Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café: The only heart-warming feel-good novel you need!

Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café: The only heart-warming feel-good novel you need!

by Debbie Johnson

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ISBN-13: 9780008263720
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/08/2017
Series: Comfort Food Cafe Series , #3
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 9,436
File size: 2 MB

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.
Her books include The Birthday That Changed Everything, Pippa’s Cornish Dream, and Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe, all published by HarperCollins.
Follow her on twitter @debbiemjohnson, or at – but be warned, she mainly talks about dogs.

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Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe: The only heart-warming feel-good novel you need! 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
gaele 10 days ago
It’s been nearly a year of changes for Zoe, losing her best (and only) friend to breast cancer and inheriting the guardianship of her sixteen year old daughter Martha, constantly put down by Martha’s grandparents and second-guessing her every move. With grief almost overwhelming her, constantly doubting her ability (and her sanity) at taking on the pseudo-parenting of Martha, and spending more hours sleepless than not, something has to give before she utterly fails at the one thing, from the one person who ever trusted or accepted her, Kate. Martha is sorely feeling the loss of her mother, and with the usual teenaged ups and downs is a pretty miserable person to deal with –understandably, but still. When she snuck out yet again, was tossed from college, not doing her A-level work and generally taking every chance to pick the wrong choice, Zoe makes a decision and starts to plan for a six month getaway to somewhere new –where they both can get a fresh start. Zoe is all that Martha has for choices, Kate’s parents are too controlling and stifling, and Martha’s now basic teenaged acting out would surely escalate. And, with her father being a virtual stranger, and living half a world away, he was never an option, and never missed. Off they go to a small coastal Dorset town – a cottage community of holiday lets becomes their home base – Zoe hoping for everything to turn around instantly, Martha sullen and reserved, declaring everything ‘boring’. But this may just be what they need – some wacky and wholly accepting people who open hearts and homes to the two of them, there for advice for Zoe, no judgment for Martha, and a surprising arrival. Martha’s father Cal arrives to save the day (or the delivery) of the town’s newest resident during a knock-down storm, and while he is accepted and makes a place in the town, and starts to spend time with Martha, he’s clearly not trying to take over Zoe’s position. But ingrained self-doubts are hard to shake, and with Zoe’s only experience of acceptance and family coming from Kate and her constant defense, friendship and openness, the doubts Zoe carried that would wake her at night with panic-attacks, this chance to take away the one constant in her life for the last sixteen years is one thing she’s not sure she can trust. Until she sees she can, and starts to believe it, until …. Johnson brought so much to play here: the little community, fully committed to accepting, pitching in and even jumping in to defend those who need it. Zoe’s own struggles for herself and her ‘parenting skills’ – convinced that she’s doing everything wrong, and the certain yet quiet support of another mum who can assure her that everyone gets it wrong sometimes, that everyone is simply punting and hoping for the best. The strength and honest support from Cal, Martha’s true ‘teen strop’ moments, and even the confrontation and reconciliation (of sorts) with Kate’s parents, a huge revelation from them all. An interesting place to be, full of, as Cheri says, people who were meant to be there. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love all the characters. very engaging. fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Zoe's best friend Kate died, leaving her the guardian to Kate's teenage daughter Martha. Despite the fact that Zoe has been Kate's best friend since they were at school and has been there helping to raise Martha from the day she was born , things aren't going well. Zoe is overwhelmed and Martha is dealing with her grief like a typical British teen by bunking off school, dressing like a goth, drinking too much and dabbling with drugs. In an attempt to get Zoe away from unhealthy influences before her teenage rebellion leads her into something worse and/or destroys her career prospects, she decides to relocate the two of them from their home in Bristol to a holiday cottage in Budbury, Dorset. Expecting the countryside to be full of boring yokels Zoe and Martha are blown away by the wacky residents of Budbury - as someone who hasn't read the previous books in this series I was too. But as Zoe and Martha begin to settle in to the village and make friends, Martha's father makes a appearance. I loved this book, it had a Gilmore Girls kind of vibe (of course other than that one incident when she first started seeing Logan, Rory would never do what Martha did), Zoe and Martha are spiky and real, the characters they meet are quirky and fun. I want to move to Dorset and drink coffee at the Comfort Food Cafe. It was funny, and touching and realistic and sweet and each part of the book was named after a David Bowie song. I will definitely look out for the previous books in this series. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.