THE SEASIDE CAFE is the first book in the promising new series, The Book Club, by Rochelle Alers about three book-loving women who form a book club and a bonding relationship while talking about their favorite books. The three women each will examine their choices and situations as they liken their lives against the characters of their beloved classics books that they discuss. There will be some heated discussions and opinions. Even though these women are new friends that recently formed their new book club it was really interesting how they became quite comfortable being frank and honest with each other. I think Rochelle Alers does a terrific job of showing how women from different backgrounds, age, and ethnicity form a relationship. This first novel deals with infidelity, guilt and responsibilities, race relations, privileged life, adoption, and coming to terms with what you want and expect from your choices.
Kayana Johnson has returned home to help her brother run his Seaside Cafe after ending her marriage of betrayal. While healing from the wounds of betrayal Kayana enjoys spending time cooking her grandmother's favorite recipes and reading some of her favorite books. While serving customers she strikes up a conversation with two of them. Leah is a school teacher on summer vacation away from her unhappy marriage. Cherie is bitter and regretful about a long-term affair with a married politician. The three women discover they have a common love: books. That is how The Book Club forms. While discussing their favorite classics over wine and food the women have some very personal and opinionated views.
Kayana also meets the reclusive visitor, Graeme Ogden, and his dog. They discover that they are kindred spirits. Graeme is attracted to Kayana and is very interested in pursuing a relationship. But a failure to be completely open may end a very desired relationship.
I am looking forward to the next book in this promising series!
Set on breathtaking Coates Island, off the coast of North Carolina, bestselling author Rochelle Alers’ new series debut brings together three book-loving women whose summer will offer a chance to rewrite their own stories . . .
For three decades, the Seaside Café has served delicious meals to locals and island tourists alike. Kayana Johnson has moved home to help her brother run the café—and to nurse her wounds following a deep betrayal. Between cooking favorite recipes—creole chicken with buttermilk waffles, her grandmother’s famous mac and cheese—and spending time reading, Kayana is trying to embrace a life free of entanglements, while staying open to new connections . . .
After striking up conversation with two customers, Kayana suggests a summer book club. Each week, they’ll meet on the patio to talk about their favorite novels. But there are plot twists awaiting them in real life too. For schoolteacher Leah, this two-month sojourn is the first taste of freedom she’s had in her unhappy marriage. Cherie, filled with regret about her long-term affair with a married politician, discovers a powerful new passion. And Kayana finds a kindred spirit in a reclusive visitor who’s ready to make his true identity known, and fill this summer with new possibilities . . .