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Escape to the seaside for a new three-part series for fans of The Canal Boat Cafe and Willow Cottage Local estate agent Tash isn’t convinced about joining the new book club at Berecombe’s beautiful new bookshop and café. Dragged there by her friend Emma, she knows she needs a night out. Her boyfriend Adrian is wonderful, and adores her, but has become a bit clingy of late. Escape to the seaside for a new three-part series for fans of The Canal Boat Cafe and Willow Cottage Local estate agent Tash isn’t convinced about joining the new book club at Berecombe’s beautiful new bookshop and café. Dragged there by her friend Emma, she knows she needs a night out. Her boyfriend Adrian is wonderful, and adores her, but has become a bit clingy of late. So when she is introduced to new local farmer Kit, with his scruffy beard and low-key look, its’s a breath of fresh air to chat to someone so un-Adrian. Maybe this book club idea could be fun after all! But when Tash starts forgetting things and behaving oddly, over-protective Adrian is determined to keep her from her new interest. But if bookclub has taught Tash anything, she should know not to judge a book by its cover…


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Escape to the seaside for a new three-part series for fans of The Canal Boat Cafe and Willow Cottage Local estate agent Tash isn’t convinced about joining the new book club at Berecombe’s beautiful new bookshop and café. Dragged there by her friend Emma, she knows she needs a night out. Her boyfriend Adrian is wonderful, and adores her, but has become a bit clingy of late. Escape to the seaside for a new three-part series for fans of The Canal Boat Cafe and Willow Cottage Local estate agent Tash isn’t convinced about joining the new book club at Berecombe’s beautiful new bookshop and café. Dragged there by her friend Emma, she knows she needs a night out. Her boyfriend Adrian is wonderful, and adores her, but has become a bit clingy of late. So when she is introduced to new local farmer Kit, with his scruffy beard and low-key look, its’s a breath of fresh air to chat to someone so un-Adrian. Maybe this book club idea could be fun after all! But when Tash starts forgetting things and behaving oddly, over-protective Adrian is determined to keep her from her new interest. But if bookclub has taught Tash anything, she should know not to judge a book by its cover…

30 review for The Little Book Café: Tash’s Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    A good start to the series of books put into one. Tash is being controlled by Adrian. He's such an annoying bully and deserves everything he gets. Kit is a nice character. A good start to the series of books put into one. Tash is being controlled by Adrian. He's such an annoying bully and deserves everything he gets. Kit is a nice character.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Estate agent Tash doesn't need a book club, after all she has her wonderful boyfriend Adrian . She has the cream of the crop of men, he's rich,spoils her silly and is oh so good looking. She goes to the fanciest restaurants and has the snazziest clothing and lives in the best neighborhood. She is the envy of all her friends. As of late Adrian has become pretty clingy. Deciding to go to the book club her friend runs after all to check it out she is more interested in checking out Kit, a new man t Estate agent Tash doesn't need a book club, after all she has her wonderful boyfriend Adrian . She has the cream of the crop of men, he's rich,spoils her silly and is oh so good looking. She goes to the fanciest restaurants and has the snazziest clothing and lives in the best neighborhood. She is the envy of all her friends. As of late Adrian has become pretty clingy. Deciding to go to the book club her friend runs after all to check it out she is more interested in checking out Kit, a new man to the book club. He is a breath of fresh , with his smooth good looks and calm laid back manner. When Tash just isn't herself anymore, forgetting things, not feeling well, mood change etc. Adrian is right there to possessively take care of her. When a very surprising secret is revealed is Adrian really all he's cracked up to be? I read another book in this series and enjoyed both books in the series a lot. Pub Date 17 Aug 2018 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Impulse and Killer Reads through NetGalley. Thank you! All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Frenchorchidea

    WOw this first book the in the "Little Book Café" series from Georgia Hill was excellent! If the other books in the series are as good as this one, it might become my favorite series! I really enjoyed getting to know Tash's story. Tash is in a difficult relationship with her partner who is someone manipulative. This story was so intense, so intense that I almost forgot to breath at some parts. It's almost like a psychological thriller mixed with chick lit and romance. I really really really love WOw this first book the in the "Little Book Café" series from Georgia Hill was excellent! If the other books in the series are as good as this one, it might become my favorite series! I really enjoyed getting to know Tash's story. Tash is in a difficult relationship with her partner who is someone manipulative. This story was so intense, so intense that I almost forgot to breath at some parts. It's almost like a psychological thriller mixed with chick lit and romance. I really really really loved my read! I can't wait to read the second book of the series to get to know Emma!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    I loved Georgia Hill's previous book and this first part in this series didn't let me down it was excellent with heartbreak and upset and shows friendship as well and really appropriate to current issues that people go through and she seeks with it so well when writing the book. Really can't wait for part two now as very promising series and has you hooked from the first page and lovely to go back to the seaside where her first book was set. Tash who is the local estate agent is not convinced ab I loved Georgia Hill's previous book and this first part in this series didn't let me down it was excellent with heartbreak and upset and shows friendship as well and really appropriate to current issues that people go through and she seeks with it so well when writing the book. Really can't wait for part two now as very promising series and has you hooked from the first page and lovely to go back to the seaside where her first book was set. Tash who is the local estate agent is not convinced about joining the new book club at the new bookshop cafe that Millie runs. She is taken by her friend as Emma knows she needs a night out. Problem is her boyfriend Adrian is very clingy of her of late and will pick her up early when she's not ready to go and he's not keen on her going out. She's introduced to kit the local farmer he's a breath of fresh air to her and enjoys chatting with him. She soon realised the book club may be a good thing now. Tash starts forgetting things and behaving oddly Adrian gets over protective and can she get away from him or is he determined to ensure she stays with him but the book club is teaching Tash to bever judge a book by its cover and who is she to be happy with can she learn the truth behind what Adrian is really like. She really learns who her friends are. Great short story and can't wait for book two now worth five stars easily.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    3.5 Stars – rounded Tash has it all – or that’s what she wants everyone to believe. A successful career as the manager of the local estate agent, a lovely home in an upscale development, a boyfriend who dotes on her and always is pushing for her to be more and better, some good friends and plenty of nights out in spectacular and expensive restaurants, clubs and social events. So why is she feeling so restless, and not wanting her boyfriend Adrian to come near her? Slowly Tash’s story unfolds as 3.5 Stars – rounded Tash has it all – or that’s what she wants everyone to believe. A successful career as the manager of the local estate agent, a lovely home in an upscale development, a boyfriend who dotes on her and always is pushing for her to be more and better, some good friends and plenty of nights out in spectacular and expensive restaurants, clubs and social events. So why is she feeling so restless, and not wanting her boyfriend Adrian to come near her? Slowly Tash’s story unfolds as the nitty gritty of her life starts to come clear to the reader. Her friend and co-worker Emma, a solid bookworm who has a fascination with Poldark has convinced her to come to the book club – a first in the soon-to-be-open book shop owned by Millie and her husband, owners of the local café. Adrian isn’t thrilled with her finding her own entertainments of a night – preferring to control and direct her ‘after work’ life to suit him, and Tash heads out to the inaugural meeting with her snarky attitude and bad mood fully on show. What Tash doesn’t see, and won’t share because it is far more important to her that people find her ‘controlled and competent’ than human, is that Adrian is not only controlling and grooming her to become his property, not a girlfriend, she also misses that the people in her life: her parents, friends and even her new acquaintance Kit sees all is not right, and while they broach the subject with her, her prickles and lashing out in anger are off-putting. She wasn’t easy to like at all – and it is a testament to the people around her who never gave up worrying and offering help that she didn’t find herself truly without anywhere to go when she catches Adrian abusing her mother’s little westie, his rage in full effect. Georgia Hill managed to show a more insidious and dangerous sort of abuse perpetrated in relationships: the lengths to which Adrian would go to increase Tash’s isolation and paranoia about other people, her own behavior and keep her guessing about what is and isn’t real. With a bit of digging, a ton of determination and solid friendship offered by Kit, his mother and his giant Irish Wolfhound, Tash is finally able to make a clean break, and the revelations and discoveries she makes about Adrian have her reclaiming her own sense of self and anger – allowing her to heal. Sure, she’s still judgmental and more than a bit closed off, but those are things that , as she continues to redefine her life in her own terms will change, I hope. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa M

    Definitely my kind of book - I was so happy to receive the chance to read it via NetGalley (thanks HarperImpulse!) in exchange for an honest review and I raced through this novella. This story focused on Tash who is persuaded to go to a book club at the local cafe (a bookshop/cafe in 1 = bliss!). There she meets and makes new friends but in the background she has a controlling partner, Adrian, who does not seem right for Tash and unknowingly is making her unhappy. The subject was well-written and Definitely my kind of book - I was so happy to receive the chance to read it via NetGalley (thanks HarperImpulse!) in exchange for an honest review and I raced through this novella. This story focused on Tash who is persuaded to go to a book club at the local cafe (a bookshop/cafe in 1 = bliss!). There she meets and makes new friends but in the background she has a controlling partner, Adrian, who does not seem right for Tash and unknowingly is making her unhappy. The subject was well-written and sensitively dealt with; Tash's character was handled so realistically in terms of the denial and then coming to terms with his actions. I had not expected there to be such a menacing undertone to what I anticipated to be a light-hearted read but it really delivered right up to the last page. There was very little focus on the book club/cafe itself but this was not a hindrance to the story and the times we did visit the cafe it tended to raise a chuckle which I found to be a positive given the, at time intense, storyline. There are going to be 3 parts of this story with a focus on different characters each time and I'm so looking forward to reading the next parts. I am eager to read more about Tash and maybe a new romance (you'll have to read it for yourself to see!) in future books and almost a little sad that she will not be the main focus next time! I have already added Georgia's 'Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe' (which is the story of the joyful-sounding cafe) to my wishlist and highly recommend this enchanting book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Quick read! This was more like a thriller than a cozy romantic comedy. Still, a bit jarring but I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Wish this had been longer and more of a story about Kit and Tash. Quick read! This was more like a thriller than a cozy romantic comedy. Still, a bit jarring but I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Wish this had been longer and more of a story about Kit and Tash.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kexx

    Please ignore this review: I ordered this on my mistaken understanding it was by Georgia (Beers) or (Gerri) Hill - so lost out both ways! Bah!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Silke

    2.5 stars As a booklover, bookblogger and booktuber I was of course drawn to a book that is called The Little Book Café. And then we are not even talking about the inviting cover. I just have a thing for covers that make me feel cozy and welcome. In the first book we follow Tash, a local estate agent who seems to have it all. A loving boyfriend, fancy house, lots a money, great job… But soon that picture perfect life turns out to be a whole lot less perfect. I am a little bit mixed up about the fir 2.5 stars As a booklover, bookblogger and booktuber I was of course drawn to a book that is called The Little Book Café. And then we are not even talking about the inviting cover. I just have a thing for covers that make me feel cozy and welcome. In the first book we follow Tash, a local estate agent who seems to have it all. A loving boyfriend, fancy house, lots a money, great job… But soon that picture perfect life turns out to be a whole lot less perfect. I am a little bit mixed up about the first installment in the series. I didn’t really enjoy it, because I truly disliked Tash, the main character. And I even feel a bit guilty about that, because Tash is going trough a lot and I should feel sorry for her. On some level I do, but mainly I despise her. She is a very egocentric, selfish person. And I didn’t really buy the story that this was all because a man had changed her. I understand that Adrian played a huge, horrible part in her life and but his mark on her. But she seemed a bit of a golddigger and a stuck up brat, that is something she was all on her own. Without any help from men . I wanted to feel sorry for her, but I just could. And honestly that is hard to do because this story deals with abusive relationships. It is not a light and fluffy read about a book club and friends. Although there are some really funny, quirky bits and pieces. But mainly it focusses on bad relationships and it has some really psycho moments. Moments that will make you think an realize there are women out there who are confronted with this in everyday life. That is what makes it so difficult to say I actually didn’t like it as a whole. I absolutely loved how it handled the abusive relationship, especially because she picture a very danger form of abuse. It might be because it’s a novella, but I had some problems with the overall setting of the story to. Sometimes it felt a bit rushed. It felt like the reader needed some background on all the friendships and internal affairs going on. You didn’t get the time to taste and explore history between all the characters. That left me a bit confused at times, especially because there are quite a lot of side characters. All in all for me it felt a little bit short. You could see the potential, but it just didn’t come out in this story. I am very excited however to see Emma’s story. Because she really spoke to me as side character.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I adored this book! It starts off as seemingly sweet and charming but there is a darker undercurrent running through it. The story is set in the charming town of Berescombe which sounds like heaven and I would love to move there - so maybe as our Main character Tash is the local estate agent she can sort me out with a deal :-) I didn’t realise when I first started reading it that Georgia Hill has previously written about this town in her earlier works so I am adding all those to my TBR list as I I adored this book! It starts off as seemingly sweet and charming but there is a darker undercurrent running through it. The story is set in the charming town of Berescombe which sounds like heaven and I would love to move there - so maybe as our Main character Tash is the local estate agent she can sort me out with a deal :-) I didn’t realise when I first started reading it that Georgia Hill has previously written about this town in her earlier works so I am adding all those to my TBR list as I really liked her style of writing and the feel of the place. The main protagonist of the story is Tash, and it is mainly about her seemingly perfect relationship with 'Mr Right' Adrian. However, it quickly becomes apparent that while she seems to have the ideal life that many of us dream of ( Fancy Car, Lush house and perfect partner) that appearances are deceiving and all is not as it seems. From the start Adrian was giving me the creeps and it was a little frustrating that it took Tash quite so long to realise what was happening - her 'forgetfulness' and mentions of not seeing her family for a while seemed like huge warning signs to me. Thankfully, she realises what’s going on, but even then she came across as being a bit shallow as she realises that to leave him she will have to give up the materialistic trappings of her 'perfect' life. However, thankfully the girl comes to her senses and of course realises that not all guys are like Adrian and that lovely Kit is right under her nose. I would have liked more of Tash and Kit's relationship, but as this is the first in 'The Little Book Cafe' series I am hoping that they will be mentioned in later books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Clo

    Enjoyed I did enjoy this book but there didn't seem to be much of a reading group going on and the book was over too quickly. I enjoyed reading about Tash though. Enjoyed I did enjoy this book but there didn't seem to be much of a reading group going on and the book was over too quickly. I enjoyed reading about Tash though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I've looked forward to reading this ever since I seen Georgia's twitter announcing she's releasing a new series! When this popped up on Netgalley I immediately requested and was keen to get started. I would have given this more as it's such an easy and gripping read, but I just really didn't like main character Tash. From the beginning, I found her to be snappy, rude and I didn't like what she said about friend Amy. I understand that she was stressed about Adrian, but I found throughout the novel I've looked forward to reading this ever since I seen Georgia's twitter announcing she's releasing a new series! When this popped up on Netgalley I immediately requested and was keen to get started. I would have given this more as it's such an easy and gripping read, but I just really didn't like main character Tash. From the beginning, I found her to be snappy, rude and I didn't like what she said about friend Amy. I understand that she was stressed about Adrian, but I found throughout the novel there was quite a lot of snapping and arguments and it was a bit draining. Making comments like 'Amy could eat the whole picnic, Tash was sure' and 'Chubby women' just kind of put me off her. I also found her to be rather materialistic, and was shocked that she only stayed with Adrian because she liked the lifestyle - even though Adrian was a controlling maniac! Having said this, I found the short novella completely gripping and couldn't put it down! I was so invested in what would happen to Tash that I just had to continue reading it. Towards the end of the book I will say that Tash's personality got a bit better so perhaps we was just seeing how much she had to change for Adrian? She definitely gets better as the book goes on and starts becoming her old self again. I think this is a very promising series and I can't wait to read the other two. It was a great read and I really enjoyed it, I just found that main character Tash let it down in some parts. I enjoyed the location and it was nice to read about some of the characters from Georgia's other novels. Thank you to the publisher for a chance to read this novel via Netgalley, which I have reviewed honestly.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I received a free copy of this ebook ARC from the author, Netgalley, and the publishing company in exchange for an honest review. Tash is a very successful and popular real estate agent in the town she lives in. When her friend Amy drags her to a book club that is being started at Millie's Little Book Café, Tash agrees not knowing that her manipulative boyfriend Adrian is jealous of who she meets there and of everything she does when not with him. Tash discovers the truth about him and decides to I received a free copy of this ebook ARC from the author, Netgalley, and the publishing company in exchange for an honest review. Tash is a very successful and popular real estate agent in the town she lives in. When her friend Amy drags her to a book club that is being started at Millie's Little Book Café, Tash agrees not knowing that her manipulative boyfriend Adrian is jealous of who she meets there and of everything she does when not with him. Tash discovers the truth about him and decides to break up with him. Will she be able to do so before he turns as violent as Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights? Read on and find out for yourself. This was a pretty good romantic comedy chic-lit novel and is the first of a three part series. If you enjoy books about book clubs and romance, be sure to check this book out for yourself. It is now available wherever books are sold.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grace J Reviewerlady

    A trip to Berecombe - my summer is complete! Things have moved on in the town, but the story is as delicious as ever. Tash, manager of the local estate agents, is happily settled with her long-term boyfriend, Adrian - but lately it all seems to be about him. Her friend and co-worker Emma decides they are both going to attend the inaugural meeting of a new book club and won't take 'no' for an answer. To her surprise, Tash actually rather enjoys herself - could it be something to do with the new re A trip to Berecombe - my summer is complete! Things have moved on in the town, but the story is as delicious as ever. Tash, manager of the local estate agents, is happily settled with her long-term boyfriend, Adrian - but lately it all seems to be about him. Her friend and co-worker Emma decides they are both going to attend the inaugural meeting of a new book club and won't take 'no' for an answer. To her surprise, Tash actually rather enjoys herself - could it be something to do with the new resident, Kit? I've so enjoyed my Berecombe 'fix'. The kind of seaside town we would all like to holiday in - if not take up residence! Things have moved on since we visited Millie Vanilla's cafe, although it still features in the story. It's lovely to catch up with those we know and love who are now taking a back seat with the focus shifting to new characters. As always with this author, the story is light-hearted and packed with fun and laughter whilst there is a darker side to make you think. Reading in bed, I laughed and shook with laughter so hard that my sleeping husband began to stir. So enjoyable! I'm really looking forward to the next book - it's so good to be back I can almost smell the sea and hear the waves! An absolutely gorgeous series - it's good to be back! My thanks to publishers HarperImpulse for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    I normally love this author’s books and to be fair I did enjoy this story but there was a nasty fattest undercurrent that really put me off. Quotes like this -‘Amy would be able to eat the entire picnic , Tash was sure. But like a lot of chubby women, she was too self conscious to eat too much in public. Tash knew the signs. She’d been like it once.’ - made me dislike the main character, the underlying idea that you can’t possibly have a wonderful life until you lose weight really rankled. I mea I normally love this author’s books and to be fair I did enjoy this story but there was a nasty fattest undercurrent that really put me off. Quotes like this -‘Amy would be able to eat the entire picnic , Tash was sure. But like a lot of chubby women, she was too self conscious to eat too much in public. Tash knew the signs. She’d been like it once.’ - made me dislike the main character, the underlying idea that you can’t possibly have a wonderful life until you lose weight really rankled. I mean ‘chubby women’? Generalising much?!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mel Rawoteea

    My Thoughts After reading my first Georgia Hill novel, I went on the hunt for more from this series and I found this gem! It is the first in the three part series. I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the series and it was a very interesting read. It dealt with a serious issue which Georgia portrayed extremely well. “Everyone told her she had the perfect life. How could she admit it was anything but?” I loved meeting all the characters again and it answered some of my questions about them. This partic My Thoughts After reading my first Georgia Hill novel, I went on the hunt for more from this series and I found this gem! It is the first in the three part series. I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the series and it was a very interesting read. It dealt with a serious issue which Georgia portrayed extremely well. “Everyone told her she had the perfect life. How could she admit it was anything but?” I loved meeting all the characters again and it answered some of my questions about them. This particular character, Tash, had a difficult childhood which gave her a low self-esteem, which led her to Adrian. “Adrian Williams was older than her, an established property developer, obviously monied and the most sophisticated man who had ever taken an interest.” Tash didn’t have many close friends and she was a workaholic so her only socialising was with Adrian, who even pulled her away from her family with his controlling ways. When she joined the book club she realised how unhappy she really was. With the encouragement and support of her new friends, she was able to break away and start to focus on herself. “She missed the simpler pleasures she’d enjoyed before him...she used to love walking her parents’ dog. She hadn’t seen them for ages...so she decided - once Adrian left for work, she’d go and have a coffee with her mother and borrow the dog for a few hours.” This book was a very enjoyable one and I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a short, light hearted read, but still has substance with a happy ending. “She was so tired and dreamy from the champagne that she felt she was floating. Or maybe it was the beginnings of happiness?” This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release

  17. 4 out of 5

    Georgina Wyatt

    I finished this in one sitting as the title intrigued me and I got into it, it took me about 3 hours to complete. This isn't a book for domestic violence survivors or animal lovers, I finished the book 10 minutes ago and I have to admit I'm still angry with the main male lead. I know millions of women probably suffer daily but it was raw and emotional, I cant say I'd recommend this book because I wouldn't, but if someone asked me about it I'd say it was good but raw and intense hence the 3 stars I finished this in one sitting as the title intrigued me and I got into it, it took me about 3 hours to complete. This isn't a book for domestic violence survivors or animal lovers, I finished the book 10 minutes ago and I have to admit I'm still angry with the main male lead. I know millions of women probably suffer daily but it was raw and emotional, I cant say I'd recommend this book because I wouldn't, but if someone asked me about it I'd say it was good but raw and intense hence the 3 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sally Coles

    Tash lives in Berecombe with her boyfriend Adrian, but since they have moved in together he has changed and become possessive and jealous...... not attractive qualities! When a new book club gets set up Emma, Tash's best friend, insists that they go along, even though it really isn't Tash's cup of tea, and surprisingly she enjoys it....... maybe something to do with the farmer Kit! A lovely light read and great to be back in Berecombe so definitely looking forward to the next two books Tash lives in Berecombe with her boyfriend Adrian, but since they have moved in together he has changed and become possessive and jealous...... not attractive qualities! When a new book club gets set up Emma, Tash's best friend, insists that they go along, even though it really isn't Tash's cup of tea, and surprisingly she enjoys it....... maybe something to do with the farmer Kit! A lovely light read and great to be back in Berecombe so definitely looking forward to the next two books

  19. 4 out of 5

    MoMo

    This is the first Georgia Hill book I have read.  I enjoyed it and would recommend this author as an easy sweet and light read – perfect for the beach - with a shaded undercurrent running through it. This is the first of four in ‘The Little Book Café’ series and tells of Tash’s story while introducing the other locals which I am sure will feature in the rest of the series. I found the story a bit predictable and the first half is a bit repetitive however the book as a whole captivates the reader This is the first Georgia Hill book I have read.  I enjoyed it and would recommend this author as an easy sweet and light read – perfect for the beach - with a shaded undercurrent running through it. This is the first of four in ‘The Little Book Café’ series and tells of Tash’s story while introducing the other locals which I am sure will feature in the rest of the series. I found the story a bit predictable and the first half is a bit repetitive however the book as a whole captivates the reader as the story progresses.  I will be reading the rest of the series and also look out for other Georgia Hill books for my next holiday read. Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Impulse for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Webley

    This is the first Georgia Hill book I have read. I read it in one sitting in about an hour and a half so a fairly easy book to pick up and read when you want something to delve into but maybe not commit a massive amount of time. I have no prior knowledge of any of previous books so wasn't aware or familiar with the characters but I believe that if you have read previous titles you would be. I don't think it changes your enjoyment of this book, as a standalone it works well too. I didn't feel I'd This is the first Georgia Hill book I have read. I read it in one sitting in about an hour and a half so a fairly easy book to pick up and read when you want something to delve into but maybe not commit a massive amount of time. I have no prior knowledge of any of previous books so wasn't aware or familiar with the characters but I believe that if you have read previous titles you would be. I don't think it changes your enjoyment of this book, as a standalone it works well too. I didn't feel I'd missed out. This is the first in a set of three new stories and focuses on Tash. Tash is in a relationship with Adrian and immediately I realised this was not a woman in a happy relationship. She was off with friends, in a bad mood and generally not a happy lady. You come to see how, although she loves the comfortable and lavish lifestyle Adrian can give her, she doesn't love him and in fact she comes to realise he isn't treating her that well at all. Possessive, controlling and demeaning - Adrian is not the type of man Tash wants to be with let alone marry. Tash meets someone at the new book club in town. With their help, and a series of incidents Tash realises she needs to move on with her life in her own way. After events take a really dark turn, Tash manages to escape and turns to the one person she knows will treat her well. Some aspects of the story annoyed me - the thinly veiled 'fat shaming' vibe of Tash towards Amy, "She could eat the whole picnic" - I felt were just mean and I admit made me dislike her a bit. Not that I think she should go through all she does but I think she has turned into the bully she didn't like at school. Overall I liked it and would read all others by the author. Their is a darker storyline involved that the pretty front cover presents. It is an easy read with some decent characters. I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    The Little Book Café: Part One Tash’s Story by Georgia Hill is a super fun romantic romp — book one in a new three-part series perfect for fans of Willow Cottage and The Canal Boat Cafe. Local estate agent Tash isn’t sure she wants to join the book club at Berecombe’s lovely new bookshop and café. Her friend Emma drags her there, believing she MUST have time away from her clingy boyfriend Adrian. Yes, he’s a great guy who truly loves her, but he’s becoming possessive of late. So when Tash meets g The Little Book Café: Part One Tash’s Story by Georgia Hill is a super fun romantic romp — book one in a new three-part series perfect for fans of Willow Cottage and The Canal Boat Cafe. Local estate agent Tash isn’t sure she wants to join the book club at Berecombe’s lovely new bookshop and café. Her friend Emma drags her there, believing she MUST have time away from her clingy boyfriend Adrian. Yes, he’s a great guy who truly loves her, but he’s becoming possessive of late. So when Tash meets gorgeous new local farmer Kit, awash in scruffy beard and laid-back style, she’s entranced. Maybe the book club is a better way to spend time than she thought! What will happen with Tash and Adrian ... or Tash and Kit? You’ll have to read this highly recommended heartwarming romance to find out! 5/5 Pub Date 03 Aug 2018 Thanks to Harper Impulse and Killer Reads and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #TheLittleBookCafe #NetGalley

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    Awww I have so much love do the first chapter in the new series of Georgia Hill an author whose books I absolutely adore. In this book we meet Tash whose life has got into a little bit of a rut who has been persuaded by her best friend to join the new book club that s held at Millie Vanillas supcake cafe. (It was so lovely to meet up with Millie again and find out what she has been up to) Tash is going out with Aiden who is the worlds biggest jerk, a manipulative ass which Tash doesn’t see his t Awww I have so much love do the first chapter in the new series of Georgia Hill an author whose books I absolutely adore. In this book we meet Tash whose life has got into a little bit of a rut who has been persuaded by her best friend to join the new book club that s held at Millie Vanillas supcake cafe. (It was so lovely to meet up with Millie again and find out what she has been up to) Tash is going out with Aiden who is the worlds biggest jerk, a manipulative ass which Tash doesn’t see his true colours until it is almost too late. But a chance encounter with lovely local farmer Kit who has also joined the book club. Might be the just the person who Tash needs to be her knight in shining armour. This book is really, really fabulous and I simply cannot wait until part two. I loved it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eve beinguniquebooks

    As Tash joins the Millie's café book club, she meets other villagers including Kit a nice local man. As Tash grows wearier of her fiancé, Aidan, his controlling behaviour growing worse than ever as he amps it up to include violence and drugs, not just his demanding sexual desires she detests feeling demeanored, Tash begins to feel unsafe and lost. All she knows is Kit is kind and so are the rest of the book club and her work colleagues, hopefully they can help her out... It was a shocking read to As Tash joins the Millie's café book club, she meets other villagers including Kit a nice local man. As Tash grows wearier of her fiancé, Aidan, his controlling behaviour growing worse than ever as he amps it up to include violence and drugs, not just his demanding sexual desires she detests feeling demeanored, Tash begins to feel unsafe and lost. All she knows is Kit is kind and so are the rest of the book club and her work colleagues, hopefully they can help her out... It was a shocking read to say the least as we build up to Aidan's jealousy reaching sky high levels. It wasn't a typical girly read as it combines such a negative character into the mix, but life does that anyway sometimes! A read for anyone whom can handle a domestic abuse storyline as it does include a lot of behaviour surrounding that.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed the Little Book Cafe series but this one was my favourite. I loved reading about Tash but I loved even more when she left her horrible boyfriend! I hated Adrian as a character so much that I almost didn’t want to read the book ha! But of course I did because I was hooked by the storyline. I wish it could have been a little longer but still really enjoyed it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kel

    I started this book this afternoon and read in one sitting, it isn't a very long book but this book launches straight into the story and very quickly you see what Tash is yet to see. A brilliant book with a quick pace that I really enjoyed and can't wait to read book 2! I started this book this afternoon and read in one sitting, it isn't a very long book but this book launches straight into the story and very quickly you see what Tash is yet to see. A brilliant book with a quick pace that I really enjoyed and can't wait to read book 2!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsay

    great start to this series can't wait for next one. this ties in with Millie vanillas cupcake cafe great start to this series can't wait for next one. this ties in with Millie vanillas cupcake cafe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This novel is the first in a trilogy set in the lovely seaside town of Berecombe. It tells Tash’s story although other familiar characters from Millie Vanilla’s Café are also included. Tash and Adrian are living together in their lovely new home. They are both proud of themselves. They have good, well paid jobs, spare cash to spend on luxuries and a lovely home. All of these accomplishments are very important to them both. They are a couple in love, they are settled and the world is their oyster This novel is the first in a trilogy set in the lovely seaside town of Berecombe. It tells Tash’s story although other familiar characters from Millie Vanilla’s Café are also included. Tash and Adrian are living together in their lovely new home. They are both proud of themselves. They have good, well paid jobs, spare cash to spend on luxuries and a lovely home. All of these accomplishments are very important to them both. They are a couple in love, they are settled and the world is their oyster. Recently Adrian has seemed to change from an easy-going and fun loving boyfriend to a more possessive, controlling and clingy man. He begrudges her training schedule for a start and does not like her to go out without him anymore. He moans when she wants to go out to the inaugural meeting of the local book club with her friend Emma. She knows she needs to spend time away from Adrian once in a while. He is so intense. He’s changed and she’s not sure she likes these changes. He is critical and unpredictable. Never-the less Tash and Emma do go to the book club where she meets Kit who is a laid back farmer. They talk about anything and everything easily and Tash looks forward to spending time at the next meeting. He’s a really nice guy, but she knows Adrian would be jealous of their fledgling friendship. There would definitely be trouble brewing on the horizon if he ever thought he had a rival. I enjoyed reading this novella but I definitely didn’t like Adrian or Tash. They were very materialistic and critical. I liked Kit because he was at ease with himself, friendly and good hearted. He was level-headed and helpful and an all-round nice man. The novel was all about friendship, loyalty and trust. I thought the issue of abuse was dark and worrying, but also good to bring into a story context, especially as it was within a partnership. Domestic abuse is a taboo subject and needs to be brought out into the open. Two more 'The Little Book Café' novellas are soon to follow. ‘Emma’s Story’ is published on 21st September then soon after on 5th October it is ‘Amy’s Story’, the third part of the trilogy is published. On 13th December each part is united into the Little Book Café’. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from publisher HarperImpulse through my membership of NetGalley. Thank you for my copy sent in return for an honest and unbiased review. It’s a 3.5* review from me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    I enjoyed Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe series and expected this one to be similar. It does feature some of the characters I met previously, but this story has a much darker tone. Outwardly Tash appears ambitious and successful, her property developer boyfriend dotes on her, and she has the lifestyle she always aspired to. She's only attending the book club for her friend Emma and considers it a waste of time. The first book club meeting is pivotal in Tash's life. It highlights the cracks in her I enjoyed Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe series and expected this one to be similar. It does feature some of the characters I met previously, but this story has a much darker tone. Outwardly Tash appears ambitious and successful, her property developer boyfriend dotes on her, and she has the lifestyle she always aspired to. She's only attending the book club for her friend Emma and considers it a waste of time. The first book club meeting is pivotal in Tash's life. It highlights the cracks in her perfect facade and makes her wonder if a different life would suit her better. Tash's gradual realisation that something isn't right in her relationship is accompanied by out of character forgetfulness. Adrian's attitude towards her is increasingly controlling, and she knows something needs to change but is she strong enough to face the challenge? Natasha's character development is extensive as the story progresses, and her strength of character finally lets her be the person she is. Adrian is a dark, draining individual with dangerous secrets. The suspense and menace in this story intensify with every scene as Tash fights for her identity. The ending is powerful and satisfying and makes me want to see what happens next. Not what you'd expect from this author but riveting reading. I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany M

    This is the first book I have read by Georgia Hill and I have to say that I cannot wait to read the series before this-Millie Vanilla’s story. I also cannot wait to read the other books in “The Little Book Café” series. I do have to admit that what drew me to this book was the cute Westie on the cover. Reading Tash’s story was a hard one for me to read, emotionally. The book took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like Tash and her story. She seemed a This is the first book I have read by Georgia Hill and I have to say that I cannot wait to read the series before this-Millie Vanilla’s story. I also cannot wait to read the other books in “The Little Book Café” series. I do have to admit that what drew me to this book was the cute Westie on the cover. Reading Tash’s story was a hard one for me to read, emotionally. The book took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like Tash and her story. She seemed a little haughty, and pretentious. Reading further in the book though, I hated Tash. I screamed at her and was mad she could not see what Adrian was doing to her. Then when I realized Tash had no idea, I had sympathy for her and wanted to beat the crap out of Adrian. Especially after poor Benji! That just made me want to snuggle with my Westie forever. Georgia Hill captivated me with her words and story. Although I had trouble with some of the British slang and terminology, I had to Google it. This is a great summer read and made me longing to be near the beach. I hope Georgia Hill writes more about Tash and her life after Adrian. I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Walton

    The Little Book Cafe is a series set in the seaside town of Berecombe, Tash's story is the first instalment in the line up of visits to this quaint part of the world. Tash is living her perfect life, with a promising career, a showroom house and a passionate relationship, to rival that of Cathy and Heathcliffe, but is a perfect surface enough? Beneath lies a web of manipulation in the form of Adrian, Tash's boyfriend. This book starts off with all the characteristics of a charming easy read rom-co The Little Book Cafe is a series set in the seaside town of Berecombe, Tash's story is the first instalment in the line up of visits to this quaint part of the world. Tash is living her perfect life, with a promising career, a showroom house and a passionate relationship, to rival that of Cathy and Heathcliffe, but is a perfect surface enough? Beneath lies a web of manipulation in the form of Adrian, Tash's boyfriend. This book starts off with all the characteristics of a charming easy read rom-com, but I soon found myself deeply immersed in a somewhat grittier storyline than what I initially thought I was letting myself in for. The book took me through a range of emotions as I traversed the storyline with Tash. These emotions suggest how well her characters are formed by their ability to pull such feelings from a reader, ensuring that the book had a page-turning quality as I continued to read on to find out what happened next. This is not your typical rom-com read in many respects as this book surprised me, in a good way, with its grittier depth of storyline and I'm very much looking forward to reading more from this author.

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