The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.
For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad.
But following the death of her beloved husband David two years earlier, Laura knows that it’s time to move on. To find a way to live without him, instead of just surviving. To find her new place in the world, and to fill the gap that he’s left in all their lives.
Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well.
For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…
Answering an ad for a cook, Laura writes to Cherie telling her of her sad story and generally pouring her heart out.
From the second page you can’t help but weep, but Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe hooks you from the first.
The Comfort Food cafe gives just what its says it does…. Comfort, whether that be in it’s welcome or it’s food and Laura needs both.
Cherie is the loveliest character ever to leap from the fictional page, she has a story and some secrets and along with the laughs, romance and emotion, with a little bit of added raunch, Debbie Johnson has given us the perfect holiday read.
The setting is an absolute delight, and we learn that only Laura can sit with a glass of wine trying to decide whether she fancies Thor over Iron man!!!! It truly is a delightful tale with an abundance of charm.