Friday, 5 May 2017

Book Review - The New Beginnings Coffee Club by Samantha Tonge - Blog Tour

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Title: The New Beginnings Coffee Club
Author: Samantha Tonge
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 5th May 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Everyone deserves a second chance…don’t they?
Jenny Masters finds herself living the modern dream. Wife to a millionaire, living in a mansion and mother to Kardashian-obsessed ten-year-old April, there isn’t anything missing. Until, her whole world comes crashing down, forcing Jenny and April to leave behind their glittering life and start over with nothing.

With village gossip following her wherever she goes, she finds refuge and a job in the new coffee shop in town. As the days pass Jenny fears she doesn’t have what it takes to pick herself back up and give April the life she always wanted to. But with the help of enigmatic new boss Noah, and housemate Elle, Jenny realises it’s never too late to become the woman life really intended you to be!

This is definitely the book that has taken Samantha Tonge's writing to a new level. I've always enjoyed the books she has written, but there are subjects discussed in this story that make me feel as though she has moved up a gear, providing some fascinating storylines. 

Its a story of self discovery, or at least rediscovering who you truly are. Jenny great up in a regular family, and then while very young married Zachary who is a millionaire. She embraced the wealthy lifestyle to the fullest, along with her their daughter April who is 10. 

When Zachary blows their marriage apart and reveals his web of lies, Jenny suddenly has to rethink all of her priorities in life, and even manages in her early thirties to get her first job, in a coffee shop.  She and April also move into the accommodation above the shop, and are now living with Noah and Elle, who work there too. 

Noah and Elle both have secrets, one of them I guessed reasonably early on, and the other triggers my favourite storyline in the book, which tackles an issue that very relevant in today's society and that I haven't really seen in books before. 

What I also loved was seeing April, turn from a Kardashian loving, fashionista sort of a pre-teen into into a far more regular 10 year old child. She never ceased to amaze me, and I loved the creative ways that Jenny came up with dealing with what a cynic could say was April's bribe list for being happier at the new school! 

If you are a fan of coffee then you will love Noah's love of the drink, he is very into all of his coffee varieties and as a non drinker, I couldn't help but be surprised at just how much flavour variation there really is in coffee beans from various parts of the world. 

The Coffee Shop of New Beginnings is clearly a well researched book, that I didn't put down and just thoroughly enjoyed reading. I loved the various characters, apart from Jenny's soon to be very ex husband,  while also enjoying the village they live in and the various customers in the shop. I can't help but wonder if there could be more books set in the village, as I would love to know more about various of the secondary characters. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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