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The Kookaburra Creek Cafe

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Welcome to the Kookaburra Creek Cafe.


For Hattie, the cafe has been her refuge for the last fifty years – her second chance at a happy ending after her dreams of being a star were shattered. But will the ghosts of her past succeed in destroying everything she’s worked so hard to build?


For Alice, the cafe is her livelihood. After Hattie took her in as a t
Paperback, 374 pages
Published April 30th 2018 by Penguin Random House Australia
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Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I took one look at the cover of this book and knew immediately I was going to enjoy this book, but I didn't enjoy it, I LOVED IT. What truly surprised me with this book that this was a debut novel for Aussie author Sandie Docker.

I'm sure readers understand what I mean when I say I get excited and a little anxious when I find a new author. I'm happy to report the feeling of both excitement and anxiousness paid off this time as this book was just the BEST. Beautiful cover and great characters mak
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The Kookaburra Creek Café, the first novel penned by author Sandie Docker, is a sublime testament to Australian small towns and the colourful inhabitants that populate these hidden locales. In this wonderful debut novel, we meet three different but beautiful souls, who all converge to the one very special cafe in town, The Kookaburra Creek Café. These three generations of women, learn through moments of tragedy, loss, love and self realisation, the true val
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Kookaburra Creek Café is the first novel by Australian author, Sandie Docker. If you’re driving through Kookaburra Creek, then the Kookaburra Creek Café serves coffee, light meals and the most heavenly cupcakes. It’s a gathering place for locals and an appreciated rest stop for travellers. What many don’t realise, however, is that it’s a refuge.

In 1967 actress Hattie Brookes fled the city with her younger sister when she found her fiance had a looser idea of fidelity that she did. Kookaburr
Alice and Louise had been best friends from the age of eleven. Alice was happy when she was with Louise, and she went to school to get away from her home. When tragedy struck, Alice drove away in the old beat up car that was her Dad’s – just drove until she could go no further. She was tired, hungry and grieving when Hattie found her and took her under her wing; Alice was sure she wouldn’t stay. But gradually Hattie, the Kookaburra Creek Café, and the community became home to her. And Alice disc ...more
Dale Harcombe
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fourteen years ago teenager Alice Pond left Lawson’s Ridge and ended up in Kookaburra Creek. There she met Hattie, an elderly actress, who made the café her refuge years before when her chance of being a star was shattered. For Hattie the café became a second chance at life. Together they have built up the café business, with Alice as the café’s manager and expert cupcake baker. Life has not been easy for either of them. Too often sorrows and tragedies of the past intrude. When Becca, a young te ...more
Theresa Smith
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My review for The Kookaburra Creek Cafe could have quite easily gone like this:

The Kookaburra Creek Cafe in two words: Utterly perfect.
What I liked about this novel: Everything
What I didn’t like about this novel: That it ended
Rating: 5 stars

But I’m not known for being brief, particularly when it comes to talking about the things that I like. The Kookaburra Creek Cafe was utterly perfect and there was not a single thing about it that I didn’t like and I could have happily remained within its page
Michelle Parsons
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a magical visit I recently took to Kookaburra Creek. Sandie Docker's debut novel is filled with wonderful characters who will tug on your heart strings and a setting I wished I could step straight into. You will fall in love with Hattie, your heart will break for Alice and you will want to wrap your arms around Becca, just as the community of Kookaburra creek did. These three incredibly strong women, who although on the surface seem so different, have a common thread of love and loss that b ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I have wanted to read this book since its release and finally I have gotten to it and WOW, everything I have read about it is so right this is an awesome story from start to finish a fabulous debut and I can only see this author flying high in the future and I will be eagerly looking for more new books, because meeting Hattie, Alice and Becca was like being with family and friends I felt so close to them all, I cried, I smiled and I cheered them all on, this is one book that I highly recomm ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful debut novel from yet another of our very talented Australian Authors. Moving and beautiful.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the Kookaburra Creek Cafe.


For Hattie, the cafe has been her refuge for the last fifty years – her second chance at a happy ending after her dreams of being a star were shattered. But will the ghosts of her past succeed in destroying everything she’s worked so hard to build? 


For Alice, the cafe is her livelihood. After Hattie took her in as a teenager, Alice has slowly forged a quiet life as the cafe’s manager (and chief cupcake baker). But with so many tragedies beh
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May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was sent to me in exchange for my honest review.

The Kookaburra Creek Café is a unique and powerful multi-generational novel.

The story follows the lives of three strong Australian women who have experienced loss, heartache, abuse, grief and tragedy. Their strength and courage is what allows them to lean on one another and learn to trust and love again. Hattie, Alice and Becca have their own stories to tell and gradually throughout the novel, pieces of their past are revealed. I loved e
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is one of those reads that restores your faith in human nature.
Set in a small country town in New South Wales, this contemporary fiction is the tale of three women who have all faced similar problems over a period of years. There is plenty of mystery but this is not crime fiction. Its Australianness is evident in so many ways - a bushfire where lives are lost, a young man in a swimming accident in a dam, a small country town where everyone knows everything about everyone else.

The plot has m
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This debut novel by Sandie Docker is an outstanding work! A story of love and pain and loss so beautifully constructed over the years. The characters are brilliant, the pages compelling. I love this book and highly recommend it. Thank you Sandie Docker, it's a stunner!
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved all the characters and the whole story line a warm hearted read.
Helen Simic
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every part of this book and all the characters and the different stories all woven into one.
I want to go to the Kookaburra Creek Cafe and meet all the characters and have a Hot Chocolate and a Burger and lots of Cupcakes. Love the recipes at the end will have to try them Chocolate ones first.
I haven’t read any of Sandies books before I read an excerpt and saw lots of great reviews.
Loved the beautiful Bright blue cover and the designs on it.
I will be looking out for the next book by Sandi
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely surprise this book was. Not that I wasn't expecting it to be good, I just wasn't expecting it to be so special.
Sandie Docker has created a beautiful cast of characters, each one quirky and with their own story to tell. It's hard not to fall in love with the characters in Kookaburra Creek, by the end of the story they almost feel like family, and will long linger in your mind. Beautifully told, there are hidden secrets, laugh out lout moments, and heartbreaking moments that will br
A light romance set in an Australian country town. The Café setting over time, allows three generations of women to find solace in each other’s company and a purpose to remain in Kookaburra Creek. Hattie remains in the village with her injured sister and establishes the original café after receiving the building as an engagement present. Decades later, Eighteen-year-old Alice, destitute and pregnant, is offered work when her car breaks down on her way to Sydney. And lastly, Becca, a teenage runa ...more
Julie Valerie
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the incredibly tense opening pages of the prologue, all the way through to the closing chapters, I was captivated by the story of Alice Pond and the characters connected to the Kookaburra Creek Cafe.

The eyes of a thief haunt, friendships endure, and along the way, a story unfolds that is equal parts bittersweet and oh so memorable. There are twists, turns, surprises, and accidents as the fate of the characters are called into question. Alice is resourceful in the face of adversity, a chara
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit predictable but highly enjoyable. Nice characters, good story, cozy feel. I would like to read more about the Kookaburra creek characters and look forward to the next book.
Lisa Bacon-hall
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice easy read. Good characters and a story line that kept me engaged.
I shed a few tears. Worth a read by the beach or a pool!
Pam Tickner
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
An enjoyable light rural romance with a little mystery - reminiscent of Margareta Osborne - set in a cafe with some lovely cupcake recipes at the end.
Sheryl Maree Akintola
A rich and delicious story.

This is one rich and delicious story, that was very slow to start - it took me an age to really get into it BUT wow, I cried with delight at the end, with the pure pleasure of it's richness...I loved this book - congratulations to Sandie Docker!
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It gets quite emotional as the book progresses. A good tale of rural community spirit.
Kylie Daniels
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the Australian small country town setting.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely book set in rural Australia, loved the recipes and shed a few tears. Looking forward to reading Sandie's latest book "The Cottage at Rosella Cove" and then discussing it with her when she comes to Tamworth Library for an author talk on the 12th of February.
Jul 12, 2018 added it
I loved this book from the first page. Good story recommenced it to all my friends
Caroline Gooden
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. For a debut novel Sandie Docker should be very proud of what she has achieved...perfect story, perfect characters, perfect setting with the added bonus of the Cafe's recipes in the back of the book. Thank you Sandie for a lovely bit of "time out" in a crazy world. :)
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!
Kristy Sayer-Jones
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful novel.

Heartwarming, heartbreaking and the kind of book that sucks you in from the very first page and doesn't spit you out.

Kookaburra Creek is one of those places everyone would love to call home. A place where everyone knows everyone, where the community rallies together for a cause and that truly feels like home.

I fell in love with the characters of this story. Rooting for Alice as she faced challenge after challenge, fearing for Becca and giving some characters mental CPR
Susan Dawson
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story. So many pieces that like a puzzle it fit together beautifully in the end. Enjoyed it!
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Sandie Docker grew up in Coff’s Harbour, and first fell in love with reading when her father introduced her to fantasy books as a teenager. Her love of fiction began when she first read Jane Austen for the HSC, but it wasn't until she was taking a translation course at university that her Mandarin lecturer suggested she might have a knack for writing - a seed of an idea that sat quietly in the bac ...more
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