Thursday 22 July 2021

#BlogTour Love at Café Lompar by Anna and Jacqui Burns

 It's my turn on the BlogTour Love at Café Lompar by Anna and Jacqui Burns

About the Author

Jacqui and Anna Burns are a mother and daughter writing team. Anna, a doctor and trainee psychiatrist, and Jacqui, an English teacher, visited Montenegro in 2019 and were captivated by its beauty. Living over two-hundred miles apart, they wrote Love at Café Lompar by writing alternate chapters and emailing them to each other, keeping each other’s spirits up through lockdown and fulfilling a life-long dream. This is the first novel for both of them and they are working on a sequel, reluctant to leave the Lompar family they have grown to love. Follow @burns1jacqui on Twitter

About the book

Can a journey that begins in betrayal ever end in joy? Grace believed she had the ideal marriage, but after Dan dies, she finds proof he had another family. Kat can’t admit that her father was less than perfect. Mother and daughter go to Montenegro to find out the truth.

But when they track down Rosa and her son, while Grace is heartbroken, Kat can’t help being thrilled to have a brother. Kat starts helping out ‘just for a few days’ at Rosa’s restaurant, the Café Lompar. Soon both women are torn between their old and new lives, facing impossible choices.


Do you ever really know someone 100% or know all their secrets? The answer to that is no. There is always some element, secret or part of us that we keep hidden from those closest to us. Not opening up completely is one thing, keeping an entire second family hidden away in another country is another thing entirely.

The sudden death of her beloved husband is hard enough to cope with, but finding out that he has another woman and child is enough to break an already grieving heart. A second family, a lifetime of lies and fake moments. Grace finds it hard to reconcile the image of her family she has with the reality she is now presented with. Her daughter Kat however is excited by the prospect of meeting her sibling.

The Burns duo give readers the perfect heartbreaking conundrum. Do you let the disappointment you have with the person who betrayed you overshadow your life and possible future relationships? Or do you make the best of an uncomfortable situation?

I felt as if the authors hit upon an important aspect of Patchwork families and what defines the word family. It's also about picking up the pieces of the fallout caused by people who play fast and loose with the emotions and trust of their loved ones. It's an evenly paced lovely read.

Buy Love at Café Lompar at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher ‏: ‎Honno Welsh Women's Press pub date 15 July 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

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