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Cafe Tropicana Mass Market Paperback – 20 Jul 2006
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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.
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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