Review – A Gift from the Comfort Food Café


Title: A Gift from the Comfort Food Café

Author: Debbie Johnson

3 stars

I received this ARC from Netgalley. This does not change my opinion and my thoughts on this book are 100 % my own.

Christmas has never been Katie Seddon’s favourite time of year. Whilst everyone else shares memories of families coming together and festive number ones, the soundtrack to Katie’s childhood wasn’t quite so merry.

But since she moved to the village of Budbury on the gorgeous Dorset coast, Katie and her baby son have found a new family. A family who have been brought together by life’s unexpected roads and the healing magic of a slice of cake and a cupful of kindess at the Comfort Food Café.

This year, Katie’s new friends are determined to give her a Christmas to remember, and with a gorgeous newcomer in town, Katie’s Christmas wish for a happy home for her son might just come true.


I must say I had mixed feelings when I finally finished A Gift from the Comfort Food Café. Sure, it was cute and cozy, but that alone didn’t do it for me. I had difficulty connecting with Katie, the main character and found her to be distant and not all that likeable at times. Sure, she’s gone through a lot in her life and being a single mother of a three-year-old is not a walk in the park, but still, her reasons for not doing things and practically pushing people away, was not something I could get behind.

Then we have Van, sweet, gentlemany Van, home from being abroad and immediately takes a liking to Katie, who is, let’s be frank, not the most approachable girl in the small village of Budbury due to her chilly and borderline antisocial personality.

There were a lot of characters to keep track off and I struggled to remember who’s who sometimes. But that was until I found out that there are many more books about the Comfort Food Café and so I realise that I’ve jumped head first into an already established setting, but I didn’t feel like I was missing too much information or backstory.

But despite all that, I did, for the most part, enjoy this story, although I’d hoped for a more christmassy vibe, but seeing as it’s not Christmas when I read it, I guess that must be factored in as well.

All in all, a cozy British romantic novel that will do its best to warm your heart.

Do I recommend this book?
I mean, yeah.

To whom?
To those who enjoy British get-away novels and who can keep track of many characters.

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