Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Review of Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

The bit on the back…

Becca Fletcher has always hated Christmas but she has her reasons for being Little Miss Grinch. Now, though, she can’t avoid her version of ho-ho-hell – because she’s travelling to the Comfort Food Cafe to spend the festive season with her sister Laura and her family. She’s expecting mulled wine, 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and all kinds of very merry torture.

Little does Becca know that the Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill, it’s a place full of friendship where broken hearts can heal, new love can blossom and where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it…

The first book I read of Debbie’s was Summer at the Comfort Café. I found the book to be really charming and moving and when I saw that there would be a wintery return to the café I knew I would want to read it. There is such a mix of characters in who all thrive because of the café and it was really heart-warming to read about. In this festive read we are back in Dorset only this time Becca, Laura’s sister, is our narrator.

Becca likes to portray this untouchable party girl/wild child image and it’s exactly how she wants her family to see her. In reality though, Becca is deeply unhappy and a little bit lost. Debbie doesn’t sugar coat Becca’s feelings which I appreciated because it made her much more reachable as a character. After the death of Laura’s husband Becca cleaned up her act, determined to be there for her family should they need to depend on her. I liked how much she put everyone else before her. She really struggles with a lot of things in life but tries her damnedest not to let that show and to only be the supportive aunt and sister.

Although the story is set at Christmas, if you’re only just picking up Summer at the Comfort Food Café you definitely don’t need to wait until the festive season to read this little gem. As well as reading Becca’s story it’s nice to catch up with everyone from the Summer novel and see how they’ve progressed in their new life. The Comfort Food Café stories will be ones that I will always be memorable for me. If you like Jenny Hale and Paige Toon you will enjoy Debbie’s writing.

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