About the Book
After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup and move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community.
Jeremy Mitchell moved from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he’s been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money—and he’s not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders if something might grow between them—but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated.
With the help of Winsome’s small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.
In My Opinion
I always look forward to Katherine Reay’s unique story voice. The way she infuses literature with the journeys her characters take is second to none, and Of Literature and Lattes met every one of my expectations.
Reay excels in writing characters who form a community. In this particular book, that community is Winsome (which was introduced in The Printed Letter Bookshop). There are familiar faces and some new ones.
Alyssa has a lot going on between her work, her money issues, and her fractured family relations. Jeremy is an easy character to root for, especially when he interacts with his daughter.
Of Literature and Lattes is about friendships—old and new—and family and community. It shines a spotlight into the space where we choose to lean on those who know us best.
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