Summer at the Cosy Cottage Cafe – Rachel Griffiths

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Allie Jones loves her cosy cottage café in the picturesque village of Heatherlea. She has her independence, two grown-up children and two cute cats. Life is settled and she thinks she’s happy.

Author Chris Monroe has it all. Critical success, a luxurious London apartment, and the kind of jet-set lifestyle most people dream of. But something’s missing.

When a family bereavement throws these two old friends together, they begin to question the true meaning of happiness.

Love is in the air, but do Allie and Chris have room in their hands-on lives for more than a summer fling?

This is the first of four short stories in The Cosy Cottage Café series.

Coming soon:

Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Café
Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café
Spring at The Cosy Cottage Café

My Review

Summer at the Cosy Cottage Cafe is a relatively short book so it is absolutely perfect as a ‘read in one sitting’ book!

Allie has her own ‘cosy cafe’ in the picturesque village of Heatherlea; she has been a widow for 6 years since her husband died. She lives on the premises of the cafe alongside her 23-year-old son Jordan, her daughter Mandy is living away from home pursuing her dream.

Summer at the Cosy Cottage Cafe opens with the preparations for the wake of Mrs Monroe, however with the funeral brings back a ghost from Allie’s past – Mrs Monroe’s son Chris.

Chris is a successful author, travelling the world with a pad in London but something is missing. Chris, Allie and Roger, Allie’s late husband, were close friends when they were younger but Allie has not seen Chris since her wedding reception 20 years ago. Allie certainly isn’t expecting the emotions she feels when Chris walks back into Heatherlea.

This is a fabulous opening book in the Cosy Cottage Cafe series (Autumn at the Cosy Cottage Cafe is due out in August). I adored Allie, she is someone the reader can easy relate to, she wears her heart on her sleeve but is understandably wary as she has been hurt in the past. I loved the relationship she had with her son, the bond between mother and son is immediately obvious and I look forward to finding out more about Jordan in future books. Chris steals the show for me, he is a little boy lost in a big world, grieving for his mother and also for the life that he thinks he should have had.

Summer at the Cosy Cottage Cafe is a warm, uplifting and funny read which is perfect for either a summer’s day reading in the garden or curled up inside when the rain comes down (like it did to me!). Certainly a feel-good read and I look forward to visiting Heatherlea again in the autumn!

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