Review: Of Literature and Lattes

Of Literature and Lattes


Katherine Reay returns to the cozy and delightful town of Winsome where two people discover the grace of letting go and the joy found in unexpected change.

After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup then move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community.

Jeremy Mitchell moved 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 if something might grow between them—but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated.

With the help of Winsome’s small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.

Rating: 3.5-stars


I have read several of Katherine Reay’s novels. This one is her latest release and I thought I would love it. Unfortunately, I felt like I was dragging myself to the finish line. The story was slow and not really interesting. The beginning should have captured my attention. I was devastated. I wanted to like this book a lot. It had potential. Small-towns, Christian Fiction, and second chance stories are one of my favorites to read. But this lacked in expectations. The characters were okay. I just could not get attached to them nor the story. Their journey felt like it was being told rather than showing me. I know this writer can write well. I loved her previous books. Each of her other novels were similar in genre but were much more engaging to the reader, like myself, than this one was. Overall, Of Literature & Lattes just didn’t hit it off with me.


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