The New Beginnings Coffee Club reminds me of a quote that I saw flying around on social media once and it said: Humble yourself or life will do it for you. In a nutshell this is what’s happened to poor Jenny Masters.
Jenny Masters has all the ingredients of a character that makes you want to root for her and toot a horn. She has this wonderful life, millionaire husband, lovely daughter and the perfect house. Jenny knows she’s lucky to have all that and somehow along the way took it all for granted. You can’t blame her really, her life seemed pretty safe. Until one day it all goes wrong.
Jenny then begins to wonder if she has what it takes by constantly second-guessing, reminiscing about her old life, worrying about the inevitable shame that will follow her when word gets round about the wife of a millionare working in a coffee shop, and more importantly, April’s school, she’ll miss her friends, how will she cope?
Jenny understands that she has no choice but to carry on and that’s when she meets Noah who owns a coffee shop in town that he runs with Elle. The supporting characters in the café are lovely. Noah and Elle brought life to the café and comfort to Jenny despite the change in environment that April did not take well too.
What’s comforting about this story is the level of support Jenny has. Yes, she lost a few things along the way but all that was replaced with love, realness and independence, and with time, Jenny too began to look for the positives in her life instead of the things she could not do or do without. By surrounding herself with the right people brought out the best in her and they too saw the best in her. Isn’t this true of life though? Pro this, she was happy to take the back seat.
To be given an advanced copy of one of Samantha Tonge’s books is like diving into a huge box of treats. Again her story telling continues to impress me and instantly, I could feel the theme and the moral of this story coming through so strongly. With each chapter the story just got better and better.
Jenny is a smart, strong woman who I loved even more as the story progressed and chose to let life teach a valuable lesson on how to stand up and move on.
Thank you Samantha for this advance copy.
Reviewed by Anne John-Ligali