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The Heartbreak Cafe (Lakeview Contemporary Romance Book 1) by [Hill, Melissa]
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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)

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'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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  • File Size: 1544 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publication Date: August 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IG6488
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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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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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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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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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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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I found this book to be too confusing. ,It had too many characters with too many problems to try to keep up with. I found myself having to go back through and speed read over the pages to figure out who I was reading about,,,,
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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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I was anxious to read this book since it takes place in Ireland and involves a restaurant run buy a woman who takes in strays and finds a Baby on the doorstep.
You cannot read it! The pages are out of order and sometimes repeated twice! It's so mixed up I had a headache trying to read the first chapter. Don't even try!! A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!
AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER, TAME NOTE.
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