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The Pretty Delicious Café

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  922 ratings  ·  87 reviews
One flaky family. One ex-boyfriend who won't go away. And one handsome stranger who probably will ... For fans of Doc Martin and and Monica McInerney, a warm, witty novel, brimming with the trademark romance, friendship and eccentricity that Danielle Hawkins's readers love.

On the outskirts of a small seaside town, Lia and her friend Anna work serious hours running their
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 21st 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers Australia
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Dale Harcombe
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
three and a half stars
This is a delightful romp with a few serious overtones. In a small New Zealand seaside town Lia and her best friend and soon to be sister in law run their café. They work long hours, as many people who own their own business do. Plus there is Anna’s wedding to Lia’s twin brother coming up. Add to that Lia’s ex-boyfriend that can’t seem to accept that the relationship is over and it makes for some interesting situations. Into this mix comes a mysterious stranger who meets
I really, really enjoyed this charming New Zealand read! Refreshing and very smiley. Gorgeous setting with characters who feel like family. I loved it from the first chapter (with an awesomely awkward and smiley meet cute!). This book has swoon, humour, fantastically fun dialogue, and genuine family and friend messy relationships that never derives into melodrama. Definitely on the look out for more work from Danielle Hawkins and now I have her backlist titles to catch up on!
Natalie M
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A pretty delicious read!

I have only just discovered New Zealand author Daniele Hawkins but I’ll be reading more of her novels after this enjoyable read.

The characters are likeable, the small town seaside setting sounded serene and the writing was quirky and witty. There was enough complexity to the basic rom-com storyline to give it merit with a few serious issues such as mental health and family relationships.

A fast, funny, food-filled read which would make a great holiday read.
Bree T
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh, I love Danielle Hawkins. I really do. When I opened up a hefty parcel from the lovely people at Harper Collins Australia and this tumbled out, I might’ve squealed. Firstly, because I adore her two other books. Her previous novel, Chocolate Cake For Breakfast is one of my favourites. And secondly because I didn’t know that she had a new book coming out and it was such an awesome, fun surprise! Of course I pretty much had to read it straight away.

I’ve never been to New Zealand but this
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A great holiday read.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars. I really liked this.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Utterly delectable with a twist of spice and a touch of zest!
Narrative Muse
– Moreish and sweet - some Pretty Delicious Café reading –

Reading The Pretty Delicious Café is like watching a rom-com with a cup of chamomile tea. So wonderfully digestible, light-hearted and genuinely witty, it didn’t take me long to feel invested in the characters and their stories, and start yearning for the (although foreseeable), gloriously satisfying happy ending.

It is Danielle Hawkins’ (Chocolate for Breakfast, Dinner at Rose’s) third book, with which the Otorohanga writer has
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
I've read all of Danielle Hawkins previous novels with enjoyment and I'm happy to say this one didn't let me down. She has a quirkiness to her stories and characters that come through.

Set in the small seaside town of Ratai in New Zealand, Lia and her best friend Anna are trying hard to make their local cafe a success but it's hard work and long hours. Anna is engaged to Lia's twin brother Robin and the demands of the wedding and family expectations are making Anna a bit neurotic. Meanwhile a new
Don’t read The Pretty Delicious Cafe without treats nearby! Food plays an integral role in this novel as the main character, Lia owns a cafe with her best friend and soon to be sister-in-law, Anna. The story is full of delicious food descriptions and there is even some Pretty Delicious Cafe recipes included at the end of the book.

While the love story was central to the story there was a lot more to this book than just romance. Lia’s zany family and relationship dynamics were fantastically
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun and quirky read with a distinctive New Zealand humour and authenticity that makes it incredibly enjoyable to read. The Pretty Delicious Cafe is predominantly about family, love, friendship, and just enough drama to keep the story moving at an easy pace. Danielle Hawkins presents quintessential New Zealand in a story that will delight romance readers worldwide.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favourite Danielle Hawkin's novel yet (although it is soo hard to choose!).
My mouth was watering at the descriptions of the baking and meals. The addition of the recipes at the end was wonderful. I can't wait to try them.
Reading this book made me wish that the cafe was real and I could visit to meet Lia and Rob in person. Once again the characters are relatable and real. They feel like your friends and I was compelled to keep reading to see what happened. I couldn't put it
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this because the paragraphs were too long, and that there were so many things happening all at once. But once I got past all the confusion, I became more invested in the three major issues: (view spoiler). Characters were also very well-fleshed out and I liked that this was a story set in New Zealand (a place I rarely read about), although (view spoiler) ...more
Chelsea Berry
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiwi-books, book-club
I really liked this book. I've been trying to up my reading game this year and it was nice to read something light and warm while still well written with a bit of drama thrown in. I was annoyedby the ending but only because the epilogue was too brief anf I wasn't ready to lose the characters. I want to be friends with them A great Kiwi book. ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
A light read that took an unexpected twist. Just what I needed!
Alana Saunders
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute read. Just what I was after. Love the recipes in the back too and how homesick it made me feel. Good thing my flights are booked.
***I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book for my honest review & I thank the publishers Harper Collins NZ***

I always enjoy reading books about places I have been to or want to go, they are like mini-holidays.

This book is a based in a quintessential rural New Zealand seaside township,
Our main character is Lia and her sidekick/best friend Anna run their cafe in a quaint old house surrounded by beautiful scenery that NZ is famous for.

With the Summer season ramping up,
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous work of fiction from New Zealand author, Danielle Hawkins! Written with lashings of humour, heart and some quirky plot twists, The Pretty Delicious Cafe is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Danielle writes with a wonderful sense of humour, and a down to earth manner with her characters. This book had me cackling away to myself numerous times!
Five stars :)
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
My love for Danielle Hawkins is unfailing. . . no one seems to effectively capture the everyday Kiwi voice as well as she does.

Edit: 7 hours later I am failing to pick out a new book because I just want to read another one of Danielle's. Surefire winner.
Bettynz (Larraine)
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read in a night. As you do. Thoroughly enjoy Danielle's style. Bring on the next one please!
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Pretty Delicious Cafè is a pretty good read. It has a quirky humorous slant to it which makes it interesting and funny but it also deals with some sensitive and at times difficult family issues .

The story is set in a little country town in New Zealand called Ratai and tells the story of Lia (real name Aurelia) and her friend, business partner and soon to be sister in law Anna who is marrying Lia's twin brother Rob ( real name Robin). Lisa and Anna have restored an old cafè and are working 7
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
What is about: Lia. This is about Lia’s life running the café with her BFF Anna, and her relationships with her family and eventually love interest.

Stars: 3.5/5

What else is this about?: This is just uncomplicated goodness with rich, vibrant characters.

Let me confess this right up front – 800 Words and Offspring are pretty much solidly boring writing to me. They’re part and parcel of this thinking on Australian TV that female viewers are only interested in love triangles, ditzy and/ or snarky
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great read full of humorous and touching moments. My favourite part was the relationship and connection Lia had with her twin brother, Rob. They joked around a lot but you could tell how much they cared for each other. I loved the NZ setting and I knew within the first chapter that this was my type of book!

The romance between Lia and Jed was well done. I loved the banter. (view spoiler)
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it. Loved the setting. Some of the dialogue is truly hilarious. The cast of characters was likeable, believable and fun.

I thought it was a little odd that at one point the main character was reading a romance novel and deriding it in her mind, like it was embarrassing she was reading a romance novel...but this is a romance novel? It's a romance novel with added subplots, but still a romance novel not a women's fiction as I had expected. The heroine also blamed herself for the behaviour
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An "Authentic Voice" is a saleable commodity in almost any context these days, but to come across a genuinely authentic voice, one which simply makes the writing insinuate itself beguilingly into your inner world is a rare and wonderous thing. When the author uses that voice to relate such a soundly-crafted work, the effect is effortless immersion into their world.
It is often the background detail that is so pitch-perfect; of course a long-term resident of a house with only rainwater will
Kay Hart
In the realm of chick lit - a term I don't particularly like - this is a good fun read with the underlying hint of darker things provided through Aurelia, who prefers to be known as Lia, having a sixth sense ability. A twin this intuitive ability operates as it seems it does for twins at times and in the novel this comes as a useful thing but more often a bit of a nuisance thing. The novel is an engaging very easy-to-read book with engaging characters in a small town setting. I enjoyed it as a ...more
Hayley James
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy reading kiwi goodness!
I love Danielle’s books for a summer beach read, a “cleanse your palate” kinda book.
Easy to love characters. Enough drama to keep you flipping the pages but not enough that it gets carried away and so many wee kiwi-isms it’s hard not to break into a smile when you can hear our accent in every word.
She writes characters that you can find people in your own life who relate to them and she managed to write about a dark serious topic with ease without it feeling over or
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in one sitting. And didn't even regret it when I had to go to work on 4 hours sleep, because I was so excited to tell my co-workers about it.

I recommend Danielle Hawkins to EVERYONE! And so far I've received thanks from them all for pointing them to a warm, funny, brilliant read.

This book is the quintessential holiday read. The characters are warm and inviting, but with enough true-to-life flaws to keep everything from being sickeningly sweet. I could imagine all of this
Dale Pearce
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
On the outskirts of a small seaside town, Lia and her friend Anna work serious hours running their restored cafe. The summer season is upon them, and there are so many things to do. Anna is about to marry Lia's twin brother, and Lia's ex-boyfriend seems not to understand it's over. When a gorgeous stranger taps on Lia's window near midnight and turns out not to be a serial killer, she feels it's a promising sign. But the past won't let them be, and when things turn nasty Lia must find some ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Bestselling New Zealand author Danielle Hawkins lives on a sheep and beef farm near Otorohanga with her husband and two children. She works part-time as a large animal vet, and writes when the kids are at school and she's not required for farming purposes. She is a keen gardener, an intermittently keen cook and an avid reader. Her other talents include memorising poetry, making bread and zapping ...more