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Summer at the Garden Cafe

(Finfarran Peninsula #2)

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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  860 ratings  ·  102 reviews
The Garden Café, in the town of Lissbeg on Ireland's Finfarran Peninsula, is a place where plans are formed and secrets shared ... 

But Jazz - still reeling from her father's disclosures about the truth of his marriage to her mother, Hanna - has more on her mind than the comings and goings at the café. Now isolated from friends and family and fixating on her new job at a lo
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Paperback, 388 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Harper Perennial (first published May 18th 2017)
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Barbara

In this sequel to The Library at the Edge of the World, librarian Hanna Casey - who lives in the town of Lissberg on Ireland's Finfarran Peninsula - is happy with her refurbished cottage and the library's upgrades, but she still has personal concerns. In this novel, we get a glimpse into Hanna's life now, and views into the lives of other residents of Lissberg. I'd recommend starting with the first book, to obtain a better understanding of the characters.

*****

Hanna Casey, head librarian of the
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Dale Harcombe
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was lovely to catch up again here with characters from The Library at the Edge of the World, a book which I greatly enjoyed. It’s like settling back down with old friends to come back to Finfarran Peninsular and the little town of Lissberg. Hanna, the librarian has her part time assistant Conor helping her at the library, as well as he is trying to keep the family farm going since he dad can no longer work it. Sometimes Hanna feels she needs more help in dealing with her daughter Jazz, who st ...more
Kim
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did not enjoy this book as much as the first in the series. Jazz is annoying and whiny as usual, what a brat. Hanna acts like a 14 year old in the body of a 50 year old, what's with treating Brian like they are in grade school? Grow up Hanna.

Connor and Aideen did not get enough story time here, though I did feel once again that Aideen is acting like a small child instead of a young adult. Even the two Grandmothers here are acting very immaturely for their age. The only one in the whole book that
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Kathleen Gray
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect old fashioned feel good storytelling set in a small Irish town populated by realistic and highly likable characters. Although Hanna is at the forefront of sorts, her daughter Jazz who is coping with losing so much of her freedom after an accident, her mother Mary (a hoot), and her mother in law Louisa round out one family circle. There's also the delightful Conor, who is in love with Aideen, who needs an infusion of confidence, Saira who blossoms in the herb garden, and the Divil himself ...more
June J. McInerney
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When last we left Hanna Casey in Lissberg on the Finfarran Peninsula, she had moved into a coastal cottage inherited from her Aunt Maggie; nearly single-handedly saved the small library from being closed; and had begun to make amends with her daughter, Jazz, upset over the divorce of her parents. That was in "The Library at the Edge of the World", volume one of the Finfarran Peninsula series by Felicity Hayes-McCoy. Volume two, "Summer in the Garden Café" is even more complex. And, in my humble ...more
Lora
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hanna has succeeded in saving the library in Lissbeg from being closed, and also was instrumental in having the medieval manuscript, The Carrick Psalter, displayed in a brand new exhibition. However, she's afraid to start a relationship with Brian Morton, even though they both have feelings for each other. Her daughter, Jazz, meanwhile, is finding it hard to get behind the wheel of a car after a serious car accident. In this second book of the Finfarran Peninsula series, the reader gets to catch ...more
Sally Coles
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hanna is the librarian at the Lissbeg library in Ireland and she is concerned about her daughterJazz. Jazz is upset about the recent revelations regarding her parent's marriage breakup and finding out that things were definitely not what they seemed.!

It it's lovely to be back in Lissbeg with all of the characters from the edge of the world, especially Hannah with her clifftop cottage. I love the typical Irish story telling in it's gentle meandering manner and hope there will be more stories abo
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Gaele
I loved the first in this series, and getting to know the people on the peninsula and through the town of Lissbeg. Now, with the grand opening of the visitor center at the Lissbeg library, loaded with tech and a gift shop, all to house the Carrick Psalter, an illuminated manuscript recently donated to the library for display. This medieval manuscript with its vellum pages, calligraphy and vignettes that illustrate a single thought of each psalm is historically relevant and of the area – as scene ...more
Sonia Schoenfield
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-reads
The rift left in my reading by Maeve Binchy's death has been filled by Felicity Hayes-McCoy. In her second book about the "edge of the word" Finfarran in Ireland, Hayes-McCoy relates several tied-together stories about likable Irish people struggling with the every day problems of life: divorce, trauma, aging, love, and the past. Hope is the underlying theme: hope in relationship, hope in restored community, hope in the future. Oh, I wish Ms. Hayes-McCoy a long and happy life with many, many mor ...more
Judy Adams
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one, I had read The Library at the Edge of The World. Such delightful characters, so may to keep track of, but they fit together. Took a while to get the characters straight, but after awhile I knew who was who. A library is a place to reminisce and learn new things. Each person had their place in this town, and that’s what keeps it going, and that’s just how it goes!
Susan R
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish
Now I do not miss Maeve Binchy as much. A great sequel, and I hope that there are many more to come. Just wish that there was not such a long wait between when the book is released in Ireland and when it is available here.
Lesley Griffiths
Great family story

Loved all the characters and the ongoing stories for each of them
A good page turner wanting to know what happened in each of their lives
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"The thing about dreams, Mum had said, was that sometimes they turned into prisons. You should never, ever deny yourself the freedom to move on and change."
d m palmer
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good about Hanna and her family xx
Carol
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will look forward to book 3 coming in October.
Kate
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this second book in the series. Charming story with likeable characters- I do think you need to read the first one to fully appreciate the 2nd.
Thesincouch
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Completely lovely! Not only the author creates a warm community with delightful character but also a story with multiple threats that compliment each other. Looking forward to reading the next one!
Laura
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Relatively quiet beach read with a library and romance at the center.

ARC provided by publisher
Michelle
I was excited to once again return to Finfarran! :) Review to come.
Mary C
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a slow start with the first book of this series, Library at the Edge of the World, this book really defined the characters and the story line and all was much more enjoyable. I started reading this before realizing there was a first to the series so stopped and bought it and read it then. I'm happy I did because you have to to understand what goes on in the pretty little Irish town and how Hannah came to be living in her Aunt Maggies cottage. I could picture the landscape so well and can't ...more
Katie
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoy her novels. Always learn something and not necessarily about Ireland.
Anne Rightler
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer at the Garden Cafe is the second in Felicity Hayes-McCoy's Finfarran Peninsula series, and sequel to The Library at the Edge of the World. Having read (listened to) the first book I was very interested in Hayes-McCoy's second book about Finfarran. I was not disappointed. Great characters. Irish story-telling at its best. Tension filled romances, secrets from the past and friends and family--what more could a good Irish story need. Even though a number of situations were satisfactorily res ...more
Jane
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book as a sequel to The Library at the Edge of the World. It continues the story, enhances the characters lives & it an easy book to fall into but a hard book to put down! Takes me back to Ireland with a heartwarming story of a small town & their daily lives😏
Karen Whittard
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored the first book in the series. Library at the edge of the world. So it was so lovely to be reunited with the characters once again.

Felicity has a wonderful way of weaving a story. Not only does she bring the characters and setting to life. She weaves a multilayered story that will keep the reader gripped from the beginning to the very end.

I for one cannot wait for the next book in the series. If you haven't read a book by felicity Hayes-McCoy yet. I highly recommend her to a
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Janette
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in the series and was looking forward to starting this one. I was not disappointed. A lovely heartwarming read with great characters and fabulous location. I could imagine myself in Lissbeg.

A well paced storyline with a good ending - perfect for a winter afternoon on the sofa with a hot cuppa.

It could be read as a standalone but I recommend reading The Library at the Edge of the World first - both fabulous books to be enjoyed.

I hope there will be more in this lovely serie
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Kelly Callaghan
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sequel to The Library at the End of the World this is a self contained book with the same characters! Set in the west of Ireland. Relationships flourish, albeit not smoothly.

If you like Maeve Binchly you will like this gentle book.
Kate ☀️ Olson
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-reads
Just as fabulous and Irish and cozy as the first book in the series ~ THE LIBRARY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD. Same characters and same setting. This one isn’t available in the US (book 1 is) but I purchased the Irish edition through Book Depository!
Jeanene
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books
This book is the sequel to The Library at the Edge of the World, which I read last year and really enjoyed. Unfortunately, this book disappointed. The plot was barely noticeable, and I just didn't care. It was a trudge to read, and I found myself not reading because of it.
Shannon
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like Oliver, the character in this tale who chose his books by their covers, I should have been warned by this one's cliched cozy tea-shop cover! I most certainly would have given it a miss if I hadn't read on the cover that it was the second in the Finfarran (aka Dingle) Peninsula series. I had already read and very much enjoyed the first book in the series, "The Library at the Edge of the World." So I thought I was in for another great treat. I couldn't have been more wrong! This entire book t ...more
Pamela Barrett
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel revolves around 4 generations of women returning to the roots, discovering who they want to be and grappling with their family histories. It is set in the Finfarran Peninsula on the Atlantic coast of Ireland in the village of Lissbeg. The people of Lissbeg have managed to save the library which is on the grounds of an old Convent and next to the Garden Café, and they are excited about a newly donated ancient manuscript which is bringing them publicity to help the village. There are a l ...more
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Finfarran Peninsula (5 books)
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  • The Month of Borrowed Dreams (Finfarran, #4)
  • The Transatlantic Book Club (Finfarran, #5)