Not long into The New Beginnings Coffee Club, I was reminded of the quote attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt: “A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong it is until you put it in hot water.”
Jenny, the main character in Samantha Tonge’s latest book, has definitely been dunked in hot water but I really enjoyed seeing this strong woman find her way.
Here’s the blurb:
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!
Without giving anything away that would spoil it, there are hidden depths to this book, which make it all the more impressive, in my opinion.
It’s so easy to get lost in the warm-hearted story, as all of the characters, not just Jenny, have their own intriguing tales to tell.
And Samantha Tonge is adept at making sure each chapter hooks you in so you just have to keep reading long into the night.
Having said that, while it was really is an enjoyable read, admirably tackling some challenging issues, everything seemed like it was resolved a little too easily – and I know that’s generally what you want from this sort of book but it just didn’t quite work for me.
Mind you, I’m still happily giving it four stars and I don’t think you would regret popping it in your bag as you head off on your summer holidays.
My rating: Four stars.
With thanks to HQ Digital (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for my honest opinion.