Jenna Reid purchased the Stonehill Café to prove to herself that her ex-husband was wrong…that she could make her dreams come true. Three years later, all she has is a crumbling building, no social life, and her bruised pride.
Pride is something Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Maguire lost long ago and isn’t likely to find living in the alley behind the café. He just needs a little time to get on his feet. In the interim, keeping an eye on the overworked café owner gives him a sense of purpose. He has no intentions of making his presence known until he hears the woman screaming late one night.
He rushes into the café, but instead of finding her in dire straits, he finds a broken pipe and Jenna—soaking wet and holding a wrench. With her last bit of hope fading, Jenna accepts Daniel’s help to fix up her building, but it doesn’t take long for them to start trying to fix each other.
Titles in the Stonehill series include: The Road Leads Back – Friends Without Benefits – The Forgotten Path – Jessica’s Wish – This Old Cafe
Title: This Old Cafe
Series: Stonehill #5
Author: Marci Boudreaux
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 19, 2017
My Rating: 4 stars
Sometimes we have no choice but to start life all over again. Circumstances change, love dies, war takes a toll on the spirit and nothing works anymore. That’s when we either give up or dig in and rebuild. Jenna and Daniel are both facing rebuilding for different reasons. But in the end, friendship can build into something neither was expecting… and dreams can come true, when you work at them.
This Old Cafe is a realistic look at two mature people who have faced life, been dealt blows and now are starting over. It’s not easy, there are challenges and issues to be dealt with but the possibility for more exist.
While this was the only book in this series I’ve read I had no trouble following along as any characters from earlier stories were easily explained without fanfare. I will go back to the beginning at some point for I enjoyed this author’s style and the story she gave me. Life isn’t what we thought it would be when we start out as a young adult. I wish it could be the fairy tale but the reality is that it’s far from that. Crap happens, lives change, priorities shift and people disappoint us. It’s life and we change over time and adapt. Daniel has anger issues from his time in a war zone, he has to face that issue before he can move on. Jenna was devastated by the man she once loved but she is moving forward on her own. Together they are two wounded souls that fit. And if time is kind they will deal with their issues and make a good future together. While I love a good fantasy, it’s the stories with threads of real life woven throughout that will always capture my attention. This Old Cafe is such a book.
I enjoyed my time in this world and would recommend this story for any Romance reader who likes those touches of real life mixed with hopefulness and the chance at new beginnings.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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