Lily Malone has a warm, funny sense of humor that brings her characters to life on the page. Abe Honeychurch can brew me a capuccino any day. When an uncanny connection brings Abe and Taylor together, the two need to overcome their trust issues and work together to catch a scammer. You'll be laughing, cheering and crying right through until the end. Another really enjoyable read in this series.
I really liked the story, Abe and Taylor are as different as chalk and cheese. Abe has lost all trust in people especially women after the one he fell for scammed him, Taylor is someone who wants to fix everyone, I think she figures if she focuses on fixing everyone else she can ignore herself.
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
The Café by the Bridge by Lily Malone is the second book in the fictional Chalk Hill series. Now I have not read the first book yet but this book read fine as a stand alone. That being said I will now be going back and reading book 1 as I really enjoyed the stories in this one. Definitely a series to add to my ever growing list!! This book is set in rural Western Australia which makes a nice change. My reading goals for this year are to read more varied genres and more Australia authors - this book ticks both boxes beautifully.
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.
Sometimes you don’t need an on-the-edge-of-your-seat, page-turning, mind-bending, harrowing domestic noir, psycho killer, a diligent detective novel that reminds you of the real world. (Maybe not so much the psycho killer - hopefully!)
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!
I found The Café By The Bridge to be an okay, quick read. It sees Taylor, a child psychologist, locating a man in rural Western Australia who might be able to help her brother, Will. Will has been the target of a sociopathic scammer who has robbed him of everything, but he can't see a way through to help himself, well, he doesn't really want to, so in steps big sis to help him out. So she tracks down Abe, a café owner in the fictional town of Chalk Hill, who's gone running back to his hometown to lick his wounds after being conned by the same woman as Will. Then we have a formulaic girl meets boy, but boy is a tortured soul, so girl has to help boy, yada, yada, yada. 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.