Book Review: Berlin Coffee Shop by Gerlis Zillgens

Title: Berlin Coffee Shop - An Office, an Office - Episode 1
Author: Gerlis Zillgens
Published: May 4th 2015 by Bastei Entertainment
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Blurb: Follow Sandra and friends as they navigate life, love, and their late-twenties in Germany's hip Berlin. 

In this episode, Sandra, a self-employed "finder of things," is in urgent need of a "real" office. Her parents have suddenly appeared on her doorstep and want to see the workspace they've so generously funded. What they don't know, is that Sandra's "office" is just a table in Captain's café, Coffee Shop, and she has used their money for other purposes. Nils brainstorms a quick fix: how about staging her best friend, Claudi's apartment? There's just one problem standing in the way: Claudi's landlord. Things only take a turn for the worse when Captain tosses her and the Doric columns out of the coffee shop. Once again, Nils has a solution: the key to Captain's storeroom.

The Coffee Shop – a cozy café in Germany's capital, Berlin – just happens to be the best office in the world. From here, Sandra practices her quirky trade as a "finder-of things." She caters to customers who have lost or want to find something that's missing from their lives. Doric Colums as an engagement gift? Check. Missing childhood photos? Done. But in her quest to grant other people's wishes, Sandra suddenly finds herself in search of her own happiness – and of herself. Toss in a dead goose, and it's the perfect recipe for romantic disaster.

Berlin Coffee Shop is a new digital serial novel for fans of "Sex and the City," "Friends," and "How I met your Mother." The story is told in six parts, as each novella builds upon the next.

*First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: As a huge tv series lover, I am really enjoying this new concept of serialised novels. I love the anticipation for the next part, the wondering what is going to happen next and the satisfaction of finding out when the next part is finally out. But this novels are always difficult to write, especially the first parts, as you have to engage the readers on your story and make them like your characters so they want to keep reading about them. In this first chapter of the Berlin Coffee Shop we are introduced to a fun and interesting cast of characters. 

Our heroine is Sandra, a self employed seeker that is finding it difficult not to be broke. She is a very lovable girl who might be a bit naive for her age but has a great group of friends and a lovely family to support her in this new adventure. This great group of friends include her assistant, Nils (he seems like an eager to please puppy, I'm sure he would jump for a cliff for Sandra), a very loud and gay Captain (who is not happy that Sandra has all her stuff on his coffee shop) and Claudi (obsessive with FB and Asterix, not a good combination). The lovely family include an over enthusiastic mother who wants to know and see everything in Sandra's life and an I'm-trying-to-be-cool dad who goes along with his wife. Mix all these crazy combo and add a sexy landlord and you will have an hilarious sit-com-alike story with plenty of absurd situations and crazy solutions. 

The first episode of the Berlin Coffee Shop certainly sets the bar high for this series. I can't wait to find out how Sandra is going to manage her new profession and friends and family and also be able to find a good man and a good office and a more balanced life. I am already looking forward to the second episode! 


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