Tuesday 18 February 2020

Review - The 24-Hour Café by Libby Page

The 24-Hour Café by Libby Page
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Release date: 23 January 2020
Back cover blurb: Welcome to the café that never sleeps. Day and night, Stella's Café opens its doors to the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It's a place where everyone is always welcome, where life can wait at the door. Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They love working at Stella's - the different people they meet, the small kindnesses exchanged. But is it time to step outside and make their own way in life? Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella's Café, where one day might just be enough to change your life . . .

The 24-Hour Café, or as it's officially known, Stella's Café literally never sleeps. It's home to waitress friends and flat mates, Hannah and Mona who both harbour dreams of being on stage in the West End.

Hannah as a singer, Mona as a dancer.

Now I am a huge fan of people watching at the best of times, I could literally sit in my local coffee shop all day doing it, but if I lived anywhere near Stella's I would probably be in there for days.

Maybe weeks, maybe permanently as it never closes (and the choice of food and drinks sound divine!).

We meet Hannah and Mona in the middle of the night as Mona finishes her shift, and Hannah is about to begin hers. Hannah has had some bad news, which she is reluctant to share with her friend, as she doesn't want to bring either of them down.

These are tough times for the pair, as their friends are getting married, having children, successful careers, and Hannah and Mona are still waitressing, dreaming of a better life - is it time to move on?

Then Mona receives some news that will test their friendship to it's limits, as there are things that she has been hiding from Hannah in order to protect her.

The 24-Hour Café will always be there through the most challenging of times, but will Hannah and Mona's friendship survive the same?

The 24-Hour Café is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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