Wednesday 3 May 2017

Blog Tour Guest Review: The New Beginnings Coffee Club by Samantha Tonge

It's our stop on the blog tour for The New Beginnings Coffee Club by Samantha Tonge, because what are better than coffee shops? Please see my review and buy links below and don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour for even more content and reviews! Here's what it's all about:

Everyone deserves a second chance…don’t they?
Jenny Masters finds herself living the modern dream. Wife to a millionaire, living in a mansion and mother to Kardashian-obsessed ten-year-old April, there isn’t anything missing. Until, her whole world comes crashing down, forcing Jenny and April to leave behind their glittering life and start over with nothing.
With village gossip following her wherever she goes, she finds refuge and a job in the new coffee shop in town. As the days pass Jenny fears she doesn’t have what it takes to pick herself back up and give April the life she always wanted to. But with the help of enigmatic new boss Noah, and housemate Elle, Jenny realises it’s never too late to become the woman life really intended you to be!

Review: I haven't read many books by Samantha Tonge, and was delighted to have the chance to read and review this latest story. I wasn't sure what to expect from the title, but found a really gripping story of betrayal and, most of all, self discovery within its covers. 

The main characters in the story are Jenny Masters and her 10-year-old daughter, April. Jenny's dream-world existence with wealthy husband Zak suddenly comes to an end she had not foreseen, and she and April have to adjust to a new life style. Jenny is not used to having to find her own way in the world, but, incredibly, finds a new home and a job at the village coffee shop, the Coffee Club, working and living with owner Noah and friend Elle. Their new life teaches Jenny and April much about themselves and also about the kindness found in others. Many other village inhabitants also feature in the story, giving some added humour and also a reflection of the strong community spirit often found in village life. 

I really liked Jenny. She doesn't mess about feeling sorry for herself when disaster strikes. She just knuckles down and gets on with her life, putting her daughter's interests and happiness above all else while also making a path for herself. I greatly admired Noah for offering a home and a paid job to a person he barely knew. There was obviously more to him than was immediately apparent. It was really fascinating peeling back the layers of both Noah and Elle to uncover what was going on beneath the surface. 

I very much enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, and I found myself quite engrossed in the story, eager to discover what was going to be revealed. Indeed, it is the kind of story that could pull you in and make you lose track of time - perfect for a holiday read. 

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