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I love Christmas and it is definitely the holiday I look forward to most each year. Next to decorating the house, doing lots of baking and generally enjoying time with my loved ones, I am also super excited about new Christmas book releases. It has become a little tradition for me, to read as many festive books as I possibly can in the run-up to Christmas. Debbie Johnson’s Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe was my first Christmas read for 2016.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Becca Fletcher hates Christmas so much, she’s considering getting ‘Bah Humbug!’ tattooed on her forehead. She has her reasons for being Little Miss Grinch; Reasons that make this the very worst time of year for her.
Now, though, she can’t avoid her version of ho-ho-hell – because she’s travelling to the Comfort Food Cafe to spend the festive season with her sister Laura, and her family. She’s expecting mulled wine, the smell of pine trees, 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and all kinds of very merry torture.
But little does Becca know that the Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill on a windswept bay, it’s a place full of friendship; a place where broken hearts can heal, and a place where new love can blossom. It’s a place where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it…
MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK
Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe is a truly enjoyable and addictive read. It is not the first time that the Comfort Food Cafe features in Debbie’s books. The reader was first transported to this wonderful Cafe in the author’s previous release, Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe. I personally love re-visiting characters and places from books I’ve read before and always find it extremely interesting how their story continued. However, Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe can be read as a stand-alone as this time around, the author focuses on Becca ,who is the sister of Laura (the heroine in the previous book).
To be honest, during the first few chapters, I wasn’t sure whether I could take a liking to Becca. In these first chapters we get to know Becca as a child and teenager and I found her rather annoying, spoilt and ungrateful. We know that something happened to her in her later teenage years that makes her hate Christmas, but we don’t find out until much later on what that actually was.
However, as soon as the book switches to the present and Becca arrives at the Comfort Food Cafe, my opinion of her changed. I really loved the sisterly bond between Laura and Becca (a bond that is very similar to my own sister and I) and it showed that Becca isn’t as heartless and selfish as I originally thought. She definitely has a good heart, but put up a wall in order to protect herself.
The storyline unfolds nicely and there are plenty of heart-warming and moving moments packed into this festive novella. I definitely wouldn’t mind a third book set at the Comfort Food Cafe. I just cannot get enough from these lovely and welcoming characters.
Thank you to HarperImpulse for allowing me to read an ARC of this book via NetGalley.