Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Review: Confessions From A Coffee Shop by @50YearProject #romance

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Confessions From A Coffee Shop

Written by T. B. Markinson

Genre(s): Lesbian Romance

Cori Tisdale was on top of the world. A basketball star at Harvard and a promising author with a lucrative book deal.

A few years later, Cori's life is falling apart. Her beautiful girlfriend, Kat Finn, has a shopping addiction. To make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop.

Just when Cori thinks her life can't get any worse, an old crush appears out of the blue. Cori's friendship with Samantha Clarke pushes Cori further into a dangerous abyss when Sam reveals two secrets to Cori and asks her not to tell a soul, including Kat.

Will this be the end of Cori's and Kat's relationship?

Walki's Review

I chose to read ‘Confessions from a Coffee Shop’ because I had previously enjoyed ‘Marionette’ by the same author (talented T.B. Markinson). However ‘Marionette’ is a novel for young adults, and Confessions is a romance for adults (one of my least favourite genres).

The main character, Cori Tisdale, is a writer with a writer’s block. She works several jobs (English-lit teacher, barista and dental billing) because her partner Kat (an artist) has an expensive shopping addiction. During an early shift at the coffee shop, Cori meets Samantha, who used to be a cheerleader and whom Cori had a crush on back in the school days. While she doesn’t know all the details, Kat becomes jealous of Samantha, who is still in love with her ex-girlfriend Lucy. Everyone has to deal with the ups and downs of life, regardless of their good looks.

Even so the characters were well developed and suitably dysfunctional, it took me half the book to warm up to their wealthy families, despite the eccentricity of some. Don’t get me wrong, there was humour in the description and character building, and even if the humour was not to my taste, I could appreciate the satire.

I am only giving 3.75 stars to ‘Confessions from a Coffee Shop’, but it is well written, and more three-dimensional than most romantic novels (that are too frequently monochrome and two-dimensional). T.B. Markinson knows how to deal with appearances. This novel will entertain most readers and gratify them with a happy ending.

Disclaimer: Book provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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