Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can’t and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town is concerned she’s simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives. They don’t know why they’re drawn to Cherry’s bakery – they just know that they’re safe there and that’s how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth behind her gift.
And then Chase arrives in town and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she’s not the only one who can see what she sees . . .
This is only going to be a quick one as I soon have to jump in the car and whizz my way down to Oxfordshire, but since I finished another book I thought I would write a quick review before I go.
I am an advocate of all things Carrie Hope Fletcher (I am seeing her in concert on Easter Sunday!), so naturally, I had to buy All That She Can See.
It’s described as ‘Chocolat with a tablespoon of Bake-Off’ and when I started reading this book, I would have agreed with that assessment but having finished it, that’s very much not the case. It’s very different than what I was expecting. Her first book had magical realism, it flittered in and out of the story (confusing many people when it did), but this one relies on it. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but it grew on me.
Cherry is a girl who can see the bad emotions that have latched onto people, she sees them as many different monsters and, naturally, she tries to help. I liked reading about the different descriptions of the monsters and how they varied from person to person. The downside to a story revolving around emotions is that it does get a bit preachy in parts. What I liked more were all of the human characters. Sally and Margie and Bruce and George, they were all so endearing.
I did have to quell my inner editor a lot but I did enjoy the novel. Pick it up if you want an easy read containing a lot of baked goods and a very original magical realism premise.