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Review by Suze
Allie always dreamed of having her own café. After becoming a widow she opened The Cosy Cottage Café in the beautiful Heatherlea. Allie's two children are both grownups now and only the youngest is still living at home. Allie has good friends, she loves her children, she's fond of her cats and she has her café. Life has given her a second chance and she thinks she has it all, but maybe things could get even better.
When Allie's old friend Chris is back in Heatherlea, Allie is incredibly happy to see him again. Chris is a successful author and he hasn't been back in the village for quite a long time. The reason of his return isn't a happy one and Allie wants to be there for him. While spending more time together they discover they still like each other, but will Chris stay long enough to see if there are any romantic feelings between them?
Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café is a wonderful heartwarming story. I instantly fell in love with the amazing atmosphere of the setting and Allie is the perfect hostess, she makes everyone feel comfortable in her lovely place. She's talented, kind and caring and she's always there for the people she loves. My heart ached for her because of what happened to her in her past. Allie's so easy to like and I kept hoping she would find true love and happiness. Chris is just as friendly as Allie and that is why I immediately enjoyed reading about him as well. Their easy friendship made me smile and I couldn't wait to find out where their reacquaintance would lead.
Rachel Griffiths has a warm and welcoming writing style and she has a great sense of humor. She's written a funny lighthearted story with fantastic main characters. I also loved her mouthwatering descriptions of Allie's food. Her vivid descriptions of the café itself and everything that happens inside make Allie's story come to life very well. I enjoyed reading about her summer parties and the joyful good mood the characters are in. Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café is a cheerful sunny story. I absolutely loved this charming feel-good novella.
If you love heartwarming romantic stories that have a beautiful welcoming setting you should definitely read Summer at The Cosy Cottage Café.