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Book Review: The Lemon Tree Cafe


When Rosie Featherstone finds herself unexpectedly jobless, the offer to help her beloved Italian grandmother out at the Lemon Tree Cafe – a little slice of Italy nestled in the rolling hills of Derbyshire – feels like the perfect way to keep busy.

Surrounded by the rich scent of espresso, delicious biscotti and juicy village gossip, Rosie soon finds herself falling for her new way of life. But she is haunted by a terrible secret, one that even the appearance of a handsome new face can’t quite help her move on from.

Then disaster looms and the cafe’s fortunes are threatened . . . and Rosie discovers that her nonna has been hiding a dark past of her own. With surprises, betrayal and more than one secret brewing, can she find a way to save the Lemon Tree Cafe and help both herself and Nonna achieve the happy endings they deserve?


Bramley is becoming one of my favourite authors after reading Ivy Lane since, I was eagerly awaiting the chance to read and review this novel I found in a thrift store.

Rosie has just left her job and returns home. Begins working in her Nonna’s café before beginning the search for a new job. Nonna, is a strong willed Italian lady who is refusing to retire, she is 75. Rosie has difficulties as she tries to persuade Nonna to retire as she is 75 especially as the novel is about realising that no matter what age you are, love can still blossom when you least expect it.

I really loved reading this story, it wasn’t just your run of mill chick lit book and I genuinely cared for the characters, who were all different in their own ways with some harbouring some secrets like a normal family! Maybe I’m just biased but I still found Ivy Lane to be better written and I enjoyed the plot more. I seem to be like that when I find a new author to love and adore, I enjoy the first book I read by them, the most. 

The characters in this novel weren’t perfect and they all had issues that are explored throughout the book.

Rosie delves deeper into Nonna’s background and why she left Italy and I found this part of the story so intriguing and not at all what I was expecting which just kept me enticed more so!

Rosie’s story was also so well written and explained certain aspects of how she behaved. Although there are some difficult issues and storylines mentioned, they are handled well. As the story progresses I loved reading about the closeness of the family and how they pulled together when they needed to despite their differences.

4/5 Stars – Read!


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