A couple of weeks ago I finished reading All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher. I’ve wanted to get my hands on one of Carrie’s novels for a while now and I’m so glad when I got snowed in at my sister’s, she had this book so I borrowed it.
I have given All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Book Description (via Goodreads): Feelings are part of life – feelings are life. If you take away what people feel, you take away anything meaningful. Wanting to diminish the evil in this world is a good cause, one I have fought for the majority of my life, but not like this … 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 a 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 … A story of love, food and a little bit of magic, All That She Can See is an enchanting and beautiful novel that’s guaranteed to be the most magical story you’ll read this year.
I went into this novel completely blind, not knowing a single thing what this novel was going to be about. Without reading one of Carrie Hope Fletcher’s books before, I could only assume what her genre of book was. The story I read was not what I was expecting at all!
This book holds such a brilliant concept of looking at feelings in a completely different way, of course that’s if you’ve never thought about seeing your semi-physical feelings, also known as “Meddlums”, in real life before.
I loved the main character Cherry, I thought she was a great protagonist and would love for her to make me cakes all day long as they sound so delicious! I loved her quirks throughout the book, especially that she only dressed in pyjamas! Although I enjoyed reading about Cherry and Chase together, however I thought his character was quite boring and he changed really quickly from being an absolute bastard to a great, supportive guy.
The two parts of the story which I thought dropped my star score slightly was the mixture between the seaside village bakery magical goodness and the dystopian-felt YA novel in the second half of the story. I don’t think the two genres intertwined very well. The other part which made my score drop was because of Cherry and Chase’s relationship. It felt very rushed and moved way too quickly. I think Carrie should’ve made it into a slow-burning romance, that would’ve worked really well, especially with the events that happen towards the end of the book.
I really did enjoy reading this book, especially the message that this book was getting across and the initial premise of the story, however it did confuse me due to the dystopian/sci-fi part of the book.
I love that Carrie has included recipes at the back of this book for some cakes for her readers to try and bake, I thought it was a really nice touch.
I hope to pick up her other books in the future to see how they unravel too.