The Lemon Tree Café Paperback – 24 Aug 2017
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"Uplifting, love-filled slice of brilliance *****" (Heat)
"Its gentle good humour and optimism will warm the stoniest of hearts" (Daily Express)
"A lovely, warm, page-turner of a story filled with all the perfect ingredients - thought-provoking and emotional too, and with characters that feel like my kind of friends. Cathy’s best book to date!" (Alex Brown)
"Full of joy and fun" (Milly Johnson)
"Uplifting . . . Books by Cathy Bramley are brilliantly life affirming" (Good Housekeeping)
A deliciously entertaining story of secrets, surprises and second chances, from bestselling author Cathy Bramley.See all Product description
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I loved Rosie from the first moment we're introduced to her in her corporate job at a marketing agency where she's asked to do something she absolutely despises, to airbrush a young model's photo for a campaign. Sticking to her principles she refuses to do so and decides to resign from her job instead even though it's a rash decision as she has no back up plan other than to return to her family home in Derbyshire whilst searching for a new job. It's only when she returns home that she discovers that her beloved Nonna is struggling to keep on top of things at the cafe so she steps in to help out little knowing that Maria has been hiding a dark secret from the family.
As I've found in her previous books a familiar face or two crop up and in this instance it's when Gabe and his son Noah, who we met in The Plumberry School of Comfort Food, arrive on their narrowboat that things get interesting. Gabe has decided that it's finally time to set up roots somewhere permanent as Noah is ready to start school, and their mutual friend Verity has rung Rosie to ask her to keep an eye on them.
Once again Cathy Bramley has created a wonderful community of characters who are there for each other in the good times and the bad, you can't help smile at poor Stanley's attempts to woo Maria, have a chuckle or two when you discover what Rosie's dad Alec is up to, and gasp when you discover secrets from both Maria and Rosie's pasts that connect them.
But it's the wonderful descriptive writing that really brings this story to life as I could imagine myself walking round the village green during the Spring fair visiting each of the local trades stalls, found myself salivating at the dishes Lia creates when Rosie asks her sister to help out at the cafe, and picturing the beauty of Sorrento as Rosie and her Nonna take a trip back to her hometown in Italy to put the past to rest.
The Lemon Tree Cafe was another hit with me and shows what a remarkable storyteller Cathy Bramley is as she pulls you in and doesn't let you go until you've reached the final page.
I'm glad that I bought this omnibus edition as the wait between parts would have been frustrating in the way that serials are.
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(Only read summer reads ) and it was nice to have a complete book for a change ,instead of books being in ex amount !!!!
Really down to earth couldn't put it down.
Realistic setting and good plot lines. Enjoyable reading.