BOOK REVIEW: OF LITERATURE AND LATTES BY KATHERINE REAY.

Author: Katherine Reay

Genre: Christian Fiction/Contemporary Romance

Title: Of Literature and Lattes

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication date: June 12,2020

Pages: 336

Book Blurb

Return to the cozy and delightful town of Winsome, where two people discover the grace of letting go and the joy found in unexpected change.

After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup and move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community.

Jeremy Mitchell moved from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he’s been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money—and he’s not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders if something might grow between them—but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated.

With the help of Winsome’s small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.

My review

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay is quite an interesting book.

The plot was deep and full of twists. I wanted to unravel the twists early but I encouraged myself to be patient. I wanted to give up from the first few pages but I found myself opening page after page to follow Alyssa’s story. You can’t seem to drop this book down.

I was curious to know about the little coffee shop that was renovated recently in the novel.


There is a good amount of suspense in the book and you need extra dose of patience to get through it.


I longed to live in Winsome. I love how little but busy the town was described as  in the novel. In this town,everybody knew each other and that struck me as a thoughtful town full of kindness and support.


In this novel,books and their titles were spoken of severally. I finally understood why this novel was titled “Of Literature and Lattes”.


I even had a big suspicion about Brendon. He is a minor character in this novel and I was curious to know his story.


Themes of love,forgiveness and acceptance were thoroughly navigated in this novel. As much as we forgive others,we also need to forgive ourselves too. That’s the only way we can be truly free from inner pains,struggles and turmoils.


There are so much to glean and learn from in this book. It is a good and emotional book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the author

Author Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. KnightleyLizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily PriceThe Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flairKatherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can meet her at http://www.katherinereay.com; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @katherine_reay; or Instagram: @katherinereay

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BOOK REVIEW: THE ENGLISCH DAUGHTER BY CINDY WOODSMALL AND ERIN WOODSMALL.

Authors: Cindy and Erin Woodsmall

Title: The Englisch Daughter

Genre: Christian Fiction/ Amish Fiction

Publisher: WaterBrook

Publication date: 21 April, 2020

Pages: 247 pages (Epub format). 32 Chapters.

Book Blurb

A marriage is tested in this Old Order Amish novel of longing for renewed love and a path for forgiveness from the best-selling author of Gathering the Threads

Old Order Amish wife and mother Jemima has put her marriage and family ahead of herself for years. She’s set herself aside. Raising four children, she’s followed all the rules and has been patient in looking forward to her time to chase a dream of her own. 

But when she finds out that her life savings for pursuing that dream is gone–and her husband, Roy, has been hiding a child with another woman–her entire world is shattered. Will she be able to listen to God and love Roy’s child? With so much at stake, how can she and Roy fix their relationship before their lives come crashing down?

My review

The Englisch daughter by Cindy Wood small and Erin Woodsmall is an interesting book.

This is the first Amish book I am reading this year and I wasn’t disappointed.


I was fascinated by the characters in this novel.

The suspense was okay and I had this edge of the seat feeling while reading this book.


I love the description used by the authors. I could imagine everything in the book.


Throughout the pages of this novel,I was visiting an Amish community without leaving my house.


This novel is so emotional. Some scenes tugged at my heart strings. I had to pause and read those paragraphs again.

Themes of love, forgiveness, second chances,understanding,marriage, family and many more were explored deeply in this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, WaterBrook through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the Authors

Photo source: Lena Nelson Dooley.
Erin Woodsmall and Cindy Woodsmall.

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction and one nonfiction book. Coverage of Cindy’s writing has been featured on ABC ‘s Nightlineand the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She lives outside Atlanta with her husband, just a short distance from her two sons and grandchildren. 



Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of four. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. More recently she and Cindy have co-authored several books.