Friday, February 8, 2019

A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

4 Star

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 CafĂ©.

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.

Kathryn- 4 Star

Took me a bit of time to get used to the first person narrative and oddly it was also a bit longer before I felt the character of Katie.  I suspect it's because we started off with her voice describing her past and then quickly jumped to the present.  I found the leap a bit brusque.  However I loved Katie so much that this was quickly forgotten as I embraced her loving nature as well as her vacillation.

It's no wonder at all that she has a hard time letting people in and she's trying to protect her little boy from the chaos she grew up in. She's in full mama bear mode which only served to show that you can make your life what you wish, despite how you were raised.   Saul is adorably three and his enthusiasm would many anyone's heart open up.  The lovely lovely people in the village and cafe are also warmers of the soul and made my spirit happy.  There's also the very appealing Van who sends Katie into confusion- he was ideal and perfectly appropriate also.  

There isn't really a character out of place in this novel- except Katie's parents.   Much as I wanted to accept them the way they were I just couldn't make myself see their side.  Especially on Christmas Eve.  That entire scenario made me really angry.  I admired that Katie was a bigger person than I am.

Overall this novel will spark your hope in humanity and the triumph of the human spirit.  

Thank you to Harper Impulse for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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