Everyone deserves a second chance…don’t they?
Jenny Masters finds herself living the modern dream. Wife to a millionaire, living in a mansion and mother to Kardashian-obsessed ten-year-old April, there isn’t anything missing. Until, her whole world comes crashing down, forcing Jenny and April to leave behind their glittering life and start over with nothing.
With village gossip following her wherever she goes, she finds refuge and a job in the new coffee shop in town. As the days pass Jenny fears she doesn’t have what it takes to pick herself back up and give April the life she always wanted to. But with the help of enigmatic new boss Noah, and housemate Elle, Jenny realises it’s never too late to become the woman life really intended you to be!
There were so many times that I shouted out loud at Jenny and April as I read through the book! Firstly, telling Jenny to snap out of it, as she constantly veered towards Zak like a lap dog despite him intent on hurting her continuously and secondly, taking April in hand and teaching her about real life, such was her bratty attitude to the break up. However, I know that these feelings were purely credit to Samantha’s characterisation because eventually, after what seems like a slow start, Jenny begins to realise that she is in fact capable of exisiting without her previous lifestyle and that it is possible to move on. More so, most kids April’s age would be caught up in such a whirlwind lifestyle if they were given the chance.
I think the fact that Jenny lost so much of her identity, was a poignant subject in The New Beginnings Coffee Club. The signs of her falling into a relationship with an older man, at such a tender age and as a young and easily impressionable girl, were so easy to spot but never all that easy to prevent when you are young, in love and infatuated.
This was an enjoyable read, and yes there were ample amounts of coffee descriptions to keep me going!
Thank you to the wonderful people at NetGalley for allowing me to review this very enjoyable book.
The New Beginnings Coffee Club is released on 5th May 2017. ISBN: 9780008239169
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