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Okay, Quick Read
Reviewed in Australia on 17 December 2018
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.