Title: A Gift from the Comfort Food Café

Author: Debbie Johnson

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse

The Blurb

Christmas has never been Katie Seddon’s favourite time of year. Whilst everyone else shares memories of families coming together and festive number ones, the soundtrack to Katie’s childhood wasn’t quite so merry.

But since she moved to the village of Budbury on the gorgeous Dorset coast, Katie and her baby son have found a new family. A family who have been brought together by life’s unexpected roads and the healing magic of a slice of cake and a cupful of kindess at the Comfort Food Café.

This year, Katie’s new friends are determined to give her a Christmas to remember, and with a gorgeous newcomer in town, Katie’s Christmas wish for a happy home for her son might just come true.

The Review

I love the frequent visits to Budbury. This time it is through the eyes of Katie. Katie has been somewhat of a mystery in the Comfort Food Café series. A bit reclusive, keeping herself and her young son out of arms length but now we get to see why.

As we watch Katie unfold and start to appreciate the closeness of the regulars of the café we get to understand exactly what made her this way to begin with. You constantly shout at her to keep those arms open and accept everyone’s metaphorical hugs because you get the sense that one bad move and Katie will be out of Budbury asap.

I genuinely love the Comfort Food Café series. I eagerly anticipate each new release and I am not ashamed to admit that I pre-order them and count down the days until each new story will be with me. If that is not a big enough reason to buy and read and love each of these books then I really don’t know what is.

A Gift from the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson is available now.

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Title: What if He’s the One?

Author: Kathy Jay

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse

The Blurb

The one that got away – is now LA’s hottest property!

The last time fashion student Magenta Plumtree saw aspiring actor Alex Wells, she was wearing a sexy Santa outfit and killer heels, and he was kissing her senseless! But before she got to enjoy the full benefits of her very fit friend, he left the next morning for LA and stardom…

Now ten years later Maggie’s an in-demand fashionista and her latest job? To style the stars of hit TV show Mercy of the Vampires – none other than twin hotties Alex and Nick Wells! Though if Fate has given her one more chance with the gorgeous Alex, it’s got a sick sense of humour, as Maggie has refused to wait for Mr Right and plans to embark on single motherhood! But the inconveniently electric attraction is definitely still there, and with Alex by her side through the whirl of pregnancy tests and glittering premieres, has Maggie found the one man worth waiting for?

The Review

What if He’s the One? by Kathy Jay is a love story that transcends time and distance. Sometimes you are just destined to be with someone and no amount of time will change that. This is where we meet Maggie. She has been in love with her friend Alex for years. There was once a chance that they would get together but when an opportunity for him to star in the next big fantasy programme occurs he has to take it. The only problem being that it will leave Maggie in London while he is in America.

Fast-forward ten years later and the pair meet again. The sparks are still there but has life moved on too much for them to make it work?

Kathy Jay explores so much in What if He’s the One? Unrequited love, independence, and heartbreak to name but a few; she ultimately she makes you fall in love with her two main characters. Due to the dual narrative you spend half your time in complete anguish because you know that they both still love each other and the sexual tension bounces off the page. It is almost agony to read.

If you are a fan of love stories then Kathy Jay doesn’t disappoint with What if He’s the One?

What if He’s the One? by Kathy Jay is available now.

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Sunshine at the Comfort Food CafeTitle: Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café

Author: Debbie Johnson

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse/ Harper Collins

The Blurb

Come to the Comfort Food Café this spring for sunshine, smiles and plenty of truly scrumptious lemon drizzle cake.

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 the menu. 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.

The Review

Damn you Debbie Johnson (*wildly shakes fist in the air*). You have only bloody gone and done it again. Just when I think I can’t love the Comfort Food Café series anymore you break out Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café.

The character focus of this latest instalment is Willow. We have seen her float in and out of the café with her wild pink hair but she has always remained a little bit of a mystery. Her tale is one of emotional hardship. She is a young girl dealing with the emotional strain of having a mother with Alzheimer’s disease. She feels swamped by responsibility what with looking after her mum, working two jobs and dealing with hospital visits. It is no wonder that Willow has no time for herself. Once again, the wonderful cast of characters have come to her aid and proven just how lovely it would be to live in Budbury.

For me, Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café was probably my favourite of the series so far and that is probably because as a character I can relate to Willow more than any of the others. How she reacts and how she deals with situations and even how she speaks would be how I would behave so I found that strangely comforting.

Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café is lovely. It is a sad yet uplifting story about family, those you are born with and those you choose. It is simply stunning.

Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson is available now.

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5 Stars

Title: Saving Miranda: A Love…Maybe Valentine eShort

Author: Catherine Ferguson

Pages: 51 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse/Avon Books

The Blurb

The Serendipitous One: Part of the Love…Maybe ebook short story collection.

Finding love isn’t always a walk in the park…

Miranda falls head over heels for dynamic (but mysteriously absent) Rufus and his desire to rescue the planet, but has she really found her perfect match?

A warm-hearted and humourous short story from the bestselling author of Humbugs and Heartstrings.

The Review

What a little gem of a story.

I have read most of the Love…Maybe series and Saving Miranda stands out because it is so funny. Miranda is a Bridget Jones-esque character who always ends up in some sort of pickle. She is the cause of many of the humorous situations in this book.

Ferguson uses the concept that ‘friends know best’ and has Miranda succumb to the charms of two men. Saving Miranda is a great read. I read it whilst waiting to have some blood tests so it is definitely a good read for your next doctor’s visit or your daily commute. It is a short but sassy read.

Saving Miranda: A Love…Maybe Valentine eShort by Catherine Ferguson is available now.

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3 Stars

Title: Deliver Us to Dublin…With Care

Author: Aimee Duffy

Pages: 40 Pages

Publisher: Harper Impulse

The Blurb

The final instalment of Summer Flings – a fun, flirty and laugh out loud rom com series of short stories.

Miserable, lonely and broken hearted, Ciara returns to Dublin on a mission to sort out her life. A Job is at the top of the list but a visit to the doctor has surprising repercussions.

She refuses to drift apart from her friends now that real life has begun, struggles to fit new relationships into her life and still has to deal with everything else fate throws her way.

But even Ciara should know that there’s always something a little bit special to be found at the end of the rainbow…

The ideal summer treat for those relaxing days soaking up the sun!

The Review

Well, that was just lovely.

The Summer Flings series has a finally come to a close in Dublin. Like the best romance stories, all things come together in the end. We know that Ciara is going to sort herself out and she resolves her issues with her friends. And let’s face it, we know she is going to get her man. All the ingredients to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

I do think that Aimee Duffy did miss and opportunity with the Summer Slings series by tying everything up with a neat little bow. She could have carried on by focusing on one of the other characters in the cast maybe by telling Elle’s story or indeed how Gem is going to deal with her major life changes.

All in all, the Summer Flings series really was enjoyable to read.

Deliver Us to Dublin…With Care (Summer Flings, #7) by Aimee Duffy is available now.

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3 Stars