- Title The Lemon Tree Café
- Author Cathy Bramley
- Year 2017
- Genre Romance
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. But Rosie 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?
Interesting book this one, you could feel the fact that it was originally published in four parts but it still worked well as a whole. I thought it was going to be the traditional rom-com, but actually it had quite a few more layers than I was expecting and a lot more depth. The only trouble is, because of the cliffhangers, there are some moments that seem put in there for no purpose, they don’t serve the wider story really.
The characters were good and interesting, the family a nice and believable one. I did think the assumptions and the sheer number of times Rosie flew off the handle for no apparent reason a little frustrating, but it guided us towards a happy ending, so worth pursuing.
Rating: 3 / 5