Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe

Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe

by Abbie Williams

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Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book as well as the characters. I didn't want the story to end and I can't wait to read others from this author!
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
When Joelle Gordon discovers her husband has been cheating, she packs up her three girls and heads back home to Landon, Minnesota and her family's restaurant.  There, with the support of her mother, aunt and sister, she hopes to figure out what she is going to do with her life now that what she had in Chicago is gone.   I really liked Joelle.  She was a woman who had followed her high school sweetheart to the big city and put his needs first while she stayed at home raising their girls.  But even though her marriage feel apart, mostly because of Jackson's betrayal, she also knew that she played a big role in why he started looking outside the marriage for satisfaction.  It didn't make the betrayal any easier, but she could see why he did it.   She was a great mom.  She wanted her daughters to be happy and not find themselves in the same spot she's in.  Even when she discovered her oldest daughter starting down a path that was not going to end well, she didn't scream and order her around, but instead listened with a sympathetic ear making sure her daughter knew everything was going to be OK. And Joelle was a woman who just wanted to be loved for who she was.  A single mom with three teenage daughters and a high school education.  She found that with handsome, younger Blythe.  But even though she found happiness in the stolen moments with Blythe, like most of us she questioned whether what she felt for a man thirteen years younger than he was right.  She really struggled with her feelings and as a reader you were right there with her, hoping she would make the choice that would keep Blythe right by her side. I really enjoy the story and the characters in SUMMER AT THE SHORE LEAVE CAFE, but  I hated the ending.  Why?  Because it was a total cliffhanger and I didn't like the way things were left with Blythe and Joelle.  For that matter, what was going to happen with Camille and would Jackson finally get off his high horse.  I'm hoping (my fingers are really crossed here) that there will be a sequel soon and I Joelle and Blythe can get their HEA. Definitely a great book to pick up, especially if you are longing for something that will remind you of summer.  
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
When picking a book to read I look at the setting. I love this town of Landon, Minnesota. It is the small hometown setting that manages to pull me in. The neighbors, the local café, the family, and of course the town itself are all reasons I enjoyed this book. I love that they have Saturday Margarita Night, small town celebrations with fireworks, and that the town is positioned on a lake that they kids and adults use. Joelle leaves Chicago and runs home when she finds her husband cheating on her. Not just does she find out, she walks in on him in the act. I can’t say I blame her. I actually am proud of her for walking away and taking a path that she doesn’t know where it will lead instead of staying and living with a cheater. I like that she takes her 3 daughters and shows them that they can be okay being a separated family. She shows that she respects herself enough to not put up with the disrespect that Jackie, her husband, shows her when he chooses to cheat on her. The romance part is different. I am not sure that I felt the sparks at the beginning of their relationship. Both Joelle and Jilly are interested in men with difficult histories. While Joelle makes the decision to keep her relationship a secret, Jilly would like nothing more than to announce it to the world that she loves someone. As they spend time with their men I was able to understand and enjoy their relationships better. I liked that both women stayed true to themselves and didn’t give up on what they felt was right. Summer at the Shore Leave Café is the first book in this series by Abbie Williams. This one ended not with a cliffhanger but with a definite must keep reading the rest of the series ending. I am anxious to get my hands on book two.