This cosy read is perfect reading in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. 

In need of cheering up? Or need your faith in love restored? Then you will want to read Helen Rolfe’s cosy and charming The Little Cafe at the End of the Pier.

Jo has moved back to Salthaven-On-Sea to help her grandparents run their cafe at the end of the pier and soon comes up with an idea to help provide a bit of romance for her regular customers on the side. But will she be able to find her own perfect match?

But this is a story that is as much about a love of food and cooking as about romantic love, containing references to recipes that actually have the reader salivating as well! By intertwining food and romance with a bunch of instantly likeable and relatable characters, Rolfe has created a light-hearted and affectionate read that celebrates community spirit and friendship that is a pleasure to read from beginning to end.

Although it is occasionally too optimistic to be completely believable, it is a story that is easy to be drawn into thanks to Helen Rolfe’s easy and engaging style that brings every character and their individual backgrounds vividly to life.

While it is so straightforward that means it could be in danger of becoming predictable, it does have a strong emotional core to it – particularly when it comes to Jo trying to resolve differences in her own family or her anxiety about having to confront her ex Harry. The Little Cafe at the End of the Pier is completely grounded and charming thanks to the way in which the story gently develops.

There is no real drama that can’t be solved by Jo and while it would have been nice for there to be more twists and turns along the way to highlight her increasing confidence about running the cafe, this is definitely a story that reawakens your belief in love.

Overall, if you are looking for a gently romantic and cosy book to chase away the winter blues then you won’t need to look any further.

By Emma Clarendon

The Little Cafe at the End of the Pier is available to buy now.  

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐