Bestsellers · Time travel

Before the Coffee gets Cold: Tales from the Cafe – Toshikazu Kawaguchi ★★★★

Blurb; 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…

From the author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold comes a story of four new customers each of whom is hoping to take advantage of Cafe Funiculi Funicula’s time-travelling offer.

Among some faces that will be familiar to readers of Kawaguchi’s previous novel, we will be introduced to:

The man who goes back to see his best friend who died 22 years ago
The son who was unable to attend his own mother’s funeral
The man who travelled to see the girl who he could not marry
The old detective who never gave his wife that gift…

This beautiful, simple tale tells the story of people who must face up to their past, in order to move on with their lives. Kawaguchi once again invites the reader to ask themselves: what would you change if you could travel back in time?

My Review; I absolutely loved the book before this one (Before the Coffee gets Cold) and the lovely Mel from Melanie’s Reads told me about this one and sent it me for Christmas last year. This is a book that I wanted to devour but also to savour & not finish.

It’s a short read at just under 200 pages. It is split into four different short stories of people coming to the cafe to time travel, most people choose to travel back in time but in this book one person travels forward! The rules remain the same from book one and the cafe characters remain the same. Its such a cosy read. Welcoming. A setting I will miss.

However, short story number three did require some attention from me as this was a story of back and forth, hard to keep track. Each story is unique and beautiful. Highly recommend and isn’t that cover just stunning. A well deserved four stars from me… If you could who would you go visit back in time? Or the future?

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