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Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café

(Comfort Food Cafe #4)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,951 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Perched on a windswept cliff on the stunning Dorset coast at what feels like the edge of the world, the café and its warm-hearted community are a haven for lost souls who happen to wander by with a heavy heart and a story to tell.

Serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes, there’s nothing a cup of tea and
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 8th 2018 by HarperCollins
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The Comfort Food Cafe is located on the stunning coastal landscape of Dorset, and is a local focal point for great food, and gossip for the diverse range of characters that work and drop in there. It offers opportunities for the community to support each other and meddle in the lives of others. The wonderful Willow lives in the village of Budbury, with her dementia suffering mother, Lynnie. Willow is an eye catching character with her tattoos, doc marten boots and pink hair, working her socks of ...more
Claire Robinson
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - "Second chances and fresh starts…" Stars!

The fourth book in Debbie Johnson’s hugely enjoyable Comfort Food Café series finally gives the reader Willow Longville’s story.

The siren call of Budbury has resulted in yet another weird-but-well-built male responding to its pagan appeal…

I was hooked from the beginning on this one, Willow has played a large part as a secondary character in the previous books I have read, a scene with her mother and an impromptu yoga session in Book one still makes me chuckle just thinking
Karen Mace
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A welcome return to the Comfort Food Cafe - I love this series!! And they can all be read as a stand alone too if you've not already 'visited' so I highly recommend dropping on by!

This time the story follows Willow who is a waitress at the cafe. She is also a part time cleaner, and also full time carer for her mother who is suffering from Alzheimers and this whole aspect of the story is sensitively portrayed throughout and really showed the highs and lows of being a carer and having
Jane Linfoot
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe is a wonderful standalone novel which will brighten your day as much as the title suggests. Another visit to the Comfort Food Cafe by the beach in picturesque Dorset, but if you haven't dropped in before, don't worry. Although the village setting by the sea, with rambling cottages and quirky inhabitants will be familiar to readers who have already visited, each book is a whole new beginning focusing on a different character. You can enjoy this book without havin ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another absolutely amazing story set around the village of Bubury and featuring The Comfort Food Cafe. I felt so at home really quickly, with all of the recurring characters, and this book focuses on Willow's story, whereas she has previously just been a side character.

This totally works as a standalone, and the mechanism used to give the relevant back details for all the previous books in a quick and easy to understand way, or as a great reminder for those that haven't got the best memories, w
My name is Willow Longville. I live in a village called Budbury on the stunning Dorset coast with my mum Lynnie, who sometimes forgets who I am. I’m a waitress at the Comfort Food Café, which is really so much more than a café … it’s my home.

Willow is the youngest of four children born to Lynnie, a yoga-teaching new age hippie. Unfortunately Lynnie is now suffering from dementia and Willow spends her time looking after her mother whilst juggling her own cleaning business and working as a wai
Nicola Clough
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is simply brilliant as I pick up the next book I can't think it will improve but it clearly does. It's heartwarming and heartbreaking as well and shows how families can pull together to help. Also has plenty of romance as well and such great characters and beautiful setting as well.
Willow works as a waitress in the comfort food cafe and also cleans but also has to look after her mother and it's not easy for her at all. Tom moves into the big house on the hill and it brings many memo
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Oh guys, I can't tell you how happy I am that The Comfort Food Cafe series is going strong! I could read about it, and the characters, over and over again and I won't have enough. "Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe" is already the fourth addition to the series and yes, it is a stand - alone novel but without reading the previous books you're going to miss too much on the characters, the incredible warmth and hidden wisdom.

"Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe" focuses on Willow. Willow,
Shaz Goodwin
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

With the responsibilities Willow has she needs to be practical and organised and there is no room in her life for any extra emotions. She’s keeping on an even keel but it wouldn’t take much to tip her over. In breezes Tom, the new owner of Briarwood, opening up all sorts of possibilities (and not just on a romantic level). He sets something off that has the possibility of changing Willow’s life and it could go either way …

Willow is an awesome character. She has amazing stren
Linn Halton
I’ve just had a slice of village life served up with a little cake on the side … and I loved every single minute of it! Happy, sad, poignant, funny at times and life-like in so many ways this is a really great read. I loved the village setting, the journals, the amazing cast of characters and who wouldn’t love a book that has a line … ‘Bella Swan ate a frog’ ha! Ha! Bella Swan is, of course, a beloved dog and as a huge Twilight (and Bella) fan it made me smile. If you’re looking for your next re ...more
3-3/4 stars. Another winner in this great series! Man! I’m just loving these characters!
Jane Hunt
I read a lot of books, and most of them are good but the 'Comfort Food Cafe series', has a magic sparkle that makes it's stories marvellously memorable, even when you read as much as I do.
It has a broad appeal; there's romance, lots of laughs and heartwarming poignant moments. The whole age spectrum is covered, including various charismatic animal friends. Most readers will see a little of their own lives written into the pages of these realistic, yet wonderfully escapist stories, which means t
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
I absolutely loved the return to the Comfort food, catching up with all the characters and falling in love with new ones. Willow features in this book. She is looking after her mum and working as a waitress at the café alongside her cleaning job. She takes on a cleaning job at Briarwood, The House on the Hill where her mum worked for a while. She meets Tom, who has just bought the house after spending time in care there as a child.

They are both dealing with troubling issues- but the
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Having read the other books in the Comfort Food Cafe series I was looking forward to an easy, humorous, heart-warming read from this latest book by Debbie Johnson.....but no! The cafe itself featured very little and this is the story of Willow and her mum Lynnie. It was a very sad tale and I found it hard to accept Lynnie was only in her 50s, I felt she was portrayed as much older. Although there was a lot of humour, it seemed forced into the story, maybe to balance out the sadness. Overall an o ...more
This is such a great book! OK, it’s not great literature but so what? It’s romantic and funny and a little bit sexy with great characters and a satisfying ending. I only wish that the entire series was available on Audible instead of just this one and the next book in the series. Listening to it was just as good as reading it!
Michelle Manning
So poignant!

This beautiful, cleverly written book spoke straight to my heart. As the primary caregiver to my parents, I could completely relate to Willow’s adventures with her mom that was suffering from Alzheimer’s. Poignantly and powerfully written! Thank you!
Sandie Bishop
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
absolutely adore this series by Debbie Johnson, and not only because it is set in my favourite county in England but because the characters are so diverse but all loveable in their own way.
If you haven't read the previous books in the series don't worry - the author cleverly gives the reader a concise background when the buyer of Briarwood, the run-down former children's home, moves into the village of Budbury and our main character Willow writes him a reference book so he can recognise t
Katie Gregory
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Couldn’t put the book down was so good , really enjoyed reading this book.
Katie Burkill
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this and all the series in this comfort food cafe. I loved the characters and the way Debbie described them, the area and just about everything about it. Want to read more xxc
Angela Newby
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this series. Love the characters. Really wish I could live in Budbury. Easy five stars
Lisa Bentley
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Damn you Debbie Johnson (*wildly shakes fist in the air*). You have only bloody gone and done it again. Just when I think I can’t love the Comfort Food Café series anymore you break out Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café.

The character focus of this latest instalment is Willow. We have seen her float in and out of the café with her wild pink hair but she has always remained a little bit of a mystery. Her tale is one of emotional hardship. She is a young girl dealing with the emotional
Nicki Southwell
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
I LOVED this book. It left me feeling warm and happy. It has the feelgood factor in spades.

The title does give somethings away, but certainly not all of this story. Widowed Laura, only 35 years old, is trying to make a life for herself and two children. Lizzie is 14 years old with all the insecurities that go with it and Nate just 12. David died two years ago after an accident and as a family, they have struggled on.

By chance, Laura reads a very unusual advertisement for
Emma Crowley
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It sounds like such a cliché but the Comfort Food Café series of books really do give you a warm, comforting feeling inside and inspire the feel good factor. Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café is the fourth in a series that just gets better and better with each book. Just when you think how can Debbie Johnson do it again, she only goes and throws an entire different angle to the story and leaves you feeling that you again have read an incredible book. This one in particular is very emotional and ...more
Claire Mc Partlin
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series, you kind of forget how good a series is when you haven't been to the fictional place for a while waiting for the next book, and then you jump back in with the new book and all the warm feelings flood back. This book is like that, and my favourite of this series so far.

I've been waiting for Willow's story and so was very happy that she'd finally got her own book. She is such a bright, quirky character with pink hair, a really lovely person, looking after her M
Tracy Collier
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I have read numerous books by the author before and they have been of the 'I can't put it down until I finish' but this one was the total opposite. I really struggled to get into the book and found myself more skim reading than being engrossed by the storyline. I've started the follow up book and I'm hooked (thankfully) into it already!
Joanne Clark
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by Debbie Johnson. I have read all of the comfort food cafe books and I always look forward to catching up with the gang from the cafe. I get totally drawn into the story and love the characters. It’s like you can feel the warmth and love that comes from them all.
Mandy Gardner
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series

The comfort food cafe series is one of my favourites.. I can’t wait to see who we’ll get to know better next.. please keep them coming Debbie..!
Gem ~ Bee
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it

Introducing the 4th in the series based in Budbury, all the previous books have been firm favourites of mine because of the fabulous cast of characters and uplifting stories, but you don’t have to have read them to enjoy this book as it works perfectly well as a standalone novel; helpfully there is a clever trick in the book that recaps this and introduces all the characters well.

In a nutshell Debbie Johnson delivers everything you’d want in a contemporary romance, every time.
Fraser's Fun House
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth in the Comfort Food Café series, however having not read the previous books I can vouch that it works perfectly as a standalone book. The author has cleverly weaved a comprehensive run down of all the charters into the story which allowed me to feel I knew and understood their collective backgrounds well.
This book focusses on Willow, the zany, pink-haired, Doc Marten wearing waitress at the Comfort Food Café. The youngest of four siblings Willow grew up with her single M
Melanie Farmer
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok so yet again I read a book in a series without having read the previous novels in the series.  I even have Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe, yet still I read this one first!  I am pleased to confirm though that it really didn't matter that I hadn't read the rest of the series first, and I will be going back to read it shortly!

So this novel is centred around Willow Longville, a young woman who lives in the village of Budbury with her mother.  Her siblings are long gone, encouraged b
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