The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond / Pan Books / ISBN 978-0-330-52053-9 / 486 pages / Fiction
I was looking for a good book to read a few weeks ago and I came across a very appealing cover that drew me in and I couldn’t put it down, so I brought it. The bright colours and the premise of the title told me that it was going to be a novel that was going to be surrounded by sand and water. The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond, is a diamond in the rough. It is a tale of family, friendship, romance but most importantly it is a book about self-esteem and self-worth.
The book is about a girl Evie, who sees herself as the black sheep of her family. She doesn’t have a steady job, she has a relationship with her boyfriend that is stable and according to Evie, her sisters are ‘the be all end all’ compared to her. After a tragic death in the family, things starts to change and Evie’s life is never the same again.
The book is well written, although the British colloquialisms make it hard for people who aren’t familiar with them to understand what they mean. There are a few sentences that could be edited once more just to refine what is trying to be said, but all in all the novel as a whole is well done. It is a bit slow to start off with and a bit too long for the premise of the story, but by the end of the book you want to know more about what is going to happen as it seems like there is more to come.
I thought that the element of self-doubt at the beginning of the story and the dwindling relationship between Evie and her boyfriend were stretched out too long and could have been concluded earlier to leave room for the romance that does play out within the story because there isn’t enough of it. When Evie does start to find her feet and starts to see her new chef in a new light, I wish that there was more if it because it works so well and is different to a lot of other stories, but I think there wasn’t any room left for it, in a story that was packed to the nines with drama, self-doubt and trouble.
I don’t normally read these types of fiction novels, but when I find a good one such as The Beach Café that is about so much more than romance and family, but about empowering oneself and faith in yourself to succeed, I just have to let everyone know about it, because I think it is important for people to read stories that encourage greatness out of people and this book definitely does that.
3.8 out of 5 booky stars!