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The Kookaburra Creek Café Kindle Edition
For Hattie, the cafe has been her refuge for the last fifty years – her second chance at a happy ending after her dreams of being a star were shattered. But will the ghosts of her past succeed in destroying everything she’s worked so hard to build?
For Alice, the cafe is her livelihood. After Hattie took her in as a teenager, Alice has slowly forged a quiet life as the cafe’s manager (and chief cupcake baker). But with so many tragedies behind her, is it too late for Alice’s story to have a happy ending?
For Becca, a teenager in trouble, the cafe could be the new start she yearns for. That is, if she can be persuaded to stop running from her secrets. Can Becca find a way to believe in the kindness of strangers, and accept that this small town could be the place where she finally belongs?
One small town. Three lost women. And a lifetime of secrets.
About the Author
- ASIN : B0793GB1FS
- Publisher : Penguin eBooks (30 April 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 3699 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 375 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 82,644 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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*I hope this isn’t a spoiler but, I was delighted to find the recipes included at the back of the book!
This is my third book by Sandie Docker, as I most recently read and (absolutely) loved The Wattle Island Book Club so much that I wanted more…it was just what I needed to boost me out of a reading slump…so on impulse I bought all three of her other books for my kindle!
This book did not disappoint..
The characters are so well developed that I was very quickly invested in their stories and histories…though the time travelling sometimes got me a little confused…once I got a handle on things I found it quite compelling reading and hard to put down.
This story, which centres around a quaint little cafe in a small country town, is about ordinary people navigating extraordinary life circumstances.
It’s about friendship, family, and community spirit.
It will tug at your heartstrings with an uncanny knack for tapping into the source of the emotional effects of the events playing out, transporting the reader with enough graphic detail as to paint a clear and absorbing picture.
I love a book where I can “feel” the scenery as much as the emotional impact of the events.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this author to lovers of good absorbing stories with loveable characters and credible plots…great holiday reading!
Looking forward to reading the second novel by Sandie Docker now, ‘The Cottage at Rosella Cove’.
Top reviews from other countries
I loved all the major characters, Alice, Joey, Becca, Harriet and more. I wanted more pages for Shadow and I felt that poor Dean had a very rough deal. It was definitely a book that required tissues to be handy. There were many very sad moments and also ones which demanded happy tears.
The Australian setting was a very effective background to the story and the cafe sounded delightful. There were also some excellent recipes at the end for the cupcakes Alice baked - a different flavour every day.
This was a very enjoyable read and I will plan to seek out the author's other books as soon as possible.
The eyes of a thief haunt, friendships endure, and along the way, a story unfolds that is equal parts bittersweet and oh so memorable. There are twists, turns, surprises, and accidents as the fate of the characters are called into question. Alice is resourceful in the face of adversity, a character you cheer on till the very end. She's wonderful with Becca and Joey and great in the kitchen, making me hunger for cupcakes and sweets as I read. In chapters that alternate between the past and the present, trouble surfaces in storylines about Dean McRae and Buckley Hargraves. The beloved cafe is threatened. Characters are injured and try to rebuild, their lives forever changed. I loved the subplot about Hattie and Genieve. Besides Alice, I think Hattie was my favorite character. One of my favorite lines of the novel comes from Hattie: "Everyone's tomorrow could begin."
This is a world I definitely want to return to. I can't wait for the next book by Sandie Docker!
Hattie, what can I say strong, loving determined to do what she can firstly for her sister and then a young Alice when she lands on the doorstep of The Café alone, scared and uncertain but Hattie takes her under her wing and together they move forward with Alice learning so much and soon with a baby to care for and love, working out what she should and should not do, times can be hard but love shines through with them and the fabulous characters of the town who are always there to help as well. Tragedy brings a lot of pain to not only Hattie and Alice but the whole town, there will be tears and lots of them but out of that pain strength does come back, and when Becca arrives in similar circumstances to Alice’s arrival in the town Alice has the chance to help a young teenager in trouble and together the three woman move forward, not without more pain, but with pain comes love as well.
This book is going to stay with me for a long time to come and I do hope that I have done it justice, I won’t say too much more about the story because I don’t want to give too much away but I loved it, I loved not only Hattie, Alice and Becca but Joey and all of the people of the town, what these three woman went through was tough and they all still found their strength and could still love and care what they drew from each other was beautiful. Thank you MS Docker for an amazing story way to go, this is one that should not be missed
So many ups and downs, but always with a cheerful optimism and uplifting resilience.