A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Meet Me at the Cafe- by Susan McDonagh- Feature and Review


Highly recommended. 
Would you take a chance on a bad boy with a leather jacket and a vintage motorbike? 
That’s the question single mum Jo Morris has to ask herself when she collides with local bike mechanic Ed Griffiths on a rainy Welsh hillside. Working at the Art Café, Jo hears the gossip and is all too aware of Ed’s reputation. 

But whilst he’s certainly no angel, there is something about Ed’s daredevil antics that Jo can’t ignore. And as she gets to know him better and watches the kind way he deals with her young son Liam, she begins to wonder – is there more to this ‘bad boy’ than meets the eye? 



Meet Me at the Art Cafe (Choc Lit): A wonderful uplifting, heart-warming read for Spring!Meet Me at the Art Cafe (Choc Lit): A wonderful uplifting, heart-warming read for Spring! by Sue McDonagh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meet Me at the Café by Sue McDonagh is a 2019 Choc Lit publication.

What a cute story!

This is a mild and easy contemporary romance with an adorable ‘opposites attract’ theme. Jo is a single mom who works at the art café, and Ed, is a bike mechanic who has gained a little notoriety as a local Lothario. Jo and Ed get off to a rough start, but the chemistry between them in undeniable.

Although Jo has been warned about Ed from some well-meaning residents, when she sees Ed with her son, Liam and begins to spend a little more time with him, she discovers there is more depth to him than his playboy reputation suggests.

This is a sweet romance featuring two characters with painful secrets, which prevents them from taking a chance on love. Liam is a scene stealer on occasion, but Ed is also a truly wonderful character. I loved his occupation, which shows that talent, a certain skill set, and hard work can be just as profitable and rewarding as white- collar occupations.

Jo’s backstory is heart wrenching, making her a sympathetic character, but also one who is supportive and can think for herself- something we should all practice.

The light tone is slightly deceptive, as there are a couple of embedded moral reminders and the added emotional depth gives the story a nice balance without becoming too sappy.

With the summer months just ahead, this would be a great book to carry with you on vacation, to relax with by the pool or on the beach- or like me- indoors under the air conditioner!!

Overall, this is a gentle and charming story anyone can enjoy!





Arty, biking, writing granny, that's me! Living on the Welsh coast, right at the bottom before it plops into the sea, I was a policewoman in Essex before I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a very early age.
Thanks to my amazing family and friends, I made a full recovery, left the police, met the man I then married and went to live in semi-rural Wales - well, I thought it was semi-rural after living in Essex. I mean, you had to drive fifteen miles to get to a Marks and Sparks. Where on earth did people buy their underwear? It was a small town that thought it was a village. But it had a beach.
I fell in love with it, along with the two adorable little boys I inherited. They inspired my passion for painting children, and they and their children inform the young characters in my books and subsequent career change as a portrait painter. I even appeared on Sky's Portrait Artist of the Year!

The beach formed a huge part of my life, and I trained as a beach lifeguard, patrolling the beach and competing on the single ski. That all stopped when I needed a hip replacement and found carrying equipment too painful. Not to be outdone, I and three pals did a 45 mile walk and raised over £10,000 for Cancer Research, and not long after that, I decided I'd learn to ride a motorbike.

That was a huge and entertaining learning curve, and inspired my debut novel, Summer at the Art Cafe. I'm on my second hip now, still riding my 1000cc red Honda, and I've made some of my most enduring friendships through biking.
I hope you enjoy reading about my characters and their stories. Some of my life has inevitably given birth to some of theirs, but their personalities are all their own, and I keep expecting to see them in the local supermarket or on the beach!
Second novel, Meet Me at the Art Cafe is about to meet the world. Although there is still a bikey element in there, this time I touched on vintage motorbikes, which I have a soft spot for.

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