Welcome to the cosy Comfort Food Café, where there’s kindness in every cup of hot chocolate and the menu is sprinkled with love and happiness…
When Zoe’s best friend Kate dies of breast cancer, her whole world is turned upside down. Within hours, she goes from being the wacky neighbour who can barely keep a houseplant alive to a whole new world of responsibility when she realises she’s guardian to Kate’s 16-year-old daughter, Martha.
Moving to the little village of Budbury in the West Country, Zoe hopes the fresh Dorset sea breeze and the gentle pace of life will help them heal.
Luckily for them both, the friendly community at the Comfort Food Cafe provide listening ears, sage advice, shoulders to cry on, and some truly excellent carrot cake. And when Martha’s enigmatic, absent father suddenly turns up, confusing not only Martha but Zoe too, the love and support of their new-found friends is the best present they could ask for…
This is such a heartfelt story, It’s hard to read Kate’s letter to her best friend without putting yourself in the same situation and once that happens you are hooked and can’t put this book down. Zoe’s past has left its mark on her but Kate clearly saw something worth saving and this story proves her right. Martha is a rebel but with good cause. Even though this type of character is well used in women’s fiction, she is no stereotype and you want to reach into the book and hug her.
Cal is the romantic interest but it’s complicated and he has hidden depths that make him more than he first appears. The characters in the Comfort Food Cafe are delightfully familiar and still retain their magic.
The story follows the path you would expect but its an absorbing read with lots of humour and sadness bringing the characters to life.
Christmas only has a small part to play in this story but it’s enough to make it an enjoyable festive read.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.