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.
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…
This is the best story I have read in ages….it’s warm, it’s quirky, it’s funny, it’s sweet and oh my goodness it’s sad too.
I loved the mum/children relationship….my daughter is 13 and she is in fact Lizzie in this story, the Instagram pictures, the phone, the attitude!
Laura is, as are all the characters, incredibly loveable….and what a great bunch of characters they are…with little glimmers of a look into the lives of all of them….I am so wanting a sequel to this one….we only meet Becca through phone calls, I feel the need to demand that she be brought to the Comfort Food Cafe next…..I also haven’t given up hope that “the fiance” is real…..fingers crossed.
There were so many little familiar happenings here, it’s called real life I guess….made me smile a lot and laugh a lot…this morning sitting in bed reading it made me cry a lot, had to reassure Christopher that I was alright…..just as well I didn’t read that bit sitting on the blanket by the beach yesterday! A book hasn’t made me cry out loud in a long time….
It was almost disappointing to hear that the Comfort Food Cafe isn’t a place I can go and visit….but a great write up at the end about the Hive Beach Cafe overlooking the beach at Burton Bradstock…I have been here a couple of times…once Christopher had the most ginormous crab I have ever seen, not sure the neighbouring tables appreciated the shell showers! It inspired me to tell him that we must go there again soon…. I have never really been one for cities….so this sort of story is almost written just for me….
Please please Debbie Johnson, write another Comfort Food Cafe story….I don’t feel it is finished yet….
You also get recipes in the back of this one…..
Here are the Lemon, Lime and Ginger Lovelies….I ate a little too much of this….naughty!!
Some useful links for you:
The Hive Beach Cafe – you can buy the cookbook here with the above recipe…
We spent the weekend working, counting and counting stock.. This was after getting up on Saturday moring at 4.15am to take Georgia to the airport to go on holiday….so she is chilling in the sun and we are working hard….something not quite right here….