Review: Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

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

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