“She may not have a boyfriend, but it is not true that she hasn’t had a partner, or that she has never experienced love. It’s just that the great love story of her life so far hasn’t been romance – it’s been friendship.”
Welcome to the cafe that never sleeps. Day and night Stella’s Cafe opens its doors for the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It is many things to many people but most of all it is a place where life can wait at the door. A place of small kindnesses. A place where anyone can be whoever they want, where everyone is always welcome.
Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They work at Stella’s but they dream of more, of leaving the cafe behind and making their own way in life.
Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s cafe; a day when Hannah and Mona’s friendship will be tested, when the community will come together and when lives will be changed …
Firstly I would like to say thank you to Orion Books for sending me a finished copy of The 24 Hour Cafe. I am so grateful for this opportunity.
I absolutely loved reading The Lido at the end of last year and when I found out that Libby had another book being published I knew that I had to read it. I absolutely love how Libby writes such powerful and thought provoking stories, ones of which really play with your emotions and get the best out of the reader. I have never read a book by an author that makes me feel so many different emotions and so connected to the characters that they have created.
I particularly love the writing style of this book, I love how Libby has written the book to reflect a 24 hour period in the Cafe setting. Each chapter reflects an hour passing. This really added to my reading experience; it made me fall in love with the characters and the setting even more. Hannah and Mona really pulled at my heart strings and I just could not get enough of them individually as well as as a pair. I really loved watching their relationship develop. There were other side characters that I thoroughly enjoyed especially ones such as Dan, Martha and Harry. Each and everyone of them has something to add to the story.
I could not put this book down, once I started reading I just wanted to devour it. It was one of the very rare books that made me want to pick it back up as soon as I finished. I just wanted to dive into this setting with these characters again. We experience the present with our characters as well as the past. This is another thing that I really enjoyed; finding out the characters pasts really helped me to build up a relationship with them and feel the emotions that they are experiencing. This is especially important with Harry and Dan. My heart broke for each of them for different reasons and yes … Libby MADE ME CRY AGAIN. I don’t cry in books, it is a well known fact that I am heartless. But both of Libby’s books have broken my heart and made me cry.
I really liked the way that this book ended. I enjoyed that we were left with unanswered questions and then we jump to a year later and they all get answered. Okay, we didn’t get a solid closure on some parts but I like the idea of being able to guess what happens with the girls next. I think this is a nice way for the reader to be given all of the ingredients and coming up with their own ideal conclusion. Not many authors allow you to do this.
This was such a wonderful wonderful read and I would recommend this to everybody. It made me laugh, smile and cry all at the same time. The 24 Hour Cafe will bring a whole range of emotions but my god they are worth it. You need to read this immediately. I already want something else from Libby!