The Pretty Delicious Café by Danielle Hawkins, HarperCollins.
An easygoing Kiwiness emanates from this tale of summer romance by New Zealander Danielle Hawkins, who is also a large-animal vet, farmer’s wife and mum. Set in a small coastal town between Whangarei and Auckland’s North Shore (a glut of geographical name-dropping suggests its location, but “Ratai” itself is absent from real-life maps), it chronicles a few months in the lives of café owners Lia and Anna. The best friends are soon to be sisters-in-law, as Anna is marrying Lia’s twin brother Rob. In the lead-up to the wedding, Lia’s life is shaken by the unwelcome attention of her ex and the middle-of-the-night arrival of a handsome newcomer to town. Throw in the twins’ telepathic bond, their charmingly flighty mother and a lovable halfbrother who keeps popping up from his farm near Whangamomona, and you have an entertaining, light weekend read. And at the end, there are some pretty delicious recipes to tempt you into the kitchen.