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Coming Home to the Comfort Food Café

(Comfort Food Cafe #3)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,147 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Welcome to the cosy Comfort Food Café, where there's kindness in every cup of hot chocolate and the menu is sprinkled with love and happiness…

When Zoe's best friend Kate dies of breast cancer, her whole world is turned upside down. Within hours, she goes from being the wacky neighbour who can barely keep a houseplant alive to a whole new world of responsibility when she re
Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published October 8th 2017 by HarperImpulse
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Deanne Patterson
This was a heartwarming story filled with compassion and understanding when other's would have just given up. I love the author's descriptions and a very emotional book . A must read for lovers of cosy chic-lit romances.
Pub Date 08 Oct 2017
Thank you to netGalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperImpulse for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
Gem ~ Bee
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There has so far been an outstanding array of uplifting Christmas novels published in 2017, I’ve been thrilled and impressed, so the bar was set high … but this is possibly my favourite of them all so far! I was a big fan of the 1st & 2nd books in the Comfort Café series by Debbie Johnson, and this third offering continues the emotive and genuine vibe that I loved: quirky, loveable, fascinating characters; a fairytale setting; a wonderful community; and a gorge of cakes, hot chocolates and c ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The opening chapter of this book has got to be one of the most emotional I have ever read. It had me laughing and crying and that was all within the first couple of pages!

Zoe is quite a free spirit, she hasn’t gotten over her best friends untimely death and is struggling bringing up Martha, her best friends daughter. A fresh start is just what they both need and I was desperate to hop in the pages and go with them.

The little village of Budbury has got to be the loveliest of places. Not only is i
Zoe's best friend Kate died, leaving her the guardian to Kate's teenage daughter Martha. Despite the fact that Zoe has been Kate's best friend since they were at school and has been there helping to raise Martha from the day she was born , things aren't going well. Zoe is overwhelmed and Martha is dealing with her grief like a typical British teen by bunking off school, dressing like a goth, drinking too much and dabbling with drugs.

In an attempt to get Zoe away from unhealthy influences before
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Oh my word, guys, you have no idea how much I loved "Coming Home to Comfort Food Cafe"! I simply adored it with all my heart and my whole little miserable life, and I really can't describe how great it was to be back to the Comfort Food Cafe, Budbury and all the brilliant villagers, old or new. The Comfort Food Cafe series, in fact, is up there, very very high, on the favourite series shelf, together with the Walshs by Marian Keyes and The Proper Family by Chrissie Manby and I really don't want
Rachel Gilbey
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Just how good was it to be back in Budbury, Dorset and the Comfort Food Cafe? Well let met tell you it was fantastic, just to be able to catch up with all the cafe regulars in this all new standalone story.

Before we even get to Budbury we meet Zoe and Martha. The opening of the book is fairly emotional, and there is a fair amount of emotion present throughout the story. Martha is 16 and is grieving for her mother, and has never known her father. She is living with Zoe who was Kate (Martha's mum
Karen Mace
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous installment in the Comfort Food Cafe series, and the author has done another amazing job of capturing the heart and soul behind the community of Dorset who welcome all into their fold and are always there to help one another.

The story features Zoe and her god-daughter Martha, who are still reeling from the loss of Kate - Zoe's best friend and Marthas' mother. Their lives seem to be going from bad to worse as they try and cope with the grief and Zoe thinks it will be a good idea
Melisa Broadbent
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and loved being reunited with familiar characters from the other Comfort Food Cafe books. It felt like seeing old friends again and finding out what they have been up to!

The Comfort Food Cafe is once again takes centre stage in this book and brings us new characters, Zoe and 16 year old Marsha who are still grieving the loss of Marsha's mum and Zoe's best friend Kate.

Following a move to Dorset for a new start they are taken under the wing of the inhabitants and residen
Emma Crowley
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Coming Home to the Comfort Café is the third visit I have made to such a wonderful series of books written by Debbie Johnson. Without question it is the best book yet and I read it in two sittings so caught up was I in the lives of the residents of Budbury and the customers of the very special café perched on the edge of the cliff tops. This series always has such beautiful covers and this new one is no exception, it is so inviting and draws you in so that you wish the café existed in real life. ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
3-3/4 stars. After originally borrowing the first two books in the series from the library, I loved them so much that I ended up buying them all on my Kindle. Still not quite sure if they’re 4 stars, i.e., definitely read again, but I’m leaning in that direction.

I am SO grateful to Agi and Joanne for introducing me to Debbie Johnson’s books! God bless you both for your reviews/ratings.😊💕 I’ve been stuck on the couch for over a week with a broken left wrist (I’m left handed) and needed sweet and
Lydia Bailey
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jane Linfoot
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Picking up this book really does feel like coming home. After too long away, it's lovely to meet up with familiar characters, and new ones too. This fabulous next story in the Comfort Food Café series has all the heart I've come to expect and more. The magical Dorset setting offers both village and sea shore scenes. There are quirky characters, happy times, plenty of lol bits, brilliant dialogue, and moments that wrung my heart out. What's more, it's all brilliantly written and served up with th ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

‘Summer at’ and ‘Coming Home to’ both begin with a letter and although for very different purposes, both have similar content in that they draw you in immediately as well as letting you know exactly where the main characters are in their lives. I still think this is a fabulous way to start!

16yo Martha is off the rails, hitting out at a world that has changed beyond recognition. Zoe has to put her own grief on hold while she puts Martha first. In need of a
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Accidentally picked up book 3 instead. Although the story is a stand alone, the characters are stil present. I like the idea of this cafe and village, it seems so detached from really, it can actually be true . Mushy read but feel good.
Joanne Robertson
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
How on earth have I managed never to read a Debbie Johnson novel before? I actually had no idea when I started to read Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe that it was part of a series but I have to say it’s a perfect standalone as I didn’t feel that I was missing out on anything by not having read the other two books. The characters from those books are there still in the background so I actually now want to read those other books to indulge myself in their full stories. My interest in them was ...more
It’s been nearly a year of changes for Zoe, losing her best (and only) friend to breast cancer and inheriting the guardianship of her sixteen year old daughter Martha, constantly put down by Martha’s grandparents and second-guessing her every move. With grief almost overwhelming her, constantly doubting her ability (and her sanity) at taking on the pseudo-parenting of Martha, and spending more hours sleepless than not, something has to give before she utterly fails at the one thing, from the one ...more
Suze Lavender
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zoe lost her best friend Kate and is now taking care of Martha, Kate's daughter. Martha is a sad teenager, who doesn't know how to handle her feelings and her life is spiraling out of control. That's why Zoe decides they need a fresh start. They move into a cottage in Budbury where the staff of the Comfort Food Café and their loved ones are welcoming them with open arms. Will Martha like her new surroundings? She's a city girl at heart, but Zoe hopes the countryside will do her good.

While Zoe an
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read a couple of the Comfort Food Cafe books before, and really enjoyed them, and I'm happy to say that Coming Home... is another excellent book from Debbie Johnson.

Zoe is our narrator for this book, a new character who hasn't been in the previous ones. The story starts in the summer of the year Zoe's best friend (and Martha's mum) has died. Following Kate's wishes, Zoe has become Martha's guardian, and they now live together, but unsurprisingly they're both struggling a lot. For 16-year-ol
Nicola Clough
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series of books just gets better with each book it’s simply brilliant and the wonderful countryside sounds amazing and while you are reading this book you think you are going home. Full of heartbreak and coping with your life being turned upside down and trying to cope. Also how you have to let the past go to be able to move forward shows how friends can do that with you and support you. Full of friendship and families and romance. The plot to the story can be a real tear jerker and makes y ...more
Irene Kiew
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it despite it being written in first person (never my favourite point of view). I liked that the narrator was quite self-aware and didn't ramble on too much (#1 reason why I dislike first-person). I also liked that the narrator, although thinking she's so messed up and bad at adulting, actually made good choices both for herself and for Martha and that the author didn't have her tumbling into bed with Cal at first opportunity -- I expected that to happen but it didn't! It's a poignant an ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of the Comfort Food Cafe series and I hope Debbie Johnson never stops writing them. I just can't get enough of the Budbury characters.

This book introduces Zoe, Martha, and Cal who are all dealing with some heavy issues of their own. The town of Budbury takes them all under their wing as usual. Supporting, soothing, entertaining, and loving them.

Really the characters in Budbury are the perfect neighbors. I wish I could move there.
Alison Winter
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fab book in the comfort food cafe series. The story is about Martha and zoe who move to Budbury to start fresh after the death of Kate, Martha's mum and zoe's best friend. In Budbury they find amazing characters and delicious cake, stunning views and possibly a few surprises on the way.
Vickie Richens
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series of books, have already pre ordered the next book
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice holiday read

Don’t read much fiction. Treated myself to this as a holiday read. Good story - English flair. Enjoyed it and read another from this author
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect feel good read!
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, and going straight on to book 4 :)
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2018
Almost 5 stars but I felt the ending was a bit abrupt.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another feel good, happy ending story - wonderful for holiday reading.
Karen Whittard
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adore the Comfort food cafe series. They are wonderful books and this is a welcome edition to the series.

Not only is Debbie a fantastic author in the fact that she draws the reader in from the very start and has you racing through the book. But Debbie creates some wonderfully quirky characters who you take to heart and wish the best for.

The comfort food cafe books are full of love, laughs, friendship, family and are wonderfully heartwarming. Sure there are bits in the books that a
Claire Mc Partlin
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every time I come back to this series and start a new book I remember quite how enjoyable it is with such great characters. The covers are always seem very light-hearted, and there is a lot of funny moments, but there is so much more depth to the stories too than you may think from the cover.

This time we meet Zoe and 16 year old Martha. Martha's Mum and Zoe's best friend, Kate, died about 6 months ago and Zoe has taken over the responsibility for Martha as she promised Kate she would. Martha was
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