#bookreview: Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café by @debbiemjohnson

About the book

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Published: 19th October 2017
Pages: 400 Pages
Series: Comfort Food Cafe #3
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance

The Blurb
Welcome to the cosy Comfort Food Café, where there’s kindness in every cup of hot chocolate and the menu is sprinkled with love and happiness…

When Zoe’s best friend Kate dies of breast cancer, her whole world is turned upside down. Within hours, she goes from being the wacky neighbour who can barely keep a houseplant alive to a whole new world of responsibility when she realises she’s guardian to Kate’s 16-year-old daughter, Martha.

Moving to the little village of Budbury in the West Country, Zoe hopes the fresh Dorset sea breeze and the gentle pace of life will help them heal.

Luckily for them both, the friendly community at the Comfort Food Cafe provide listening ears, sage advice, shoulders to cry on, and some truly excellent carrot cake. And when Martha’s enigmatic, absent father suddenly turns up, confusing not only Martha but Zoe too, the love and support of their new-found friends is the best present they could ask for.

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The Review

Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café is the third instalment of the series with Cherie and the gang returning to shower their friends and family with love and fun. You don’t necessarily need to have read the first books, but if you fancy learning more, read: Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe and Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe.

Zoe’s best friend Kate sadly dies from breast cancer and one of Kate’s last wishes was for Zoe to look after her daughter, Martha. There’s no question that Zoe would be honoured to support Martha, but Martha is a rebellious teenager who is grieving the loss of their parent. Due to Martha’s rebellious ways, Zoe decides that they are going to move to Dorset, away from the city life and start afresh.

Well, what can I say? Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café was delicious and inviting! The story takes you on a journey to Budbury in Dorset where you learn all about the Comfort Food Café and Budbury’s close-knit community. You’ll recognise some familiar faces in Laura, Lizzie and Cherie, plus you’ll learn more about Zoe, Martha and Cal – the new additions to the Comfort Food series.

Although I have placed Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe on the romance shelf, I wouldn’t suggest in any way that it’s your typical love story – actually, it’s far from it. The story is about grief, fresh starts and feeling accepted for who you are. I enjoyed Debbie’s writing whereby she takes a sad situation and compliments it with delicate love and belonging. I admired Zoe for all that she did because she experienced a troubled childhood and is now having to look after another troubled teenager in Martha.

I’m excited to learn that book four is on its way: Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café is due for release on March 8th, 2018.


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