Today I hand over the reigns to Mandie, who has a review of Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson. Let’s take a look at what the book is all about.
About the Book
Come to the Comfort Food Café this spring for sunshine, smiles and plenty of truly scrumptious lemon drizzle cake.
‘As cosy as a buttered crumpet’ Sunday Times bestseller Milly Johnson
‘Summer wouldn’t be Summer without Debbie Johnson!’ Jenny Oliver
My name is Willow Longville. I live in a village called Budbury on the stunning Dorset coast with my mum Lynnie, who sometimes forgets who I am. I’m a waitress at the Comfort Food Café, which is really so much more than a café … it’s my home.
For Willow, the ramshackle café overlooking the beach, together with its warm-hearted community, offers friendship as a daily special and always has a hearty welcome on themenu. But when a handsome stranger blows in on a warm
spring breeze, Willow soon realises that her quiet country
life will be changed forever.
Curl up with this gorgeous novel and make yourself at home at the Comfort Food Café.
This is the fourth book in the Comfort Food Café series. Once again we are drawn into the lives of the engaging and quirky staff and customers of this charming café in Budbury.
This time the story focuses on Willow who as well as working part time in the café, runs a cleaning business and looks after her mother Lynnie who is suffering from dementia. There were times that this book left me feeling exhausted, not because I didn’t enjoy it, but more because I don’t think I could keep up with Willow and everything she seemed to achieve in a day. I know I am (a bit) older than her but I really don’t think I could imagine doing half the things that she did and still have time for a bit of a social life.
She seems to be juggling things quite will with the odd assistance from her friends and colleagues and never really complains however once she meets a face from her past things start to get a bit complicated.
Tom is a hunky but shy and nerdy guy who has just moved back to Budbury, a place he spent time in when he lived at the children’s home. Due to his upbringing he doesn’t trust people easily as he prefers to be on his own as then he can’t be let down. This is something that Willow can understand after her siblings moved away leaving her to care for their mother alone. She doesn’t like to talk about the problems almost as much as she hates having to ask for anyone for help. In fact when they return she initially resents their help even though it gives her the much needed break she deserves
Willow and Tom really are ideally matched yet they fight their attraction to the point that Tom even considers moving away again, however you just know that despite all the stops and starts and misunderstandings in their relationship these two characters will eventually work out that they are meant to be together but you can’t but help enjoy the ride until they get there.
Once again Debbie Johnson gives the reader a charming story about characters that you can’t help but care about and sympathise with. She manages to tackle real life issues in a caring and sensitive way whilst managing to inject some light-hearted humour along the way. These books give you real sense of community, where people are willing to go above and beyond for friends and strangers alike. If you have read and enjoyed the other books in this series then you will love this one. If not then you really should as you don’t know what you are missing.
Thanks Mandie. Thanks also to publishers Harper Impulse for providing the ARC via Netgalley. If you would like to read the book yourself it is available at the following links: