The Pretty De­li­cious Café by Danielle Hawkins, HarperCollins.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - Books - RM

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.

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