Summer at the cosy cottage cafe.

Summer at the cosy cottage cafe. By Rachel Griffiths.

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? (From the blurb)

This is a very short book, 179 pages – which isn't in itself a bad thing, you can tell a good story in 179 pages – but I'm going to be honest right from the start, even then I flicked past some pages here and there without even reading. It was utterly predictable and incredibly rushed.

It felt like what you would present as your idea for a book rather than the actual finished product. Which is a shame because I think it could have been a good story. As it is it's just not nearly enough. There was no getting to know any of the characters, there were hints at a back story that could have been really good, and it was all quite corny.

I really do hate not liking a book but like I said this seemed like an idea for a really good story that I might have really enjoyed.

I feel, regrettably, that I can only give this one 1 star ⭐️.


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