"If you're a fan of the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency you'll love this" seems to be a common tag placed upon books these days but in this case it's true.
The story's heroine is Angel Tungaraza, cake baker extraordinaire. A Tanzanian by birth she's living with her husband, a university lecturer, and five grandchildren in Rwanda.
Nothing really happens in this story but what we do have is Angel using her intuitive skills, wisdom and ability to help customers and neighbours solve their problems, problems they may not even realise they have.
A book based in Rwanda can't fail to mention its comparatively recent and tragic history yet it's dealt with in an almost matter-of-fact way as are the continuing problems of and reactions to AIDs and ebola. They're there but life goes on.
Like Precious Ramotswe Angel has her little habits, taking off her glasses and wiping them at times of stress for example, and is a very likeable woman. Though her own life has been marred by personal tragedy, something she struggles to come to terms with in the course of the book, you're left in no doubt that if Angel is making your cake she'll sort out your life as well.
Highly recommended and not just to fans of the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.