Book Review- The Lemon Tree Cafe

Thursday, 21 December 2017
Title: The Lemon Tree Cafe
Author: Cathy Bramley
Published: 24th August 2017
Pages: 464
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Lemon Tree Cafe was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.When Rosie Featherstone finds herself unexpectedly jobless, the offer to help her beloved Italian grandmother out at the Lemon Tree Cafe – a little slice of Italy nestled in the rolling hills of Derbyshire – feels like the perfect way to keep busy.
Surrounded by the rich scent of espresso, delicious biscotti and juicy village gossip, Rosie soon finds herself falling for her new way of life. But she is haunted by a terrible secret, one that even the appearance of a handsome new face can't quite help her move on from.
Then disaster looms and the cafe’s fortunes are threatened . . . and Rosie discovers that her nonna has been hiding a dark past of her own. With surprises, betrayal and more than one secret brewing, can she find a way to save the Lemon Tree Cafe and help both herself and Nonna achieve the happy endings they deserve? -Goodreads

I received this novel from Net Galley in return for an honest review.
This is a warm, light-hearted novel which was perfect to pick up at University when I wanted something easy to read between my classics from English and my psychology textbooks!!
In this novel we follow the character of Rosie, who begins to work in her Grandmother's cafe in rural Derbyshire in England after leaving her PR job in the city.
I loved the descriptions of the cafe, and the surrounding countryside. It sounded like such a perfect place, it was just a lovely atmosphere to be reading about!
The novel has its drama, as you might expect to keep you engaged and interested. I will admit that some felt a bit contrived and blown out of proportion for the sake of the story, but overall I still enjoyed the plot and the novel as a whole. A lot of the drama in this novel could have been averted by everyone just communicating a bit better, but then where would the plot come from huh!!
This novel had a pretty good set of characters; Rosie was irritating at times but for the most part I liked her character enough to keep reading. Her romantic interest was called Gabe, he was ok too, but a little disappointing overall. He wasn't particularly loveable, he seemed a little underdeveloped and could've done with more about his backstory and his character being in this novel. He had a young son in the novel called Noah, and he was probably my favourite character in the whole novel. He was adorable and funny and just too cute!!
There is a very odd rape scene and a transgender boyfriend character in this novel which made very little sense to me. I won't go into details about it because of spoilers, but it definitely reduced my enjoyment of the novel and it just seemed really wrong in the context it was in.
Overall I gave this novel 4/5 stars, and I enjoyed it as the light read that I needed it to be. However I was disappointed by certain scenes which I believe could have been written and handled better, or completely omitted.

Happy reading!!

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