Summer at the comfort food café – Debbie Johnson

Title: Summer at the comfort food café
Author: Debbie Johnson
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Genre: Romance, Drama
Pages: 352
My rating: 9.5/10

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Summer at the comfort food café

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…


The reason why I bought this book in my own language? Because this edition has a really cute dog on the front cover. I am more a cat person, but I couldn’t resist this cute dog. It was looking at me and said: ‘Buy this book, please’. And so I did. I bought this book because of the cover.

But of course, the inside of the book is more important. I mean, you could put 100 puppies on the front cover but if the book is really bad, you don’t care about the cute puppies anymore.

But luckily, I loved the book. I really fell in love with Dorset, even though most of the places in Dorset are fictional in this book. But I would love to go to the Comfort Food café if it really existed. I like that this book includes some Dorset recommendations at the end. And even better, this book includes a few of the recipes in this book. I love it when an author gives a little bit extra. It makes a book more special en rememberable.

I didn’t go on vacation this year because of the corona. Instead, I stayed home reading books and watching Netflix. but this book really gave me that great summer feeling. That feeling that everything is possible. You feel free and happy and there is nothing to worry about. This book gave me all of those feelings and now I don’t even care that I didn’t go on a vacation. Because this book already gave me the feeling that I went on a vacation. And in the end, we all go on holiday to feel those amazing emotions. That is why we love going on holidays so much.

The writing style is great and I couldn’t stop reading. It didn’t get boring at all. Sometimes you have to moments/chapters when a book becomes a little bit boring. And then you just read really fast until it becomes more interesting again. I loved every single part of it. Laura is a great mom, who’s still having a hard time because her husband suddenly passed away. Laura and her two children are going to Dorset for the summer and when they arrive, they already feel different. Het children are happier and Laura is feeling better again.

Definitely a recommendation if you want to get that great summer feeling.



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