The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett
What a fantastic blog tour! Today I would also like to welcome you to my stop on The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett ( Michele Gorman). I have a review of this gorgeous sequel to The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square. Enjoy it!
Format: Kindle Edition
Published: June 23, 2017
Print Length: 243 pages
Source: Supply by the author
Links : Amazon / GoodReads
Lilly Bartlett ( Michele Gorman) has a fantastic writing style with engaging characters full of life and well-paced and captivating storylines. The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square beautifully showcased Lilly's talents in full bloom.
One chance isn't always enough…
Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realizes that getting back on track means traveling in a different direction.
She finds that new path in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They'll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.
This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who's in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is canceling the cake orders, but it's when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realizes things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbors and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?
I have found myself growing fond of Emma and her little crew and a big family. I completely felt Emma's struggle at succeeding as a mother as well as an entrepreneur. She seemed to take everything in her stride ( sometimes second guesting herself and others) she blossomed in the cafe environment and giving a second chance at a better life to Joseph and Lou ( who were truly fantastic and very funny colleagues) came as a blessing in disguise.
Although the cafe is very popular with a mish mash of people there are certain individuals who do not like the cosiness and friendliness of the cafe so to sprinkle a bit of drama and sabotage the author also introduced a character that I would happily strangle. Barb was a real piece of work amongst the Carlton residents!
I adored Emma's family and their never-ending support and love they showered on Emma and her little family. I also love Emma's in-laws, and I so wished they I could transport them out of the pages into my life.
Lilly Bartlett managed to perfectly capture the very essence of a mother who strives to bring a bit of a sparkle to her life. The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square is a beautifully crafted witty, romantic and inspiring everyday life story.
A huge thank you to Lilly Bartlett (Michele Gorman) and HarperImulse for inviting on this tour.
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