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Book Review: Of Literature and Lattes

Like I mentioned in a post a while ago, that books featuring books in anyway are bound to attract booklovers like me. So it was no wonder I wanted to read this book – Of Literature and Lattes- the moment I saw it. And the cover is so pretty too.

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Of Literature and Lattes

Title: Of Literature and Lattes
Author: Katherine Reay 
Publishers: Thomas Nelson (May 12th 2020)
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Christian Fiction
Source: NetGalley

Description (Rewrite from Goodreads)

Alyssa Harrison returns to her hometown after her world turns upside down when the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed. Broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go, she comes home to Winsome, to regroup and move on soon. But soon she begins to see herself as part of her small town.

Jeremy Mitchell opens a coffee shop in Winsome as part of his years-long dream and to start life afresh with his daughter. But as his business flounders, he realizes he needs help and finds it in Alyssa. He soon wonders if there could be more than just a business relationship between them.

As forces beyond their control complicate their already complex lives, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances with the help of Winsome’s small-town charm and quirky residents

My Thoughts

While this particular subgenre of fiction is not something I usually pick, the title drew me to it…

What I Loved

I fell in love with the title and the theme of this novel. After all, what is not to love about books set in small towns, and involving coffee shops as well as book stores?! The small-town warmth seeped through the pages, and having grown up in a small town myself, I enjoyed basking in it.

And I did love watching Jeremy’s interactions with his daughter, as well as reading about the town itself, and its charming bookstore!

What Could Have Made it Better

I ended up struggling with this book. With the title of the book, I would have loved if the meat of the story was the development of the relationship between the two lead characters, and of course between literature and lattes in the process. I would have loved to see more of Jeremy and his daughter’s relationship as well.

But it was not to be. There were simply too many characters thrown in, and their stories adding to sub-plots which interrupted the flow quite a bit. Maybe reading the first book in the series might have helped; yes, this is a sequel to another book set in this charming town, called The Printed Letter Bookshop.

Even Alyssa’s troubles because of her past job kept cropping up at the oddest moments, and then stayed for longer than expected. This particular set of troubles could easily have been in the past instead – just before the story started rather than through the storyline – and the story would have been fine.

Overall

If you love small-town romances, or enjoyed the first book in this series, then you can read this for that small-town warmth.

Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the digital review copy of this book. All the opinions are my own.

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Dear reader, have you read this book? Or others in the series? Or any other similar reads? Thoughts, comments, and recommendations are welcome, as always! I would love to hear from you..

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