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This is quality contemporary women's fiction set in Australia. Clare and Pete have traveled from Tasmania to Melbourne for Pete's career. PR whiz, Clare finds herself without a job in this new town and after a chance meeting with cafe owner, Tessa, she accepts a barista job with a little PR on the side. Before long, Clare is thrilled to find she is pregnant and her gorgeous obstetrician, Matthew, is a frequent visitor to the cafe, not just for the good coffee, but for the beautiful owner.. Tessa owns Double Shot cafe. She dates casually, and always with unavailable men... Until she meets Matthew. He makes her want to break all of her rules. This story includes genealogy, miscarriage, dementia, divorce, friendships and so much more. But it is mostly about family. The ones we have and the ones we make.
This book is like drinking a hot cappuccino on a cold day (the sort with plenty of chocolate sprinkled on top). From the very first sip, you'll be drawn into a world of complex and layered characters as you discover their secrets, fears and desires. The story tackled a few intense topics in an emotional and respectful way, with clever use of humour to ensure it never got too dark or serious. I loved the way the story came together at the end in a satisfying conclusion that left me wanting to order another one of those cappuccinos immediately!
The Things We Leave Unsaid is a fun, sassy and tender wander through the lives of two women coping with the issues of life, set in the foodie wonderland of suburban Melbourne.
Tessa is juggling too many balls: a sick mother, a fractured relationship with her father, a rapidly growing café business, and her own predilections for unsuitable men.
Clare is a lost soul; recently uprooted from her Hobart home to follow her husband to his new job in Melbourne, she is struggling with her identity, and is looking into the past to find answers that are proving elusive. A problematic pregnancy adds urgency to her resolve to uncover her past.
The two meet when Clare accepts a job at Double Shot Café, and despite their differences, the two find they can be there for the other through their struggles to cope with the issues they face.
The star for me in this book was Tessa: fun, flirtatious, flawed: the sort of best friend we all love to hang out with. And so great to have a book nestled so firmly in Melbourne’s café scene: the smell of still-warm lemon polenta cake seemed to lift off the pages as I was reading.
Recommended for readers of women’s fiction who like their stories fast-paced and snappy.
Sharp, witty dialogue with fantastic pacing, there's never a dull moment in the adventures of Tessa and Clare, two different but loveable characters whose paths cross in the most delightful of ways. A great debut and I cannot wait to see what Megan Mayfair delivers next.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Exactly as the cover promised - full of family drama and intrigue, I loved both main characters and found myself laughing and crying along with them until the end. A very satisfying read from a debut author - I look forward to reading her next release!
I really enjoyed this story about two women whose lives cross paths in a coffee shop. Both have their own family history and struggles they overcome and it's written in a way that pulls at your heart strings, makes you smile and feel satisfied with the outcome. I highly recommend this book.
“Well, I’m very proud.” Pete’s dad lifted up a bottle of beer as if to toast his son. “Who would’ve thought that a kid that ate glue until Grade 2 would now be a doctor?”
She was straight off to Mass to pray for him. I’m sure Father Foley loved hearing all about the latest De Luca family drama. I’m not sure who she prayed to. I mean, who was the Patron Saint of @holes?
She hadn’t been in love –he was right about that –but nor had she been electrocuted or struck by lightning or bitten by a snake, and she knew she had no interest in trying out any of those things. In the interest of risk management, some things in life were better not experienced.
Harry approached the counter carrying a large chocolate cake. Tessa longed to tackle him to the ground for it and then escape with it to the privacy of her office where she would just eat it with her hands and wash it down with a cappuccino.
Was this crazy? Was this bunny-boiler territory? She hadn’t seen him since the night she broke up with him… Where was he getting his coffee from now? She knew it wouldn’t be as good. Was he drinking crappy coffee to avoid her? That was a depressing thought. Life was too short to drink bad coffee.
I do know that it’s the things we leave unsaid that cause us the most pain.
I had finished reading and was looking over my notes while letting my opinion settle and gel when I noticed this captivating tale was the author’s first novel. This was an eye-popping realization for me as the writing was exceptionally insightful, well-paced, and engaging whether factoring in the issue of first works or not, but adding in that information was a revelation and caused me to upgrade my opinion and rating as I found it an impressive accomplishment. The book contained several well-crafted and unique storylines featuring interesting and enticingly nuanced characters that captured and held my attention as well as piqued my curiosity. I was as desirous of unraveling their family histories and unanswered questions as the anxious characters themselves. This wasn’t a fast-paced thriller or heavily laden with an aura of mystery or suspense, it was a realistic and relevant story that could easily happen anywhere, yet it was the shaping and telling of the tale that drew me in and belies the skill and dexterity of the author. I relished the concept of “mental revenge points” which one character secreted tallied, a behavior I may have been guilty of a time or ten but had never thought to define with such a creative label. Additionally, I find I now have a need for an Aussie Word List due to the lively notation of “stickybeak" which Mr. Google informed me was a nosy person. Those Aussies can be so colorful and fun ;)