contemporary

Before the Coffee get Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi ★★★★

Blurb; What would you change if you could go back in time?

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . .

My Review; Not long ago I was searching for a book that wasn’t huge, in the charts all the time, or heard of very often and I came accross this beauty. Something different. This was perfect for me. A beautiful cover to match as well. I absolutely loved it and devoured it. It isn’t a long read and I devoured it in under 24 hours. I think it would make a lovely short film.

I adored the little cafe setting and most of the characters within the story. The book is split into four different stories all involving the past or the future. All different stories and reasons why they needed to travel backwards or forward. However, there are many rules to do so.

Beautifully written. A moving story. Makes me think about what I would do if I travelled backwards or forwards. A well deserved four stars from me. This is a hidden gem of a read! Highly recommend.

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