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November 8, 2015



Bea doesnt believe in second chances

A widow at fifty-three, Bea knows she must accept that she will be alone forever. She buries her grief in hard work, and soon the deli she runs in Surry Hills has a reputation for the best carrot cake in Sydney. 
But then an email from a cafe owner in Edinburgh leads her to take a trip to Scotland  in the depths of winter.There, transported by the twinkling lights and falling snow of a traditional Christmas, Bea is drawn back to a secret past and a secret love that she has long ago tried to forget.
My review
This story opens up with great sadness. After thirty years of marriage Fifty-five year old Bea, held on to the hands of her husband’s Peter until his final breath in hospital. For Bea she was going home to a dark and quiet apartment, with Peter’s belonging staring at her in each room she went in. She buries her grief in hard work at the deli she runs. A letter arrives for Bea from a lady cafe-owner in Scotland, she runs a kind of little forum for owners of coffee shops, tea rooms and boutique cafe’s all over the world. They go online and swap recipes. Bea decides to take a trip to Scotland in the depths of winter. The Christmas Cafe is a festive treat for all Amanda Prowse fans.




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