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Of Literature and Lattes

af Katherine Reay

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I hadn't read the first book this author wrote that takes place in the small town of Winsome, Illinois, but it seemed to be okay. I had a hard time relating to Alyssa because I got a long great with my mother and I felt her to be a bit whiny. I did like Jeremy and his running of a coffee shop. I thought the book would be more about the book club, but that didn't come until the end. ( )
  eliorajoy | Jan 25, 2021 |
Here is a summary of what the book is about. After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup and move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community.
Jeremy Mitchell moved from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he’s been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money—and he’s not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders if something might grow between them—but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated.
With the help of Winsome’s small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.

I thought this a cute and sweet story. There are some twists and turns in it. I thought it was written well. I’m looking forward to reading more books from this author.

Happy Reading Everyone! ( )
  ErinAyin | Aug 14, 2020 |
I enjoyed the literary quotes throughout this novel. Like this one by John Steinbeck, journal entry, 1938. “In every bit of honest writing in the world there is a base theme. Try to understand…if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them….but always that base theme. Try to understand each other.”

I enjoyed this theme that naturally flowed through this novel along with all the book references. I was hooked from the first line, “It finally happened.”

Readers will be thrilled to be back in Winsome, Seattle. where our favorite bookstore is located from book one, The Printed Letter Bookshop. It’s also the town Alyssa tried to run away from. Now she finds herself crawling back wounded and under investigation by the FBI. Her head was spinning, how could this be happening?

Alyssa has had issues with her mother because of what she put the family through before she left. But Janet, her mother is back in their lives and she does not know how to handle it, she just wants to spend time with her dad and regroup.

Jeremy moves to Winsome to chase his daughter (his only child) and his dream to open a coffee shop called, The Daily Brew. I adored getting to know Jeremy as he follows his heart to be with his daughter, and enjoyed how he went about preparing to follow his dream not only to open a coffee shop with great tasting coffee, but to have it be a value to the community.

This is a heart-felt satisfying read that includes some characters from The Printed Letter Bookshop novel. The author did leave me wanting to know more the FBI Investigation with Alyssa and the company she worked for. I also wanted the author to go a little deeper into how Janet and Seth dealt with their heartbreak and healing. I did like the growth and complexity of these characters and others as the story progressed.

I think the novel would be a better experience for the reader if they read book one first

And get to learn about the ladies in the bookstore. It can be read as a standalone, but it would be a rich experience if you read book one first. This novel has all the things I enjoy books, bookstores, and coffee, mixed with flawed characters you feel and cheer for. It’s a win win. It makes for an enjoyable fun time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com ( )
  norastlaurent | Aug 12, 2020 |
Daughters and mothers. . .enemies, or allies? Of course, it depends on the people, and Katherine Reay has touched the very heart of the acerbic relationship between a mother and daughter with her characterization exemplified by the connections between Janet and her daughter, Alyssa, and Janet and her mother.

Alyssa Harrison never wanted to return to Winsome, Illinois. However, circumstances and life conspired heavily against her. Now, she not only feels like a loser but must face her mother, too.

Reay pulls you into the story of a prodigal daughter, her parents and the community of Winsome from page one and never lets you go.

Of Literature and Lattes is written from multiple points of view. I enjoy this, on one hand, because you get to know the people and their thoughts better. However, on the other hand, it can sometimes be confusing. I think more so because, even though Of Literature and Lattes works as a standalone, it is a sequel, and I may have understood the people better had I read the first book, too.

Lest you think the book is only about parental relationships, it is not. It is about relationships of all kinds; the good and the not so good.

The novel is serious, thoughtful and at times bleak and desolate. The Biblical themes, though minimal, are weighty and on point. Through it all runs a thread of optimism and the promise of hope.

I received this book from NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to write a review.

# Of Literature and Lattes #NetGalley ( )
  RobbyeFaye | Jul 7, 2020 |
Alyssa Harrison has come home with her tail between her legs. She has no job, no money and believe it or not, with only the clothes on her back. This is NOT what she had planned at this point in her life.

Jeremy has come to Winsome to open a coffee shop and be nearer to his daughter. However, the coffee shop has not turned out as well as he expected. Plus, there is a twist where his daughter is concerned.

There is a good deal of friction in this novel and BOY, this really keeps you reading and rooting for these special characters. Alyssa’s situation is unique and involves the FBI. Jeremy gets arrested and it goes viral on Instagram. And the twists just keep coming!

What a sweet, enjoyable read. As most of you know…I am not a huge fan of Christian Fiction. I find it overly dramatic and pushy. I had no idea this was Christian Fiction till I finished this book. It has flawed characters, romance and life circumstances. I did not feel any judgement or preaching…it was just and all around good, wholesome read! Plus, throw in some literature references and I am HOOKED. I have never read this author before, but I have already added her books to my tumbling TBR list!

If you need a quick, compelling read for vacation, THIS IS IT!

I received this novel from SparkPoint Studios for a honest review. ( )
  fredreeca | Jun 24, 2020 |
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