New to me author Samantha Tonge is on the blog today with her newest release, a chick-lit story that is full of friendship and realignment. Please read on for my review of
The New Beginnings Coffee Club
An ensemble story, bringing together the stories of Jenny, April, Noah, Elle and tangentially, Zak, the story starts with a bang and life-changing news for Jenny and her daughter April with her soon to be ex-husband Zak. Until the revelation that blew her life apart, Jenny thought she had no reasons to complain: she still loved her husband even though they married young, her daughter April was happy, if more than slightly mercenary and Kardashian obsessed, she had a nice house, money to do with as she pleased, and no great waves in her future. But, Zak changed all of that in an instant, and her own emotional devastation combined with her own belief that she was the subject of gossip, not to mention the need to support April AND keep her unaware of the wagging tongues is foremost in her mind. Of course, April is aware that things changed – she doesn’t have the pocket money for one, but her belief in her mother’s ability to make things right is refreshing.
Enter Noah and Elle, and their coffee shop with a job offer and a place to stay for both Jenny and April – and a softly accepting and kind manner that makes the best of a situation that isn’t ideal, and offers Jenny hope. Hope in he support and ears leant to her questions and stories, hope in the acceptance of April and her moments, and generally being kind all around……but they too, have secrets.
What a wonderful introduction to this author and her writing. The depth of emotion was palpable and each character’s personality was clearly displayed during their interactions with one another and in quieter moments. With the addition of simple quirks, likes and dislikes, each character comes alive and demands that you pay attention to them, coming to befriend them and care about their happiness and secrets. With revelation of those secrets, the story gains an unexpected depth, handing difficult moments and situations with care, providing insight into the characters’ actions, choices and just why some things took longer to reveal than others. Truly a testament to friendship and the supportive environment’s ability to offer options for growth and healing, this was a wonderful book and great introduction to the work of Samantha Tongue. For those readers who often ‘pooh-pooh’ the fluffiness of woman’s fiction, or wish for depth WITH a story that is just a bit different from the norm, this is the book for you.
Title: The New Beginnings Coffee Club
Author: Samantha Tonge
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Setting: Britain
Published by: Harlequin UK
Published on: 5 May, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Everyone deserves a second chance…don’t they?
Jenny Masters finds herself living the modern dream. Wife to a millionaire, living in a mansion and mother to Kardashian-obsessed ten-year-old April, there isn’t anything missing. Until, her whole world comes crashing down, forcing Jenny and April to leave behind their glittering life and start over with nothing.
With village gossip following her wherever she goes, she finds refuge and a job in the new coffee shop in town. As the days pass Jenny fears she doesn’t have what it takes to pick herself back up and give April the life she always wanted to. But with the help of enigmatic new boss Noah, and housemate Elle, Jenny realises it’s never too late to become the woman life really intended you to be!
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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