When Jo’s beloved grandparents ask for her help in running their little café at the end of the pier in Salthaven-on-Sea she jumps at the chance.
The café is a hub for many people: the single dad who brings his little boy in on a Saturday morning; the lady who sits alone and stares out to sea; the woman who pops in after her morning run.
Jo soon realises that each of her customers is looking for love – and she knows just the way to find it for them. She goes about setting each of them up on blind dates – each date is held in the café, with a special menu she has designed for the occasion.
But Jo has never found love herself. She always held her grandparents’ marriage up as her ideal and she hasn’t found anything close to that. But could it be that love is right under her nose…?
When Jo is given the chance to relocate and take position in a job role with her grand-parents, Molly and Arthur, Jo soon wonders what her life had been before and why she left such a beautiful community behind.
Valentines Day is coming up and Jo wants to give back to the community who had been so kind with her. With her grand-parents engagement story inspiring her, Jo turns the cafe at the end of the pier in to the most romantic and magical cafe that Salthaven had ever seen. When things don’t turn out so great for the cafe, Jo doesn’t give up and instead gives her grand-parents their most romantic evening since Valentines Day, 1964.
The perfect novella to start off Helen’s new series; with it’s charm and warmth, this short story is enough to make you fall in love with the characters immediately. I absolutely adored reading about how Jo’s grandparents met and how the cafe come to be a part of their life, it was so romantic and heart-warming that I could seriously just read a whole book on their lives as well. Fingers crossed for more flashbacks of their gorgeous memories together!
How about this Valentine’s Day you go visit your grandparent’s and hear all of their memories from how they met, their first date, the adventures they had etc.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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