2016 · Book Reviews · Fiction · Humour · Review Request · Romance

Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café, Tilia Klebenov Jacobsaf (*)

25019027Published 2015 by Linden Tree Press | Pages: | Received from NetGalley.com

What if the world didn’t want you to go straight? 

Out on parole after almost ten years in prison, Emet First is repairing his shattered life. He has friends, a job, and his first date in a decade. The young woman, Mercedes Finch, is lovely but wounded. When her deranged brother learns about Emet’s past, he will stop at nothing to destroy him–and suddenly Emet has everything to lose.

This was the first book I got approved to read and review from Netgalley, also the first book I’ve read on my kindle! I was attracted to this book firstly because of the title, and then the cover image.

All the characters are engaging and play key roles within the story. It is a brilliant setting – I could imagine myself sitting in the café watching punters write on the infamous blackboard!

I enjoyed the fact that the various characters weren’t perfect. They all have their pasts and problems which help to further engage the readers. I really liked Eden Rose , she came across as warm and friendly. To be honest, I wish she was a real person as I connected with her character so much! I also enjoyed Jacobs inclusion of Emet; she really shows how even though people have dark pasts, everyone should be given a second chance. It is beautifully optimistic and full of hope! To offset the seemingly nice, easy-going novella, Emet’s blossoming romance with Mercey throws up the chaotic character Clay.

Jacobs manages to include substance abuse, violence and blackmail alongside coffee and cake! Ultimately, the two opposing contexts offset each other really well. Personally, I felt that Jacobs could have explored Eden Rose’s past more to create a grittier character. Eden’s past as an alcoholic was hinted at and discussed with Mercey during Clay’s violent behaviour towards Emet.

I did particularly like the use of circular narrative regarding Emet’s story as the very event which originally place him in prison recurs at the café – a definite nod to the title! Overall I enjoyed reading this book, but wasn’t blown away by it. An easy beach-read or quick tale to snuggle down with on a frosty evening! I gave this 3-stars!

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