Debut New Zealand author Kellie Hailes is on the blog today with her sweetly funny and romantic title. Please read on for my review of
The Cosy Coffee Shop of Promises
A perfect storm of a story with heart, growth and humor, the little Devon town of Rabbit’s Leap has never met anyone like Mel, and the favored son Tony, is more known for his unwillingness to commit to anyone or anything but his pub, his sister, and his two nephews. Mel, in looking for her next place to be, found Rabbit’s Leap intriguing, far enough from the city to keep her mother’s interest low, with a reasonable space to rent for her café and a small apartment. She’s built her life around thinking what her mother would do, and then taking the opposite approach: tired of being always the 3rd or 4th wheel behind her mother’s desires and romances.
A phone call from her mother announcing her impending invasion has Mel at the end of her rope. Hoping to forget her troubles for a moment, she heads to the local pub to drown her sorrows in a glass of wine, when she spots a brand new coffee maker on the bar. Furious that Tony would try to impinge on her business by serving coffee, she does her best to dissuade him. But, Tony bought the machine in a last ditch effort to bring custom to the business. Asking Mel to teach him to cook, updating his menu and giving his pub a chance for increased business, he’s surprised at the response, and agrees to Mel’s conditions: no coffee until the café closes and agreeing to pose as her fiancé for her mother’s visit.
Oh this was a fun read: from Tony’s true enjoyment of Mel’s company and heart, to her struggles with the attraction that she feels for him against her own belief that “people leave”, she’s able to see beneath the ‘ladies man’ reputation that Tony has, to the heart of a man, still dealing with grief from the loss of his father, growing up without a mother, and tied to promises made to keep everything the same. When Val (Mel’s mother) arrives in town, his feelings for Mel are more apparent, because his protective nature takes over, as he hadn’t understood why Mel was so closed off, so guarded, and so insecure.
Beautifully written, Hailes brings a story that is perfectly balanced with characters that come off the pages, and bring their whole selves forward. Issues that are both easy to understand and empathize with, the strong bonds of friends and family, and some growing up moments for Mel, Tony and Val all contribute to make a quick reading and wholly satisfactory story. A wonderful debut, Hailes is certainly an author to watch on my list.
Title: The Cosy Coffee Shop of Promises
Author: Kellie Hailes
Genre: Antipodes, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Humor elements, Romantic Elements
Published by: Harlequin UK
Published on: 10 February 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Mel’s dream of opening a coffee shop is finally a reality! A cosy little place turning out the best flat whites and most delicious pastries in Devon. In the picture-perfect town of Rabbit’s Leap no one can stand in her way – especially local pub owner, Tony. She doesn't care how gorgeous he is, she will not let him steal her customers with his fancy new coffee machine!
There is only room in their small town for one coffee shop…but when Hurricane Val – aka her mother – is due to blow into town, Mel is in desperate need of an instant boyfriend. She can’t face another hunt to 'find a man' and while Tony may be her business rival, Mel can’t help but notice he’d make the perfect fake fiancé…
If they can strike a deal all they need to do is stick to it, no falling in love, no real feelings and definitely no dreams of a happy-ever-after!
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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