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Coming Home to the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson


Welcome to the cosy Comfort Food Café, where there's kindness in every cup of hot chocolate and the menu is sprinkled with love and happiness…

Moving to the little village of Budbury, Zoe hopes the crisp Dorset sea breeze and gentle pace of life will be a fresh start for her and her goddaughter, Martha.

Luckily for them both, the friendly community at the café provide listening ears, sage advice, shoulders to cry on, and some truly excellent carrot cake. And when Martha's enigmatic, absent father suddenly turns up, confusing not only Martha but Zoe too, the love and support of their new-found friends is the best present they could ask for.

Have Zoe and Martha truly found their home at the Comfort Food Café?


What a sad, poignant, uplifting, heartwarming story this is. I smiled and cried in turns, in between nodding my head and sympathising with Zoe having to deal with Martha. Ms Johnson portrays a teenage girl so accurately I could see my own daughter peering out of the pages. Of course, Martha has it so much worse, having just lost her mother, and I felt Zoe's pain in trying to deal with her own loss while having to stay strong for Martha at the same time.

I wouldn't say this is a particularly festive read, despite the cover, but it's certainly a feel-good read.

About the Author

Debbie Johnson is an award-winning author who lives and works in Liverpool, where she divides her time between writing, caring for a small tribe of children and animals, and not doing the housework. She writes feel-good emotional women’s fiction, and has sold more than 750,000 books worldwide. She is published in the USA, Canada, Australia, India, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey and the Ukraine. Her best-sellers include the Comfort Food Cafe series, Cold Feet at Christmas and The A-Z of Everything. Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe won the Contemporary Romance of the Year title at the 2017 Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards, and Pippa’s Cornish Dream was named as the best short novel at the Love Stories Awards.

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