Extract: Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

Today I've got a little treat for you! To celebrate the paperback publication of the fantastic Summer at the Comfort Food Café, I am sharing a little extract here that I'm sure will leave you quite curious about this story. This is the perfect summer read, highly recommended from me! 


‘Yes,’ I reply, turning my attention back to Matt, but using his tactic of not quite making eye contact. I feel very slightly awkward now we’re alone, mainly because I have caught myself out having naughty thoughts about him.
I am both shocked at my own behaviour, and also a bit humiliated, as though he can tell and already feels repulsed at the very concept.
‘Yes, we’re going to the café. For lunch.’
‘Good,’ he says, nodding firmly. ‘Have a nice time, then.’
He turns, not exactly abruptly, but certainly without any preamble, and starts to walk away. I am caught unawares and find myself watching his backside as he strides off towards what I assume to be the Black Rose.
He stops, suddenly, and comes back towards me, as though he’s remembered something. Turns out he had, and I could have lived without it.
‘I found these,’ he said, digging his hand into one of his pockets. ‘While I was working on the lobelia in the borders. I think they’re yours.’
He hands a small, scrunched bundle to me, before nodding again and walking more briskly away, like he really means it this time. I open my clenched fist, already slightly sick about it.
If I was feeling humiliated before, nothing he could have found lurking in the lobelia could possibly be about to make it any better.
And most definitely not a pair of size-fourteen skin-tone tummy-control pants with an elasticated panel for holding in the wobbly bits.

About the Book

Title: Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe
Author: Debbie Johnson
Published: April 29th 2016 by HarperImpulse

Blurb: The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu.

For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad.

But following the death of her beloved husband David two years earlier, Laura knows that it’s time to move on. To find a way to live without him, instead of just surviving. To find her new place in the world, and to fill the gap that he’s left in all their lives.

Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well.

For her, the Comfort Food Cafe doesn’t just serve food – it serves a second chance to live her life to the full…

I had read some books by Debbie Johnson before this one and I had really enjoyed them, they were light hearted cute stories with lots of fun situations. So for this one I was expecting something similar, but what I got was so much more. This is such an exceptionally beautiful story with such wonderful characters. I completely fell in love with the Comfort Food Cafe and all its quirky characters.

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