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Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe

(Comfort Food Café #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  7,280 ratings  ·  580 reviews
The brand new book from best-selling author Debbie Johnson will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you raid the pantry in the middle of the night…

The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals al
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 16th 2016 by HarperImpulse (first published April 29th 2016)
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Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

It pains me to put another book on my DNF instead of favorite. Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe was supposed to be my go to book after a bad day I had yesterday.

Sadly, after listening to about 1 hour in, I can not connect with anything on this book. So I skipped it.

Moving on...

2 stars
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "This is the Comfort Food Café… and miracles can happen here." Stars!

Book one in Debbie Johnson’s Comfort Food Café series brings on the summer season, and also gives us the story of a widow and her two children trying to move on from the unexpected death of her husband/their father.

Something about this-upping sticks and dragging us all off to Dorset-feels like the first step to finding out who I’m going to be next…

This isn’t the first book I have read in the series, I actually read book
I just love this series! It makes me so happy every time I read it.😊💕

Second read: Upgraded to 4 stars!

3-3/4 stars... 4 stars for me means I loved it enough to buy it after borrowing from the library. It also indicates that I should read it again in the future. So, I’m almost there but want to think about for a while.

So, this story was heartwarming, sweet, and funny with a good balance of happy and sad. A smattering of profanity but not too bad. Slightly sexy without unnecessary details. Overall,
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love love loved the cover of Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson and was not disappointed when i dived into the pages! What a magical book full of friendship, love and laughter.

The Main Character Laura Walker is a widowed mum of two. She lost her childhood sweetheart and best friend and is struggling to live her life without him by her side.
Needing a change of scenery Laura decided to pack up herself and the two children and takes a summer job at the Comfort Food Cafe and ge
Suze Lavender
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laura lost her husband who was also her best friend. They were childhood sweethearts and he died way too young. Laura thinks she and the children, Lizzy and Nate, need a change of scenery after a long time of being sad, so she takes a job for the summer that will enable them to stay in Dorset at the beach. At first Nate and Lizzie aren't very happy with their mother's decision, but their complaints are soon forgotten when they're there for a few days. The Comfort Food Café is a wonderful friendl ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
Keeping this fairly short since I liked this book and did not care for the sequel at all. I liked the main character (Laura) taking her children away for the summer in order for the family to do some real healing two years after the death of her husband. Laura had been in love with her husband since they were children, and after a freak accident doesn't know how she and their family will survive without him. She takes a job at a place called the "Comfort Food Cafe". She meets some new people and ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It’s impossible to not love everything about this book. From the scrumptious looking cover, the idyllic setting, the wonderful story as well as the lovely characters, it ticked all the right boxes for me for a light hearted and entertaining read.

Laura is still trying to get over the death of her husband, running out of money though she decides to take a holiday job so that her and the children can still have a holiday whilst she is at least earning some money.

The cafe itself seems to be a haven
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It had some really good quotes/thoughts about grief, and a sweet story. I thought this might be an annoying book, but it was far from it - the group of characters was quirky and supportive, and I really enjoyed it.
Nicola Clough
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Debbies books and she didn’t disappoint at all this was simply brilliant set in the beautiful seaside village and so quaint and beautiful. It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming and shows how you can move forward if you want to. Has romance and family issues and making new friends to. You want to keep reading and not put it down and worth far more than five stars.
Cherie owns the comfort food cafe and is wanting someone to help her in the cafe over the summer. Laura sees the advert and has r
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally! I finished this book! I've been reading this for I don't know how long! That is most definitely not a reflection on the book itself... I generally just take longer to read 'nice' books than I do my usual thriller ones!

This book was lovely. A really nice feel good story with grief, love, change, self reflection and self love at the core.

Laura has recently lost her husband and decides she needs some change to get herself back on form. She takes a summer job at the comfort food cafe and me
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I read this book because OH EM GEE IT WAS GREAT! It deserves all the stars!
The characters are so well written and the story is both cute and sad and uplifiting and sweet and heartbreaking and hopeful.
Tbf the first place in my heart will forever be reserved for The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts, but this one is close second.

I definitely want to read rest of the books in that series!
I love Debbie Johnson for many reasons - she's an amazing writer, she currently releases two books per year (I love any author automatically who releases two books per year, it's just the BEST), and she makes me laugh. Although, this time around, with Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe she made me cry. I literally had to put the book down because I was crying so much, but that's because it just reminded me so much of what I went through nearly three years ago, but if I think of it even now it still ...more
Karen Mace
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, e-books
I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review

Think i devoured this book as quickly as some of the delicious creations from the kitchens of the Comfort Food Cafe! Absolutely loved it!

Laura Walker is a widow. She's going through the motions of life with her two teenage children, Lizzie and Nate, trying to stay normal for their sakes but life without her beloved David is just too tough for her at times. Life for them is in Manchester and it's where all their family
Thanks to Netgalley and HarperImpulse for the digital reading copy.

This has been a fantastic book. From page one I felt absolutely comfortable and at home in this book. The author's captivating writing style got me hooked and didn't let me go and it was almost impossible to put the book down.

I really liked Laura. I have never experienced what she went through but the author made her situation and her decisions very understandable. Her two kids were great characters too and were a great addition
Rachel Gilbey
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is just one thing I can say and that is Debbie Johnson is just getting better and better with every single book she writes, and I hope she continues for a very long time. This book has run me through the full gamut of emotions, and I feel there is a new maturity to the writing that hasn't been there before. If this is your first book by this talented author, then you are in for a treat.

The first two chapters drew me in and I knew this would be a book read in very few sittings over the cou
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so fun! I loved Laura and her children. There were lots of ups and down - I laughed and I cried. One of my next books will be "Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe." I hope it's a continuation of Laura, Matt and Cherie's story! ...more
2.5 Stars. Everyone loves this book, but I just didn’t!
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2016

The first thing that comes to my mind is that each book by Debbie Johnson is better than the previous one, though I'm not sure how it's possible, as they are all brilliant. I especially loved Debbie's "The Birthday That Changed Everything" - it was a hilarious yet very touching read, but "Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe" is just like that! I've spent reading the last chapters of this book crying like a crocodile but not because it was so sad - on the contrary, it was so uplifting and promising a
Feb 18, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As sweet and pleasant as this was, I don’t think the style of this author is for me. I listened to this on Audible and am not sure how much this influenced my lack of enthusiasm. I was drawn in by the narrator's voice and charming accent at first, but after about halfway through it started to get on my nerves. On the surface this seemed very reminiscent of a Rosamunde Pilcher, D.E. Stevenson, or Marcia Willett at first.

Laura, a young widow with a young teen daughter and a younger son finds herse
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on Becca's Books

It has been SO LONG since I last dived into a novel by the wonderful Debbie Johnson. In fact, I'm sure the last book I read by this author was Cold Feet at Christmas and that feels like a lifetime ago so, when I spotted Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe available to request, I was unable to help myself, and let's not get started on that gloriously delicious cover! All in all, this was a read I was incredibly excited about and I couldn't wait to tuck in!

Will you
Rebecca Carter
Sometimes all you want to read is a nice feel good chick lit, that makes you feel all cosy and warm with deep thought not required. That's what you get with Summer and the Comfort Food Cafe.

I have a particular soft spot for books that involve starting afresh in places like the West Country - Devon, Cornwall, Dorset. I've no idea why, when I know the realities of living in places like that can be isolating and not so fairytale like. Possibly looking at it through rose tinted glasses makes it feel
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe has quickly become my ultimate summer read. Whether you are going away or not for your holidays this summer, let Debbie's latest book accompany you as this is the perfect read for those summer months.

The opening of this story has Laura writing an application letter for a position at The Comfort Food Cafe. In that opening we learn about Laura's back story, which makes for some emotional reading, but it'
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!

I really liked this book! It is a sweet story that addresses certain issues as loss and parenting.

It starts off quite creative and in a manner that you instantly get to know the main characters, Laura and her two kids, and their backstory. While I like knowing a little bit more about them, when someone’s entire background story is given, that’s a mystery that unfortunately doesn’t need solving anymore. But their background story is actually interesting!

Most of this book takes place in
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2016, net-galley
I absolutely fell in love with this book. Laura decides to take a summer job working at the Comfort Food Cafe and takes her 2 children and her elderly dog with her, despite the teenagers being very vocal about being taken away from their friends.

The scenes where they arrive at their cottage are really amusing and couldn't get the image of Sam out of my mind for a while! The Comfort Food Cafe is also described beautifully and makes it sound like the type of place we'd all love to have within a fe
This is the third time I've attempted to read one of the author's works, and the third time I've closed the book and felt very lackluster about the whole thing. This story really dragged along for me, as it chronicled Laura and her family's summer in Dorcet. I really had a hard time connecting to Laura. Her grief was really raw, even two years after her husband's sudden death. I couldn't understand why she hadn't moved on, as if her entire life was her husband and she couldn't exist without him, ...more
Kate Hewitt
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debbie Johnson is a very funny writer with a great, light style. I really enjoyed this book--a wonderful break from the pressures of real life!--and am looking forward to reading the Christmas novella.
Mandy Radley
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book by Debbie Johnson and I really enjoyed it. Just the sort of read when it's too hot to do anything else. Tissue warning.... for me there were some teary moments one including a dog, but maybe I'm just soppy. ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review on the blog next week!
Mindy Tysinger
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great read. Have your tissues at a ready.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Debbie Johnson since reading her previous Christmas books, I have some of her other novels in my ever growing TBR, which I am sure I will get around to reading when the bundle stops growing! That said, when I was offered and advanced copy of Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe, I didn't hesitate - the cover firstly is super inviting and just looks like a good read in general.

And a good read it was. Right from the opening page I was hooked - when you read the book you will understand
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