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The Christmas Cafe is a perfect Christmas treat, with some unexpected and surprising stops along the way. In the prologue, 52 year old Bea sits beside her husband’s hospital bed, saying her final goodbye, I will admit, as I had a little weep, that I wondered where Christmas was hiding. A year later, Bea continues to run her quirky cafe in Sydney and as Christmas approaches, she ponders lost loves and her distant relationship with her son, before making a decision that has the potential to add some spice to the festive period. Amanda Prowse has a gift of being able to explore difficult situations with beautiful sensitivity, you sense and feel her empathy and compassion. There is a realistic and natural tone to the storyline, yet there is a lightness of touch that keeps this tale feeling fresh and enjoyable. Full of charm, emotion and Christmas spirit, with hidden delights to savour, this is a lovely hug of a read. ~ Liz Robinson
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
I love the way that Amanda Prowse's stories explore difficult themes, but always leave you feeling warm and glowing at the end. The Christmas Cafe is no exception. In this story, our heroine Bea must come to terms with both the death of her husband, and the difficult relationship she has with her grown-up son. Her very moving personal journey takes place in two mouthwatering settings - an organic deli in Sydney (which serves the best lemon-frosted carrot cake in the city), and the Christmas Cafe in Edinburgh, where it is Christmas all year round. This book cannot fail to fill you with warmth, happiness and Christmas cheer – though you might shed a tear or two along the way.
~ Laura Palmer, Editorial Director, Head of Zeus
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. PREVIOUS BOOKS: POPPY DAY WHAT HAVE I DONE CLOVER'S CHILD A LITTLE LOVE WILL YOU REMEMBER ME? A MOTHER'S STORY PERFECT DAUGHTER
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Publication date: 22/10/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||22nd October 2015|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Relationship Stories, Sagas and Romance,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Amanda Prowse was a management consultant for ten years before realising that she was born to write. She is also the author of Poppy Day (Head of Zeus, 2012). She lives in the West Country with her husband Simeon, a soldier, and their two sons. Author photo © Paul Smith PhotographyMore About Amanda Prowse