Libby's Cuppa Joe

Libby's Cuppa Joe

by Rebecca Waters


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Can grace and love be found amongst coffee grounds? Sonja Parker is about to find out.

Excited to leave her stale life in the big city behind, Sonja takes the money her grandmother left her and purchases Libby’s Cuppa Joe, a thriving coffee shop in a small community in Wisconsin’s Door County. Sonja may have business sense, but is she ready to face the world on her own?

Sonja soon discovers owning a business requires more than offering a good cup of coffee. She must make major repairs to the building as well as major repairs to her heart. Do the former owners, Libby and Joe hold the answer? As Sonja seeks to make Libby’s Cuppa Joe a viable business, can she also find herself and the God she has abandoned?

Libby’s Cuppa Joe is a riveting tale of second chances, forgiveness, and not living on borrowed faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620208670
Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/08/2019
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rebecca Waters has been a writer most of her life. Her first published work was a story in the school newspaper she wrote in second grade. For many years Rebecca used her stories as illustrations in church settings and to entertain her own three daughters. Her professional writing included educational articles and research. Following her retirement as a professor of education from Cincinnati Christian University, Rebecca turned her pen to the world of fiction. She has also published several articles in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Lookout Magazine, and Home Health Aide Digest. Her first novel, Breathing on Her Own, was released in 2014.

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Award winning author and speaker - Cynthia Ruchti

Libby's Cuppa Joe by Rebecca Waters is a sweet read in every way. You'll love the setting--I know I do!--and the characters, and the way they watch out for one another. A great community. Imagine my joy to discover that the author who was invited to speak at an event in this fictional story was me! The real me. I'm honored. Readers will enjoy the sweet romance and the sweet treats. Few places can beat Door County for cozy settings in which to read, and cozy settings to write about.

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Libby's Cuppa Joe 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PianoLady831 15 days ago
Libby’s Cuppa Joe by Rebecca Waters is an interesting story that combines elements of romance and women’s fiction. Two things that I enjoy were themes in this book – small towns and coffee shops. The close-knit community of Fish Creek in Wisconsin’s Door County is vividly conveyed, and I loved how Waters alluded to other authors with stories in the same setting, such as Cynthia Ruchti. I liked the lead character, Sonja, and thought she was realistically portrayed – from her efforts to succeed in a business of her own, to the sins and failures that are common to all. As a lover of coffee shops, I enjoyed background information – such as Sonja’s baking efforts and experience with an espresso machine. Connecting with and getting to know the previous owner, Joe, was such a sweet touch. But best of all was Sonja’s spiritual journey, from a Christian “in name only” to a much deeper faith through the receiving of God’s grace. I thought the writing could have been a little more fleshed out, because there were time lapses and sudden jumps that had me trying to figure out what I might have missed, and some things weren’t revealed until well after the fact. But the story was one that I enjoyed overall and appreciated its spiritual themes and clear gospel message. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Erin_Slocum 17 days ago
My Thoughts: Such a cute book with a great message. I have not read any of Rebecca Waters other books but might just want to now. The book read quickly and though it never had any areas of high suspense or mystery, it was wonderful. Sometimes I like a mystery book. A book full of suspense to keep me on pins and needles and not want to go to sleep. Sometimes I really just want a nice calm feel-good read. That is this book. Calm, feel good and balm to my soul. There are a few spots where you get goosebumps though. This is one of those books that you keep around when you need a calm read. Libby and Joe started a coffee shop in their remote Door County village. But the shop has to be sold when Libby passes away and Joe goes to a retirement home. Sonja buys the shop so she can fulfill her dreams of having her own business and being closer to her parents. But she knows nothing about coffee! As Sonja learns about the area, meets her neighbors, and learns the ropes of owning her own business she learns somethings about herself too. For one, she has lousy taste in men. And maybe she should have listened to that old next door neighbor who is pretty reclusive. I really don't want to give away the story, but I loved this book. Definitely a recommend. And there is a delicious coffee recipe hidden within the pages of this book just like it was hidden in Libby's book. And so is the mystery of Judy and Joe hidden within this book as well. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
Changed-by-Christ 19 days ago
Libby's Cuppa Joe was a fairly cute read. The characters interested me for the most part and, as a huge coffee lover, I did really like the setting of the book. I did however, find the rest of it to be slightly lacking. While the characters were interesting, the plot wasn't as much, and didn't seem to have a lot of structure or aim. Even from the beginning of the book, I struggles to see the point in some of the scenes that were introduced, as they didn't seem to move the story forward in any shape or form. That being said, the only thing I can really recommend about this book is the characters and setting, which I am sorry to say. I wanted it to be good, but it fell a little flat. This, however, is just my opinion and others may not feel the same way. It you are interested in this type of book and writing style, I suggest you pick it up; you may enjoy it! **I received a complementary copy of this book through JustRead publicity tours. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are mine alone.**
GratefulGrandma 23 days ago
3.5 Stars. Libby's Cuppa Joe is a sweet, enlightening story of a woman who finds more than just a new business opportunity in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. When Sonja wants to move closer to her parents, yet not back home, she uses her inheritance from her Grandma Grace to buy a coffee shop in a tourist town. She knows nothing about running a coffee shop, but she is smart, cocky, and self-reliant and has a plan. Things do not always run smoothly and some poor choices cause some problems, but with the help of friends, family and Reverend Kevin, she moves forward in her life. Libby was a likeable character who is flawed. We get to see Sonja struggle to get past the mistakes she has made and watch as she journeys down the road to adulthood with many bumps along the way. When she finds herself a single mother trying to run business she begins to make decisions as a mature woman and mother. She meets several people whose faith is important to them, and through them she finds her way back to her Lord. I liked the many people who lived in Fish Creek and her parents who support her along the way. Her relationship with Joe, the previous owner of Libby's Cuppa Joe, was wonderful. It showed such a caring and compassionate side to Sonja which also helps her to grow as a person, helps her get accepted in town and gives peace to Joe. It wasn't until she finally accepts and participates in a relationship with God that she completes her journey and becomes a humble, happy and strong woman. I loved the epilogue, as it ties up some loose ends and gives the reader a good feeling. This is the first book I have read by Rebecca Waters, and I enjoyed the story. I recommend this one to Christian Fiction lovers, and those who enjoy second chances and faith journeys. I received a copy of this book from Just Read Publicity Tours upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
FayJac 23 days ago
I was disappointed in this book. Although the story was somewhat interesting, the book did not seem to have a plot or much of anything except a romance story. It is about a young woman who buys Libby's Cuppa Joe and runs it. She runs into problems trying to run her own business and eventually comes back to God. A good book, but somewhat trite and boring, just getting into the day by day business of running a coffee shop. I guess I prefer books that are more exciting and captivate my interest. (Please Note: Although a copy of this book was given to me to review by Ambassador International, the opinions expressed are my own.) I am an @AmbassadorIntl #bookreviewer and #partner!
SBMC 3 months ago
“You know the Bible says we should praise God in all things. Not for all things, mind you, but in them and through them.” 3.5 stars for this sweet book by Rebecca Waters. This is the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed how she develops her main character Sonja from a cocky, self-reliant, self-sufficient woman to a humble, repentant, grace-seeking, and compassionate woman. The bond Sonja builds with the previous coffee shop owner is extremely sweet and refreshing. Sonja’s faith journey moves from a stale, casual, obligatory church-going to complete darkness and despair when life circumstances drag her down and her poor choices bring consequences and shame. Yet even in that darkness, God brings people to come alongside Sonja to help, love, and encourage. How Sonja finds salvation, redemption, grace, and mercy in the One who loves unconditionally is moving. Though I really enjoyed walking this spiritual journey with Sonja, I didn’t quite connect with her fully and the writing felt a bit choppy, vague, and distant at times to cause some confusion as to what was happening in the plot. But other readers have absolutely loved this story and if you enjoy a heart-warming contemporary women’s fiction, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one. I received a copy of the book from the author/publisher via JustRead Publicity Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.