Next up on the blog this afternoon is my review of ‘Summer at the Kindness Cafe’ by Victoria Walters. Happy publication day! Many thanks to Anne for the blog tour invite, and huge thanks to the publisher for the ARC (and the Brew)!!
Welcome to Brew, a cafe where kindness is almost as important as coffee… almost!
Abbie has fled London and the humiliation of not being able to make rent after being made redundant. Her sister, Louise, unlucky in love, has thrown herself into her career at the local hospital. And Eszter, who has travelled from Hungary with her daughter Zoe, is hoping to fulfil her husband’s dying wish: to reunite his family.
This summer, three very different women are inspired by the random acts of kindness written up on the Kindness Board at Brew, and decide to make a pact to be kinder to others and to themselves.
Can a little bit of kindness really change your life? Eszter, Abbie and Louise are about to find out!
**Summer at the Kindness Cafe was previously published
as a four-part serial titled Random Acts of Kindness.
This is the complete story in one package.**
What does TWG think?
I’m just going to chuck this straight out there – what a breath of fresh air this book is! I have never, ever, rooted for three characters as much as I did Abbie, Louise, and Eszter! I really wanted them all to have their happily ever afters, I was even half tempted to do a Joey Tribianni and step into the book instead of a map!
All three ladies have their own story to tell, each of which are explored as the storyline progresses, and all three women have fled to Littlewood to restart their lives. Thanks to a ‘Kindness Board’ in local cafe, Brew, their lives take an interesting turn which allows them to revaluate their fears and attempt to make a decision that will change their lives forever.
Putting it like that, I guess it sounds pretty dramatic! It isn’t, not really. I mean, Abbie has ventured to Littlewood to see her sister, Louise, after being made redundant (there’s more to that story!), Louise arrived few years prior after a relationship breakdown, and Eszter brought her daughter, Zoe, to the little village from Hungary…of all places, to fulfil one last wish. Could they BE any more chalk and cheese? I think that’s why I thought they worked brilliantly together. Each woman had their own way of doing things, and brought different wisdom to the table whenever it was needed. I loved their diversity and the fact that wanted to go all out to help people they barely knew, just because. No hidden agenda. No guilt attached. Nothing. They were kind because, guess what? THEY WANTED TO! I know, people seem to think that being kind is hard!
I ADORED this book! I loved how infectious the authors determination to be kind was, and I just loved how satisfying the entire book was. If you feel as though you are needing a pick me up, or if you feel like you’ve misplaced your reasons to get up and go, I highly recommend reading this book to help you put things in perspective. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not going to tell you how to live your life or tell you the answers to your questions – it’s not a Magic 8 ball, however the story really does have its own magical powers in the sense it makes you look at situations from a different angle. Instead of sitting and worrying about looking like a ‘lumpy sausage’ in a dress, just go and get a new one. It sounds very simple, but when you’re in amongst things and are struggling to think logically, you just don’t find the answers to things as quickly as you usually would.
‘Summer at the Kindness Cafe’ also had a wonderful character who had me in hysterics and left me clapping my hands in glee; Ben. What a wonderful, wonderful addition to an already beautiful book. He is brilliant and definitely worth its weight in gold!
As I said, I cannot recommend this uplifting, joyous, poignant and utterly divine book which will open your eyes to different paths on journeys you may embark on. Victoria Walters brings happiness and warmth to this poignant and heartwarming novel, in the most unique and unforgettable way. Such a joy to read – I’m envious of anyone and everyone who gets to read it for the very first time!