Review – The Lemon Tree Cafe by Cathy Bramley

A big fat hug in a book!

This adorable book made me jump right in with two feet from page 1. So many hilarious moments throughout had me giggling away.

When I open a Cathy Bramley book I always know not to expect much else from my life, because once I’m in, I don’t want to come out.

I always want to be Cathy’s female lead characters, and I always want to fall in love with her leading men! Gabe is just so swoony and dreamy! I loved that this was based around such a close family, each having their own lives and dilemmas to deal with, but all pulling together when needed. And I thought that the location of this gorgeous Derbyshire village, made it a completely idyllic place that I’d move to tomorrow if I could!

And even when the location moved to Italy, I could touch and see those lemon trees and see that stunning turquoise sea and smell the Italian pasta and pizza aromas in the air!

Cathy’s writing gets stronger and stronger and I love each book just a little bit more than the last, yet I have adored every single one! Her books are about real characters with real problems and challenges and they always motivate me to do just a little bit more and go out there and achieve my hopes and dreams. I just hope she still has a million ideas up ahead as this is one author I shall be following for a very long time!


About the book

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.

Surrounded by the rich scent of espresso, delicious biscotti and juicy village gossip, Rosie soon finds herself falling for her new way of life. But she 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?


About the author

Pic: the lovely Cathy and I at the launch of The Lemon Tree Cafe in September.  (I’m the one who looks like a crazed stalker!)

Cathy Bramley is the Sunday Times Top Ten best-selling author of THE LEMON TREE CAFE. Her other romantic comedies include Ivy Lane, Appleby Farm, Wickham Hall, Conditional Love, The Plumberry School of Comfort Food and White Lies and Wishes. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her family and a dog.

Cathy turned to writing after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. She has been always an avid reader, never without a book on the go and now thinks she may have found her dream job!

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