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Summer at the Garden Cafe
Summer at the Garden Cafe: A Novel | Felicity Hayes-McCoy
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The second in Felicity Hayes-McCoy's Finfarran Peninsula series, and the sequel to The Library at the Edge of the World—a heartwarming story about secrets between four generations of Irish women, and the healing powers of books, love, and friendship. The Garden Café, next to Lissbeg library, is a place where plans are formed and secrets shared, and where, even in high tourist season, people are never too busy to stop for a sandwich and a cup of tea. But twenty-one-year-old Jazz—daughter of the town’s librarian Hanna Casey—has a secret she can’t share. Still recovering from a car accident, and reeling from her father’s disclosures about his long-time affair, she’s taken a job at The Old Forge guesthouse, and begun to develop feelings for a man who’s strictly off-limits. Meanwhile, involved in her own new affair with architect Brian Morton, Hanna is unaware of the turmoil in Jazz’s life—until her manipulative ex-husband, Malcom, reappears trying to mend his relationship with their daughter. Rebuffed at every turn, Malcolm must return to London, but his mother, Louisa, is on the case. Unbeknown to the rest of the family, she hatches a plan, finding an unlikely ally in Hanna’s mother, the opinionated Mary Casey. Watching Jazz unravel, Hanna begins to wonder if secrets which Malcolm has forced her to keep may have harmed their beloved daughter more than she’d realized. But then, the Casey women are no strangers to secrets, something Hanna realizes when she discovers a journal, long buried in land she inherited from her great-aunt Maggie. Ultimately, it’s the painful lessons of the past that offer a way to the future, but it will take the shared experiences of four generations of women to find a way forward for Hanna and her family.
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Susanita
Summer at the Garden Cafe: A Novel | Felicity Hayes-McCoy
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This is the second book in the Finfarrin series, and I enjoyed learning more about Hanna, Jazz, and the other characters. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the #seriesread which looks like a fun Christmas book. Finfarrin is a fictional place but may be based on the Dingle peninsula where the author has a home. In any case, it's (relatively) far from Dublin #wherethestreetshavenoname except that it's right there on the wall. #wanderingjune

Crazeedi I liked the first one more than the second, but both were pleasurable books 1mo
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Crazeedi
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3.5⭐
Not quite as good as the first, but worth the time reading it. We learn more about Hanna's aunt Maggie, who left her the house and land
More of the characters are developed in this book, her daughter Jazz, Conor, her library aide and her mom and mom in law, Brian, all figure more prominently. The psalter is now on view at the library. What I wouldn't do to see a medieval manuscript decorated by the monks. It has to be amazing.

kspenmoll I enjoyed the continuing story when I read this recently. 1mo
Crazeedi @kspenmoll I did too, but to me it felt like something else missing, maybe it was just my mindset 1mo
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Ncostell That sounds wonderful! 3mo
kspenmoll @Ncostell Doesn‘t it? 🍷🏖🌊 3mo
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kspenmoll
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LaraReads Looks divine! 💕📚 So glad Litsy is back up! 🙌🏻 3mo
kspenmoll @LaraReads It was divine! Perfect word! I am happy Litsy is back again too! 🎉 3mo
Cathythoughts What a lovely place to be ♥️👍🏻 3mo
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readordierachel 😍😍 3mo
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 3mo
kspenmoll @Cathythoughts @readordierachel @BookishMarginalia Thank you all! I am so happy it‘s warm enough to enjoy! 3mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Just finished the first book (The Library at the Edge of the World) —which was light and enjoyable— so I‘m now #CurrentlyListening to the sequel.

kspenmoll Just got this from the library. Not opened it yet, but will soon! Hope you enjoy it. 3mo
Crazeedi I have library at edge on my tbr, so now I have to add this one! 3mo
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Lynnsoprano
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Somewhere between a pick and a so-so, really. This was a LibraryThing Early Reviewer Book, otherwise I might have bailed. The last third saved it. Good characters, but too many of them, so there were plot threads tangled everywhere. It clearly sets up for a sequel, which I‘d probably read, but wouldn‘t go out of my way to chase it down. Plus, the title has very little to do with the story, which annoyed me.

Samplergal Beautiful cover though. 11mo
Lynnsoprano @Samplergal Oh, I know. I really want that teacup 😄 11mo
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Lynnsoprano
Summer at the Garden Cafe: A Novel | Felicity Hayes-McCoy
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A blustery, rainy afternoon. Now that the lightning has abated, there shouldn‘t be anything to interrupt my reading time.

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Lynnsoprano
Summer at the Garden Cafe: A Novel | Felicity Hayes-McCoy
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A nice find in the mail when we got home from vacation was this LibraryThing early reviewer book that I‘m looking forward to reading. The description of the setting in the first couple pages had me ready to book a ticket to Ireland😄

Laura317 The description sounds so good! 11mo
rubyslippersreads That cover! 😍 11mo
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jillrhudy
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This should be a nice cozy read. Due out in September. Felicity Hayes-McCoy is the author of “The Library at the Edge of the World.” #arc #bookmail