Book Reviews

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe – Debbie Johnson

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe
Published: April 2016
Perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe is the ultimate feel-good novel. Perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon, snuggled on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate. Like the hot chocolate, it’ll leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

This isn’t my usual genre and I’ve really got to be in the right mood for cheesy, girly novels. But I wanted to have another stab at a Buddy Read, and this book is currently number one on the Kindle free book store so why not?? As discussed previously, I’m not good at buddy read alongs! This one was no different I’m afraid! It was finished loooong before the others in the group and that’s because it’s such an enjoyable and easy read!

Two years after the death of her husband, and first love, Laura applies for a summer job at a small cafe on the Dorset coast.  Applications for the role are only accepted in the form of an introductory letter. The letter Laura submits is nothing short of heart wrenching. To be honest however, if I had received it in application for a job, I’d have staged some sort of intervention for her. Needless to say she gets the job and sets off with her 2 kids, Lizzie and Nate (and the elderly family Labrador, Jimbo) in their trusty old Citroen Picasso for a Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe.

Now.  The book is fairly predictable. There was only one bit that surprised me and it was a very sad moment... it involves Jimbo... say no more.  The fact the novel is predictable is not a bad thing... it’s a feel-good story and what you want for the characters is to be happy and that’s what they end up being.  And ultimately how I felt when I finished the book.

A very comforting 5 stars.

The e-book is free on Kindle at the moment, use the link below for your copy.

This was a Buddy Read with Vicky the Bookworm & Hannah’s Bookshelf. 


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