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The Heartbreak Cafe

(Lakeview #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,879 ratings  ·  266 reviews
One morning in the small town of Lakeview, Ella Harris finds a cardboard box on the doorstop of her cafe. At first she thinks it's her usual muffin delivery but is shocked to find that the box actually contains a newborn baby. But what kind of mother would abandon a defenseless baby like that, and why? Could it have been newly single Nina who, after being rejected by the f ...more
Nook, 375 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Little Blue Books (first published 2010)
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Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was easy reading, to the point of being so lightweight I was glad to finish it. The main characters - all 30-something females - were so shallow and obsessed with what they wanted out of life and how they compared to others, particularly when it came to either career or babies. I lost count of the times I thought 'oh for goodness sake...' as I read about one or other of them. I will try other books by this author, but can't honestly say I would recommend this one.
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
I’m a HUGE fan of Melissa Hill, I’d even go as far as to say that she’s my favourite chick-lit author. I’ve read five of her novels to date and have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them but The Truth About You is on a whole other scale and has quickly become my favourite.

What I love most about Melissa’s books is her ability to keep me totally absorbed from start to finish. I’m a big fan of chick-lit don’t get me wrong but unless its well written and offers something original I easily be
Tiffany Michael
It was a cute read but some of the women in the book made me want to slap them they were so infuriating at times and for thirty year old woman not very smart. It was different how the book had separate story lines that ended up meshing together which was interesting and it had some twists to it as well. The book has a lot about babies and pregnancy. Also a lot of grammar errors which could've been easily avoided by proof reading, but all in all a cute read
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really is my cup of tea. All the characters are likeable, except for Emer and Deirdre that is. Some people might say that there were just too many characters to digest, but for me, I can always refer to the summary at the back of the book, to remind myself who is who. The twist was.. well, unexpected, I'd say.

The only problem I found with this book is the main issue itself- babies and pregnancy, since I'm not married, nor am I having a baby, lol. But that's not really that big of a de
Jodie- Readthewriteact
For me this book was about identity. The three main characters are tied by pregnancy which is a given, but underneath that is their internal struggles. Each one of them enters their journey from a different place and they all are somewhat forced to discover who they truly are before they make a decision about their children. The three separate, yet intertwined stories were all compelling and I think that different readers will be drawn to different characters. For me this was Jess. Most of my fr ...more
Dale Harcombe
Well, not really read but had enough , that's why no stars at all. Despite the blurbs on the back that told me 'the kind of a book that you can't put down' I did.The characters - Ruth, Jess, Nina and Trish all in their thirties or thereabouts were the most self absorbed shallow characters. I couldn't be bothered with any more with their selfishness. They talked a lot about love but the reality was none of them really had a clue about what real love is. I doubt i'd read another Melissa Hill book ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say that this is my favourite chick lit read so far because of the way that it pulled me in and kept me gripped. If you are looking for a plot with pace and realistic, interesting characters, a nice mix of mystery and drama with a little bit of romance too then this is the book for you.
Rachel Gilbey
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the brilliant prologue I spent the entire book trying to second guess what would happen, and trying to work out just how it fitted into the stories being told. My mind must have come through many different possibilities while I was reading the story. There are 3 fantastic storylines in this book, with three women who all have one major thing in common. The mystery in the book also kept my attention, and I was thoroughly engrossed in reading this.
Deborah O'Regan
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Chick lit, this is a great book. Nice easy read . Melissa Hill always comes up trumps.
The Heartbreak Cafe in Lakeview, Ireland is in the center of town, owned and run by big-hearted Ella and starts with an unexpected delivery one morning before she opened. It was a doughnut box on her front doorstep but no doughnuts but a new born baby.

The story then proceeds to introduce several young women in various relationship and several of them expecting. Nina has returned to Lakeview to live with her father when she has nowhere else to go after a break-up with a boyfriend. Jesse is visiti
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the other title version "The Heartbreak Cafe" and I think some characters have different names (weird!!). Soooo many pregnant ladies and none in good marriages or committed relationships. Gads!!! Wanna-be Hollywood starlet, Ruth, is knocked up by her slimy co-start, Troy. Nina is knocked up by her ex-boyfriend who is married with a family. Jess starts out with a lovely, but childless marriage (childless by choice!!) and then decides she is afraid of losing her friends who have children so ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This was the first Melissa Hill book I read and I certainly was not let down after hearing how fantastic her books are. I was convinced at three or four times that I knew exactly what was going to happen and what the answer to the pseudo-mystery was, but I was still surprised in the end.

This is a great example of a novel that intertwines a variety of stories into until they all merge into one fantastic story. The chapters alternate from the variety of perspectives providing a variety of clues lo
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I think that the best thing about this book ,is how the writer made the character so believable and realistic not like other Chick lit (which I hate) who the women looks artificial .Easy book to read and you won't feel board ,the author style of writing is great.
Chantele Valpey
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to put down

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that captured and held my attention so profoundly. The characters and their lives hit home in so many ways, having gone through something so similar. I can’t wait to read more of her books.
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
Story line

Very good book. Characters pull you in. You want to keep reading to learn more. Characters were complex which made the book much more interesting.
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A really good book that I enjoyed reading. A story about women, friendship and motherhood.
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Took me a while to get into the book, but once I did I had to keep turning the pages. Nice twist made it less predicable. But would now consider other books by the same author.
Andie Long
Enjoyable book and read quickly, although by far not my favourite Melissa Hill. This time I sussed the twist, which cut down my enjoyment. Also a few too many cliches for me. Worth a read though.
Edlyn Blanch Maegan Alog
Honestly, I picked this book because it has an attractive cover. Somehow, we fall for appearances first, right? Because how would I know if a book's great unless I actually read at least a few pages of it.

But reading the back of the book, I know this isn't my regular cup of tea. And when I read the first few pages, it is guaranteed this isn't my usual cup of tea.

At first, I thought each story of one of the main characters would unfold before the story of the other one starts. But, as I was rea
This was a fun light read. Most of the female characters either have children, are desperate to get pregnant, or have unwanted/unintentional pregnancies. They are rather superficial thinking about what the other women think of them etc. and/or they are completely self-centered and have no thoughts about their actions and how they affect those around them. Something I found unbelievable was that absolutely none of them even seriously contemplates abortion. I think this is sad in that considering ...more
Nancy DeValve
This is definitely chick-lit and probably just a step above Harlequin romance quality. Four, or was it five, old friends are unexpectedly re-united in the town where they grew up. Several of them discover they are pregnant and the circumstances regarding their pregnancies are mixed, from planned to un-planned, from manipulative to making a stupid decision. Each woman has so much drama and I found myself wishing for a normal, wise woman among them. Even the one single un-pregnant woman among them ...more
Leta McCurry
It took a while to really get into this story. At first it seemed there were just too many main viewpoint characters. Then add in their various mutual friends and others and it was confusing to keep up with until about mid-point when I saw the tie-in between everyone. The connecting theme between them is pregnancy (to be or not to be, is or isn’t), child-birth, the challenges of raising small children, the strain on relationships. These are topics most women relate to. It was basically a good st ...more
Patty Frye
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story

When I first started to read I thought it world be another "girl meets boy" story but this book actually had a plot. Basically the story is about several girls who meet in a small town in Ireland. The background of each girl revolves around having babies. I can relate to these situations since my husband and I waited seven years before having a baby. Then all we heard was when we were having another baby. We chose to have only one child but so many people can't accept couples
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read

I really enjoyed this book. I haven’t read much romance in the past few years, but the characters were well-developed and believable. There were multiple storylines that merged together at times, but I thought it was Jude the right number to keep up interest without losing sight of who was doing what. I definitely plan on reading some more of the Lakeview books in the future!
May 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The poster child for product placement marketing

I read about 10% of this and quit. First, there are about 10,000 characters, each with her own story connected only by the place. I am totally confused and have lost interest. Second, on every other page there is mention of another high-end brand name product. I am not interested in reading a luxury advertisement disguised as a novel.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Babies, babies, everywhere!

It's a little strange, actually, how many pregnant women there are in this book. You'd think it was contagious! They all just happen to meet up and form friendships. Possible if the story centered around an OBGYN office... not so much a cafe... then again... it is a small town in Ireland...
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Vi Vian
2.5 stars to be exact. I finished this book a week ago and a week after, i couldn't remember much about this book. I can't even recall any of the character's name except for Jess because in my opinion, she is shallow and immature to a very admirable extent. 😦 I feel that all the characters are just plain boring and/or superficial! Are there any women in their 30s that are actually like these characters??? I mean, this book is an entertaining read but it will make much more sense and believable i ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Reading

Loved this book because it was easy to read, easy to get back into after taking a break from it. It's story can hit close to home. It's not all made up stuff. The language is clean.
So like I said a sweet and easy but attention-keeping book. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Lakeview series.
Brettney Faye
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were so many story lines and everyone was pregnant, and as a woman who doesn't want to have children I found it personally difficult to stay engaged in the story. I would have stopped a handful of times, but I wanted to know about the baby from the beginning. That was a decent twist, but not enough for a full 5 stars!
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International #1 bestselling author Melissa Hill lives in Dublin.

Her page-turning, contemporary novels are published worldwide and translated into 25 different languages.
Her titles are regular chart-toppers in Ireland and internationally.
A GIFT TO REMEMBER will be released as a Hallmark Christmas movie in 2017 and another of her novels is in development with a major Hollywood studio.

Melissa Hill

Other books in the series

Lakeview (9 books)
  • All Because of You (Lakeview, #2)
  • Never Say Never (Lakeview, #3)
  • The Last To Know (Lakeview, #4)
  • The Guest List (Lakeview, #5)
  • Wishful Thinking (Lakeview #6)
  • Not What You Think (Lakeview, #7)
  • Christmas at The Heartbreak Cafe (Lakeview, #8)
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“For the record, Ruth, I would have welcomed any path my life took, so long as it was with you.” 6 likes
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