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Leaving the Comfort Cafe

Leaving the Comfort Cafe [Kindle Edition]

Dawn DeAnna Wilson
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This newly revised, reformatted, and re-edited version contains bonus features including the Dawn DeAnna Wilson short, "Cures for a Crush."

Blythe Shelley got a 1600 on her SAT and a full scholarship to Cornell University.
But she never went.Instead, she took a job as a waitress at the Comfort Cafe in Conyers, North Carolina...

Austin Parker wanted to follow his college crush to New York City, but a slumping economy prompted him to take a job as town manager of Conyers, where his master's degree was no match for the well-oiled machine of "good ol' boy" Southern politics.

Austin went to the Comfort Cafe to sample its famous raspberry pie, but he got much more than dessert---he got a dose of Blythe, who brings a splash of color into his gray-flannel world.

Austin is determined to discover why Blythe gave up her Ivy League ambitions.

This novel will be enjoyed by fans of Anne Tyler and Joshilyn Jackson.
Dawn DeAnna Wilson's latest novel, Ten Thousand New Year's Eves, is also available on Kindle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Carraway Bay Press; Second edition edition (9 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W0D2EA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #485,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A novel about finding the person within 6 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Austin's new post as Town Manager involves some very unusual activity (snake hunting) and introduces himself to some very strange people, first among whom is Blythe who is a waitress at the Comfort Cafe. As Austin and Blythe come closer together he realises that her desire to get the most out of life is based on a deep and painful secret. Whilst he tries to help her come to terms with her past and stop punishing herself he finds that his own life has changed substantially too.

This is a fun filled romance where Austin and Blythe each overcome their difficulties and learn to seize every opportunity. I thought when I started reading it that the characters might be too unreal and the humour a little too silly but as I continued reading I found that I was enjoying it more and more until I started to love the town as much as Austin came too.

A great, amusing romance with an important message about making the best of every opportunity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Touching Southern Story 1 Jun 2011
By M. Stefanides - Published on
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Leaving the Comfort Café is a sweet and touching story of self-forgiveness that leads to redemption and grace. Ms Wilson unfolds the story subtly, keeping the reader eager to know what the characters need forgiveness for, but making sure that we get to know the characters as real people first, not cardboard cutouts.
Austin Parker has brought his newly minted graduate degree in town management to the tiny North Carolina town of Conyers to be its new town manager. His first duty is to search a field next to the home of the "Snake Lady", as she is called by the townspeople, to eradicate the infestation of snakes that she insists is there. Trouble is, there are no snakes. The Snake Lady doesn't buy it, especially coming from a northern boy who obviously has no experience with snakes or their egg-laying habits.
At first blush, Austin seems like a typical meek, mild-mannered, somewhat nerdy thirty-something. His passion is drawing superhero cartoons, or what he calls a "graphic" novel. He is suffering the writer's fate of collecting rejection after rejection for his work, and is starting to believe that at his age, he should just grow up and set aside what he now sees as a childish dream.
But Conyers, and Blythe Shelley in particular, will have none of it. Blythe is also on the face of it a typical character--a wise-cracking, sometimes crass, and pushy Southern girl who audaciously and relentlessly pulls Austin, kicking and screaming at first, out of his façade of typlicalness. Blythe is also running from herself and a past for which she cannot forgive herself.
Life is never as it seems, and typical often hides a person of depth and character that just needs someone to see and believe in what lies underneath the surface. Austin and Blythe do that for each other in sometimes hilarious and more often compassionate and loving ways.
The town is peopled with the expected Southern characters--a bombastic mayor, a wise and kind, but tough, town secretary named Queen, and an abrasive café owner/cook.
Austin's transformation is demonstrated in his remark to his old girlfriend as she tries to win him back: "I've not changed...This is who I've always been. I've just never had the courage to show it to anyone. And no one ever had the patience to bring it out of me."
Austin and Blythe undergo their transformations with love and patience from each other. Other townspeople go through their own transformations with some love and a kick in the pants from Blythe and Queen. The town is transformed to fulfill its potential as the charming southern town it once was.
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of Austin and Blythe and their fellow neighbors from Conyers. Ms Wilson's writing is clean and light-handed. She has quite a knack for bringing characters to life. As I read, I highlighted so many quotes from Austin, Queen, and most often, from Blythe. The characters are so real, I can imagine that when I walk from my house to the downtown of the Northern version of Conyers, I will meet the characters of Conyers along the way.
The story's ending is somewhat expected, but don't get complacent; Ms Wilson has a few surprises in store for us.
Thanks again to the Indie Book Collective. If not for the Blog Tour de Troops, I would never have found this delightful short work.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect summer read! 29 July 2011
By abarry - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I loaded this book on my Kindle before a trip to the beach. Being raised in a small town in NC, I loved reading about the host of characters, and found them familiar while still refreshingly new. I devoured this book, and wanted it to never end! I highly recommend this book to any one looking for a comfortable, but not too predictable read. Perfect for the beach, a relaxing weekend, or anytime. I look forward to more works from Dawn.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare meets F. Scott Fitzgerald on their Southern vacation... 15 July 2011
By Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke - Published on
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When I began reading Dawn DeAnna Wilson's Leaving the Comfort Cafe, I had a vague idea it was supposed to be a quirky, funny book about a small Southern town. By the time I had avidly devoured it, interrupted only by several mugs of coffee, I wanted to visit Conyers, to try all the desserts at the Comfort Cafe, especially the pecan pie, and be served by that redoubtable waitress, Blythe Shelley, of THE Shelleys, related to the poet, you know; to meet the man, Austin Parker, who, yes, was always destined to win her heart, and, hopefully, become their friend. Because that's how Miss Wilson leaves us: her characters, including a supporting cast of Queen, and the Snake Lady, and Luke (the Adonis jock), and the mayor (that's his legal name, for all intents and purposes), and Austin's arty, near-anorexic ex, to name just some, make us want to know them, in all their quirks and humanness. It's somehow Shakespeare North Carolina, early twenty-first century style with a dash of F. Scott Fitzgerald on a Southern vacation -- I'm left eagerly anticipating reading Miss Wilson's other works, and hoping there'll be a movie. Five stars.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Use spell check!!! 30 Jan 2012
By kimmie anthony - Published on
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I got this as a freebie book so I can't really be that disappointed but it is amazing that there are so many spelling errors. Has the author never heard of spell check?? There are also a bunch of places that have quotation marks where they do not belong and then there are other places that need quotes and they are no where to be found. The story line was the usual run of the mill romance. No surprises here. I will not be reading another book by this author.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love the characters but the twist of the story... 22 Jan 2012
By Nikole1030 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the main characters, especially Blythe..she is crazy and imperfect and a true southern story teller always exaggerating and adding more interesting details yet still loveable and fun. However the "big secret" that had supposedly led this bright and extremely intelligent young woman to punish herself for so long was a huge and ridiculous let down!

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Seriously I can understand being upset over what she had done but to walk away from a full ride to an ivy league school and run away from your family for years is completely ridiculous and unbelievable! It wasn't that major of mistake in my mind and just not the deep plot twist the story had led you to believe it was. I have to say the book really was a major let down for me at that point and not even the bright and eccentric Blythe could pull it out for me.
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