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The Beach Cafe

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,810 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved au ...more
Paperback, 490 pages
Published June 2011 by Pan Macmillan (first published April 1st 2011)
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2012 Spring Break Reads
3rd out of 45 books — 43 voters
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Jul 22, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
Set in Cornwall, the heroine of the story is Evie - a thirty-something woman whose life is in a bit of a rut. She's the black sheep of the family, her sisters are both successful, gorgeous, well-groomed, married with children and have great careers. Evie goes from one temp job to another, not really knowing what she wants to do, her long-term relationship with geeky Matthew has gone a bit stale - the only great thing in her life is Saul, Matthew's young son who Evie adores.
Evie is devastated whe
Dec 02, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
I wasn't sure if I'd like this. I'm a big fan of Jenny Colgan and I wondered if it would be a bit of a rip off of her Cupcake Cafe, Beach Street Bakery, or Sweetshop novels. But it wasn't at all. I ended up unable to put this book down. The main character, Evie, was identifiable and likeable, and she had a great relationship with her best friend which was nice to read. The lead guy in the book was great, and all the personalities of the characters involved in the Beacch Cafe were great too. I'm ...more
Amanda Patterson
Jan 22, 2012 Amanda Patterson rated it it was ok
Easy is the best way to describe this book.
Evie Flynn feels like a failure. Her work life is as lacklustre as her love life. Her aunt dies and leaves her a beach café. Does she change her life? Do I even have to answer that? Easily read and easily forgotten, this is a fluffy bit of nothing.
A beach read if you like reading on beaches.
Jun 17, 2015 Rosie rated it really liked it
The title is pretty self explanatory, this book is a cute summery read about a cafe by the beach! I loved that, despite the setting being Cornwall, I imagined my favourite sea side town in the UK, Broadhaven. The setting in this book was so good that it was so easy to imagine the cafe actually existing. I loved the protagonist, except her attitude towards men drove me a bit insane and I preferred her when she was in her independent woman phase.

This book wasn't perfect, though. I thought I could
Rea Sinfield
Jun 19, 2011 Rea Sinfield rated it really liked it
Whilst I am waiting for some of my favourite authors to release their new books I have found myself reading a few books by authors I have not tried before. I have just finished The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond. I have seen books by Lucy Diamond on the shelves before but they have never seemed to stick out for me until I came across this one which once I had read the blurb I decided to give it a try.

Evie Flynn is in a relationship which doesn't seem to be going anywhere and is also stuck in a
Jun 13, 2011 Aileen rated it it was amazing
Evie Flynn is 32, she has a boyfriend Matthew they live in Oxford she
is the “black sheep of the family “she is a “dreaming drifter” her
sisters are all married she has had unsuccessful careers in the past
she works for a Temping Agency, she hates her job.
Auntie Jo dies and leaves Evie the Beach Cafe in Cornawall, everyone
thinks she should sell it and make a profit; however she decides to go
to Cornwall and finds things a lot harder than she thought and is it
the end for her and Matthew? For on
Aug 15, 2015 Connie rated it really liked it
After some thought I decided to boost my rating from 3.5 to 4/5. It's a really good contemporary romance and one of the better ones I read so far!

I find it rare to come across a fictional character that you can relate to which is exactly how I felt when reading about Evie Flynn. She is a thirty something year old who is a dreamer and a wanderer. Most of her life she has been an actress to photographer but nothing has ever worked. Now Evie is stuck in a stupid temp job with a half decent boyfrien
Nov 21, 2013 Jo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Loved Evie & her Cornish adventure!
Real easy read with great characters!
Enjoyed this book a lot!
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Mar 14, 2015 Whispering Stories rated it really liked it
Evie Flynn has always felt like the black sheep of her family, with two successful married sisters who both have children, Evie feels like she is a disappointment to her parents. Never being able to keep a steady job and moving from one temp job to another, stale relationship that is only held together by Saul, her boyfriend Matthew’s son and no path in life, who can blame her.

When Evie’s favourite Aunty Jo is tragically and suddenly killed in a car crash, Evie and her family are surprised to le
Oct 05, 2015 FoxRox rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
Rozmyslam, co presne som vlastne cakala. Asi viac sebaironickeho humoru, nenarocne citanie do autobusu, s iskrou a prijemnymi postavami. Ibaze toto je regulerne citanie na plaz. Do plazovej tasky si s osuskou, opalovacim kremom, Cosmopolitanom a leskom na pery pribalite i toto. V ramci zanru je to lahky priemer, pokial by som to mala hodnotit samostatne, tak by to ostalo bez hviezdicky. Niezeby to bola vyslovene katastrofa, ale podobne pismenka na papieri nemaju ziadnu skutocnu hodnotu. Spolahli ...more
Aug 28, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it
After looking forward to reading this, it certainly didn't disappoint. It was exactly what I was hoping for. An easy, summer read, evoking images of warm beach days and crashing waves on the shore. It's fair to say the concept was not an original one, (I'm currently reading 2 other books with a similar storyline idea) however, it was enjoyably executed. It is comfortingly predictable, and kept me page turning. I knew what would happen next, but I was enjoying it so much, I would have been disapp ...more
Jun 11, 2011 Leah rated it liked it
Evie Flynn has always felt like the black sheep of her family. Whilst her siblings have gotten married and have steady jobs, Evie finds herself moving from temp job to temp job, still searching for the job of her dreams. But when her Auntie Jo dies and leaves Evie her beloved beach cafe in Cornwall, Evie finally feels as though her life has purpose.She leaves Oxford and her boyfriend Matthew behind and begins trying to make her Auntie proud. Things are tough at first, but soon things begin to pi ...more
After reading lots of similar summery books all set in either Cornwall or Devon I was beginning to think I was actually there! Its a nice tale though about Evie and having been to Cornwall I could picture myself on the beach watching the surfers. I also know what its like there with wet miserable weather so it was good to see that too (without spoilers). all in all another lovely summer read.
Krysia Lucuk
Oct 24, 2014 Krysia Lucuk rated it it was amazing
Perfect summer-time reading! Although predictable I couldn't help but envy the main characters lifestyle. Living by the beach, running a coffee shop and meeting delightful characters of all ages. I've already started looking at rent prices in Cornwall. Loved it!

Mar 07, 2012 Hollie rated it it was ok
I was initially attracted to this book because of the fact that it is set where I live- in Cornwall (and I may have wanted to indulge in a little bit of light hearted chicklit). This is a fun, happy go lucky book however there was one thing that persistantly annoyed me whilst reading and that was....the main character. Evie was just a bit too nice for my liking and everything was just a little bit too perfect. Now don't get me wrong I know this is whats to be expected with chicklit but the book ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Stephenie rated it really liked it
The perfect escape. Finally a new author for me to stock up on!
Dec 30, 2015 Nessa rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book, first book I've read by this author and it's safe to say that I will be reading more of her books.
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Sep 18, 2015 Best Crime Books & More rated it it was amazing
I have been book reviewing for a few years now and only recently picked up my first Lucy Diamond book. However, I had no idea how much reading one of her books would change things for me. The second book I picked up was her most recent release Summer With My Sister. The book was a brilliant read and as I was reading it, something strange happened. It started the cogs in my brain turning and an idea for a new business has come out of it (but more on that later!). Having enjoyed the first two book ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Elusive rated it liked it
Shelves: review
As the title 'The Beach Cafe' itself implies, the storyline revolves around Evie Flynn, the self-proclaimed black sheep of her family who inherits her aunt Jo's cafe after her death. It shows how she's indecisive and unsure at first and paints the journey of Evie gradually changing, discovering what's really best for her and doing what she truly wants to instead of following the crowd or doubting herself.

The book was average - nothing special or unique but it was relaxing and predictable. What I
Katey Lovell
Aug 18, 2014 Katey Lovell rated it really liked it
Firstly, the plot. Evie is different to the rest of her family. A bit of a dreamer, some might even go so far as to say flighty, Evie has never really settled at anything. So when her beloved Aunt dies, leaving her a café in Cornwall, she is doubtful as to whether she can run it. She couldn't manage it long distance, that's for sure, so would mean a move to the seaside. And what's more, Evie can't bake. Surely she can't really make a go of it?

It sounds good, doesn't it? It is. The Beach Café is
Sep 01, 2011 Chrissi rated it really liked it
I sometimes love to indulge in a bit of chick lit, for me, it is great escapism and you don't need to think too hard to follow the story. I devoured this book within a day! I just loved the writing style and it was nice to be sucked away and transported to a beautiful part of the world. The writer's love of the beach really came through and it's something I could relate to. I would definitely read more from Lucy Diamond! A fabulous writer if you're into your chick lits.
Kavárna na pláži mě zaujala nejprve svou obálkou, která na mě i díky užití barev působila hodně příjemně. Pak navnadila anotací, která vypadala, že půjde o ideální letní čtení. Začetla jsem se rychle. A i když se jedná o klasický příběh typu "jak ošklivé káčátko vyrostlo v nádhernou labuť" (tady ve verzi, jak černá ovce rodiny, od níž nikdo nic nečeká, se vzchopí a stane se z ní skvělá manažerka), bavilo mě, jak je to psáno s nadhledem, že si autorka umí ze své hrdinky utahovat, že je knížka úsm ...more
Jul 18, 2015 Kamilla rated it really liked it
What a heart warming, funny little chic-lit! I adored this book. The first half was a but weird as we got to know black-sheep Evie, who just seemed to be such an airy-fairy thirtytwo year old, for whom nothing has ever turned out well or the way she wanted it to. She seemed to be such a clutz. It was almast annoying - especially at that age. But the second half of the book made up for this. Upon inheriting a cafè Evie's life has turned upside down, but somehow, all through the turmoil, she seeme ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing
After reading “Summer at Shell Cottage” and really enjoying it I decided to try another one of Lucy Diamond’s books. After browsing through Lucy Diamond’s books on Amazon I decided I liked the sound of “The Beach Cafe” so decided to give it a try.

The Beach Cafe felt very similar to Summer at Shell Cottage but that didn’t really worry me! It was a great summery chick lit read! Just what I love! :)

We follow Evie, a woman who has spent her life being seen as a total failure by her family… Until she
Aug 22, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing

This is what I would call a pinky plonky book which I absolutely loved. Although nothing major, thrilling or brain challenging happens in the book I loved the main character and constantly hoped she would do well for herself. Look forward to reading more Lucy Diamond books for that extra escapism ! Therefore it deserves 5 stars in plonky plonk !
Feb 23, 2015 Koki rated it it was amazing
Hneď v úvode sa priznám, že mám rada príbehy, v ktorých sa hrdinovia rozhodnú skoncovať so svojim dovtedajším neuspokojivým životom a začnú odznova - niekde inde a nejako inak. Tento príbeh taký je ;-)

Evie je žena, ktorá napriek svojmu veku (sladkých 32) stále nevie, čo od života chce. Hľadá si svoje miesto. Jej rodina jej pri tom veľmi nepomáha - každý ju považuje skôr za dievča, ktoré sa nevie nikam zaradiť, a ktoré netuší, čo je správne. Keď Evie po smrti tety Jo zdedí kaviareň na pláži, každ
Jan 10, 2015 Kdnts rated it really liked it
Super cute story. Easy to read contemporary novel about Evie and her quarter life crisis. Perhaps I liked this due to the coffee content and the fact that the idea of owning my own cafe on the beach is an appealing business proposition to me. However, the characters were still easy to like and the story moved along nicely.
Jul 26, 2012 Kajol rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
3.5 stars - Pleasant feel-better read, I gave it 4 stars, only because of the "feel-better" angle that it rocked. A joyous read, gets a little dreary somewhere in the beginning when the heroine is still confused over what she should do..but picks up a fairly steady rhythm. All in all, I liked it. :)

Marguerite Kaye
Oct 20, 2014 Marguerite Kaye rated it liked it
I bought this because it was number two in the Kindle rankings, and because it kept popping up in my recommended list. It's a feel-good beach read thing, I'd say, and to be honest it was a bit too feel good twee for me.

It did exactly what it said on the tin. It was well-written, it was full of nice characters, it had a slightly damaged, slightly underdog narrator. It had lovely scenery, it had a nice wee village, and best friends, and bad boyfriends, and lots of cake eating and bonding went on.
Oct 23, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
Lovely, a total fluff-fest from beginning to end. With easily predicted plot lines and loveable characters, what's not to like? (Especially for 59p on Kindle!) You know exactly what you're getting with this kind of fiction.

I always love stories where a character moves away from an unsatisfactory situation and starts afresh. She has confrontations with the locals, meets other, more supportive, people and generally makes a huge success of the new venture. This is pure fabulous escapist fiction.

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First of all, a confession. My name isn’t really Lucy Diamond at all, it’s Sue Mongredien. I’ve used a pen name because ‘Diamond’ is a lot easier to spell and pronounce than ‘Mongredien’ and also because I’ve written lots of children’s books too and wanted to keep the genres separate. (There is actually another Lucy Diamond on Amazon who writes religious children’s books. That isn’t me, though.)

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