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Romance | Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe | Debbie Johnson

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I’ve enjoyed all of Debbie Johnson’s stories set in the village of Budbury at the Comfort Food Cafe.  Willow (and her mother Lynnie) have been on the periphery as secondary characters and I was hoping we would get to her story soon 🙂  Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe is just as good as I thought it would be!

Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe Debbie Johnson

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 3509 KB

Print Length: 401 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins; ePub edition edition (8 Mar. 2018)

Language: English

ASIN: B0753VWL89

My name is Willow Longville. I live in a village called Budbury on the stunning Dorset coast with my mum Lynnie, who sometimes forgets who I am. I’m a waitress at the Comfort Food Café, which is really so much more than a café … it’s my home.

For Willow, the ramshackle café overlooking the beach, together with its warm-hearted community,  offers friendship as a daily special and always has a hearty welcome on the menu. But when a handsome stranger blows in on a warm spring breeze, Willow soon realises that her quiet country life will be changed forever.

Curl up with this gorgeous novel and make yourself at home at the Comfort Food Café.

Available to purchase in digital, paperback and audio formats.


With the responsibilities Willow has she needs to be practical and organised and there is no room in her life for any extra emotions.  She’s keeping on an even keel but it wouldn’t take much to tip her over.  In breezes Tom, the new owner of Briarwood, opening up all sorts of possibilities (and not just on a romantic level).  He sets something off that has the possibility of changing Willow’s life and it could go either way …

Willow is an awesome character.  She has amazing strength (although she wouldn’t see it that way) and a great sense of humour.  I laughed when she told Tom:

They’re like the Spanish Inquisition, with scans of squirty cream.

in reference to Cherie and Laura 🙂  She is so helpful to others and yet accepting limited help herself (the Budbury Bible for Tom was a fabulous idea!).  She’s used to being in control and when she gets the chance to let go a little, I just knew conflict was on its way.  It’s never easy is it …

I loved the dancing lessons in the cafe – bringing the characters back into the story, as well as the support for Willow.  I couldn’t wait for Edith’s birthday party at Briarwood, already imagining the glitz and glamour.  Such a fabulous setting.  Although I didn’t guess it would be the setting for sadness too.  The Budbury crew really do feel like family 😀

So many emotions for those close to Lynnie (the reason for the pink is very poignant) as well as the heart connection between Tom and Willow.  I’m wondering if Auburn and Van will stick around – I’m hoping so!  It will make such a difference.

Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe was a page turner for me.  I found it hard to put down.  And easy to slip back into the story each time I picked it up.  I felt plenty of emotions! and as always, I’m left with the feeling that although there are trials ahead, all will be ok and everything is right with the world.  I’m trying to guess who will be next, maybe Katie? but there’s definitely something Auburn has to tell too.  Can’t wait!

I noticed on Amazon that Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe has a #1 Best Seller flag in Holiday Fiction … and quite rightly so.  Congratulations Debbie Johnson!

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Jera's Jamboree has been around for 9+ years. I'm qualified as a Sleep Consultant, Dyslexia Therapist, Reiki Master, Mental Health First Aider and Mindfulness Practitioner. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind.

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