The Christmas Café
Bea is fifty three, and she's just lost her husband after thirty years of marriage. To distract herself from grief, she throws herself into her work running the Reservoir Street Kitchen in one of Sydney's most fashionable districts.
But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh prompts her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. Her journey will be one of se...more
I loved the story being set in Australia, which is very different to what Christmas is like here in England. Bea lives in a flat above her business of which she loves listening to the hustle and bustle from below. Whilst it’s something that would probably put me off, the author totally sold me on Bea’s hom ...more
This story opens up with great sadness. After thirty years of marriage Fifty-five year old Bea, held on to the hands of her husband's Peter until his final breath in hospital. For Bea she was going home to a dark and quiet apartment, with Peter's belonging staring at her in each room she went in. She buries her grief in hard work at the deli she runs. A letter arrives for Bea from a lady cafe-owner in Scotland, she runs a kind of little forum for owners of coffee shops, tea rooms and boutique ca ...more
There are hundreds and thousands of Amanda Prowse fans, fans that told me, during my reading of A Christmas Cafe, that Prowse is one of their most favourite authors. As I progressed further into this beautifully weaved, superbly told novel, I began to understand why. I can't believe that The Christmas Cafe is the first novel I've read by Amanda Prowse, but I can tell you now that it certainly won't be the last. I was utterly charmed ...more
Most book reviewers receive their Christmas themed books at the end of the summer, and have them read and reviewed by September or October. I have to admit that I cannot do this. I can't read a Christmas novel while wearing a bikini, or when there is no fire in the grate. I need dark evenings, cozy jumpers and a variety of Christmas decorations around me. Hence, this is only my forth Christmas read this season, However, it's a cracker (see what I did there)!
When Bea is widowed in her e ...more
The Christmas Cafe is a beautiful love story, of lost true love. I found it got off to a slightly slow start, possibly due to Bea's husband dieing, and the initial grief, but once it moved on a bit, I was entranced by the story, and just wanted to read more and more.
One year later, Bea runs a cafe in Surry Hills, Sydney and puts all of herself into her work, after her husband Peter dies. Out of the blue she gets an approach from The Christmas Cafe in Edinburgh, suggesting she become pa ...more
I am a big fan of Amanda Prowse and I have read a number of her books.
The prologue left me with a lump in my throat. The story started with the death of fifty year old Bea`s husband Peter. Expat Bea was a single mother to her son Wyatt when she met Peter through work. They got married and although Peter adored Bea, Bea still had feelings for her first love.
Twelve months later Bea received an e-mail from Alex the owner of The Christmas Cafe in Edinburgh. Alex had invi ...more
Most of the book is about learning to accept one’s past, and to take steps towards finding truth, even if this seems difficult or risky. The writing is good, with a nice amount of description and believable dialogue. While I had e ...more
The Book had amazing characters which held the story together perfectly. I especially warmed to Flora the teenager. I loved the unexpected twists the book took I did not see them coming
I enjoyed the trip to Edinburgh, Amanda’s descriptive wording of the city was jus ...more
I like how it is both about the past and the present, how one influences the other.
As so often it all was just that little bit TOO easy after such a long time, and the characters too good. But it was a nice read and I enjoyed it. ...more
Having read two books by Amanda Prowse with decidedly mixed experiences I opted to read The Christmas Café in the hope that with a widowed protagonist of over fifty it might bring some emotional depth to the usual festive fluff. Sadly everything about this novel screamed of being rushed and poorly thought out and for the fifty pages of genuine insight there was a good two hundred and fifty of filler material, inc ...more
A heartwrenching story of Bea, recently widowed, and dealing with her wayward granddaughter.
Its a learning curve of a story, where both grandma and gran daughter learn a lot about themselves.
Letting love find you, finding first loves and a trip from Oz to Scotland.
A truly lovely read and a bonus when I read of some old favourite characters too!
This story is about family, love and timing , and how important all these things are especially at Christmas. I c ...more
Bea is an easy character to like, although she has her own issues to correct, which come to light later in the story.
The ending was a little twee, but enjoyable non the less.
After Peter died Bea was stuck in a bit of a rut. Her Granddaughter Flora was playing up and staying with her to give some distance between her and some undesirable friends (and her and her parents!) ...more
"Bea does not believe in second chances. A widow at fifty-three, Bea knows she must accept that she will be alone forever. She buries her grief in hard work, and soon the deli she runs in Surry Hills has a reputation for the best carrot cake in Sydney.
But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh leads her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. There, transported by the twinkling lights and falling snow of a traditional Christmas, ...more
There was a couple, Bea and John, who fell in love when they were young. However there was two big problems, one I'll let you discover yourself but the other one is that they live half around the world from one another. As circumstances usually go, perhaps the stars were not right and they spent 30 years apart, raised families, thought they had finished their life chores, until in their 50's, the stars choose to align. This is a lovely book, with ...more
Yes this is a Christmas story but it can be read anytime of the year as the messages are relevant all year round. The book is a fantastic read set in both Sydney and Edinburgh. Being fairly local to Edinburgh I recognised lots of the places and despite never having been anywhere near Australia it still felt very real.
Well deserved 5* rating as this novel was gripping. Amanda Prowse is a genius author who takes you on a journey with her writing from start to finish. I love the character Bea she's relatable and you feel you are on the journey with her. ...more