Thursday, 25 May 2017

Review: The Cafe In Fir Tree Park by Katey Lovell

Maggie’s café is at the very heart of Fir Tree Park. Business is booming, her lemon drizzle is the stuff of legend, her children are happy and life is good. But she hasn’t had it easy. When her husband Clint was sent to prison, she had to raise Josh and Kelly alone. But Clint can’t hurt them now, and there’s no denying that Paolo, the Italian football coach she spies every weekend out on the green, is more than easy on the eye.
It may be summer outside, but a new arrival in Fir Tree Park sends an icy chill through the café…

Review: I am a big fan of Katey Lovell's writing, I loved her previous novel and am an avid reader of her Meet Cute series and this new offering did not let me down. This is a meaty story with plenty of romance, a bit of diversity and a bit of scandal and intrigue and it all balances out to be an excellent read. This is the perfect summer read as well (I read most of it sitting in the sunshine and was glad I did) because it is set in a park and will definitely make you want to get out there and be at one with nature, or just sit and have a picnic of several different kinds of cake. 

This story features mini story lines for various different characters that all tie together in some way, at first you don't know how but the fact that you know they will eventually makes this a well-paced read because you are constantly reading on to find out what will happen to character A or character B in the next chapter and sometimes you don't find out until a couple of chapters time. I really like Maggie who really does bring everybody together in the form of her cake shop. She serves delicious sounding cakes and is the voice of reason for many of the other characters. She also has a bit of a romantic storyline as well and so I really felt like I connected with her. 

All of the characters are easy to relate to, even those with a bit of a past and that makes this read very easy to get into. I really loved getting to know Pearl and Fern, Kelly and Carrick and it was interesting working out how they were all connected. This is definitely very easy to read because of the way it is structured, the chapters are short and so you don't realise how quickly you are reading, trying to find out how things between and for the characters are going to play out. Overall this was really enjoyable. if this is your first book by this author, then you are sure to have a good time and if, like me, you are a fan then you won't be let down. Definitely read this one now whilst it is still summer and you can go out and enjoy your local Fir Tree Park!

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