Of Literature & Lattes
By Katherine Raey
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
Content Warnings: None
Thomas Nelson Publishing
*cue dramatic voice* A control freak who owns a coffee shop. A girl caught up in a scandal. Both unsuspecting humans caught up in a dangerous game called…life!
But really, to be serious, Of Literature and Lattes got a little bit zany as Alyssa, the former employee of a crooked company, and Jeremy, the control-obsessed city-slicker end up going to Winsome, both for very different reasons. Jeremy wants to be close to his daughter and open the coffee shop of his dreams. Alyssa doesn’t want to return to her home-town but is out of options. Both have their own central plot that weaves around the other, telling the story of not only themselves, but the stories of the people of Winsome, as their decisions affect those around them.
Things started off tense and worrying, and the punches would be pulled, only to lull me into a sense of security before Katherine Reay would pull out another not-so-crazy situation. I liked Jeremy instantly, as I can be a tiny bit of a control freak myself. Alyssa I had to warm up to, as I’m a mama’s girl and the character doesn’t have the best relationship with her mom, due to events that happened in the previous book, The Printed Letter Bookshop, which I didn’t read. Despite that fact, I could still orient myself enough in this world to read it without the other book.
Of Literature and Lattes was a fun and fast read. However, I wasn’t a fan of the constant point-of-view switching, bringing us into the heads of other inhabitants of Winsome, like Jill of the Sweet Shoppe, or Father Luke, or George, the town’s resident old man. I felt like the story could have been more engaging if it had stayed in Alyssa and Jeremy’s heads. Even if the point-of-view switching did give us insight into the people around them.
I also felt a little confused as to the romance. It just appeared out of nowhere. At least to me. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a blind old maid, but it just was like, boom! insta-romance. These two love each other, kay?
There were a few clever twists at the end of the book and it finished off in a pleasant note. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary, romance, and coffee. There was lots and lots of coffee. I’m a tea-drinker myself, but this book made me want to try a latte!
I Rate It: 4 stars
About the Book:
With the help of a small town’s charm and its quirky residents, two people discover the beauty and romance of second chances.
After fleeing home three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never wanted to return. But after the Silicon Valley start-up where she works collapses and turns her world upside down, she finds herself broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she returns to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup and then move on. Yet as friends and family welcome her back, she beings to envision a future in this small Midwestern community.
Jeremy Mitchell moves from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he’s been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money—and he’s not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders is something might grow between them—but force beyond their control soon complicate their already complicated lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated.
Return to the cozy and delightful town of Winsome as two people discover the grace of letting go and the joy found in unexpected change.
About the Author:
Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Bronte Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, and former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL.