- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Mira - AU (17 December 2018)
- ISBN-10: 1489250484
- ISBN-13: 978-1489250483
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Cafe By The Bridge Paperback – 17 Dec 2018
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About the Author
Lily Malone might have been a painter, except her year-old son put a golf club through her canvas. So she wrote her first book, His Brand of Beautiful, instead. Lily has now written six full length rural romance stories and a novella all published by Harlequin Escape. Her debut trade paperback, The Vineyard In The Hills, was published by Harlequin MIRA in September 2016. Last Bridge Before Home is the third of three books set in the fictional Western Australian town of Chalk Hill, a town which, in Lily's imagination, is about halfway between Manjimup and Mount Barker on the Muirs Highway. Book One was Water Under the Bridge, published in February 2018, which is Jake and Ella's story; and Book Two, The Café by the Bridge, followed Taylor and Abe.
When she isn't writing, Lily likes gardening, walking, wine, and walking in gardens (sometimes with wine). She also doesn't mind the odd game of cards and loves her regular Thursday Night hand with the Card Girls. She lives in the Margaret River region of Western Australia with her husband, and two handsome sons who take after their father. Lily is a member of Australian Rural Fiction and Australian Fiction Authors. She loves to hear from readers and you can find her on Facebook, and on Twitter: @lily_lilymalone. To contact Lily, email email@example.com or visit www.lilymalone.blog
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If Chalk Hill was a real place then it would sounds like a lovely place to live. I have never been to WA but the writing in this book made me want to go there and see the beautiful scenery. One day....
Taylor Woods is a child psychologist in Perth. She is becoming increasingly worries about her brother Will who has been scammed by his so-called girlfriend Amanda. He loaned her a large sum of money without any sign of being paid back. Not only that but he has now learned that he was not her only victim. Taylor wants to fix everybody and everything. After staking out Amanda she has tracked down Abe Honeychurch who was also one of Amanda's victims.
She takes a leave of absence from work and travels to Chalk Hill to try to convince Abe to go to the police and in turn helping her brother. She finds him working in the café that he has opened after returning to his hometown after losing everything. But Abe wants nothing to do with Taylors plan. He just wants to forget it all and move on but he is struggling to do so. He is depressed and alone and plans to stay that was. But something about Taylor starts to change his mind and the 2 of them start spending more time to together.
This is a story of trust, betrayal, family, love and learning to live again. It was a much lighter read for me and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more in this series.
When Taylor went looking for Abe in order to fix her brother will after he was scammed by the same woman Abe was she got more than she bargained for and fell head over heels for Abe.
While I enjoyed the story there were parts that felt unfinished, there was an abruptness to the ending that had me searching for more pages and yes I realise this is a series but it still felt weird in places and it lacked in other places but I did enjoy it mostly
Sometimes you simply want to snuggle into a book that’s flawlessly written and a bit of fun, but still with a clever plot and messages within the pages to make you ponder life and love.
Lily Malone’s books do that for me. They are a delightful escape, an indulgence, a treat. Witty and a wonderful storyteller with a unique turn of phrase, Lily is a writer I admire for so many reasons, but mostly for respecting her readers. She delivers excellence every time.
This is the second book in the Chalk Hill series and unlike many novels with a shared setting, you won’t find the same story told through different characters. They are also not simple stories. Lily brings complexity to her delightfully conflicted characters, and not cliche in sight. I particularly loved Book #2 Cafe Under the Bridge because I’m a small-town cafe kind of girl (having owned one!)
I admit to knowing Lily (in an online capacity) for many years. Only recently did we catch up in person for the first time (in WA) and I can tell you our meeting has added to my enjoyment of her books because I can see that what she brings to her stories is authenticity. When you read Lily’s characters you smile, you feel, you journey with them.
A very enjoyable read and highly recommended. Delicious!
The thing about this book is that Taylor is just so damned annoying. She starts the book as a stalker, and then, after only knowing Abe for a couple of days, the things she says to him would send 99.9 %, no wait, make that 100%, of males running for the hills. Yet this doesn't ring alarm bells for Abe, who would in reality be very wary of any woman, let alone one that's running around like a pitbull, demanding things of both Abe and Will, even after being told on numerous occasions to back off. So although this book just didn't seem realistic, it did have it's lighter moments, yet these weren't enough to really make this a worthwhile read. While this book will have those who love it, it just wasn't well rounded enough for me.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.