Sunday, October 8, 2017

Book Review - Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson

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Review by Suze

Zoe lost her best friend Kate and is now taking care of Martha, Kate's daughter. Martha is a sad teenager, who doesn't know how to handle her feelings and her life is spiraling out of control. That's why Zoe decides they need a fresh start. They move into a cottage in Budbury where the staff of the Comfort Food Café and their loved ones are welcoming them with open arms. Will Martha like her new surroundings? She's a city girl at heart, but Zoe hopes the countryside will do her good.

While Zoe and Martha are settling in an unexpected visitor changes things again completely. Cal, Martha's father, has decided it's time to be there for his daughter. Will he be a welcome distraction and is he decent father material? Zoe needs all the help she can get and her new friends are making sure she can cope. Did she make the right choice to move to the countryside and will she be able to make sure Martha is taking care of herself again? Will the Comfort Food Café bring them some much needed healing?

Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café is a wonderful story about love, loss, hope, friendship and family. Zoe didn't have an easy childhood and she's used to taking care of herself. Being there for Martha is quite a challenge, because Martha is headstrong and angry at the world. Zoe understands Martha well though and she is patient and kind with her, which is something I loved. Zoe is passionate about books, she likes a good party and she's great company. I immediately liked her and enjoyed reading about her and Martha very much. Martha is fierce and outspoken, but she's also vulnerable and alone. My heart ached for the young girl who lost her mother. She and Zoe need to find a new balance and reading about that was incredibly interesting. Debbie Johnson writes about their problems, grief and happy moments in a beautiful sympathetic way.

The Comfort Food Café is a heartwarming setting and reading about this fantastic place again put a big smile on my face. Everyone is welcome, the atmosphere is cheerful and the staff is absolutely amazing. I love how Debbie Johnson makes the place come to life. Her vivid descriptions together with the abundance of kindness and affection are making it a joy to read about. She combines this with a lovely easy flowing writing style that makes it hard to stop reading. Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café is a gorgeous enchanting, charming and sweet story, a must-read for anyone who loves cozy romantic books.

Advice

If you love heartwarming stories I highly recommend Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café. It's part of the Comfort Food Café series, but can easily be read as a standalone. If you want to know everything about each character I'd advise you to start with Summer at the Comfort Food Café and read the books in their correct order.

13 comments:

  1. I haven't read a cozy romantic book yet but I think I will, they look like they cover emotions and good things in life at the same time. I like the title of the book.

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  2. I love a cozy chic lit as palate cleansers between heavy books.

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  3. Stories that start with a sad event but developed in a positive way are my favourite things to read when I'm down and I need something to distract myself with. Thanks for sharing your review, I hope I'll get the chance to read this one.

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  4. Oh this needs to go on my TBR! <3

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  5. not easy topic but i'm sure this author can make it very heartwarming so thank you for your review

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  6. I have read the rest of the Comfort food cafe books and really enjoyed them. I am sure I will enjoy this book too. The review is very positive and makes me want to read it.

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  7. Thank you for your honest review, Suze!

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  8. Glad that this can be read as a standalone :) It sounds lovely.
    Cora ❤ http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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  9. This sounds entertaining!

    --Trix

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  10. I'd like to visit the Comfort Food Café & Budbury. Sounds like a great community.

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  11. Lovely, thank you for your recomendation.

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