Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe

Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe

by Debbie Johnson

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ISBN-13: 9780008205898
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: Comfort Food Cafe Series , #2
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 123,565
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Debbie Johnson is a best-selling author who lives and works in Liverpool, where she divides her time between writing, caring for a small tribe of children and animals, and not doing the housework.She worked as a journalist for many years, until she decided it would be more fun to make up her own stories than to tell other people’s. After trying her hand at pretty much every genre of writing other than Westerns and spy dramas, she has settled on women’s fiction that seems to make people laugh and make people cry, often at the same time.Her books include The Birthday That Changed Everything, Pippa’s Cornish Dream, and Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe, all published by HarperCollins. She also ghost-wrote model and presenter Abbey Clancy’s debut novel, Remember My Name.Follow her on twitter @debbiemjohnson, or at www.facebook.com/debbiejohnsonauthor – but be warned, she mainly talks about dogs.

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Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book even though it had no reviews. It was a quick read, but just what I was looking for. The main character has her issues but is still likable. There's some humor and a happy ending! I would recommend it.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Hmm, you know when you really get into a series and then the dreaded book comes where you dislike one of the characters? This is the one for me. Becca Fletcher is the younger sister of Laura, the subject of the first book Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe. Always the rock-n roll chick, the wild child, the girl most likely to [insert doomsday scenario]. We saw her as Lizzie's confidant in the first book, always joking about wild parties, drugs and booze. The reality is somewhat different. Unbeknown to the rest of the world Becca gave up all of that the night her brother-in-law David died. Now it's almost Christmas, Becca's least favourite time of the year, and she is finally coming to Dorset to spend Christmas with Laura and her children and her new man, Matt and the rest of the villagers as they prepare for Cherie Moon and Farmer Frank's Christmas Eve wedding at the cafe. Almost from the first chapter I found Becca a difficult to like character and frankly I never warmed to her. Her entire life, one way or another, appeared to be one of secrecy and self-absorption - funnily enough she came across as more likeable in the first book where she supported Laura and helped her to understand what Lizzie was doing and feeling! Indeed, Laura sees Becca as this feisty, sarcastic, funny free-spirit, down with the kids and rocking her life whereas what we see in this book is a miserable woman afraid to embrace life and love. Laura had already sent photos of hunky Sam to Becca as a possible boyfriend in the first book, but that didn't explain to me why Sam found Becca so attractive. As I recall the book my over-riding impression is of Becca sitting in a corner, drinking diet coke and not participating in ANYTHING. You know, like that one 'friend' you have who just sucks all the fun out of an evening? And dare I say it, I found Becca's reason for hating Christmas to be predictable and signalled from a long way off. Anyway, just my opinion, others may love Becca and Sam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just did not like this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Relatable characters written in modern language with modern-day gadgets and problems. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strange somehow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and her cafe series. Characters you will cheer for!
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Debbie Johnson is a new author for me and I really enjoy her writing style. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick read that is super cute! Funny, sweet story that hooked me right away and I was done before I knew it. Can't wait to read more Debbie Johnson books!
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4.5 - It's definitely beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. Stars! Christmas at the Comfort Food Café is the second successful seasonal read for me from Debbie Johnson, after absolutely loving Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper last year, I was quick to request this title when I saw it on Netgalley. Becca and Sam’s story wasn’t massively new or unusual in the tropes used, but it was well written, bolstered up by a host of likeable secondary characters, and hit just the right note in drama levels for a book set around the Christmas period. I am used to solitude and it is used to me. I think Becca is definitely a character you will either empathize with or struggle to understand, for me it was a bit of both, but the more of her that was revealed as the book progressed, the more I sort of understood her as well. Dislikeable as she was a points due to reactions and behavior, I actually saw a little of myself in her, which kind of made it difficult to out and out be put off by her personality. He’s a bit of a clown, a quality I find highly attractive in a human being. I loved Sam, in that he tried to be what Becca needed him to be, even if you as the reader can tell that he had fallen hopelessly in love with her during the time they spend together, nice guy that he was, he knew that any pressure would send her running, and adjusted his actions accordingly. "When I do kiss you… it’ll be because we both want it, and we’re both ready. And it will be an absolute cracker of a kiss, I promise." Another great, easy to read Christmas treat from this author, I look forward to reading more from her in the future. This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.