EXCERPT: ‘What does Andante even mean?’
Jeremy blinked. Those were not words he expected to hear at his grand opening.
The older man looked around the store, his face pursed as if Jeremy’s beans had burned or pulled sour and were stinking up the place. ‘What was wrong with the Daily Brew? I liked it just fine. What have they done to the place? It doesn’t feel like home any more.’
Jeremy looked around the coffee shop, frantic to find something good to counteract the clench in his chest. He’d studied, dreamed, and planned for this moment for twenty years. Five minutes ago he’d been fired up, still nervous enough to throw up in the tiny back bathroom, but satisfied with the remodel and confident in his decision to move across the country to Winsome and open it. He thought about all that came with both the shop and the move. He now lived near his daughter. She knew his name and his face. She called him ‘Daddy.’ He had an apartment she could stay in, one with two bedrooms and a view of Winsome’s Centennial Park. No . . . no way could he have afforded any of this in Seattle. This was the life and the home he wanted and there was no room for regret, doubt, or naysayers.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup then move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community.
Jeremy Mitchell moved from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he’s been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money—and he’s not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders if something might grow between them—but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated.
With the help of Winsome’s small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.
MY THOUGHTS: This was a sweet, but not particularly memorable story of a family in a small town, their relationships, trials and tribulations.
Although I liked most of the characters, Alyssa being the notable exception, I failed to become involved in the story. I think it was the lack of depth to the characters that was my major stumbling block. Most of them seemed as if they probably were interesting, if we could get to know them a little better. I do note that this is the second book set in this town, so perhaps the first gave us a more in depth introduction to the characters. But I don’t know as I haven’t read it, and it wasn’t immediately apparent when I requested this that it was the second book in a series.
There is a fractured family, and I am talking multigenerational fractures, a young woman running away from a failure in her life, and a man trying to connect with his daughter and realise a lifelong dream.
Of Literature and Lattes is a quick read, is interesting to a point but, for me, wasn’t an immersive and memorable reading experience.
The only stable thing in life is change…and no, you don’t get used to it.
After taking a wrong turn, travelling further down the (same) road doesn’t get you any closer to your destination. You have to go back in order to go on.
THE AUTHOR: Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of several novels and one full length non-fiction work.
Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, rehabbing runner, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. She lives outside Chicago, IL.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Thomas Nelson – Fiction via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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