Book Review – Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson


Becca Fletcher has always hated Christmas but she has her reasons for being Little Miss Grinch. Now, though, she can’t avoid her version of ho-ho-hell – because she’s travelling to the Comfort Food Cafe to spend the festive season with her sister Laura and her family. She’s expecting mulled wine, 24-hour Christmas movie marathons and all kinds of very merry torture.

Little does Becca know that the Comfort Food Cafe is like no other place on earth. Perched on a snow-covered hill, it’s a place full of friendship where broken hearts can heal, new love can blossom and where Becca’s Christmas miracle really could happen – if only she can let it…


I saw this on the Library App and after reading the blurb I was sold! 

I was gripped from the beginning and can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. I often think that Christmas books need their own start rating,for example what is a 5 star Christmas book is often a 4 star ‘normal’ book at best, however with this book I can confidently give it 5 stars on both ratings! 

The book was cleverly split into three sections – Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future with the chapters running through. It made the whole story come together really well and keep that traditional Christmas vibe.

The main character was the typical humbug who you really wanted to have a happy ending. I loved how she was written with her anger, pain and sadness, yet underneath it all there was someone happy waiting to shine through. I think that we all feel like Becca sometimes and it was refreshing to see it written down in a Christmas book. Christmas can be hard for some people and this book deals with that brilliantly. I loved the emotional journey that we were taken on and was sad when the book ended! 

It wasn’t just the main character that made this book so special, but also the supporting characters. They all had their own personalities and each helped Becca (the main character) through her difficulties in a loving, non pressuring environment. Becca was able to heal at her own pace and it was just heartwarming to read. 

The setting of a cafe and a little village in Dorset was brilliant. Whilst it was cozy and christmassy, it also highlighted the love and friendship that is around not just at Christmas, but the whole year through. 

I cannot praise this book enough and highly recommend it to everyone! 

⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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