Welcome to Brew, a cafe where kindness is almost as important as coffee… almost!
Abbie has fled London and the humiliation of not being able to make rent after being made redundant. Her sister, Louise, unlucky in love, has thrown herself into her career at the local hospital. And Eszter, who has travelled from Hungary with her daughter Zoe, is hoping to fulfil her husband’s dying wish: to reunite his family.
This summer, three very different women are inspired by the random acts of kindness written up on the Kindness Board at Brew, and decide to make a pact to be kinder to others and to themselves.
Can a little bit of kindness really change your life? Eszter, Abbie and Louise are about to find out!
What I Thought:
I am very much into romance at the moment. The more I see in the news about the current state of the world, the more I find myself turning to the certainty of happy endings! That is by no means a spoiler of Victoria Walters’ excellent Summer at the Kindness Cafe as, without it, it would NOT be romantic fiction, and it’s the getting to the happy ending that is the important part.
Set in the fictional town of Littlewood, in the height of a warm and balmy summer (can’t help looking out at the rain mournfully as I write this!), three women find themselves touched by kindness through one small cafe.
Abbie’s arrival from London is a last resort, as she has been made redundant, can’t afford to live in the city anymore and is running from a broken heart. Her sister Louise offers her a place to stay while she also quietly nurses her devastation from a relationship break down.
As she loudly arrives at Brew, a cafe at the heart of Littlewood she also meets recently widowed Eszther and her daughter Zoe, who have come to Littlewood to heal a family rift.
Brew sounds like a lovely little place, and it’s fundamental to the town and its residents. The big feature of it is the Kindness Board, where people can write thank you messages for acts of kindness and or reunite with lost items. Louise’s story is kicked off by the Kindness Board and it features a lot throughout the book. It’s a really lovely idea and, although it could seem twee anywhere else, it fits in beautifully with the feel of the book here.
Of course there is romance, with a Lord and a vet looming large, but will the course of Louise and Abbie’s lives run smoothly when ex-boyfriends, job offers and fear of rejection rear their heads? I think you could probably guess but, as I said, getting there is the fun part, and this book really IS fun.
You can really feel the heat of a summer’s day coming off the page, and the various descriptions of Littlewood and the countryside around it bring the place to life. The featured Huntley Manor is also vividly described and you can almost imagine yourself there at times.
I don’t want to give away any more details, but suffice to say that this is a very enjoyable summer romance, and it’s definitely recommended for your summer reading lists!
Summer at the Kindness Cafe is published by Simon & Schuster.
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