Friday 29 April 2016

Review of Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson - Five **


‘My new favourite author’ – Holly Martin, bestselling author of ‘Christmas at Lilac Cottage’ & ‘Summer at Rose Island’
The brand new book from best-selling author Debbie Johnson will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you raid the pantry in the middle of the night…
The Comfort Food Cafe is 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.
For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad.
But following the death of her beloved husband David two years earlier, Laura knows that it’s time to move on. To find a way to live without him, instead of just surviving. To find her new place in the world, and to fill the gap that he’s left in all their lives.
Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well.
For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…


What an absolutely wonderful book! It was one of those that you really never want to end. It had me crying with laughter, crying with emotions, and crying with sorrow. If you don't laugh about the cow at the beginning then there is something wrong with you! 

It is one of the warmest, happiest books I have read in a long time, and I really wish it was a real cafe! I would give my right arm to meet Joe, Sam, Willow, Edie, and of course, Cherie. 

Watching the way Laura, Lizzie & Nate changed and blossomed in Dorset was a very happy experience. Everyone in the book had something sad in their past, but the patrons of the Comfort Food Cafe were all so positive in their different ways of dealing with the past. 

I am crossing all my fingers and toes that this is the start of a series based on the cafe and its regulars. Absolutely fabulous book - and one that everyone should read!

Thank you Debbie - this is the best so far by a mile! And I've loved all your books!!

I was given an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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