Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review - Christmas at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson

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Review by Suze
Becca will spend December with her sister Laura. She'll finally be able to see the famous Comfort Food Café and she can't wait to see her niece and nephew again. The only thing she doesn't like is that everybody loves Christmas and she doesn't. Becca has always hated the holiday and she has her reasons, but she'd rather keep them a secret. Christmas is a difficult time for her and she'd be perfectly content to miss it, but she will be there for her family.

Being with Laura and the wonderful people she's gathered around her lifts Becca's spirits a little. Especially since she makes a new friend. His name is Sam and he's gorgeous, but Becca is officially off the market. The Comfort Food Café is a place where people can heal and even though Becca doesn't know she needs it, the magic of the place influences her. Spending time with her sister and having an apartment of her own even makes Becca cheerful every now and then. Will the Comfort Food Café change Becca's future the way it does for every visitor who needs it?
Christmas at the Comfort Food Café is a great emotional holiday story. I liked that Becca isn't flawless. She can be grumpy, she knows she isn't the best company in the world and she likes solitude, not all the time, but being left in peace is important to her. Becca has a strong will and I loved that about her. She knows herself and she isn't afraid to face her own flaws. She can admit when she's wrong and she's honest. She's also kind and caring and she loves the people who are close to her with all her heart. Becca doesn't like Christmas, but she doesn't want to spoil it for others, I admired that. Her attitude suits the story, it was interesting to see if Becca would defrost a little and if she would be influenced by her stay above the Comfort Food Café.
Debbie Johnson writes about people who can use some extra love and attention. I like how she slowly gives her main characters what they were missing and I'm always fascinated by everything that happens as a result. I love the idea behind the Comfort Food Café, a place where sad people can find a bit of joy again, which is the perfect setting for a Christmas story. Not everyone is happy and cheerful in December and I admire that Debbie Johnson has chosen someone who struggles with it as her main character. It's an impressive approach and I loved the outcome. Debbie Johnson makes this theme work incredibly well and the ending is really romantic. Even though Becca is a bit of a Grinch, I felt the happy Christmas spirit throughout the entire story.
It was fun to read about the main characters of Summer at the Comfort Food Café again. The books can be read as standalones, but it's a lot more fun to read them in their correct order. I like this series very much and am a big fan of the Comfort Food Café. It's an amazing fictional place that manages to enchant me every time I read about it.


  1. I have yet to read this books. But reading how much you like them, makes me hurry up :)

  2. Sounds like a perfect cozy winter read! I'm always fond of quaint settings and I like Becca already, maybe because her character feels so relatable. :-)

  3. I wish I had a place like this to go to.

  4. A flawed heroine is always refreshing to see in a holiday romance!


  5. I really enjoyed Summer at the Comfort food cafe and am looking forward to reading this. It had such a warm feeling to it.

  6. I haven't read anything by her but this series sounds so cute. I really love reading Christmas stories at this time of year too! :)