The Christmas Café

By Amanda Prowse

Book category: Food Fiction

The official blurb:

Bea is fifty-three, and she's just lost her husband after thirty years of marriage. To distract herself from grief, she throws herself into her work running the Reservoir Street Kitchen in one of Sydney's most fashionable districts. But then an email from a cafe-owner in Edinburgh prompts her to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. Her journey will be one of self-discovery, as she is drawn back to a secret past - and a secret love - that she has tried to forget. Set between Sydney and Edinburgh at Christmas, this is a story of family ties, lost love, and the power of the past.

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What’s best about it?

I love treating myself to a Christmas novel at Christmas. This one was perfect because I've been doing a lot of work with Australian clients recently so it was fun that it was partly set in Sydney - plus I'm very fond of Edinburgh, so all-round good settings for me.

More story and less food detail than a lot of the foodie fiction I read but I really enjoyed it. Very engaging characters so I found myself drawn into their stories and wanting things to work out for them - whether they do, you'll have to read it to find out.