Monday, December 17, 2018

Title: The Little Book Cafe: Tash’s Story
Author: Georgia Hill
Publisher: Harper Impulse and Killer Reads, August 17th
Pages: 141 pages
How I Read It: ARC book
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
My Rating: 4.5 cups

Escape to the seaside for a new three-part series for fans of The Canal Boat Cafe and Willow Cottage
Local estate agent Tash isn’t convinced about joining the new book club at Berecombe’s beautiful new bookshop and café. Dragged there by her friend Emma, she knows she needs a night out. Her boyfriend Adrian is wonderful, and adores her, but has become a bit clingy of late. So when she is introduced to new local farmer Kit, with his scruffy beard and low-key look, it’s a breath of fresh air to chat to someone so un-Adrian. Maybe this book club idea could be fun after all!
But when Tash starts forgetting things and behaving oddly, over-protective Adrian is determined to keep her from her new interest. But if book club has taught Tash anything, she should know not to judge a book by its cover…

My Thoughts

After reading my first Georgia Hill novel, I went on the hunt for more from this series and I found this gem! It is the first in the three part series.  I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the series and it was a very interesting read. It dealt with a serious issue, which Georgia Hill portrayed extremely well.

“Everyone told her she had the perfect life. How could she admit it was anything but?”

I loved meeting all the characters again and it answered some of my questions about them. The protagonist, Tash, had a difficult childhood which gave her a low self-esteem, which led her to Adrian.

“Adrian Williams was older than her, an established property developer, obviously monied and the most sophisticated man who had ever taken an interest.”

Tash didn’t have many close friends and she was a workaholic so her only socialising was with Adrian, who even pulled her away from her family with his domineering ways. When she joined the book club she realised how unhappy she really was. With the encouragement and support of her new friends, she was able to break away and start to  focus on herself.

“She missed the simpler pleasures she’d enjoyed before him...she used to love walking her parents’ dog. She hadn’t seen them for she decided - once Adrian left for work, she’d go and have a coffee with her mother and borrow the dog for a few hours.”

This book was a very enjoyable one and I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a short, light hearted read, but still has substance with a happy ending.

“She was so tired and dreamy from the champagne that she felt she was floating. Or maybe it was the beginnings of happiness?”

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.

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