detailed. A quaint place where community spirit is celebrated and old English charm is depicted. A story about the struggle of choices choice, is it the right or wrong one.  – Deb, SA, 3 stars

Josephine Moon’s The Cake Maker’s Wish is a wonderful, heartwarming story that sweeps you up in a warm embrace and whisks you away from the daily grind. Wonderful real and imperfect characters, including my favorite Grayson, of course. A gorgeous setting for some armchair travel and a heartwarming ending. The perfect read to go with a cup of tea and one of Olivia’s cakes by the fire!  – Imogen, VIC, 5 stars

The Cake Maker’s Wish is one of those delightful reads that you won’t be able to put down. This story follows Olivia when she relocates from Tasmania to the Cotswolds to take part in a Renaissance project, breathing new life into an old town.  This book is the perfect recipe with all the essential ingredients- friendships, adventures, mystery, sabotage, romance and everything in between. – Tamara, VIC, 4 stars

 This book was a great read for many reasons.   It was an easy read book and a real page turner because the writing style was easy to follow and the story line kept you wanting to know more all the time. There were many twists and turns which captured your imagination.  The main character was Olivia Kent which the story revolved around. The story was about her life and that of her ancestors. It involved a life in a new country with her son Darcy. The other characters introduced that were woven into her life were of interest too because they had interesting pasts. The new characters were introduced in a manner that you could easily remember how they fitted into the storyline. Throughout the novel you could imagine various endings so you were kept intrigued. I would recommend this book because it had a strong storyline and I was drawn into the story from the beginning of the novel. – Dianne, NSW, 4 star

After a tragic accident upends her life, single mum and young baker Olivia takes a chance on a new life in the pretty and picturesque Cotswold village of Stoneden when she signs up for the Renaissance Project. It’s an opportunity for her young son Darcy to be closer to his Norwegian father and for Olivia to trace her family connections.  Designed to invigorate a community which is gradually losing permanent residents as the pretty cottages are sold to out of towners for weekenders; not all the locals are enamoured of the ‘imports’ or the project and sabotage and general nastiness erupts between the established and new residents. This is essentially a romance, but it tackles some contemporary issues – change and how we cope with it, first loves and new beginnings.  Josephine Moon has thoroughly researched cakemaking to write this book and it shines through in her delicious insights into the bakers art.  I would have liked a little more development of some of the male characters and a clearer image of the delightful location but the setting, conflict and the romance kept me reading and I would happily recommend The Cake Maker’s Wish to fans of Marian Keyes, Jane Green, Debbie Macomber or Cathy Kelly.  – Christine, NSW, 4 stars

A unique opportunity leads pastry chef, Olivia, and her son, Darcy, to leave her life in Tasmania and move to Stoneden, a small town in the Cotswolds in the hopes for a bright, new beginning. The Renaissance Project seeks to bring relatives of former residents to Stoneden in order to revitalise a dying town, not everyone is overjoyed at this endeavour but there are some strong characters who are determined to make their vision become reality. Olivia opens her own cake shop and quickly forms friendships with other ‘imports’ who have made the journey to the quiet town.  As the story unfurls, we are taken on a journey into Olivia’s troubled past, unexpected love, self-discovery and the unearthing of hidden secrets which had been kept by her late grandmother, a former Stoneden resident. This book easily engages the reader to connect with the picturesque town, we are drawn to the lively and interesting characters that reside in Stoneden. With The Cake Maker’s Wish Josephine Moon paints a picture of beauty, friendship and charm that engages the reader up to the very last page.  – Wendy, WA, 4 stars

Wow what a read! The book had a fantastic flow from beginning to end. Loved all the characters and could really picture them and also find relatable elements within the real world. I’ve never read a book about this topic however my own home town did something similar just not the whole new business thing but offering homes to applicants for really cheap. It felt as though I was right there with Olivia even though I myself haven’t left Australia. A read I’ll definitely recommend to friends and family!      I laughed out loud during many parts of the books, my favourite (that I read to my 9 & 7 yr old boys) was the neighbour that came knocking about stolen apples but Olivia had turned them into apple pie which she shared with new found friend. – Felicity, QLD, 4 stars

It took me a while to start the book but once I did I was hooked. I read it over two days and at the end realised that hope and making things work are all up to you. Realising that your dreams are important and what you need to achieve these are not always what is the “right” thing to do.  I love the sound of a small village life where do I sign up. – Michelle, SA, 5 stars

Farmer Grayson! You will fall in love with him. I hope he gets his own book, prequel or sequel. This was a happy, easy delightful, heartwarming lightweight read but it also makes you think. I found myself getting quite attached to Olivia and Darcy and it’s one of those books you don’t want to finish cause you don’t want it to end.  It’s intriguing how a past tragedy keeps effecting characters, you can really relate to this aspect. This is the first Josephine Moon book I’ve read and now I’m absolutely a huge fan. Thank you for a gorgeous read. – Penny, NSW, 5 stars

Giving up the simple world she knew in Tasmania Australia for a new life in a picturesque English village seems exciting if somewhat daunting at first for Pastry Chef Olivia and her boy Darcy.  The Renaissance Project offers an opportunity to learn more about her family, their past and a chance to finally reconnect with Darcy’s absent father.  However, life is not all a bed of roses in this tiny Cotswold district as Olivia soon learns but can this opportunity and a chance meeting help to change her life forever.  Or is it too late? And now after all this time?  Or can it hold the promise of something better, something richer and deeper and a glimpse at love when love had all but been forgotten?  Deliciously enriching and touching. A book full of warmth and heartfelt kindness, with plenty of heartwarming sumptuous food thrown in, this read will truly keep you smiling long after the last page has been turned.  Delightful! – Claire, VIC, 3 stars

This is a feel-good book which will appeal to women of all ages.  The characters are well-rounded, varying ages and, for the most part, likeable.  Some of the text about baking made my mouth water as I read it and I just wanted to move to the little village which is the setting for the story! Secrets from the past are cleverly interwoven through the storyline with a few clues and guesses along the way. I was rooting for Olivia and her little boy, Darcy, and found the story went along just as I would have wanted for them. The epilogue was very satisfying – no loose ends which has seen me slam more books shut after reading than necessary.  Thank you for the opportunity to review! – Fiona, QLD, 5 stars

Dare I say it …. this book is simply delicious, from its charming English village setting to its delightful cast of characters. The cover itself is divine; I quickly became absorbed in the lives of cake maker Olivia and her young son as they move from Tasmania and settle into their new life in the village.  Olivia is part of The Renaissance Project and is one of several migrants to open a business in an attempt to bring the village back to life. The story follows the highs and lows they experience as they try to bring the community together.  This touching story had everything: heartwarming friendships, humour, intrigue as Olivia traces her family history and romance as she navigates a tricky love triangle.  I adored this uplifting story, it was such an enjoyable read and left me smiling long after I’d read the last page. I am excited to now read Josephine Moon’s earlier novels. Thank you to Better Reading and Penguin Random House Australia for the opportunity to review this delightful book. – Kim, VIC, 5 stars

“First rule of small villages” Grayson said. “Everyone knows everything”.   The Cake Maker’s Wish had me from the start with the central character Olivia and her son, Darcy moving from Australia to The Cotswolds for a fresh start. It seriously got me to thinking – was I able to do a similar thing? Olivia’s strength and determination is softened by her uncertainty of who her heart belongs to and I loved that I felt myself too being uncertain who she should build a future with. This is a well written novel that has deep relationships between the characters showing their sorrows, challenges and joys allowing the reader to see both sides of this story. I especially enjoyed this book as I felt the author had me being chased with Olivia by a bull, feeling the emotions of “what ifs”, the joy of success, the worry that comes with loving your child so much it hurts, at times homesick and at other moments on top of the world. I highly recommend The Cake Maker’s Wish to anyone who enjoys a good read that takes you through the roller coaster that is life. – Cathy, NSW, 5 stars

This book was easy to read and lovely. Like a big warm hug in these troubling times. The characters are likeable. It reminds you that human kindness is possible as well as how jealousy and negativity can consume you. Olivia with her son Darcy move away from their home in Tasmania to a small village in England where her Grandmother, who passed away a year earlier, had migrated from. Not everyone in the village are happy to have people from around the world with family roots to the village migrate. The village is needing new blood and businesses to keep it going. She wants Darcy to finally meet his Norwegian father and find out more about her grandmothers life and her family. They start a new life, although not always a bed of roses, they make new friends and create a family life they both were craving. Very enjoyable! – Renae, QLD, 4 stars

Life is about the decisions we make from the choices we have. For Olivia and son Darcy the chance to move to the other side of the world is exciting, creating new opportunities, new friends, new home, new business and a new life. Darcy will finally meet his father and Olivia can determine her feelings for her former love. As anyone who undergoes momentous change can attest to this move and it’s challenges will try both. The Cake Maker’s Wish is absolutely relatable, the characters and landscape familiar and honest. Olivia has named her business Rambling Rose, a cake shop I’d love to visit! I recommend a coffee and something home baked whilst reading. – Rita, SA, 5 stars

Having never read any of Josephine Moon’s books before I was intrigued by the premise of The Cake Maker’s Wish her sixth novel.  Starting in Richmond, Tasmania we follow single mum Olivia and her son Darcy as they take a chance on a new life in the English Cotswolds.  The author dives straight into the main plot of the story almost abruptly. This is a feature of the novel, scenes and times change quite quickly. I actually quite liked this style of writing, which kept up the momentum of story.  I did not expect to like this novel as much as I did. The story is dramatic and mysterious enough to hold your attention and at the same time the drama is resolved soon enough, that the whole book has a soothing, ‘warm hug’ feel to it.  The sense of community and the lovely village atmosphere that pervade the novel, as well as the series of likeable characters give this book a well earned feel-good theme, with just a hint of suspense and intrigue.  Overall, this was a very enjoyable read, one to be savoured with a cup of tea and of course a piece of cake!  I really look forward to reading some of Josephine Moon’s  previous novels. – Sarah, NSW, 4 stars

A story not only about finding yourself but finding peace with your past.   Follow Olivia, as she transports herself from Tasmania to the English Cotswolds to join a Renaissance project in a small town. The goal is to enliven the town and bring it back to its former glory. Olivia’s interactions with her new neighbours serve as a timely reminder that people aren’t always as they seem and first impressions don’t tell the whole story.   Facing adversity, Olivia looks more deeply into those around her. Moon creates unique and memorable villagers, each bringing their own relatable story.   I became engrossed as Olivia slowly unravelled the events of the past, that brought her to the small town and struggled with the guilt of a particular memory that persisted within her. This is seamlessly intertwined with the present day in which Olivia attempts to establish herself in her new surrounds.  Moon places all the right ingredients in her writing, her characters are so relatable that I felt like I was sitting in the cake shop in the Cotswolds with them.  A very sweet and utterly delightful novel.  – Alyssa, ACT, 4 stars

A great read that ticks all the boxes you’d expect from a chick lit book…an uncertain past, a new beginning, a love triangle and, most importantly, cake! The only question is are you team Helge or team Grayson? This book is the perfect antidote to lock-down blues leaving you with a warm, fuzzy feeling. – Anne, VIC, 4 stars

Cosy up with a hot chocolate and some fresh baking to read the The Cake Maker’s Wish. Warm, feel-good story involving small village politics, new friendships, with a little international flavouring, and of course a romance at the heart of the story. If you like Maeve Binchy books…you’ll enjoy this one, just with an English Cotswold setting. If you have a sweet tooth, you may find yourself craving some fresh scones or cakes to devour along with the book. Sweet, easy-read. – Kylie, NSW, 3 stars

Reading this novel is like slicing through, and taking a big bite out of, one of the elaborate multilayered cakes created by Olivia. She’s a single mum, and baker extraordinaire, on a mission to explore her roots and reconnect her son, Darcy, with his father. But, you don’t always get exactly what you wish for – sometimes you get a whole lot more. While there is a healthy dollop of butter cream-frosted romance, the novel is an insightful exploration of a mother and son searching for their roots and a place to call home. There are highs and lows, with laughter, tears and suspense.  Olivia’s mother left the English Cotswolds village of Stoneden in the 1960s to start a new life in Australia. She wasn’t the only one to leave and the village has fallen on hard times. Olivia and Darcy join a cast of quirky characters, gathered from around the globe, as part of an experiment to revitalise the ‘dying’ village. In the process, they must navigate the pitfalls of local politics to stamp their claim on a new life. – Janet, SA, 5 stars

I have read all of Josephine Moon’s books and have enjoyed them all. Pastrycook Olivia and her young son Darcy move from Tasmania to the Cotswolds to start a new life. Locals are trying to revitalise the small village she moves too. Olivia reconnects with Darcy’s Norwegian father and finds out about her Grandmother’s past. All the new residents get involved in village life. Friendships are made and the community come together. – Elizabeth, QLD, 3 stars

This book is perfect for a relaxing easy read in isolation. Initially it seemed slightly too twee to me with a perfect English village setting, but some interesting characters and relationships added interest as it went on. The main protagonist Olivia was very believable and I found myself wanting to find out more as she delved into her family history. The author’s well researched food details were an added bonus and made me want to get baking. I kept thinking it had all the elements of a feel good movie. Thank you Better Reading for giving me the chance to read something I would not normally select.  – Jane, VIC, 4 stars

The Cake Maker’s Wish by Josephine Moon is a highly entertaining book which I found difficult to put down. It had just the right mix of mystery, intrigue and drama, baked to perfection with a dash of romance for the icing. At first I thought it was to be a book for the ‘girls’ but after reading it I had to admit it is a good read for the whole family.  Spanning generations and locations over half the world was a gentle reminder of the vast diversity of people and cultures which makes up parts of this fantastic world we live in and the sometimes-underlying prejudices and friendships between us. A clear message of care and compassion makes the world a much better place, especially with coffee and cake.  – Terry, SA, 5 stars

The Cake Maker’s Wish was a great read. I love stories about strong women and their journeys through life. The author paints in-depth pictures of her characters and settings with precision and makes you feel you are there. Her characters are brought to life, warts  and all, with clarity and empathy. Whilst sad in places I found it an uplifting story of real life. – Melinda, NSW, 5 stars

I was pulled into Olivia and her son Darcy’s life as they arrive in the small village of Stoneden in the Cotswolds after leaving Tasmania for a new start as part of a Renaissance Project to bring life back to the dying village. What a massive step for her to have taken, to move to the other side of the world with her young son, knowing no one and not knowing if the project will work out, I thought Olivia was very brave to do this. But after her grandmother’s death, she needs a fresh start and an extra incentive is her son’s father, who lives in Norway. These two have never met and their whole relationship is based around skype videos, this is the chance for them to hopefully forge some kind of real relationship.  There are quite a few wonderful characters who have also moved to Stoneden for this project, all for different reasons and most having a past link to the village. For Olivia it is her grandmother who grew up there and then moved to Australia. Olivia would love to find out more about her life, but there are plenty of secrets in Stoneden and they won’t be shared easily.  Not everyone is happy about the newcomers to the village, for various reasons, and some make this felt more than others. There are some very underhanded events that occur to the newcomers’ businesses, making them feel unwelcome and even scared. I really felt for these people who are only trying to make a new start and help the village become alive again.  Olivia and Darcy make some wonderful friends, as well as there being a potential love interest in a dairy farmer. There’s also complications that arise with Darcy’s dad.  There’s so much to love about this novel, from misunderstandings about cake ownership, to stolen apples, friendship and secrets, hope for the future, and holding on to the past, this novel has it all. – Claire, WA, 5 stars

The Cake Maker’s Wish by Josephine Moon is a delight to read just like all her other novels. It’s a touching story about family, friendship and romance and the scenes with cakes are definitely mouth-watering! Highly recommended! – Jenny, VIC, 5 stars

The Cake Maker’s Wish is the latest sweet treat of Australian author Josephine Moon. It is a delightful story about a mum Olivia and her young son Darcy relocating from Tasmania to begin a new life in a Cotswold village. The move is an opportunity for Olivia to investigate family mysteries as well as being closer to Darcy’s Norwegian father. Under the auspices of the “Stoneden Renaissance Project” she opens “Rambling Rose Fine Cakes” delivering her delectable delights to townspeople and tourists. Their new life is not all plain sailing as a group of discontented villagers attempt to derail the success of the project, jeopardizing the plans of the “imports”.   This book is enjoyable and very easy to read, the descriptions of the cakes, village and people are brilliant and breathe life into the story. The love that Olivia has for her son and grandmother is at the core of the story but Olivia also finds herself in a romantic quandary and at the centre of a media frenzy. The small village holds answers to secrets relating to Olivia’s ancestry as well as a solution to the bullying that her gentle son suffered in Tasmania. – Janelle, NSW, 5 stars

The Cake Maker’s Wish is a beautiful story of hope, starting over, friendship and love. – Heather, NSW, 5 stars

I have previously read several Josephine Moon’s books and was excited to read her latest offering.  While I found the premise of moving from Tasmania to the Cotswolds in England on a whim a little bit of a stretch, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  There are twists and turns that keep the reader interested and not everything is as it seems.  Single mother Olivia who was looking for something new in her life certainly finds it when joins the ‘Renaissance Project’ that aims to bring life back into the town of Stoneham in the English Cotswolds.  She and her young son Darcy leave behind everything they know and move to the other side of the world.  This move throws up a lot of challenges and brings many changes to their lives.  The town and its people have their own issues and into this comes a new group of residents who are welcomed by some and abhorred by others.  The novel explores Olivia’s life as she faces the challenges and changes to her life and to stay true to her beliefs. I enjoyed this novel immensely and would recommend it to all readers.   – Janine, VIC, 5 stars

This is my first book I have read by Josephine Moon. Olivia takes you on a journey about making a fresh start and finding her family heritage.  I found The Cake Maker’s Wish to be an easy and enjoyable read.  Small acts of kindness really do go along way. – Brownwyn, VIC,  5 stars

I loved this book. I loved the all the characters including the quirky. I found myself agreeing or disagreeing and sometimes changed my mind totally. The author’s way of writing let me lose myself in the story and it was easy to feel as if you were there. The story was not predictable with lots of little surprises – human nature being what it is.  Thank you for the opportunity of reading and reviewing this great story – Jo-Anne, TAS, 5 stars

If you’re looking for lovable characters and a great storyline, then this book is for you. Josephine Moon creates amazing characters that you can’t help falling in love with and the storyline just enhances this. – Zhyesha, WA, 4 stars

It’s very rare that I find a book that I don’t want to put down and this is one of those gems. Reasonably light but compelling none the less, like a big warm comforting hug. I’ve read two of Josephine’s previous works and feel her writing improving even more with her exhaustive research into her place settings plainly evident. I really connected to the main character Olivia who was (thankfully!) not perfect but utterly charming and someone I’d like to know. I had the feeling that this had been written just for me but with its many themes of family, new starts, hard work and romantic interludes I think many will feel the same way. Read in 2 days and already missing being in Stoneden! – Faye, QLD, 4 stars

I was lucky enough to win a free copy of this book as a pre release to do a review on and can honestly say I very much enjoyed it. Probably not something I’d previously have picked for myself but I’ll definitely read more from this author. It was a cozy, happy read about a single mum and her son who relocate from Tasmania to a village in England. Just the right amount of drama, romance and fun. A beautiful, delicious read that left me feeling great! – Lisa, QLD, 5 stars

The Cake Maker’s Wish by Josephine Moon was a wonderful read.  From start to finish it had me intrigued and invested completely in the lives of the characters and their ups and downs throughout the whole book.  Was a very hard read to put down as you just had to know how it all finished.  Thank you Josephine Moon for another amazing book.  – Jodie, NSW, 5 stars

This book follows Olivia, her son Darcy, and an eclectic mix of people in a small village in the Cotswolds. It shows us how each moment and interaction is one that should be enjoyed and cherished, even the ones that lean more towards ‘learning curve’ than positive and life changing. It was a delight to follow and become involved in the lives of such a diverse community, demonstrating that family can be found anywhere and home is where you make it. I loved the descriptions of Tasmania and the Cotswolds and found myself dreaming of their old world charm.  Thank you to Better Reading and Penguin Random House Australia for giving me the opportunity to read this novel.  – Kim, QLD, 3 stars

There is so much to enjoy in The Cake Maker’s Wish….small village life, The Cotswolds, relationships explored on many levels, friendships made and lost, complicated family life and a little touch of mystery … all rolled up in the art of cake making and decorating to celebrate life’s milestones.  This is my first Josephine Moon novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it!!! A nice easy read, interesting and I kept wanting to read more…..and eat cake!!!! – Sally, NSW, 4 stars

Josephine Moon’s novel focuses on family and friendship in a sweet, imaginative and very detailed way, with a hint of secrets and love. Also, with hints of very important issues in the world , such as #MeToo movement and Women’s equal rights .    Olivia and her son, Darcy, move to  English Cotswolds to make a fresh start and to feel closer to her Ma’s past who has passed away. While trying to find her roots she makes interesting and important relationships along the way as well as finding out where she belongs. From the the start you are transported to a little cottage in English Cotswolds and a cake shop that smells and sounds like family and friendship. It is cosy, sweet and inviting, making it difficult for you to leave.  The novel is very inviting and joyful to read. Throughout I wasn’t sure of what the main wish was. Too much detail in some parts eg. Baking steps (maybe put recipes in the back of the book), and explanations of cakes and outfits of characters. Too many characters to remember.  Overall, a nice and very enjoyable read. This novel is a breath of fresh air. – Arrisarne, VIC, 5 stars

This book was a delight! I loved the characters and their warm and fuzzy relationships with Olivia and her son Darcy. The whole town had a great comfortable vibe that made me homesick whenever I put the book down, except for the few bad eggs. I also loved the whole mystery surrounding Olivia’s family connection to the town and how this was slowly revealed through the story. There was a nice romance for Olivia that felt sweet and promising. The author did a wonderful job of weaving all these elements together. Loved it. – Kristy, NSW, 4 stars

The Cake Maker’s Wish is an absorbing, captivating read, following the journey of Olivia and her son Darcy to the charming English Cotswolds. Finding their place within a small village of interesting and diverse characters, is challenging, as they tussle to prove their rightful place in the community. Olivia is staunch in her mission to succeed and unravel her past whilst exposing heart and soul to build friendships, connect with family and establish her business. A touch of romance threaded throughout the story adds to the appeal, suspense and longing for belonging. It is a story of determination and strength to achieve a life with meaning within a community. A heart warming, pleasurable read. Highly recommend. – Rosalie, SA, 5 stars

I believe in signs. I received this book on my daughter Olivia’s birthday, my name is Sally and my mum’s name is Norah so I had an instant connection to this book.  A wonderful uplifting community spirited and heartwarming family adventure. Scandal, love triangle and delicious cakes made this a scrumptious read. My first Josephine Moon book now to work on adding to the collection! – Sally, NSW, 4 stars

I enjoyed the escapism of this novel, the English village and it’s interesting inhabitants and their antics. I definitely could of used more of them! I felt for Olivia and the situations she was finding herself in, as well as the one she left. And I won’t lie, I cheered for her and even shed a little tear when things went well, because I am a complete sap. I could picture this well as a movie actually, even if I did find it a little predictable. Also a shout out to the author for the two mentions of my favourite country music artist Morgan Evans! Love that guy.  There were quite a few strings connecting characters in this story that it would have been good to see fleshed out more, and I also found some of the shifts between scenes to be a bit…jarring? Just in some places it didn’t seem to flow very well from one part to another. Some of the minor characters were also forgettable and I spent a good ten minutes trying to remember the significance of Mrs. Wilson when I picked up the book again on day two.    Overall though I found this to be an enjoyable read of taking changes and finding love and family, sometimes where you least expect it.  – Brit, VIC, 3 stars

The Cake Maker’s Wish was my introduction to Josephine Moon.  I really enjoyed the story, the characters were relatable and the Cotswolds was a lovely setting.  I read the book over a couple of days and was a little upset when I finished.  I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to enjoy more books from this author – Susan, NSW, 5 stars

I was so excited to read The Cake Maker’s Wish.  I have read all her novels and this one didn’t disappoint.  When Olivia loses her grandmother and the only family she has in Australia, the Renaissance Project to bring relatives back to Stoneden in the Cotswolds to revive the community, couldn’t have come at a better time.  Olivia and her son Darcy head off for a new start and to be closer to Darcy’s father in Norway.  However not all the residents are happy about the project.  A beautiful tale of friendships, family lost and family found, romance, a wedding and lots of cakes. – Nicole, VIC, 5 stars

I thought this book was well written, easy to read although a little predictable.  To uproot yourself and son to the other side of the world takes a lot of courage.  Olivia did this and found that starting out in a small village in the Cotswolds was not as easy as she first thought.  The Renaissance Project was devised to bring new life to a dying village but not all residents agreed.  That’s where the problems start. – Vivien, ACT, 3 stars

Pastry chef Olivia Kent and her young son, Darcy leave their lives in Tasmania for what they hope will be a better future in Stoneden, the dying Cotswold village determined to resurrect itself by reverse emigration. Does all of Stoneden agree? Will their welcome be unanimous? Will the Renaissance succeed? 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! – Marianne, NSW, 5 stars

If you were given the chance to move across the world to make a new family and find your family ancestry, would you?  Olivia took her son Darcy from Tasmania to England and started a new life in an area they called The Renaissance Project, to help rebuild an old town.  Slowly she was finding out things about her family history. Was this what she really expected??  I loved this book and read it in 3 days, great read from start to finish. – Sue, NSW, 5 stars

I have copies of all Josephine Moon’s novels and this one did not disappoint.  The research is impeccable, this story starts in Richmond Tasmania and having lived there for 7 years the sections of the book that were set in Richmond were so accurate – I could see the stories playing out before my eyes.  The characters were honest to goodness people you could imagine being best friends with in real life.  The themes within the story are so much a part of everyday life that it was amazing and kept me wanting to turn the page. Often we wish we could have a fresh start in life and Olivia found hers.  Themes including rejuvenating a village, a bit of romance, a celebrity wedding, parenting themes pertinent to this day and age, and of course the odd disgruntled person who could throw a spanner in the works (don’t we all know at least one of those).   I loved the flow of the narrative keeping the reader spellbound (true in my case) I especially loved the Epilogue, it was great to read what was happening next for the main character Olivia and her son Darcy. – Glenys, NSW, 5 stars

Josephine Moon’s The Cake Maker’s Wish is a delight! Sit back, relax. Get comfortable in your favourite chair, spot, nook. Start quietly. The characters explain themselves at the outset, well defined and true to life. Do they become boring and trite? Never! Just as they teeter on the edge of predictability, they move in unusual but normal ways. First cup of coffee and cupcake needed because there have been enough suggestions to make you want to add your own. Time is short so a quick fix will do, you must get back to reading what happens next. The Cakemaker’s Wish grabs your mind and won’t let go! What does happen? To whom? When? Two thirds of the way through you have decided to bake your own batch of cupcakes because you need to share this reading adventure with a friend, but not yet! You must finish this tale first because you are never sure that it will end well. Yes, it is a one occasion one sitting read. Absolutely fabulously enjoyable! Written well with plausible sub plots right to the finish where you find that you have put together your own cupcake recipe with a refined version of your normal coffee. Mine became ginger laced nutmeg topped demerara sugar enhanced muffins with a freshly ground ristrettos for ten. – Pam, VIC, 5 stars

This was a charming story. Although there weren’t many surprises and I guessed where the plot was going, it was sweet and fun and left me with a smile on my face. The food was beautifully described and I wish I could taste Olivia’s cakes! – Helen, VIC, 4 stars

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                              Synopsis

                              Life in the village isn’t always sweet and simple . . .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.
                              Josephine Moon
                              About the author

                              Josephine Moon

                              Josephine Moon was born and raised in Brisbane, had a false start in Environmental Science before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and then a postgraduate degree in education. Twelve years and ten manuscripts later, her first novel The Tea Chest was picked up for publication and then shortlisted for an ABIA award. Her bestselling contemporary fiction novels are published internationally. They include The Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise, The Beekeeper’s Secret, Three Gold Coins and The Gift of Life. 

                              In 2018, Josephine organised the ‘Authors for Farmers’ appeal, raising money to assist drought-affected farming communities. She is passionate about literacy, and is a proud sponsor of Story Dogs and The Smith Family. 

                              She now lives on acreage in the beautiful Noosa hinterland with her husband and son, and a tribe of animals that seems to increase in size each year. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

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