The Beach Café : The Beach Café

  • by Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by Jane Collingwood
  • Series: The Beach Café
  • 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family – a dreamer, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy – her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track - and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love....


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Makes Me Want To Run Away to Cornwall

I thoroughly enjoyed this. The story made me want to immerse myself in the location and hang out with the characters in a way I haven't felt about a book in a long time. It starts out a little sad and stressful for Evie when she first inherits a little seaside Cafe from her beloved Aunt. Her staff is horrible and some of the townsfolk are unkind to her at first when they mistakenly think she is there is sell the Cafe to developers. But things get better and better through hard work, a few stumbles, some great ideas, and the help of some great secondary characters, from her best friend who comes down from Oxford to help her out for a time, and new people she meets along the way. The locals finally realize what a good heart she has and the cafe becomes an important centre of the community.
I really needed a feel good story right now and this hit just the right chord. The narrator was also wonderful. She does such a great job of all the different characters, both male and female voices, different accents, elderly women, children - they all sounded distinct and appealing. I always knew who was speaking. I have listened to a couple other books Jane Collingwood has narrated and she really is becoming one of my favourites.
I am definitely going to check out some more books by Lucy Diamond as well.
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- Delia

Enjoyable holiday narrative

If you could sum up The Beach Café in three words, what would they be?

Light Charming Entertainment

What did you like best about this story?

I particularly liked the thought/plot that success is possible in unlikely circumstances when following your passion and applying all efforts towards that ‘goal’.

Which character – as performed by Jane Collingwood – was your favorite?


Who was the most memorable character of The Beach Café and why?

The Australian waitress - her 'seize-whatever-opportunity-that-comes-along' and easy-going nature was inspiring.

Any additional comments?

Lucy Diamond manage to create a beautiful beach/holiday backdrop for the story with a plausible storyline and characters. Overall it is a 'feel-good-story'.As narrator Jane Collingwood did a very good job. Her accents are convincing and it was simple to distinguish the characters from each other.

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- Géna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2012
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd