Sunday, March 3, 2013

Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe by Abbie Williams

Joelle Gordon is leaving Chicago and her cheating husband to head for her hometown of Landon, Minnesota. WIth her three beautiful daughters in tow, Joelle is bombarded with an onslaught of memories that Landon evokes. Landon -- home to the Shore Leave Cafe, the restaurant Joelle's family owns -- has some surprises in store for Joelle. Finding herself confronted with the reality of single motherhood, a mysterious but handsome young staffer at the Shore Leave Cafe, her upset daughters, and the prospect of returning to her husband for the well-being of her kids, Joelle must make decisions she never thought she'd face.

A story about heartbreak, blame, family, desire, love, and the difficulties of returning home, Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe highlights hardships to which everyone can relate.

Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe will hook you from the first page and not let go until the last page is turned.  Williams has a knack of creating memorable characters and I found myself invested in Joelle from the very beginning.  But not only her, but the other characters at the Shore Leave Cafe.

Joelle's husband cheated on her and she needs to think and there's no better place to do that than at home.  So she packs up her daughters for a summer at home.  Her family has owned the Shore Leave Cafe for a long time, so it's comforting to her when she walks through the doors.  Not to mention the family there to catch her with open arms. 

The good looking drink of water, Blythe Tilson, doesn't help matters any.  He is a lot younger than her, but Joelle knows things haven't been right between her and her husband for a long time.  She tries to resist, but she knows she really can't.  But, she has to put her children first, so she takes a long look at her life and what decision is best for her and the kids. 

Compelling, heart-warming and full of clarity, The Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe is a delightful novel.  I hated to see it end.  Not only did I connect with the characters, but I really loved the details to the scenes.  If you enjoy a wonderful, hard to put down read, get Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe today!  Highly recommend!!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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