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Cafe Tropicana
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2007
Another triumph from Belinda Jones. Having read all of Belinda's books, I was really looking forward to this one, as it is also one of my dreams to open a coffee shop one day. Haven't we all sat in one of those delightful havens during a busy day at work, grabbing our lunch when we can and meeting our friends to moan about the trials and tribulations of working in a stressful office and thinking how lovely it would be to be our own boss and providing a service to our customers which they will enjoy.

To cut to the chase, Ava Langston the heroine of our story thinks exactly the same at the start of the book and longs to open a coffee shop in Bath, however her estranged father announces over the telephone that he has got married again in Costa Rica and would love it if she could come over and meet her new stepmother and also run a coffee shop for him. Ava is not keen on the idea but her good friend Ollie persuades her to go and once there Ava settles in well, although her love-hate relationshop with Santiago, the guy who seems to carry a lot of favours with her father and who also becomes her competitor in running the same coffee shop makes things very interesting. Ava's step mother then decides to set her Ava up with one of her (the step-mother's) old friends, Ryan, a go getting, sports mad, play boy who ticks all the boxes for Ava. Ava's quest becomes to try and beat Santiago and win the coffee shop so that she can run it on her own but also to try to get along with Santiago in the process as after all they are working closely together but she is also swept off her feet by the charms of Ryan. Who will she choose, will any of them be her dream man or will she decide to run the coffee shop in Costa Rica for a while and use it to her advantage to gain some affection from her father again but then return back to Bath and run a coffee shop there with Ollie instead? Decisions, decisions!!!

I loved this book, Belinda has delighted her readers again by choosing a fantastic location that maybe a lot of us will never get to but by the end of the book feel as though we have been on the journey with Ava,feeling enriched by the colours, smells and excitement of this fascinating country. Belinda has obviously done a lot of research but what I most love about her books apart from the gorgeous places she goes to are the fact that her heroines appear so real. Especially to us thirty something women who have so many hang-ups about our bodies, our lives, our relationships with our parents and the way we react to the opposite sex and how they react to us.

Belinda truly is a wonderful writer and I can't wait to read her new book Love Accademy which is based in Italy again which I am sure will be as fab.

I can't say that this book is better than all the others, they are all great in their own way as even though some writers seem to have a formula with their books where you know what is coming next. It is nice that Belinda puts in a few twists that makes you think, long after you have read the final page.

Do read this book, it won't disappoint.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I am usually the type of person who reads non-fiction stories, about peoples true lives, but i first read Divas in Las Vegas and that just got me addicted to Belinda Jones, and i read Cafe Tropicana after, and like Divas in Las Vegas i just couldn't put it down, my fiance never got a look in sideways and he said every time i read the book i always was laughing to myself, and smiling, beacuse it genuinely make you laugh and smile and you can relate to alot of the things that are written and all Belinda Jones books keep you guessing right until the end!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2007
I read this book in a day, I could hardly put it down desperate to know what happened next & what kind of adventure Ava would be having. I fell in love with both Santiago and Ryan as well as Ava's character. Yet again a brilliant read from Belinda Jones & due to her amazing descriptions, i'm desperate to go to Costa Rica. Definitely worth a read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A holiday is never complete for me unless I have a Belinda Jones book to keep me entertained, having already read the authors recent release I decided to pick up one of her older books Cafe Tropicana.

Ava Langston has dreamed of opening her own cafe and she has finally found the perfect site. She puts her life on hold for this cafe giving up her job putting all her time and effort into her dream.
Her dream is shattered when a higher bidder comes in for the site. She then receives a call from her dad who wants her to fly out to him in Costa Rica to meet his new wife. Ava is reluctant to go especially since her father never has much to do with her but when he then offers her the chance to help him open a coffee shop there she is soon jetting off to start her adventure!

What a great beach read this was, it was so easy to visualise the gorgeous setting in this book thanks to the authors impeccable descriptive writing style. Even the preparations for the cafe were all described in such detail so I really felt like I was there watching everything coming together. There was a lot of humor in this book too along with a nice splash of romance.

Ava was a down to earth, determined main character who I loved from the first chapter. The handsome Santiago oozed sex appeal through the pages, he was a true gentleman who I wouldn't mind spending my holiday with! Kiki and Ryan both set alarm bells ringing for me from the moment we were introduced to them so I was wary of these two characters all the way through.

As with all of Belinda Jones books it is clear the author has done a lot of research for this book not only on the location but also surrounding coffee beans and blends as well as the nature side too, for me the turtle nesting really showed this and it is now something I would like to experience.

Belinda Jones has delivered another perfect enjoyable and adventurous read that I will be recommending to friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2006
In contrast to the other reviews I have just read, this is actually my favourite so far of all Belinda Jones' novels (I have 'Paradise Room' yet to look forward to). I empathised more with Ava than I found I was able to with Kim in 'I Love Capri', who I constantly wanted to scream "Get a life!" at (admittedly she did, eventually - phew). My passionate love affair with coffee may have helped me to bond with Ava, but I found her a more vibrant and adventurous character from the outset of the novel, and totally fell in love with Belinda Jones' vivid and colourful descriptions of Costa Rica - I'm booking my flight now!! A really entertaining for all and enlightening (for fellow coffee-lovers) read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2006
I absolutely love Belinda Jones books and have read all of them. My favourite one was i love capri but i also thought this one was really good! It is a bit of a romance but it's more about Ava herself and her life. Didn't want to put it down, especially as i got just over half way through! Brill ending if your a bit of a princess! loved it. I'd definitely reccomend it. . . and all of her other books too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2007
I love all of Belinda Jones' past novels (I'll be predictable and say that 'I Love Capri' was my favourite) and this one is no different. It's a good, compelling story which is a little predictable but with enough twists to keep you reading and wondering about the outcome. Very humourous and full of action that will keep you on the edge of your seat and hoping that Ava gets what she wants in the end.

An absolutely brilliant read which I would thoroughly recommend (as I would all of her novels). A very girly book really with a bit of a fairy-tale like feel to it but it generally very good. It will definitely get you hooked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2006
WOW!!! What a fantastic read. With my own father living in Costa Rica and me being quite like Ava and a wicked stepmother . . . . . . . . . I could not put this down. Great job Belinda!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2006
Picked this up at the airport on my way back from a Costa Rican adventure of my own - just got round to reading it - loved it! So evocative of the place and just makes me want to go back! This book started me of on a train of Belinda Jones and have now read everything i can get my hands on! The charecters are realistic and description on places really brings it all alive - nothing like a bit more escapism once the vacation is over!! Fabulous Beach read!
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on 14 November 2010
I've read most of Belinda's other books so was looking forward to this one. I love her exotic stories set in far away countries, this would be the perfect holiday read, or a great read on a rainy day to transport you to somewhere sunnier. It was quite predictable but had a genuine happy ending (happier than some of her others). I would liken it to 'I Love Capri' as the male lead in that book reminded me of Santiago in this one. I read it within 2 days, I literally didn't want to put it down ! After finishing it, I was running through the story in my mind when I noticed that Belinda references 'Carmen' who Ava borrows a dress from. At first I thought this was a reference to Carmen from 'Livin La Vida Loca' but the realised that 'Cafe Tropicana' was wrote years before. I was a bit disappointed as it would be nice to hear from previous characters as Paige Toon (another of my favourite authors) does in her books. Overall it kept me turning the pages and I found I actually liked Kiki in the end despite subconsciously trying to hate her throughout the book. I would say this book is probably Belinda's 2nd best book after 'I Love Capri'.
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