I am thrilled to be sharing my review of The 24-Hour Café by Libby Page. I adored Libby’s debut novel, The Lido, so I was excited to get a chance to read The 24-Hour Café ahead of its publication.
My thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and to Orion for a digital proof copy of the book via NetGalley.
Before I share my review with you, here is what The 24-Hour Café is about.
~ Publisher’s Description ~
Welcome to the café that never sleeps. Day and night Stella’s Café opens its doors for the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It is many things to many people but most of all it is a place where life can wait at the door. A place of small kindnesses. A place where anyone can be whoever they want, where everyone is always welcome.
Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They work at Stella’s but they dream of more, of leaving the café behind and making their own way in life.
Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s Café; a day when Hannah and Mona’s friendship will be tested, when the community will come together and when lives will be changed…
~ My thoughts ~
This book truly touched my heart and I may have shed a tear or two. At the centre of The 24-Hour Café are Mona and Hannah, two friends who waitress at Stella’s Café in between their respective dancing and singing jobs. Their story is told over one particular day in the life of the café on Liverpool Street, London, along with the coming and goings of the other staff and the customers. Each encounter throughout the 24 hours reminds both women about certain stages of their friendship and what’s important. This story, Mona and Hannah’s story, is a testament to the power of female friendships.
Although each customer is a secondary character, we learn a snippet of their story and what brings them to the café at a particular time on that day. Libby Page’s love of people watching jumps off of the pages. Each character is so different and has their own story so we end up with many stories in one book. I really enjoyed that and the diverse range of characters. I found myself caring about each customer as much as I did Mona and Hannah.
As I said in my introduction, I absolutely adored The Lido, Libby’s debut novel. It’s an intelligently written and well structured story. The 24-Hour Café is the same. Both have a focus on belonging and the importance of community but in different ways.
The 24-Hour Café is a story about kindness, love, friendships and the importance of community. Having read both of Libby’s books, she is fast becoming a favourite author and I cannot wait for her third book. I am sure I will not even need to read the blurb to know that I will love it.
~ Where to find The 24 Hour Café ~
~ About Libby Page ~
LIBBY PAGE is the author of the SUNDAY TIMES bestseller and runaway success of 2018, THE LIDO. THE LIDO has sold in over twenty territories around the world and film rights have been sold to Catalyst Global Media.
After writing, Libby’s second passion is outdoor swimming. Libby lives in London where she enjoys finding new swimming spots and pockets of community within the city. She and her sister run a blog and Instagram account @theswimmingsisters, documenting their swims and the benefits of outdoor exercise for mental health.
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