Blog Tour | Review of The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery by Su Young Lee

Fluttering cherry blossoms, gorgeous kimonos and sweet and sorrowful love.

For cake-loving college girl Hana, Japan was the romantic destination of her dreams. With boyfriend Jin she planned an exciting new life in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. But when she finally arrives after months of planning, Jin isn't there. 

Hana is left broken-hearted on a rainy Tokyo street. Jin left no note. One day he just walked out of classes and disappeared. 

Hana begins her new life alone. Watching cherry blossoms fall into the Tokyo river. Working hard and delivering her lovely home-baked cakes by orange bicycle. Then she meets handsome young farmer Hikaru, and glimpses a new way forward - in an alien place where she doesn't know a soul.

The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery is a sweet romance with a hint of magic realism. It's a perfect book to carry with you and read on holiday or weekends.

Purchase Links - Amazon US here / Amazon UK here

Su Young Lee is a Korean romance author who lived in Tokyo, Japan for 10 years and now lives in London, England with her husband and two lovely cats. 

Su works in academic publishing and loves baking, playing piano and working on her calligraphy.

Check her blog here. 

Would you travel hours to surprise a loved one, a loved one who hasn’t been answering calls or emails?  I’m not sure I would but then again I am not Hana, a tenacious young woman from South Korea.  

Her boyfriend Jin has moved to Japan and Hana plans to surprise him with a visit to his new home in Tokyo, despite repeated calls and emails she hasn’t been able to get a hold of him but that does not deter her, she packs her bags and flies to Tokyo.  Her excitement at a reunion is short lived, Jin is not at his apartment in fact there is no trace of him.  Despondent yet hopeful Hana finds herself roaming the streets.

She finds herself living in a hostel and from there she starts to learn Japanese and enjoy her time in the country, she also starts wowing her new friends with her baking and the descriptions of the baking is just delicious, like the Great British Bake Off in book form!  Pies, puddings, cakes, all yummy!  She also buys herself a bicycle and with that her confidence grows as she explores the neighbourhood and gets not one but two jobs, one at a photo studio and another a fruit and veg shop.

She hasn’t forgotten Jin but she tries to make the best of it and through her new job at the fruit and veg shop she meets young farmer Hikaru and through him she realises her passion for baking.  She soon realises she will need decide between returning home or making a new life for herself in this wonderful new country.

Now I haven’t mentioned much about Jin and that is deliberate as I would spoil the story for you but he does get his say and this is where this book is a little deceptive, it is a sweet romance but it also has a hint of something else to it, something a little serendipitous.

This was such a quirky sweet read, I love learning about Japan and South Korea so this book was great as it brings together these two fascinating countries.  As I said above the descriptions of the food in the book was perfect, regular apple sound like the most marvellous things in the world, shiny like jewels!

They way the world is today this book definitely warmed my heart, a lovely read.


  1. This sounds really good, and I do need a sweet book right now. I may have to squeeze this in at some point😁

  2. I agree with Tammy. Sounds like just the thing.

  3. Quirky and sweet sounds pretty good to me right now. Especially when combined with a Japanese and South Korean setting. :)

  4. This sounds like a good book.

  5. I don't like romance-y books, but this one is calling my name. Thanks for sharing your review. I'm toddling off to add it to Goodreads. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘✨

    1. I don’t usually, but the setting got me and it’s got a good twist to it!

  6. Sounds like a fun read and I like the sound of all the food in this book. Sounds like an unique set up as well, although that does seem a bit strange she goes to surprise him when she hasn't heard from him in a while. I am curious what happens with Jin now. Great review!

    1. Yep I definitely wouldn’t have went without confirmation of someone at the other end.


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