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Wedding bells ring out in Budbury as the Comfort Food Café and its cosy community of regulars are gearing up for a big celebration… But Auburn Longville doesn’t have time for that! Between caring for her poorly mum, moving in with her sister and running the local pharmacy, life is busy enough – and it’s about to get busier. Chaos arrives in the form of a figure from her Wedding bells ring out in Budbury as the Comfort Food Café and its cosy community of regulars are gearing up for a big celebration… But Auburn Longville doesn’t have time for that! Between caring for her poorly mum, moving in with her sister and running the local pharmacy, life is busy enough – and it’s about to get busier. Chaos arrives in the form of a figure from her past putting her quaint village life and new relationship with gorgeous Finn Jensen in jeopardy. It’s time for Auburn to face up to some life changing decisions. Settle in for a slice of wedding cake at the Comfort Food Café – a place where friendships are made for life and nobody ever wants to leave.


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Wedding bells ring out in Budbury as the Comfort Food Café and its cosy community of regulars are gearing up for a big celebration… But Auburn Longville doesn’t have time for that! Between caring for her poorly mum, moving in with her sister and running the local pharmacy, life is busy enough – and it’s about to get busier. Chaos arrives in the form of a figure from her Wedding bells ring out in Budbury as the Comfort Food Café and its cosy community of regulars are gearing up for a big celebration… But Auburn Longville doesn’t have time for that! Between caring for her poorly mum, moving in with her sister and running the local pharmacy, life is busy enough – and it’s about to get busier. Chaos arrives in the form of a figure from her past putting her quaint village life and new relationship with gorgeous Finn Jensen in jeopardy. It’s time for Auburn to face up to some life changing decisions. Settle in for a slice of wedding cake at the Comfort Food Café – a place where friendships are made for life and nobody ever wants to leave.

30 review for A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    3 - "We shall make the world a better place, one cake at a time…" Stars. So we reach the end of the Comfort Food Café series with Pharmacist Auburn Longville’s story wrapping things with the village and residents of Budbury up. Gosh… I’m annoying. As much as I have loved this series, the last couple of books have definitely been less enjoyable for me, A Wedding at the Comfort Food Café being a bit of a disappointment all round. Don’t get me wrong, it was easy enough to read, with the usual wit, 3 - "We shall make the world a better place, one cake at a time…" Stars. So we reach the end of the Comfort Food Café series with Pharmacist Auburn Longville’s story wrapping things with the village and residents of Budbury up. Gosh… I’m annoying. As much as I have loved this series, the last couple of books have definitely been less enjoyable for me, A Wedding at the Comfort Food Café being a bit of a disappointment all round. Don’t get me wrong, it was easy enough to read, with the usual wit, one liners, and razor sharp banter that I have come to expect from the author, but whereas the earlier books were quirky and offering unique spins on stories, we have been moving into lackluster and predictable and this final installment had massive ticks in both the aforementioned boxes. "We’ve come a long way haven’t we…?" Its safe to say the author was always going to struggle to win me over with one of my most detested tropes taking front of stage (view spoiler)[love triangle (hide spoiler)] but at the end of the book what frustrated me the most was how it was all wrapped up in a matter of paragraphs and to my mind felt like it a wholly been used as filler material to give an otherwise emaciated storyline a little bit of fleshing out. We may not all be related by blood, but we are a family… This series will always hold a place in my heart, I just feel a little underwhelmed by its end, my favorite bit was at the start when the author gave you her thoughts and ideas on what everyone’s life was likely to be like a few years on, in a way that is the book I wish she had written, a Budbury - Ten Years On, book instead of the one we got. I’ll still look avidly for new titles from Debbie, her down to earth writing style and characters always hold an appeal, even if sometimes the story-lines don’t necessarily ring all my bells, but then life would be boring if everything pleased everyone all the time wouldn’t it. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Radley

    3.5 stars. Didn't enjoy this latest story of The Comfort Food Cafe as much as the others. However as this was Debbie Johnson's last story of the little cafe and the regulars, it was nicely rounded off. Alert: If you haven't read the 5 previous books, don't read this one first.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Agi

    Auburn, the former wild child, has settled in Budbury. She, with the brilliant red hair, still tries to stop smoking and sometimes drinks too much, but she's happy in her skin - finally. Her relationship with the gorgeous Finn is going from strength to strength and really, everything looks peachy. That is, until one day, one shock revelation sees the light of day and an unexpected visitor arrives - and this sends Auburn back to her reckless day in Spain. She starts to question her choices - Auburn, the former wild child, has settled in Budbury. She, with the brilliant red hair, still tries to stop smoking and sometimes drinks too much, but she's happy in her skin - finally. Her relationship with the gorgeous Finn is going from strength to strength and really, everything looks peachy. That is, until one day, one shock revelation sees the light of day and an unexpected visitor arrives - and this sends Auburn back to her reckless day in Spain. She starts to question her choices - shall she stay in Budbury? Did she really change or is she still, deep down in heart, looking for adventures? I love the Comfort Food Cafe series, and I am also the one always telling that the cafe should be real, and I think I will miss the characters but I also think that it's the best time to stop the series now - the author can so beautifully and gorgeously explore all kinds of feelings, she can so well write about emotions, and the way the characters are able to speak about it all is truly amazing but I simply think that the lovely formula has just run out. Though I will be the first in the virtual queue to put my hand high and admit that I'd love to hear more from Laura - especially Laura. The author has also told us at the beginning of the book how she sees the characters in the future - and as much as I loved reading it, for me they should all simply stay in Budbury. They just belong there and make the place so great. This story was as well filled with larger than life characters, real feelings, delicious cakes, wild parties, tons of dramas and troubles, and this all written in this gorgeous, chatty, humorous writing style. Those books brought me so much joy and happy tears, as they were so warm and inviting, and full of the overwhelming feel - good factor. The way they are written is absolutely inimitable but I think that those were the characters that made the series so exceptional and special - loveable, real and realistic. As usual the main character, and this time we get a focus on Willow's sister Auburn, has secrets she hides, problems and skeletons in the closet. However, as it usually happens, the secrets have a habit of catching up with you. I quickly learnt that there is always much more to Debbie Johnson's characters than meet the eye, that you can't judge them, that you simply have to give them time, and it was the same with Auburn. What I really liked in her was the fact that she was totally honest, that she didn't want to hide her feelings, that she wanted to be frank with Finn. I raced through the pages of "A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe", as always, enjoying the gossip and characters' antics. Reading this book was like being back with your best friends, you really know the characters so well. They feel so real because they are moving, growing, maturing, changing, they become children and it feels like a wheel of life, like there is someone who's going to continue the characters' work, who's going to keep the place going. They care about each other and they are so honest and altruistic and you simply feel like a part of their gang. Shortly - it was another book about the power of friendship and trust, about second chances and love. Gorgeous and utterly compelling and I highly recommend it to you all. Copy provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Auburn Longville is the former wild child turned pharmacist, brilliant red hair (hence the name) with a few bad habits (trying to stop smoking, drinks too much on occasion), she has turned her life around and her new relationship with Finn Jensen seems to be going really well. Then, in what Auburn refers to as 'Diary Irony', someone from her past comes to sleepy Budbury to stir things up and lead Auburn to question her life. I've got to say I just love this series, set in a small village and Auburn Longville is the former wild child turned pharmacist, brilliant red hair (hence the name) with a few bad habits (trying to stop smoking, drinks too much on occasion), she has turned her life around and her new relationship with Finn Jensen seems to be going really well. Then, in what Auburn refers to as 'Diary Irony', someone from her past comes to sleepy Budbury to stir things up and lead Auburn to question her life. I've got to say I just love this series, set in a small village and centred on the Comfort Food Cafe run by the eccentric Cherie it's full of delicious cake, wild parties, real life family dramas and second chances. This book is yet another gem. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Bumped for release.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    After reading this one I’m no onger sad that the series is ending. I don’t much care for Auburn, she is pretty terrible and the storyline with Seb and Finn was just uncomfortable and juvenile. I was really into this series at first but the fringe characters got to be too much like caricatures of stereotypes. Did we ever find out who Joanne is/was? My copy was provided by NetGalley for review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Clough

    So sad this is the last one in the series as such an amazing good series and simply didn’t want it to end. This book is so well written and worth more than five stars as so good and you really enjoy spending time hearing about the cafe and all the friends there. Full of heartbreak, romance and friendship and facing up to your past to move forward. Also has weddings and babies a plenty. Very heartwarming read and amazingly good read. This book was based around Auburn she came home to help out her So sad this is the last one in the series as such an amazing good series and simply didn’t want it to end. This book is so well written and worth more than five stars as so good and you really enjoy spending time hearing about the cafe and all the friends there. Full of heartbreak, romance and friendship and facing up to your past to move forward. Also has weddings and babies a plenty. Very heartwarming read and amazingly good read. This book was based around Auburn she came home to help out her sister willow with her mum as it was to much for willow. She’s opened a chemist and is busy running that and of course has her wonderfully handsome Finn who is her boyfriend. But while she’s helping to organise a pink wedding for Laura before she has her twins her past catches up with her and she admits she’s married. She loves Finn and has to be honest to him but she needs to find out how she can get a divorce from her ex can she do it. Problem is while at Laura’s wedding she sees a face coming that she didn’t want to see as it is her ex and he’s rented one of the cottages and come to see Auburn to start with he’s saying he will give her what she wants if she really has no feeling for him. Finn is very unsettled about it all and they are all struggling but who will she fall for and will it be the right person. Will she get a wedding and will it be to the right person. So sad this series has finished as simply brilliant.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    I can't believe after 6 amazing books we finally have to say goodbye to Budbury, and The Comfort Food Cafe. I adore this series, but understand good things apparently must come to an end. So not only do we finally get Auburn;s story, we get to see Laura and Matt's story resolve itself. And what a story it is, with a massive secrete from Aubern's past being revealed. I loved meeting up with all the Comfort food regulars, and seeing the latest instalments in their lives. This was just a great feel I can't believe after 6 amazing books we finally have to say goodbye to Budbury, and The Comfort Food Cafe. I adore this series, but understand good things apparently must come to an end. So not only do we finally get Auburn;s story, we get to see Laura and Matt's story resolve itself. And what a story it is, with a massive secrete from Aubern's past being revealed. I loved meeting up with all the Comfort food regulars, and seeing the latest instalments in their lives. This was just a great feel good, massive celebration of a book, with a Wedding thrown in for good measure, and fabulous wedding it was too. I loved every second of this book. Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jane Linfoot

    A lovely standalone story here, if it's your first visit to the Comfort Food Cafe I guarantee you'll be rushing back to Budbury for more. Full of lovely, quirky characters and writing that fills your head with fabulous pictures of seaside Dorset, and the lovely village community and cliff-top cafe setting. But it's not all hot buttered toast, Auburn's struggles are gritty, and heartbreaking, I laughed and cried my way through the book, sometimes both at once. A wonderful book that made my heart A lovely standalone story here, if it's your first visit to the Comfort Food Cafe I guarantee you'll be rushing back to Budbury for more. Full of lovely, quirky characters and writing that fills your head with fabulous pictures of seaside Dorset, and the lovely village community and cliff-top cafe setting. But it's not all hot buttered toast, Auburn's struggles are gritty, and heartbreaking, I laughed and cried my way through the book, sometimes both at once. A wonderful book that made my heart soar.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pat Langhelt

    Lovely ending to this series I enjoyed and Debbie letter at the end Lovely ending to this series I enjoyed and Debbie letter at the end 😍

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bookworman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A nice ending to a lovely series. I enjoyed it so much, I went back and re-read the whole series for the third time. What a joy! ***SPOILER ALERT*** I’m giving this last book 3.5 instead of 4 stars because Seb really annoyed me with his game playing and manipulative ways. Auburn’s reaction to him when was being manipulative was frustrating because she just couldn’t see it. But I still loved the story and the future endings were very satisfying.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Webley

    I LOVE this series of books. The Comfort Food Cafe has brought me, as a reader, so much joy. What wonderful, feel good stories, warm, lovable characters and a wicked sense of fun and friendship - we have been spoiled with these books and feel part of that much loved community so, it's only right to feel a sense of grief creeping in knowing that this is our last visit. And what a flourishing finale it is! I was hooked from the off - which isn't unusual, you can always count on Debbie for a cosy, I LOVE this series of books. The Comfort Food Cafe has brought me, as a reader, so much joy. What wonderful, feel good stories, warm, lovable characters and a wicked sense of fun and friendship - we have been spoiled with these books and feel part of that much loved community so, it's only right to feel a sense of grief creeping in knowing that this is our last visit. And what a flourishing finale it is! I was hooked from the off - which isn't unusual, you can always count on Debbie for a cosy, engulfing hug of a book. I enjoy how we always get to focus on one of our much loved residents whilst still revisiting the lives of other characters. Auburn, the former wild child, has seemingly settled in Budbury, found love with Finn and is almost at a place where she'd agree her life was going well. With shock revelations and a visitor that sends Auburn right back to the wild, reckless days she thought she'd moved on from, we see how she distances herself from the wonderful Finn, she contemplates how her life could be moving forwards and we see her as she starts to question her choices, is it too hard in Budbury and should she give in to the temptation being offered? This book is everything we would expect from the Comfort Food Cafe - friendship, love, community. Everyone in place to support each other and welcome new additions - whether they end up being for the good of our favourite characters or not. I love how all of the characters have their own little back story and how it's interwoven into this one too. Although it is the last in a series of books it works well as a stand alone, but I urge anyone to read the other books too because they are just as good as this. A fantastic read to cosy up with, a gorgeous binge read or perfect for a holiday book. Thank you to Debbie Johnson, Netgalley and Harper Impulse and Killer Reads for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Clark

    This is bittersweet for me as i have read every book in this series and i found myself feeling rather emotional reading this one as it’s the last book of the series. I have loved every single book and this one didn’t disappoint either. Catching up with the gang has been an absolute rollercoaster as always. Debbie Johnson is an absolutely fabulous writer and has created one of my favourite places to visit and i almost feel like I’m part of their family when i read these books. Absolutely This is bittersweet for me as i have read every book in this series and i found myself feeling rather emotional reading this one as it’s the last book of the series. I have loved every single book and this one didn’t disappoint either. Catching up with the gang has been an absolute rollercoaster as always. Debbie Johnson is an absolutely fabulous writer and has created one of my favourite places to visit and i almost feel like I’m part of their family when i read these books. Absolutely fantastic! If you haven’t read any of #TheComfortFoodCafé series then i suggest you get online and order them all now, you will not be disappointed. It’s always emotional saying goodbye to a good series but this is one i will revisit again and again because i loved it so very much. I look forward to starting Debbie’s next series when it is available. #MrsCsHonestBookReviews #bookblogger #DebbieJohnson #bookreviewer #BudburyGang

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    A wonderful fitting ending to a fabulous series of books. I have loved this series so much and although I am sad that it is coming to an end. I’m happy that it ended in such a happy, wonderful way. Although I was saddened to read the lovely closing letter that Debbie wrote at the start of the book. Which told everyone what would happen in the book and beyond. Which was meant to be at the back of the book and not the front. This didn’t distract too much from the lovely book that Debbie had A wonderful fitting ending to a fabulous series of books. I have loved this series so much and although I am sad that it is coming to an end. I’m happy that it ended in such a happy, wonderful way. Although I was saddened to read the lovely closing letter that Debbie wrote at the start of the book. Which told everyone what would happen in the book and beyond. Which was meant to be at the back of the book and not the front. This didn’t distract too much from the lovely book that Debbie had written. Just be warned that if you are reading the e book and you come across the letter from Debbie at the start of the book. DO NOT READ IT. Read it after you have finished the book and it will leave you beaming with happiness.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sally Coles

    This story is mainly about Auburn, the red headed wild child who came back to Budbury to help look after her mother with dementia. Auburn has settled back into life running the pharmacy and starting a relationship with Finn, which seems to be going from strength to strength......... is she finally going to settle down and be happy or will her past catch up with her when she least expects it! Very sad that this is the last book in this brilliant series, as with all of the others this book is full This story is mainly about Auburn, the red headed wild child who came back to Budbury to help look after her mother with dementia. Auburn has settled back into life running the pharmacy and starting a relationship with Finn, which seems to be going from strength to strength......... is she finally going to settle down and be happy or will her past catch up with her when she least expects it! Very sad that this is the last book in this brilliant series, as with all of the others this book is full of warm lovable characters and it's great to catch up with everyone from the previous books. It can be read as a standalone but would definitely recommend reading them all

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This is my favourite chic lit series and I’m so sad that this will be the final book about the comfort food cafe. Just like all of the others this was full of humour, fun and romance and again as the others did left me wishing the comfort food cafe existed. The only reason this wasn’t a five stars for me was purely because it was centred around Auburn who was likeable enough but I’d have rather the final book in the series be more about some of the more popular characters which have appeared This is my favourite chic lit series and I’m so sad that this will be the final book about the comfort food cafe. Just like all of the others this was full of humour, fun and romance and again as the others did left me wishing the comfort food cafe existed. The only reason this wasn’t a five stars for me was purely because it was centred around Auburn who was likeable enough but I’d have rather the final book in the series be more about some of the more popular characters which have appeared throughout the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Frenchorchidea

    This is the Last book of the "Comfort Food Café" series and what a lovely one! This book is all about friendship and help within a small community. If only every village could be as the one as the one where the Comfort Food Café is, the world would be a much better place! In this village everybody help each other and it's so lovely to read! In this book we follow Auburn, a woman who tries to forget her wild past and her toxic ex-lover and to rebuild a brand new life in this little village but This is the Last book of the "Comfort Food Café" series and what a lovely one! This book is all about friendship and help within a small community. If only every village could be as the one as the one where the Comfort Food Café is, the world would be a much better place! In this village everybody help each other and it's so lovely to read! In this book we follow Auburn, a woman who tries to forget her wild past and her toxic ex-lover and to rebuild a brand new life in this little village but her past is going to suddenly reappear and she will have to make some tough choices. I recommend this book which can be read as a standalone even though it's part of a series. You will be able to understand everything that's going on even if you haven't read the other previous books. I give this book a 4 stars out of 5!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angela Newby

    I'm really sad this is the last in the series. Really going to miss my visits to The Comfort Food Cafe. The whole series was brilliant

  18. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I feel sad this is the last Comfort Food Cafe story - my favourite easy reads.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aileen

    Enjoyable, but glad this series is coming to an end. The stories are a little interchangeable, and very similar in the 'woman with a few issues, meets lovely bloke but all sorts of challenges in getting to the point where they walk off into the sunset, cheered on by the village'.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Steph Hayward-bailey

    A brilliant end to the series. I also loved the letter from the author trying up all the loose ends to the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily Yolland

    *Spoiler*. *Spoiler* So sad this series is at an end. Missing the comfort food cafe already. Over the last few years these stories have come to feel like old friends who will be missed until next time I read them.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    I have enjoyed all of the Comfort Food Cafe books. This one was a bit much. I did not truly embrace the narrative voice of this book. Auburn’s voice was a bit too whiny. This book just didn’t have enough of the magic from the other books, and I think it was Auburn’s voice. But it was nice to spend a little more time with the folks that frequent the Comfort Food Cafe. I will miss all of them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I was a little sad to finish this book as it was the last in the series. I have thoroughly enjoyed all 6 books. I have read them back to back. This had to be my favourite book of them all. I love all of the Characters but my favourite one has to be Laura. She had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. I don’t want to give to much away but for anyone who hasn’t read these books I can’t recommend them enough they are all brilliant books. I have discovered a new author to read and I will I was a little sad to finish this book as it was the last in the series. I have thoroughly enjoyed all 6 books. I have read them back to back. This had to be my favourite book of them all. I love all of the Characters but my favourite one has to be Laura. She had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. I don’t want to give to much away but for anyone who hasn’t read these books I can’t recommend them enough they are all brilliant books. I have discovered a new author to read and I will be definitely reading more books by Debbie Johnson.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma Crowley

    In the acknowledgements Debbie herself has admitted she is sad that this is the last book but that the time is right to end things as authors quite often keep a series endlessly running simply for the money and because it's easier. But when the ideas have run out and the series is still fresh and innovative now is the time to finish things. I would have hated to see the Comfort Food Cafe dragged out just for the sake of it because everything the readers have loved about this series would have In the acknowledgements Debbie herself has admitted she is sad that this is the last book but that the time is right to end things as authors quite often keep a series endlessly running simply for the money and because it's easier. But when the ideas have run out and the series is still fresh and innovative now is the time to finish things. I would have hated to see the Comfort Food Cafe dragged out just for the sake of it because everything the readers have loved about this series would have been tainted if future books just didn't have the same feeling and warmth. I feel it is fitting to conclude now and end things on a high and throughout the story I felt there was a real feeling of tying up loose ends. Auburn's story is the last to be told but that doesn't mean we don't get to hear from other characters or see further development of their plots from previous books. As usual there is plenty of recapping of previous books in a paragraph or two which allows new readers to become familiar with what has already happened. To be honest though, as this has been such a good series this last book would not the ideal starting place and to appreciate just how special Budbury, the café and all the wonderful people we have met truly are, you should read from the very beginning. Trust me there would be no better enjoyment than sitting and reading each book one after the other and just getting caught up in the magic that Debbie Johnson has created. As we return to the café perched high on a cliff top that overlooks the sea, the characters I have become so familiar with are preparing for a big event. Laura who was the first person to feature is about to get married to vet Matt. She is eight months pregnant with twins and all the women she has grown so close to are gathered together to hold a little party in anticipation of the upcoming wedding. When each person is tasked to describe their dream wedding, Auburn is caught in a conundrum. She returned to the village last year to help care for her mother Lynnie who has alzheimer's but she has been harbouring a secret which has been eating away at her. When the dream wedding question is posed everything comes spilling out and she reveals what has been bothering her. It turns out Auburn is already married and has been for quite some time. Why hasn't she said anything? How can she be dating the handsome Finn and not have said a word even to him? Just what else could Auburn be keeping secret? Auburn is a complex character who never seemed completely at ease in her skin. The story is told from her point of view and it was as if her brain could never settle and relax.That constant worries were rushing through her head and it was affecting how she was living on a day to day basis. This was one person where the past was affecting how she lived and enjoyed herself in the present and unless there was a significant resolution she would continue to go on like this forever. Now she has settled back in Budbury and done the right thing by returning to help her sister Willow care for her mother alongside Van, it's the time for her to put all past mistakes right. Running the pharmacy with help from Katie keeps her occupied and she feels she has fallen on her feet when it comes to her relationship with Finn. But for too long she ran from things, preferring always to be on the move escaping, fleeing and moving forward instead of facing the realities of the past. The burning question for me was why had she kept the marriage a secret and why had she not done anything about it considering she had been separated for several years. As the reasons become clear it's evident Auburn had been in a very tricky situation that she got totally caught up in and the deeper she became involved her judgement became clouded. Things were taken out of her hands because she lost control due to the nature of the relationship and what she found herself engaging in. A destructive path was being trod and if her close friends in Budbury knew what she was previously like they really wouldn't have thought she was the same person at all. But Auburn saw the light but at what cost? She makes a significant decision and before she knows it her ex Sebastian arrives on the scene seeking clarification as to what happened. But will old feelings resurface and when faced with a life changing choice will Auburn make the correct one? Auburn feels every time she attempts to relax and go with the flow and let happiness make a reappearance things go wrong but I think she needed to be open and willing to share the load with people. That's what this series has been about. The Comfort Food Cafe is at its centre and from that stems a unique group of women and their various partners who always want to be there for each other and to help out in any way. The feel good feelings and warmth ooze from the pages and I know countless people, myself included, really do wish that Budbury was real and that we could escape there away from the harsh realities of our lives. A family unit has been established and everyone I have read about is interconnected and interlinked in so many invisible ways. So I hoped that Auburn wouldn't bottle everything up and try to deal with the conundrum facing her all by herself. Cherie Moon, owner of the café and now in her seventies, had so much support and wisdom to offer, Auburn would have done well to go to her and have a chat. But I think Auburn was so used to being independent and working things out for herself that with this situation that she faced she felt she could manage things alone without truly expressing what she was feeling to anybody. I hoped she would change her mind as her heart was pulling her in different directions at different times. I couldn't really warm to Sebastian at all and I think that's because before he arrived we knew his history and that affected my opinion of him. My judgement was clouded and perhaps I should have kept an open mind like Auburn was doing. But I wondered could a leopard change his spots? Did he seem just too good to be true? But as for Finn, my god I fell hook, line and sinker for him. He was a character who I thought didn't have a dominating and overbearing presence throughout the book and it was all the better for it. He was subtly written and came in every now and then and backed up Auburn when she needed it. Finn was so understanding, considerate, patient, accommodating and kind. If he were to exist in real life I felt as a partner he would just be there for you every step of the way when you needed support. He would always have your back and shower you with love and attention. I thought it was brilliant that he never pressured Auburn. He gave her the free rein she needed because he somewhat removed himself from the situation which I thought was clever and showed that he was considering the bigger, long term picture. I just wondered would Auburn understand what he was doing and would this help her in the life changing decisions she had to make at some point or other? A Wedding at the Comfort Food Cafe was another excellent read from Debbie Johnson and it was a fitting conclusion to a series that has captured many readers hearts. It was packed full of warmth, humour and plenty of emotions come rising to the surface. A few truths need to be told and decisions made but it is all done with a strong community feel at its centre. Every person is always so enthusiastic and welcoming and everyone genuinely cares for the wellness of others. Right from Laura in the beginning and now to Auburn's story I felt everything has come circle and the time for ending is perfect. Even if many readers, myself included would love this series to run and run, unfortunately that can't be the way so enjoy every moment of this delightful read which has also has a few life lessons for us all. It's like one big family and circle of friends where everyone is loved, cherished and appreciated wrapped up in a fabulous story and one which I loved from beginning to end.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I have been enjoying the series of the Comfort Food Cafe so much, I started with Willow and seem to have done a tour of the village, so this came up at my local library on their Overdrive App and on audiobook, so understandably, I snapped this one of the virtual shelf! That said, when I realised this one was about one of the fellow wild children of Linny's spiritually free and hippy offspring, I was a little uncertain. I've always like Auburn, because she's sarcastic, care free and very blunt, I have been enjoying the series of the Comfort Food Cafe so much, I started with Willow and seem to have done a tour of the village, so this came up at my local library on their Overdrive App and on audiobook, so understandably, I snapped this one of the virtual shelf! That said, when I realised this one was about one of the fellow wild children of Linny's spiritually free and hippy offspring, I was a little uncertain. I've always like Auburn, because she's sarcastic, care free and very blunt, her ability speak the truth is something I absolutely love about her, she reminds me a little bit of myself, but without smoking 40 fags a day and reminding me of a Goth. Though, I hated Seb, what a bloody arsehole, turning up to try and rekindle a terrible romance with Auburn after she has sent divorce papers through, I get that she wouldn't have wanted to talk to him and he wanted to set the record straight, but ugh, I still ain't impressed. Though at some points through the book, I wasn't certain I was that keen on Finn who just let Seb move on his girlfriend that he kept professing to love and then gives her a wide berth and tells her to basically do what the wants until there was a "mine's bigger than yours" in the pub, at that point, I really felt sorry for her and she'd grown on me but at the same time, I saw a really vulnerable side of her, and I felt sad for her as she'd been through a lot with Seb and their relationship and though he'd moved on, grown up and sorted himself out, I felt that Finn should have came in and said, "you've missed the boat mate!" but not rule out a friendship. ************SPOILERS BELOW************* After all Finn was living with 'the here and now' Auburn and Seb was living in the past with the 'old Auburn' and though he was manipulating her and getting to know her better, I don't really think he should have came to steal his wife away, however much he could relate to her, she was after all his estranged wife and more of a ghost wife than she was an actual wife, I also didn't want her to fall back into his rhythm because it seemed all what he wanted and not what she wanted, I'm glad they made peace with one another and I'm glad that Finn finally backed Auburn up and sorted himself out, it can be all the more stressful to go through something familiar as manipulation by someone in your past that knows part of you in ways that another and newer person might not but it all worked out for the best in the end and I got to see a very vulnerable face of Auburn and I was quite surprised by that. Debbie Johnson writes her characters exceptionally well and it's always a pleasure to read about the Comfort Cafe, no matter how exasperated I feel by her characters at times.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sparkle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read the Google version of this book and to be honest, it has tons of editing issues. Most commonly the words ran together soicouldn't (example) understand what was being said until I read it again. A few words were wrong, like, completely wrong... and I worried. I used to be a huge fan on Joanne Fluke until those books got really REALLY bad, and I wondered if she was even writing them anymore. Same with this book. I was a bit sad. I told my husband that this book was different from the I read the Google version of this book and to be honest, it has tons of editing issues. Most commonly the words ran together soicouldn't (example) understand what was being said until I read it again. A few words were wrong, like, completely wrong... and I worried. I used to be a huge fan on Joanne Fluke until those books got really REALLY bad, and I wondered if she was even writing them anymore. Same with this book. I was a bit sad. I told my husband that this book was different from the others, and maybe it was just because it's about Auburn, she's a rough and tumble gal, maybe it's just because of that. A lot more "language" and "relationship time" in this one. I've never been a fan of those things. I read the Cafe books because of the love and the friendship and the impossible odds that people overcome in Budbury. It's silly, but it's sort of inspiring. This one was barely any of the things I like. I felt it was unfair of Auburn to expect a man to sit about and wait for her to decide between him and someone else. On both men's accounts. Maybe I just don't care much for Auburn. I don't know. I appreciated her heart for the people she visited and the care she gave her mom, but as far as how the "guys" went... not a fan. So, I finished the book last night and thought ... huh.... then decided to read the "afterword" and said "ah ha!" ... since it's the very last book in the series. In a way I was sad because I had to say goodbye to my friends in Budbury....and felt a bit cheated since I didn't KNOW it was the last book until I'd finished it..I might have savored it a bit more had I known in advance. But it made sense. The writing was not quite there, and before I knew it was the last book I was worried it would turn into a Joanne Fluke situation. So I get it. Thank you Ms. Johnson for not dragging it on if your heart isn't in it anymore. Whew. Thank goodness. I just wish it had gone out on a better note, or with more closure, or something. I feel like I was on a pleasant pathway lined with flowers, only to find my next step was off of a cliff. Which is fine, I mean, if you're not feeling it anymore you're not feeling it.... but gah! So, technically, 4 stars.... because it IS a cafe book.... if it was not a cafe book I'd likely give it a 2 star rating, simply because the characters were not very likeable and the situation was somewhat ridiculous. It got 1 extra star because it's the last of it's kind. Farewell Budbury, I wish you well.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie

    3.5 Stars I'm not really surprised this is the last in the series as it felt like Budbury had run it's course and there was nothing really new to add to the story of this bizarre and charming little town. This was an okay read but it somehow felt a little flat and damp squibbish compared to the others in the series. Maybe there just wasn't enough of the enigmatic Cherie Moon to lift it. Whilst I enjoyed Auburn's story there were few surprises after the initial revelation during the "hen do". Do 3.5 Stars I'm not really surprised this is the last in the series as it felt like Budbury had run it's course and there was nothing really new to add to the story of this bizarre and charming little town. This was an okay read but it somehow felt a little flat and damp squibbish compared to the others in the series. Maybe there just wasn't enough of the enigmatic Cherie Moon to lift it. Whilst I enjoyed Auburn's story there were few surprises after the initial revelation during the "hen do". Do you know, I can't even remember who it was getting married - I want to say Kate and Matt but I'm really not too sure (admittedly I finished this book 3 weeks before writing the review). What's more I remember little about the wedding apart from the fact it had a Zombie theme - typical Budbury off the wall choice there. This was a holiday read and it fitted in well to the relaxed atmosphere of a hotel room and the general feeling of "lots of day and no plans". This would probably have had a much lower rating if I'd read it at home between the normal frenzy of shift work and general day to day. I'm wracking my brains to remember anything outstanding about the story and I really can't - somehow the love triangle with Auburn at it's centre failed to captivate me and there really wasn't enough of the other characters in this one for them to stand out either. So zombie wedding and love triangle is what stays with me (to be honest some of that was jarred loose by a quick read through some other reviews). However, my notebook shows I rated this 3/4 * so I'll stick with that.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    The Comfort Food Cafe has been a favourite read, since its inception. There is so much to love, with its quirky characters looking for someone to love them and give them a second chance. Cake to die for, and a wonderful sense of community and friendship that symbolises the ethos of these heartwarming, humorous and ultimately happy stories. The final book in the series has a very special wedding. Laura was our first introduction to the cafe and her story is still one of my favourites. It made me The Comfort Food Cafe has been a favourite read, since its inception. There is so much to love, with its quirky characters looking for someone to love them and give them a second chance. Cake to die for, and a wonderful sense of community and friendship that symbolises the ethos of these heartwarming, humorous and ultimately happy stories. The final book in the series has a very special wedding. Laura was our first introduction to the cafe and her story is still one of my favourites. It made me cry, laugh out loud and empathise will her trials and tribulations. Auburn is our narrator for this final book in the series, and even though she fits right into the Budbury and the cafe community, she is keeping secrets and somehow feels she doesn't deserve the friends, lover and life she currently enjoys. The wedding is a delight and colourful, typically amongst the fun, love and romance there is conflict, thankfully not for the bride, but Auburn has to face her past. Even in this last book, there's more to learn about the characters, and they continue to baffle and delight in equal measure. The ending is romantic and rightfully quirky. Even though we have read the last line, you can imagine the antics, hear the laughter and tears and almost taste the cake as the cafe's comfort lives on. I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Azrael

    I'm so sad this series is over. I love the village of Budbury, and feel a connection to all the characters. It is a place that is so believable you definitely feel it could be real and I want to live there so bad. Each character has their own story, and this book focuses on Auburn. The Comfort Food Cafe itself is such a special place, where everyone is welconed and their eccentricities are accepted wholeheartedly. This book itself though was a little disappointing as I expected and hoped for I'm so sad this series is over. I love the village of Budbury, and feel a connection to all the characters. It is a place that is so believable you definitely feel it could be real and I want to live there so bad. Each character has their own story, and this book focuses on Auburn. The Comfort Food Cafe itself is such a special place, where everyone is welconed and their eccentricities are accepted wholeheartedly. This book itself though was a little disappointing as I expected and hoped for more wedding, but the wedding happened early on and the rest of the book was a look into elements of life that were totally unrelated. Despite this though the story was captivating in the author's usual easy to read style that flows well and keeps the narrative moving along. The familiar characters were all there, and it was nice to catch up with their lives. I also really enjoyed the fact that Johnson used her author's note to say where she feels the characters will go in the future, so despite there being no more books the stories are still alive and you can imagine the possibilities. A lovely book to end what has been a fun, comforting and welcoming series

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I received an early preview copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I have read all of the other books which are set at the comfort cafe, this one is sadly the last in the series. I absolutely love the series, and I couldn't recommend them enough. In my opinion, it is advisable to read the books in order, as there is such a wide range of characters, who gradually get introduced throughout the series. It would not be as enjoyable as a standalone novel, although the book I received an early preview copy of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I have read all of the other books which are set at the comfort cafe, this one is sadly the last in the series. I absolutely love the series, and I couldn't recommend them enough. In my opinion, it is advisable to read the books in order, as there is such a wide range of characters, who gradually get introduced throughout the series. It would not be as enjoyable as a standalone novel, although the book does give a few recaps of previous events. This book features Auburn, the pharmacist, who moved back to the village in the previous novel. She has secrets that she is trying to hide, but the last has a habit of catching up with you. The book also features Laura's wedding to Matt, this is the wedding that is referred to in the books title. I enjoyed this book immensely, If Budbury in Dorset was a real place, then I would love to visit the Comfort Good Cafe as the setting is stunning and it sounds like a lovely welcoming place. This book has it all, stunning setting, excellent characters, wonderful food, adorable pet, comedy, drama, romance. I absolutely love it!

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