Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson

Becca Fletcher has always hated Christmas but she has her reasons for being Little Miss Grinch. Now, though, she can’t avoid her version of ho-ho-hell – because she’s travelling to the Comfort Food Cafe to spend the festive season with her sister Laura and her family. She’s expecting mulled wine, 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and all kinds of very merry torture.

Little does Becca know that the Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill, it’s a place full of friendship where broken hearts can heal, new love can blossom and where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it…

Title:  Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe
Series:  Comfort Food Cafe #2
Author:  Debbie Johnson
Genre:  Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published:  September 23, 2016
Publisher:  Harper Collins -Harper Impulse
My Rating:  4 stars

Becca is a difficult person, character, to really understand or like, for that matter, at the beginning of Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe.  The story itself sets her up that way, and her early actions will reinforce that puzzle of who is she really.  In the end, Becca is simply her own unique person – like all of us.  Nope, she’s far from perfect but so am I.  She’s definitely moody, and often times mean.  Yet, there underneath the surface stuff is a woman who has been hurt, not seen or valued for herself and who has learned her own defense movements to keep her own sanity intact.  We all cope with life differently, this was Becca’s way.

Much like the earlier book in this series, this story tells us of one woman’s journey to discover herself within the comfort of family, good people and an atmosphere of acceptance from those around her… something Becca is not used to.  As she slowly comes back to life, opens up her heart about the terrible hurts she’s experienced that shaped her future we will see a slightly different Becca.  Oh, she’s always going to be that unique personality but she’s more human, more easy to sit back with and simply relax.  Her romance with Sam is a slow burn and it moves along at the right pace for them.  Sam is exactly what Becca needs in her life, she might just have to be convinced of that small fact for a bit.

I enjoyed Sam and Becca’s journey in Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe.  I’ll tell you frankly that Becca will not be my favorite character from this story or this series… but I did grow to understand her and like her.  And the ending she and Sam found was perfect for them and that’s really all that matters.  While I wouldn’t call this a traditional Christmas story – it is one that will touch your emotions and give you a tear or a smile along the way.  I enjoyed my time in their world and I believe you would as well.

I own a Kindle copy of this story.

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