The Christmas Cafe by Amanda Prowse

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Format: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Published: 22nd October 2015
Pages: 368 pages

The Blurb
Bea Greenstock sits next to her husband’s hospital bed, waiting for death. As midnight approaches, he passes away, and so ends almost thirty years of marriage.

Life must go on. Bea is fifty three and suddenly alone but she refuses to bow to a wave of depression and loneliness. To distract herself from grief, she throws herself into her work running the Reservoir Street Kitchen in one of Sydney’s most fashionable districts. But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh prompts her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. Her journey will be one of self-discovery, as she is drawn back to a secret past – and a secret love – that she has tried to forget.

Set between Sydney and Edinburgh at Christmas, this is a story of family ties, lost love, and the power of the past.

Rating: 4/5

The Review
Thanks to Midas PR and Head of Zeus for sending me a copy to read and review.

It’s no lie that I’m a big fan of Amanda’s, so when I was contacted to read and review The Christmas Café I probably squealed awfully loud, I replied with a yes of course straight away and waited excitedly for my copy!

Firstly, let’s start with the obvious. I know it’s only October, but Christmas is a great holiday and reading about the festive season gets me all excited. It would be lovely to spend Christmas in Edinburgh especially with all the Scottish traditions.

Café owner Bea has recently lost her husband Peter, and although she has lots of love from people around her, she still feels incredibly lonely. You follow Bea as she travels to the other side of the world, all the way from Australia to Edinburgh, to meet up with another cafe owner she talks to on an online forum.

You automatically think Bea is incredibly stupid for travelling all that way just to meet a random café owner, but lots of things happen and Bea’s past makes an apperance. Flora is her little sidekick and she joins her on the Scottish adventure.

I love the relationship between Bea and her granddaughter Flora, they care deeply about one another. There was clearly a generation gap between the two but they could easily relate to how each other was feeling. Flora loved a boy called Marcus and Bea loved a man called John.

Whilst reading The Christmas Café I always felt that Bea was younger than fifty and I love that Amanda has written it that way, you’re only as young as you feel.

The Christmas Café is a book about self-discovery, past experiences and living your life as you are. It’s definitely a feel good read, packed full of moments where you’d laugh and cry.


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