All Aboard; The Canal Boat Cafe by Cressida McLaughlin
The Book Blurb
Welcome to Cressida McLaughlin’s heartwarming The Canal Board Cafe - step aboard!
Summer Freeman returns to the waterside village of Willowbeck to help with the Canal Boat Café, which used to belong to her mother. Valerie, a fortune teller, has been running things, but the business is in a pickle. The coffee machine is jammed, the cake offerings are paltry, and not all of the locals want to see the café succeed. And then there’s the handsome wildlife photographer, Mason, from the boat next door, whose Border Terrier steals some bacon right under her nose. Her Bischon Frise, Latte, loves their boating neighbours, but Summer is less sure.
As her old life and the community of Willowbeck begin to entwine, Summer finds herself setting sail on a new adventure but will she find herself navigating choppy waters instead?
The Book Details:
My honest thoughts on this book...
Cressida McLaughlin's writing style always manages to warm me up from inside out. She grabs my attention from the the first page, pulling me inside her stories with such force that it is hard to for me to distinguished what is a reality and what is a fiction ( sometimes it feels like her characters are living outside the book pages as well as inside. I loved her first paperback published last year, and I am positive that this new series will be a huge hit as well.
The Canal Boat Cafe featuring a sparkly, dynamic and creative heroin Summer Freeman, who has been struggling to come to terms with her mother's death. She is slowly getting over the trauma when she is called to "recover" her late mother's beloved boat and reinstated it back into its former glory. I connected so quickly with Summer's easy going characters and could clearly see how much is struggles to overcome all the emotion that flooded her as soon as she made her way back to her mother's home/boat and the business, that is in a serious need of TLC.
As I am on the topic of characters, I must mention Valerie, the fortune teller and fellow boat neighbour. It was really nice that Valerie did her best to run The Boat Cafe for Summer even though she couldn't handle it very well. Then I am very intriguing about Mason, who also lives on a boat next to Summer and who seem to take to Summer in a flash, and they both have an instant connection ( that will no doubt develop into something more serious as this series progresses). I also adored Summers little puppy latte and Mason's Border Terrier Archie, these two canines seem to have a similar connection to the one their owners have struck up.
As with every romantic comedy, there must be a best friend and a rival or two. I really enjoyed the scenes between Summer and her best friend Harry who is entirely supportive of Summer's change of directions and encourages her to give the bohemian boat life a chance. As for Summer's business rival Jenny, I am really curious to find out where her storyline will take me in the next installment. There is a bit of a dirty past to be solved. I think that the Willowbeck residents are keen for The Canal Boat Cafe to succeed and thrive on a good custom and delectable baked offerings.
Why this book /novella should feature on top of your TBR pile...
This book is a fantastic opening to a promising new series that has excellent mixes of colourful characters, sparkly romance and a sprinkle of mystery. I am really looking forward to discovering on what adventure will Summer Freeman take me next.
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The Author: Cressida McLaughlin
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