A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe - Debbie Johnson
Reading Challenge Category: Final book in the series
Wedding bells ring out in Budbury as the Comfort Food Café and its cosy community of regulars are gearing up for a big celebration… But Auburn Longville doesn’t have time for that! Between caring for her poorly mum, moving in with her sister and running the local pharmacy, life is busy enough – and it’s about to get busier. Chaos arrives in the form of a figure from her past putting her quaint village life and new relationship with gorgeous Finn Jensen in jeopardy. It’s time for Auburn to face up to some life changing decisions. Settle in for a slice of wedding cake at the Comfort Food Café – a place where friendships are made for life and nobody ever wants to leave.
I was really looking forward to reading the latest instalment from Budbury and the Comfort Food Cafe. Even more so when I found out it was going to be the last ever one. So I decided to save it for my holiday to read so I could really settle down and enjoy it. However, I don’t know if it was because I had such high expectations, but it just fell slightly short of the others. I didn’t feel it had the same pizazz. It still had some of the craziness, but it felt a little forced. We didn’t spend as much time at the cafe as normal so didn’t have as much interaction with all the characters. I think this is what has made these books, the combination of characters and not just the protagonist that we are following in that particular book. Auburn is quite messed up and finds herself in a little bit of a love triangle. I was really rooting for one of the men in particular, and I thought she was going to mess it up at one point and pick the wrong one and lose the other. I’m not going to say which is which, but in my opinion, she ends up with the right guy! Auburn’s story is lovely to follow, and as always it is nice to be back in that world. I just think I was expecting some kind of resounding finale. Something that would knock me off my feet. Something that would leave me nodding and thinking what a lovely way to leave it; I’m going to miss these characters, but I feel content. It didn’t leave me feeling like that, though. It just felt like another book in the series. I think the best thing about the book is the author’s note at the end. It is often the case when a series ends that you are left wondering what becomes of the characters you have gotten to know and love. Debbie Johnson lets us know what she thinks happens to them, and with her having created them all, it felt real, like this was really what happens. There is no point us imagining what they get up to and what becomes of them, as that is all it would be imaginings. With the author telling us, then this is what happened! Overall, it wasn’t a bad read; I think my expectations were so high I expected it to be an all-out fantastic read. It hasn’t left me wanting more, nor missing the characters which I have done at the end of all the other books in the series. So it has left me a little sad that I feel this way.