A Gift from the Comfort Food Cafe

Since she was a small child, Katie Seddon has made a habit of running away. Now living with her young son, Saul, on the Dorset coast, she is once again fighting the urge to flee.  

On the surface she has settled in well, and has a lot of friends, but she still seems unable to let anyone get too close. This is understandable, up to a point, as she has been deeply scarred by her upbringing.

However, Katie takes it to such extremes that it becomes unbelievable and self-destructive. Were it not for her son, she probably would have taken off again, but even she can see it would be harmful to take him away from the life he loves.

It was only after I had finished reading A Gift from the Comfort Food Café that I discovered it was part of a well-established series; this explained why I found it so difficult to work out who all the people were.

The story is well written, but I found Katie almost too irritating to read. Saul is my favourite; he makes up for his mother’s shortcomings and everyone loves him. The book deals with some fairly serious subjects in a realistic and sympathetic way, but you really need to read the books in the right order.

Thank you to Lovereading and HarperCollins for a free copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.