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Review by Suze
Laura lost her husband who was also her best friend. They were childhood sweethearts and he died way too young. Laura thinks she and the children, Lizzy and Nate, need a change of scenery after a long time of being sad, so she takes a job for the summer that will enable them to stay in Dorset at the beach. At first Nate and Lizzie aren't very happy with their mother's decision, but their complaints are soon forgotten when they're there for a few days. The Comfort Food Café is a wonderful friendly location and the owner, Cherie makes sure Laura feels right at home cooking and serving the customers.
Laura slowly becomes herself again. Cherie tries to make her as happy as possible, which is exactly what she needs. She enjoys working at the café with the customers and loves preparing the food. She also spends a lot of time with Matt, the local vet and her neighbor. He's handsome and Laura likes him very much, but she's still not over the death of her husband. Maybe time will change things for them though. Will their summer at the Comfort Food Café make Laura and her children feel whole again?
The Comfort Food Café is such a wonderful place. I loved the idea of food that's being served to make someone's life a little better. The regular customers all need someone who listens to their stories and they are there for a special kind of food they can't get anywhere else any longer. It's such a touching subject and it's what I loved most about this book. It's a place where people are heartwarming, where they are generous and where someone has the chance to heal. It's the perfect environment for Laura to come out of her depression. She's there to receive some extra kindness and care and to be there for others, which is a perfect combination.
Summer at the Comfort Food Café is a great uplifting summer read. Laura is a sweet woman who stumbles through life. Some of the things she does, especially by accident, are really funny. Nate and Lizzy are perceptive kids and they made me smile. Matt is cute and very nice, which is a good combination. Cherie is eccentric and has such a kind heart, she's fabulous. I loved all the customers of the café and enjoyed reading about their lives. The setting is fantastic and I wish I could actually go there. I loved Debbie Johnson's dreamy descriptions of the place. Her vivid writing about food is mouthwatering and I can't wait to try some of Laura's recipes. Summer at the Comfort Food Café is such an original story and it has a lovely romantic ending.