Welcome to the cosy Comfort Food Café, where there's kindness in every cup of hot chocolate and the menu is sprinkled with love and happiness…
Moving to the little village of Budbury, Zoe hopes the crisp Dorset sea breeze and gentle pace of life will be a fresh start for her and her goddaughter, Martha.
Luckily for them both, the friendly community at the café provide listening ears, sage advice, shoulders to cry on, and some truly excellent carrot cake. And when Martha's enigmatic, absent father suddenly turns up, confusing not only Martha but Zoe too, the love and support of their new-found friends is the best present they could ask for.
Have Zoe and Martha truly found their home at the Comfort Food Café?
I was so happy to see that there would be another visit to the Comfort Food Cafe and I couldn't wait to read Zoe's story. Even though it is part of a series I would still class this story as a standalone. You get to meet the characters from the previous books along with just the right amount of back story given to get a lovely feel for them. However I do have to say that you will be missing out on some really wonderful stories so if you get chance I definitely recommend starting right at the beginning.
When I first picked this book up it's safe to say my emotional side was well and truly brought out. Even though something tragic has happened to Zoe and Martha I loved the insight into their lives before their loss. You can feel the love and also there is that bittersweet feeling too. Debbie Johnson wrote it perfectly with just the right amount of emotion without me turning into a complete blubbering mess!
I loved catching up with everyone back in Budbury, it was like greeting old friends and once I started I realised how much I had missed reading about the Comfort Food Cafe. I absolutely adore this set of quirky but very loveable characters. Debbie Johnson has a lovely witty and down to earth way of telling her stories where you can't help but fall in love with the characters. Whether you are smiling, laughing or shaking your head at them. Aswell as pulling at my heart strings, making me laugh and cry but also some well timed laugh out loud moments that just lighten the mood perfectly. All in all it comes together to create a fantastic balance that made this story so engaging. Filled with friendships, family and love it goes a long way to proving the fact that you can find your true family even if you aren't necessarily related. This was one of the things that made this story so huggable and heart warming for me.
The whole story moves smoothly and I found myself completely caught up in Zoe, Martha and Cal's lives. My heart went out to Zoe I loved the fact that she wasn't completely perfect (who is by the way) but she tries so hard to be there for Martha. I really had my fingers crossed that with a little help from the people of Budbury that things would work out for them all.
Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe is the perfect story whatever the season. I adored it!
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Harper Impulse & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.