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Return to the cozy and delightful town of Winsome, where two people discover the grace of letting go and the joy found in unexpected change.

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.

Sweet and thoughtful contemporary listen

Stand-alone novel featuring characters from The Printed Letter Bookshop

Book length: 86,000 words

Includes discussion questions for book clubs

"In her ode to small towns and second chances, Katherine Reay writes with affection and insight about the finer things in life." (Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party)

"The town of Winsome reminds me of Jan Karon's Mitford, with its endearing characters, complex lives, and surprises where you don't expect them. Reay has penned another poignant tale set in Winsome, Illinois, weaving truth, forgiveness, and beauty into a touching, multilayered, yet totally cozy story. You'll root for these characters and will be sad to leave this charming town." (Lauren K. Denton, best-selling author of The Hideaway and Glory Road)

"Like all of Reay's novels, Of Literature and Lattes delivers a story with details so vivid you can feel the fabric slipping between your fingers, characters so rich they could slide into the booth across from you, and a message so hopeful and redemptive it will linger in your mind long after you turn the final page. Of Literature and Lattes brings the town of Winsome alive again, and I couldn't wait to return and savor a story of forgiveness, of fresh starts, of literary delights, and of love." (Melissa Ferguson, author of The Dating Charade)

©2020 Katherine Reay (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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Definitely read this one--narration is terrible.

I have never reviewed an Audible book before, but feel compelled to on this one. I love all of Katherine Reay's books, but the narration is ruining this one for me. I'm halfway through and am going to have to switch to reading the rest. I may even start over since I don't like any of the characters because their voices are so annoying. They all sound old and grouchy.

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Another wonderful book by katherine Reay!

I’m a huge fan of Katherine Reay. I have read all of her books, and they are all wonderful! She writes stories that are about real life and relationships, and they are all heartwarming and thought-provoking. This book was sort of a sequel to The Printed Letter Bookshop, although you could read it as a standalone novel. However, you would miss some of the backstory, especially for Janet. The characters are well developed and likable, and their struggles are very relatable. There is a sweet love story of course, but also a larger story of family and community, and how we all support each other. I really enjoyed this book, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who just loves a good story!
My only criticism is for the narrator. she has a British accent and a very lovely normal voice. However, her American accent and character voices are awful. The male characters were especially bad. One guy sounded like he either had a bad cold or desperately needed sinus surgery! I’m not sure why a British narrator was chosen for a book set an America, but this time it did not work well. but don’t let that keep you from getting this book, because it is still enjoyable. I just hope they decide to bring back the narrator of The Printed Letter Bookshop for the next book in the series!

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Okay story, completely wrong narrator

Why on earth would you have a British narrator narrate a book set in the Chicago area? I really enjoy a British accent but only in a book set in Britain. Granted the narrator could pull off a fairly good American accent but then used British pronunciation that was often way off. It got grating to hear anything pronounced en-ah-thin and idea pronounced as eye-dee-er. I think the worst might have been pronouncing Fritos as frih-toss. The other grating thing was the voices; most of them sounded like they came from the Simpsons cartoon with anyone over age 50 sounding wavery and frail or growly. I might’ve been able to overlook the narrator’s performance if the story had been better. It wasn’t really bad but there was too much time spent spent on character development of minor characters in the story when there could have been more with the main characters.

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Love the story. Narrator makes strange choices

I really love the characters in the little town of Winsome (especially Janet). Having just finished the previous book in this (series?), I had that narrator in my ears.
This one has a British accent (which I adore, but in Chicago?). The older characters in the book sounded like they were closer to 100 instead of 70-80 years old. Weird. Distracting.

BUT...I do love this story and it moved me.

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Really worth a read

I loved the first book, The Printed Letter Bookshop, and this was a follow up with some of the characters alluded to in the first book coming back as primary characters in this book. The problem was, Alyssa was REALLY unpleasant for almost the whole story which made her hard to care about for me. Jeremy, too. The fact they were the main characters was what made this a 4...the other characters were MUCH more interesting. Great message about forgiveness without being preachy. The narrator was just fine EXCEPT when she tried to do men's voices. THEY WERE AWFUL! And her British accent made their American accents wrong. So most of the narration was fine, but so not ok when she had to do too many different voices!! That said, it was a great listen and I feel like I spent my time well listening to it.

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Good book, terrible narration

If I could give the narrator zero stars I would. Book was a cute follow up to the first one, but they chose a British narrator for no apparent reason. Her male voices were particularly awful. And she said idear instead of idea over and over.

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Skip Audible and read the book—I wish I had

I’m about 75% through this book and will have to start over by reading it because the narration is SO BAD I can’t follow the story.
Despite reading other reviews, I thought I could overcome the terrible narration and enjoy the story—I WAS WRONG. Every single character sounds like an old curmudgeon or has horrible sinus issues, causing my brain to “envision” all of the characters as Statler and Waldorf (old man muppets in the balcony), but without the witty repartee.
This narrator has such a lovely natural voice and accent, but is completely incapable of American pronunciation (I'm sick of hearing ‘grandma’ as ‘grandmarr’, and how does she mispronounce ‘latte’?) and ensures that every character is portrayed as a complete dolt.

I was going to return it until I realized it was my “free” selection a 2 for 1 sale. 🙄

Seriously Audible, DO BETTER. This book deserves better.

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Boring and bad narration

Couldn’t hold my attention and I tried several times to listen and become interested in the story! I don’t understand why the narrator has and English accent. I think that is part of what threw me off. This story is happening in the Midwest but everyone has the English accent. Totally wrong narrator for this book!

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Couldn’t finish after 9 chapters...

So I’m 9 chapters in and it has been a very slow, painful journey even to this point. I find it very difficult to get into the story and I’m not sure if that’s because of the actual story or the narrator. Nine chapters in and nothing has really happened yet. We are still getting backstory without any real substance happening in the present day story.

Also, the narrator has a wonderful British accent. However her American characters (especially the males) all sound the same....old and crotchety. I’ll give the previous book a try (The Printed Bookshop) and I hope that ones a little better.

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Spoiled by the Narrator

A much-anticipated sequel to The Printed Letter Bookshop marred by narration so terrible and distracting that I had to force myself to keep listening. Since we’re teased to believe there’s another Winsome book forthcoming, may we please have a viable narrator?