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CAFE PARADISE: Suzy's last chance at fulfilling a lifelong dream

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Most of Suzy Paradise’s dreams died along with her son over twenty years ago.
One thing has re-ignited her passion for living - running her own café, which specializes in home-baked donuts. For Suzy, this is a long-cherished dream come true. Her business is starting to flounder when Donuts-A-Million, a giant chain, opens across the street from her. Her unexpected attractio
Kindle Edition, 84 pages
Published August 20th 2015 by BalaInc.
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Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've read a number of Balawyder's "Getting to Mr. Right" books and this one is just as good as the others. Balawyder's books go under the genre of "women's fiction" and perhaps even "chick lit," but it's not a frivolous or even light book. The main character, Suzy, is starting her own business - a bakery - and the challenges of doing so are described well here. As delicious as her doughnuts are, you gotta sell a lot of doughnuts to make a business successful, even if it is a passion and a dream. ...more
D.G. Kaye
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cafe Paradise is a place filled with delicious doughnuts and pastries, and a dream for Suzy to start over in mid-life. The story evolves around the cafe, and Suzy takes us through her struggles with trying to keep her cafe afloat, while giving us insight into her compassionate nature for those in her circles. Suzy is faced with conflicting decisions about keeping her place going when a competitive doughnut shop opens up across the street, as well as a mysterious friendship she forms with the man ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Balawyder's fiction has a way of seamlessly drawing you into her characters' worlds, and before you know it, you can't put the book down until the last page. I devoured this one in two days. It's part of a wonderful women's fiction series where each book gives a glimpse into one of the lives of a group of female friend's. This time it's Suzy's turn, and she's at risk of losing her dream business when a competitor opens across the street. Now she has to reassess what that dream means to her and h ...more
Ann Fields
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dreams are on the line in this women’s fiction novella by accomplished writer, Carol Balawyder.

Café owner, Susie Paradise realized her dream when she opened a bakery and coffee shop. But when a national donut chain opens across the street from her shop, business dives, which threatens to kill her dream and the livelihood of those on her payroll.

Month after month, her financial and business situation worsens, and she is forced to go to the bank to ask for additional capital. Denied, she has no c
Kristina Stanley
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cafe Paradise is an inspirational story with love and drama. Suzy, the main protagonist, is struggling to keep her business afloat and take care of her friends at the same time. Did she take on too much? You'll have to read Cafe Paradise to find out. The story is told with a sense of humour and wit. You'll get a feel for life in Montreal, for running a small business and for dating after 50. ...more
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My dad was born on a farm town in Rama, Saskatchewan and my mom in Montreal. I was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec but currently I live in Montreal. I first came to study Early Childhood Education at McGill. It was a lonely time for me. Away from home for the first time. My parents didn’t believe in summer camps.

I didn’t like teaching kindergarten. All that discipline and yelling and screaming all at o

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