Thursday, 16 June 2016

**Out today ** ~ Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson




**Happy Paperback Publication Day** 



Harper Impulse
16 June 3016





A bit of blurb:


The Comfort Food Café 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 café, 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 Café doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…



My thoughts:

There's always something really lovely about reading a Debbie Johnson summer inspired novel. From the moment you enter the story you just know that you will be taken into a warm and wonderful world, peopled with lots of fascinating characters.

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe is every bit as delicious as its cover suggests.

Laura Walker decides to uproot her children and move from Manchester to Dorset in a decision which she hasn't taken lightly, but which doesn't sit well with fourteen year old Lizzie and twelve year old Nate. And as Jimbo the elderly Labrador snuffles and snores his way down to Dorset, and Lizzie and Nate squabble in the back of the car, Laura find herself questioning her decision to relocate.

But a fresh start is what is needed, and after Laura's husband David died two years ago, Laura knows that deep down life must go on. Taking on the challenge of a new home and job isn't going to be easy but when Laura takes on the role of cook at the Comfort Food Cafe, she little realises just how much the Comfort Food cafe will transform her life.

What I loved about this story and indeed all of Debbie Johnson's novels is the ease of writing. Reading one of her stories is like having a chat with your best friend, its about learning of the good and bad in their lives and of putting the world to rights over a large latte, something we all do for time to time. The characters very soon become as familiar as friends and so become so immersed in the story that you don't notice the pages flying by.

As always the story is warm and witty, with a wry look at life which is peppered with tons of common sense. I especially loved the Comfort Food Cafe recipes at the end of the book, especially the Lime and Ginger Lovely and the Dorset Apple Cake which I fully intend to try out for myself.


So for me, it's an ideal read Summer read, just perfect for a warm afternoon by a swimming pool or tucked away on a blanket in your local park, preferably with something cool and delicious close to hand...




Best Read with....an Ice Cream Sundae loaded with scoops of delicious strawberry and vanilla ice cream and a tall glass of sticky Cream Soda, loaded with ice....




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Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe is Published by Harper Impulse today

Find it on Amazon UK






Thanks to Felicity at Harper for my review copy and to Kerry for the invitation to be part of this event.


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