"The Beach Cafe" by Lucy Diamond
Evie has always been the black sheep of the family. While her siblings were getting married and having children, Evie was floating around, trying her hand at everything that interested her. But eventually she realized she couldn't do that forever. And so she found herself in an office temp job from hell, living with a rather dull but dependable boyfriend, and planning to go to school to become a teacher, a career that didn't interest her but would provide stability. Just what everyone thought she needed.
Then Aunt Jo suddenly passes away and leaves her beach cafe in Cornwall to Evie, her favourite niece. Evie sees this as an opportunity to prove herself once and for all and dives in head first. But when she arrives in Cornwall, she finds the staff has gone crazy in the absence of a boss and the locals definitely don't want Evie running the cafe. With the help of a few close friends, Evie finds her way and the cafe soon becomes an integral part of village life. But it's definitely not without a few hiccups and maybe even a scandal along the way.
The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond is an enjoyable and delightful read. Evie Flynn is an adorable character and you find yourself cheering for her through the entire book. This is definitely a page-turner, one of those books that you just can't put down even though you know you have things you need to do! Diamond's writing flows easily and beautifully throughout the entire book.
This story will make you want to run off to the English coast to run your own beach cafe. Sure, like a lot of chick lit, this story is pretty much predictable. But that's what makes it so lovely. This is a book to curl up with on a rainy day under a warm blanket because you can be sure that you will instantly be transported away to your own cafe somewhere in the world on a beach. And who doesn't want that, if only a for a few hours?