Baking cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin

About the book

This is a novel in 14 irresistible confections, and behind each cake lies a story. As Angel helps her customers to work through their problems, they, in turn, help her to lay to rest the demons she has buried deep inside until, finally, she is able to face the truth and to achieve a sense of peace.

Reviewed by Netley Bookworms

We all enjoyed this book. We agreed that the serious themes of poverty, HIV and the aftermath of the genocide were tackled in an easy, gentle way to make for a thoughtful but enjoyable read.

*** 3 stars

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2 thoughts on “Baking cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin”

  1. Review by Reading between the wines
    Almost 4 stars. Some loved the slower paced way that so many serious isses were handled; others found it too slow and unstimulating. A light handed and humorous way to consider the impact of Rwandan genocide, AIDs, Ebola. A unifying, motherly main character and delicious cake descriptions.
    *** 3 stars


  2. A delightful book. Angel bakes cakes in Rwanda and her customers tell their stories. As it is Rwanda those stories involve genocide, aids and Ebola. Dark topics but with Angel we uncover the joys as well as the sorrows of the survivors. Full of colour, full of humour, full of wisdom and above all full of that amazing woman Angel.
    A first novel but we all hoped that there would be a second.
    4 stars


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