“Opinion in Portuguese: http://darktalesblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/o-cafe-do-amor-deborah-smith-opiniao/”Nidia (Dark Tales blog) wrote this review Sunday, July 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was surprised by this book; it had more substance than I expected. It was on my Nook when I sat down in the St Louis airport to wait for my plane. I was looking for a "no brainer" to pass the time. The story line was different and the characters were better developed than I expected they would be. I will consider reading other titles by this author. ”Theresa wrote this review Thursday, July 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a great southern fiction novel. There is romance, but it is more about family and how people respond to tragedy in their lives. I love the small town setting with the family members who seem quirky, but actually have a lot of substance and character. I love the flaws in the hero and heroine. Deborah Smith is able to add a significant amount of humor into her stories that really fits the situation without seeming forced. ”Mildred wrote this review Thursday, June 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ it all starts with horrible grief, unlivable pain, and a ruined future. Yes, this phenix story has to start from a very hot smoldering fire. It is painful to read, many parts will rip at your soul, but there is a chance for something more. If you give it a shot you'll find a heartbreakingly lovely story, filled with pain and hope, and maybe even some happiness. Stop by the Crossroads Cafe and enjoy your biscuits and gravy while you're there.
The author brings two lost souls together in an unusual place. A place of solitude, comforts, and small town charms. A man suffering from grief after his wife and son are killed jumping from a tower on 9-11. A woman, a supermodel known for her beauty is burned and scared and alone in her floundering recovery. Everything they knew of who they are is gone, they must let go of the pain. That is always easier said then done. Suicide, drinking, overdoses, anger, solitude, these are many ways to hide from the truth of their lives.
Ms. Smith brought a lot of reality into her story. There are numerous scenes from the burn treatments which are nerve racking for me a burn surviver. But, they do relate the horrible pain that goes along with it. I imagine the pain suffered from the survivors of 9-11 is fairly accurate too. She handled the trauma very well without going to deep.
“I liked some things about this book--the characters were generally believable and engaging, it often made me laugh or smile, and the plot was not totally beyond the bounds of reality, mostly. However, there were problems with it as well. No one I know (and I converse daily with incredibly intelligent and educated people) talks like Cathy and Thomas often did. The conversations were well written, but too cerebral and psychological. On the plus side, I loved the descriptions of the area and now long to visit North Carolina and the Appalachians. ”Maggie S wrote this review Wednesday, May 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“I truly loved the story in this book with one exception... they had to go and add "adult situations" that could have so been left out. The main story centers on two people who have had tragic losses - Tom lost his wife and small son in the destruction of the Trade Towers, Cathy had been the most beautiful woman in the world until a horrific accident burned one side of her body from face to foot. Yes I know kinda sappy but actually a good story (with that one exception - sorry)”Virginia L wrote this review Friday, October 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“the story was good..there was alot of language”rhonda g wrote this review Thursday, September 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a really good story, I really felt along with the characters. Some of the more intimate details got a bit crude for me, but the story was captivating. I loved the way she developed the character of Cathy and slowly released the detail of Thomas' life. Very entertaining.”Annette B wrote this review Wednesday, May 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No