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…
It’s impossible to not love everything about this book. From the scrumptious looking cover, the idyllic setting, the wonderful story as well as the lovely characters, it ticked all the right boxes for me for a light hearted and entertaining read.
Laura is still trying to get over the death of her husband, running out of money though she decides to take a holiday job so that her and the children can still have a holiday whilst she is at least earning some money.
The cafe itself seems to be a haven for residents that seem to be on their own and come there to share companionship over delicious food. It certainly had my mouth watering over some of the food, especially Frank’s bacon sarnie that has to be cooked in a special way which is just how I like mine.
I don’t think Laura bargains for just how much her and the kids fall for the area as well as the residents.
The whole novel is heart warming, quirky and charming. It is a lovely story of moving on, taking chances as well as embracing new friendships.
A fabulous book and highly recommended.
My thanks to Kerry at Harper Impulse for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Summer At The Comfort Food Cafe is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.