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The Heartbreak Cafe (Lakeview #1) Irish Contemporary Romance Series [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Hill
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the #1 bestselling Irish author of A GIFT FROM TIFFANY'S and THE CHARM BRACELET is the first in an Irish contemporary romance series of warm romantic novels about love, family and friendship featuring the pretty tourist village of Lakeview.

Lakeview Irish Contemporary Romance Series


THE HEARTBREAK CAFE
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
NEVER SAY NEVER
WISHFUL THINKING
THE GUEST LIST
THE WEDDING INVITE
CHRISTMAS AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE
LAKEVIEW COLLECTION Books 1 - 4 (save over 50%)

When a baby is found on the doorstep of The Heartbreak Café in the Irish village of Lakeview, everyone asks - what kind of parent would abandon their child?
Hollywood actress Ruth Seymour is home for the summer. But has an ill-advised fling with a handsome co-star resulted in a seriously unplanned consequence?
Jess feels increasingly left out as the only non-mum amongst her friends. Terrified she might lose them altogether, she embarks on becoming a mother too. But is she really ready?
Nina has come to Lakeview to live with her estranged father, Patrick after a bad break-up. But will she ever dare tell him about the secret she is concealing?
One thing's for sure: someone knows more than they're telling. And the truth won't stay hidden forever...

Note: Any novel in the Lakeview contemporary Irish romance series can be read standalone in any order as they are all separate stories/characters. What the novels have in common is that each is set/partly set in the picturesque Irish tourist village of Lakeview, and features some recurring secondary characters and locations.

This contemporary romance series should appeal to fans of heartwarming contemporary romance, women's fiction, and warm Irish romantic relationship stories filled with drama, humor, comedy, love, friendship and escapism, with a focus on motherhood, weddings, everyday relationships and family life.


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'A little bit of heartbreak, a little bit of romance, Hill has the ability to make each page delicious with her light and entertaining story-telling ability.' (Sunshine Coast Sunday)
'If you miss Maeve Binchy .... (Melissa Hill) will cheer you up. A jewel of a novel, sparkling with warm yet delightfully flawed characters'  (Romantic Times)
'Doesn't get much better than this sweet and romantic page-turner' (Closer)
'A warm, beautifully crafted read with a storyline that will make you forget about everything except turning those pages' (Scottish Daily Record)

From the Inside Flap

'To be honest, the first thing that crossed my mind was that it must be my doughnut delivery,' Ella began. 'Or a delivery of some kind - it isn't unusual to find fresh stock on the doorstep of the café so early in the morning.'
'What time was it exactly?'
'Well, let me think,' she replied, pausing for a moment. 'The milk is usually dropped off around five, a good two hours before I open up, and my usual half a dozen litres was tucked away to the left of the doorway. But the box was right in front, making it impossible for me to miss.'
'I see.'
'I was a bit annoyed actually and was thinking I was going to give the wholesaler a piece of my mind for not letting me know they'd be delivering outside opening hours,' she continued, her tone measured. 'And then, just as I was about to open the box to see if they were indeed the culprits, I heard ... well some kind of sound coming from it.'
'Sound?'
'A sort of whine, I suppose? Very weak, like from a small animal or something. Of course straight away I thought; here we go, another wretched creature to add to the family.'
'You thought that someone who knows you take in strays was leaving another one for you?'
'Exactly. Everyone here in Lakeview knows what I'm like and that I can't say no.' She smiled a little. 'But then I thought well, at least this one was coming with a ready-made name. So I reached inside, already deciding that if it was a cat, dog, hamster or whatever that I would call it Doughnut.' She shook her head. 'But when I pulled back the folds and discovered exactly what I'd been landed with this time, I got the biggest shock of my life.' 
Ella was quiet for a moment, as the impact of her words began to sink in.
'And what did you do then?'
'Well, I called the guards of course ... Frank was here within a couple of minutes, the police station is only walking distance but he took the car anyway. And I rang Jim Kelly too.'
  'The local GP.''
'Yes. An ambulance too just in case, although the box looked well insulated and there were plenty of blankets. Still I thought it best to be sure.'
'Sounds like you were very clear-headed about it.'
'Not at all,' she protested, sounding a little nervous. 'Truth be told I was in complete shock. It was only when the ambulance left and Doctor Kelly told us that vitals looked good and there were no signs of hypothermia that I managed to relax a little. As I said, I doubted the box was there that long - and we all agreed that whoever left it must have been acquainted with my routine.'
'No excuse though, is it? I mean what kind of person would dump a new-born baby in a cardboard box on the side of the street in the freezing cold?'
'I know and Frank suggested that maybe the mother was hiding nearby, keeping an eye out, waiting for me to show up. To be honest I was so taken aback that I didn't think to look.'
'Right.'
'He reckoned that it was most likely a misunderstanding of some kind and that he'd have it all sorted out in no time. He said to me "Ella, for what it's worth, I think leaving it outside your place was intentional because if there's one person in this village who'd know exactly what to do it's you. You're great with kids and sure aren't you always taking in strays? This place isn't nicknamed The Heartbreak Café for nothing." She shook her head sadly. 'And while I agreed with him, I just thought that this was a lot more than a miserable old mongrel - it was a poor innocent little baby. And not only that, but this is a small town, a small community where people look out for each other - not some anonymous city.'
'I know what you mean.'
 'So I had very little sympathy and as far as I was concerned there's nothing - absolutely no reason in the world that could justify abandoning a poor defenceless baby on the street.  But,' Ella added with a heavy sigh, 'I suppose it's all too easy to play judge and jury until you know the whole story.'
 

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read April 21, 2014
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Lots of twists and turns, a bit difficult at first to keep track of the different characters but after a bit it gets easier to keep the different story lines straight. Nice to read a good book without explicit sex scenes in it. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read July 5, 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book... Good character development and excellent twists. I really did not see what was coming. Enjoyed the book. Like Melissa Hill as an author.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Maeve Binchy April 26, 2014
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Terrific story where the author gets us acquainted with several characters who eventually tie in to a central plot. As it takes place in Ireland, it reminded me of late author Maeve Binchy who utilized the same method of storytelling. Anyone familiar with Binchy's "Lilac Bus", "Taking Care of Frankie", etc, and who is sorely missing Ms. Binchy should definitely pick this gem up. You won't be disappointed!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary "popcorn novel" May 10, 2014
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I "buy" a lot of free novels from Amazon for my Kindle, and this was one of them -- which is a good thing, because if I had spent money on it, I would have had to return the novel within seven days to get my money back. Most of the novel examines pregnancy from different points of view -- married woman who wants to be pregnant, single woman who changes her mind the minute she becomes pregnant, and so forth. The wraparound "conceit," about a foundling, is just silly, and the novel is only peripherally about the Heartbreak Cafe. There's no noticeable heartbreak in this novel. It's a pleasant way to pass an afternoon, but don't expect either to remember anything about this novel a year from now or to want to reread it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! May 1, 2014
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Melissa Hill surely has solid writing skills and it clearly shows in
the books storyline that she has cleverly created.

Who would've thought a guy would enjoy it?

Totally engrossing book that will make you keep reading on
even when you have to do other tasks in your life.

She's even working with a major hollywood studio for a film
release so I'll be keeping tabs on her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me a life boost May 1, 2014
By Jay
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Getting started reading the heartbreak cafe was a little difficult for me because I really have a hard time paying attention to one book however the heartbreak cafe engaged me after the first 20 pages. I really like a lot of the motivation statements listed in this book and the never say never chapter is by far my favorite. Time to put this book into action and practice these techniques every day. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a little uplift or boost in their life. Stop thinking about other people and think about yourself for a change!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea April 28, 2014
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A story about pregnant women without husbands, baby mothers with problematic marriages, a married woman who doesn't want children but feels cut off from her friends who are mothers.

A father who leaves his baby on a cafe doorstep because of his wife's post natal blues. He supposedly has Asberger's.

It's all too much and too weird to be believable even in a fiction book.
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Like it. March 29, 2014
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I enjoy reading Ebooks specially which are full of romance. Melissa Hill is a great author, I have read her many ebooks. Thats why when i saw her with a new story. I just clicked on buy now without any other thought in my mind. And as her other books. I'm loving this one too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I couldn't put this book down as it kept me entranced! It was a really great book.
Published 17 hours ago by Phyllis A. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Really worth the read.
Not just another love story...it's a good story. Whether you want romance or a good storyline...this is I! Read on.
Published 1 day ago by Pete
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Having trouble getting into the book. Too many characters that don't blend well together.
Published 2 days ago by ultimate reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 5 days ago by Nancy Forney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!
Published 7 days ago by Betty J. Lamusga
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just ordered this book on line and haven't had a chance to read it.
Published 14 days ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Heartbreak Café" was an easy, fun read
"The Heartbreak Café" was an easy, fun read. I enjoyed following the characters and how they all came together at the end. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sharon Opila
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreak cafe
Loved this read,maybe because I'm Irish and I could imagine a small,town like Lakeview.it left me waning to read,other books by this author.
Published 1 month ago by Unknown
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally satisfying read
I used to read a lot of Irish writer Maeve Binchy (yes, she's popular in India), but I always felt something was lacking in her writing - she doesn't let you get too close to the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written - Ireland vs Hollywood
Pretty neat story presenting a lot of different views on having a baby. Forgot it was a series, so didn't find out everything I wanted to know, but still had a satisfying ending.
Published 1 month ago by Yonnie
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More About the Author

International #1 bestselling Irish author Melissa Hill lives in Dublin and is one of Ireland's most popular contemporary women's fiction authors.

Her page-turning, contemporary Irish romance stories of families and friendship are published worldwide and translated into 25 different languages.

Her women's fiction romance titles are regular chart-toppers in Ireland and internationally and SOMETHING FROM TIFFANY'S (aka A GIFT FROM TIFFANY'S) - a holiday romance set in New York - became one of Italy's 2011 Top Ten bestselling books overall. One of her recent romantic comedy stories is currently in development with a major Hollywood movie studio.

Filled with humor, comedy, friendship and family drama, her books appeal across the spectrum to readers of contemporary romance, women's fiction, romantic fiction, and romantic comedy.

Melissa Hill Bibliography:

LAKEVIEW SERIES
The Heartbreak Cafe
All Because of You
Never Say Never
Wishful Thinking
The Guest List
The Wedding Invite
Christmas at The Heartbreak Cafe

STANDALONE BOOKS
Something You Should Know
The Last to Know
Before I Forget
Please Forgive Me
A Gift From Tiffany's
The Charm Bracelet
Meet Me At Tiffany's
A Gift To Remember

ITALIAN ESCAPES
Summer in Sorrento
Autumn in Verona
Winter in Venice

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
Fairytale on Fifth Avenue
A Girl's Best Friend

For more info visit her website at www.melissahill.ie
Twitter: @melissahillbks Facebook: facebook.com/melissahillbooks

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