Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson


The Comfort Food Cafe 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.

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.Her new job at the cafe, 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.

I received a copy of this via Netgalley in return for a honest review.

Initially I struggled to get into this book but I had a feeling that I would eventually so I stuck with it and can honestly say I’m glad I did because I loved it. It is such a light , refreshing summer read that is packed with emotions, humour, great characters and a fantastic setting of Dorset.

I really related to Laura , she is lovely, very caring but also gets anxious that she is a bad mother or is not doing things right. I just wanted to give her a big cuddle but then when she wasn’t following her heart at times I wanted to give her a good shake. Cherie is a modern day mystic meg who seems to be Laura’s guardian angel, Cherie is a real bubbly character who sees the good in everything. The relationship between Laura and her children Lizzie and Nate was written really well , very realistic. At first Matt came across as rude and grumpy but he soon warmed up and showed his true side.

I loved how Debbie wrote about Instagram and popular tv shows, it made the story even more realistic and appealing to all. The Comfort Food Cafe catered for everyone and everyone seemed like family, which made this book even more warming.

I am very pleased that ‘Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe’ is being released in September and have already pre-ordered it.



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