Bea does not believe in second chances.
A widow at fifty-three, Bea knows she must accept that she will be alone forever. She buries her grief in hard work, and soon the deli she runs in Surry Hills has a reputation for the best carrot cake in Sydney.
But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh leads her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. There, transported by the twinkling lights and falling snow of a traditional Christmas, Bea is drawn back to a secret past - and a secret love - that she has long ago tried to forget...
The Christmas Café by Amanda Prowse is my second Christmas book of 2015, the cover still has the authors signature style but with a little touch of festivity added. I have been making my way through each of the books by this author and with each one I find my love for this authors work growing.
After the death of her husband Bea is putting one foot in the other and trying to settle into life alone running their café. Loneliness is the hardest part of losing someone and so when her granddaughter comes to stay with her after she got into a spot of bother it feels nice to have someone else around. Bea receives a letter from the owner of The Christmas Café in Edinburgh inviting her to join a forum of Café owners and with her granddaughter help she strikes up a conversation with Alex the owner but little did she know that having a new e-penfriend was going to change her life.
This was such an endearing read which is what I have come to expect from Amanda Prowse books, the author has such a great talent in writing storylines that will melt the heart and then begin to try and rebuild it again with her wonderfully delicate writing style.
The main character Bea was instantly loveable so she was easy to connect with, her honesty about her love for her husband made me respect her too and I was really hoping that she was going to find a way of making her life wholesome again. Her granddaughter Flora was a breath of fresh air to Bea and to hear her problems which seem so small to an adult and yet to a teen feels like the world was on her shoulders brought back memories for me at her age.
I was caught unaware by the twist in this book, I could see that something was going to happen ahead in the book but I didn’t expect it to unfold in the way that it did which was a shock and a pleasant surprise.
I am pleased that the cover of the book hasn’t gone overly Christmassy as to me this book could easily be read and enjoyed any time of year as it wasn’t overly festive.
This book will pull at the heartstrings as it takes on a host of topics from grieving to seeking the past and uncovering a secret held for a long time. This was another beautiful read by Amanda Prowse.