Today I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour celebrations for the publication of The 24 Hour Café by Libby Page. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite.
What’s this book about?
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…
Here’s what I thought…
This is a beautifully written, heartwarming book that reaffirmed my faith in human nature-even in a big city that never sleeps like LONDON. It’s a story of friendship, about how your life can often follow a different path to that expected and making sure you grab your chance of happiness when you can.
Hannah and Mona are housemates who also share shifts at a 24 hour cafe opposite London’s Liverpool Street Station. And this book capitalises on that idea by following the cafe staff and customers during one day…24 hours in which so much can change in the lives of everyone touched by this small oasis of calm in the busy hustle of city life.
The narrative wasn’t the predictable journey that I was expecting. Whilst it did mainly focus on the friendship between Hannah and Mona and how events that were shown in retrospect affected them, it covered so much more. Minor characters popped out of the storyline, shining through their gap in the clouds and lighting up their scenes. Dan especially was perfectly brought to life through his conversations with the crossword puzzle man and Monique didn’t take up much of the storyline but impacted hugely on my emotions.
The 24 Hour Café is life affirming storytelling at its very best. It’s thought provoking narrative style kept me glued to the pages from start to finish and as soon as I did finish, I bought Libby Pages debut novel The Lido.
Highly recommended by me!
Meet the author…
Libby Page wrote The Lido while working in marketing and moonlighting as a writer. 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. Follow Libby on twitter @libbypagewrites