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5.0 out of 5 starsPerfect story perfect characters
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
I lives the story and finished in just two nights, I suggest everyone to read this great story with lots of coffee as you will want during your joyful read
5.0 out of 5 starsCaptivating from start to finish
Reviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
After reading SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ I can safely say that I am now a HUGE Victoria Walters fan because this story captivated me from the very beginning and I loved every page of this excellent story.
When Abbie loses her job, her boyfriend, and her fast-paced life in London, she is a little lost and decides to stay with her sister, Louise, in the quaint community of Littlewood so she can figure out her future. But when an act of kindness inspires another, Abbie finds herself helping out the local Lord of the Manor save his estate and there is something about him that makes her smile. But she belongs in London, doesn't she? Louise is excited to spend time with her sister because when she isn't working hard as a nurse to sick children, she is lonely. But after what happened with her ex, Louise knows that relationships aren't for her and only end in sadness. And no matter how kind and handsome the local vet is, it is just not worth risking her heart, right? Eszter and her lovely little girl have arrived in Littlewood to fulfil the final request her husband asked of them before he passed away - to find his estranged mother and make peace with her. Eszter has no idea what reception she is likely to receive but she will spend the summer here for Nick. And who knows, maybe they will be able to find a new beginning for themselves ...
The setting is stunning and I adored the idea of a community which bases itself around the premise of kindness and spreading joy wherever possible. The café and the manor are wonderfully descriptive and I could picture everything in my mind as I read. But it is the characters that are the crowning glory in this story. They are relatable, loveable, and engaging from the very start and by the end I really didn't want to say goodbye to them - I desperately hope that there will be more from the community of Littlewood. Grief, heartache, and the fear surrounding new beginnings are all excellently handled and my heart broke for Eszter and Zoe at times but they are such strong and resilient characters that they made me smile a lot too.
SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ by Victoria Walters is like being enveloped in a huge hug when you need it the most and is definitely going on my list for top books this year.
The story focuses on three women. Abbie and Louise who are sisters and Eszter, a recently widowed mum to one. All three women are quite different and stand out in their own way. As with most stories in this genre, this one is no different with the idyllic little town of Littlewood which had me wanting to hop in the car and move there. Especially to the little cafe shop with the wonderful idea of a kindness board.
The kindness board is like one of those pay it forward things, where one good act will hopefully have that person on the receiving end go do something nice for some one else. I really loved the whole idea and it makes you want to be a better person and try it out for yourself.
This is a story very much about friendships, romance and new beginnings. It definitely has the feel good factor and was drawn in by the authors story telling and didn’t want to put the book down at anytime as I was enjoying it so much.
Summer at the Kindness Café is a delightful and heart warming read. It was so easy to get lost into the characters lives and the going on’s in Littlewood and I felt very much part of it whole. A truly fabulous read and one I loved very much.
My thanks to Anne Cater and Simon & Schuster for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
I love the concept of the novel: three different women, each struggling with a secret heartache of their own, meet in a small village where they discover the local cafe's scheme of encouraging random acts of kindness. It was a great read with fun and heartwarming characters, and the message is truly inspirational!
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved every moment of this feel-good story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 11, 2019
It's not very often that I agree with taglines, if anything they generally put me off, but it's true 'The most heartwarming story you'll read this year' is the perfect description for Victoria Walters' latest book Summer at the Kindness Cafe. It was the comfort read I needed at a time when I was feeling a little jaded with the constant toil of day-to-day life.
The three central characters, Abbie, her sister Louise and Eszter, each have their own story to tell and their reason behind coming to the quiet haven of Littlewood. All three were feeling a little lost and unsure of where their futures were heading but it's not long before they fit right in at home in the town and are welcomed with open arms especially by local cafe owners Harry and Joy.
The cafe Brew was certainly at the heart of this story with its kindness board, a place where people could leave little messages to say thank you for acts of kindness that have been bestowed on them and pledges to pay it forward with their own promises. It's a reminder that it doesn't take much to show a little kindness to others, and that your small gesture might mean a whole lot to someone who needs to know that somebody cares.
Over time the full stories of the women are revealed, each of them have suffered loss and heartbreak and are unsure of what the future holds in store for them, but the one thing they have in common is that they have gravitated to Littlewood. A random act of kindness meant Eszter crossed paths with Abbie, who in turn introduces her to her sister Louise, and a close friendship develops which sees them being there supporting one another as they take the first tentative steps into searching for reconciliation, new love and new careers.
By the time I'd swiped the final page on my Kindle I felt right at home in Littlewood, I loved the whole community spirit that radiated through this story and almost wished it was a real place that I could go and visit for a relaxing break. The three women felt so real to me, they could just as easily be you or me or someone we know and I loved their strong bond. The whole concept of friendship and acts of kindness really shone through and I was sad to reach the gorgeous finale so I'm hoping that we may get a return visit to Littlewood at some point in the future.
Summer at the Kindness Cafe is the perfect feel-good read for anyone who needs to take some me-time, switch off and just forget about everything and curl up with this charming story.
5.0 out of 5 starsGorgeous, heart-warming tale ... perfect summer holiday read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 4, 2019
Summer at the Kindness Café is centred around three young women who have felt heartbreak and loss in their own way. Abbie, Louise and Eszter have come to escape, make amends, recoup in a little fictional town called Littlewood. As in most towns there is a welcoming café and Brew has a little special something about it, apart from the generosity of the owners it has a sort of novelty that draws visitors in and reminds them of the good in people all around them. A bond soon starts developing within the three women and they share the ethos of the kindness and hospitality stemmed from the cafe and this is spreading to all that they touch. Littlewood becomes an haven for the women as they each moved to the town for different reasons. After a little while Abbie, Louise and Eszter soon become settled with their new lives. New friendships for the women are being made bringing much hope for the future but life has a way of throwing stumbling blocks in their paths. Will all the good that the women have built in the little town soon be a forgotten memory? Summer at the Kindness Café is a gorgeous, heart-warming tale that is quite inspirational. Kindness doesn't cost anything. There is a definite cosy, feel-good feel to this novel and it is the perfect summer holiday read. I have worked in an Infant and Secondary School and I can totally see the concept of the spreading and paying back of kindness working with children. Kindness is not age related and has no barriers, the inspiration from Victoria Walters novel could prove a very useful tool in schools building morale, ownership of actions and a sense of togetherness.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 8, 2019
Hesitated to take the book on my holiday, since I thought it might be 'too cheesy' for me. The large number of lovely reviews changed my mind though, and I very much enjoyed the story. The description of the place was beautiful and made me feel relaxed. Overall, it is perfect for a holiday read or treat. Only slight criticism is the summary of certain developments in the story, when they only happened 20 pages earlier. Good for those with a short memory or if only one chapter is read every few days, else it might be a bit repetitive in certain places.