A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe - Debbie Johnson
Reading Challenge Category: A book with a cat in it, also a free copy from NetGalley
Christmas has never been Katie Seddon’s favourite time of year. Whilst everyone else shares memories of families coming together and festive number ones, the soundtrack to Katie’s childhood wasn’t quite so merry. But since she moved to the village of Budbury on the gorgeous Dorset coast, Katie and her baby son have found a new family. A family who have been brought together by life’s unexpected roads and the healing magic of a slice of cake and a cupful of kindess at the Comfort Food Café. This year, Katie’s new friends are determined to give her a Christmas to remember, and with a gorgeous newcomer in town, Katie’s Christmas wish for a happy home for her son might just come true.
I love revisiting Budbury and the Comfort Food Cafe, it’s like putting on a comfy pair of slippers and visiting a friend! This time we get to know the very quiet Katie and her son. We have seen glimpses of her in the other books, but she has always kept herself to herself in those. There’s no hiding in this one for her, though, as it is a spotlight on her life! As always, this book was superbly written by Debbie Johnson and drew you in from the first page and doesn’t stop! I chose this book for the Pink and Dizzy 2019 Reading Challenge as having a book with a cat in it (as I didn’t want to read a book about cats I thought this would be perfect!). I had worried that the cat would only be briefly mentioned, but I was pleasantly surprised that ‘Tinkerbell’ was woven throughout the story and wasn’t forgotten about. Not so sure on the name though, especially as a competition was run to name the cat. I was hoping for something a little more original, but hey ho! Katie’s story is as lovely as all the ones we’ve read so far, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about her and Van in future books.