Of Literature and Lattes [Book Review]

May 12, 2020

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay (cover) Image: a large red coffee cup sits on a stack of books against a blue background....whimsical flowers as an accent

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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Thanks #netgalley @thomasnelson for providing a complimentary e copy of #ofliteratureandlattes … all opinions in this review are completely my own.

Thirty-something Alyssa never planned to return home. Suddenly, the company she works for implodes, and she is broke, under FBI investigation, and returns to her home in Winsome, Illinois to regroup. Once in her quaint and charming hometown, Alyssa faces the challenges of reconciling with her mother, earning money to fix her car, and dealing with a health crisis. She meets Jeremy who is struggling to establish a coffee shop, working toward a functional relationship with his ex, and fighting for consistent, quality time with his daughter.

My Thoughts:

Finding home…..

A Follow-up: In this follow-up to The Printed Letter Bookshop, Katherine Reay takes us back to the cozy and charming small town of Winsome, Illinois. New characters are introduced and old characters are mentioned. Of Literature and Lattes can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s always nice to see old friends! I loved The Printed Letter Bookshop (4.5 Stars), so I was eager to read this new release.

Cozy and Charming Two-Book Series: Sometimes, a delightful, and easy-reading story with a small-town setting that features a coffee shop, a bakery, and a bookstore is just the right book at the right time. A bright, cute cover and a catchy title always catch my eye! If this is what you are in the mood for, you can’t go wrong with Of Literature and Lattes and the first in the series, The Printed Letter Bookshop. Of the two stories, The Printed Letter Bookshop is quite compelling with its strong themes of community, friendship, and forgiveness.

Setting: One reason to love Of Literature and Lattes is for the small-town, cozy setting. It’s a community where “everyone knows your name” and features all our favorite hangouts: a coffee shop, bookstore, and bakery. There’s also plenty of book talk and a book club that meets in the coffee shop!

Themes: A second reason you might appreciate this story is for its themes of community, neighbor helping neighbor, grace, forgiveness, second chances, healing, mother/daughter relationship, taking risks, friendship, finding home, and book talk.

Recommended: I’m recommending Of Literature and Lattes for fans of The Printed Letter Bookshop, for readers who might appreciate a gentle, cozy read, and for those who enjoy books about books and poignant themes. Overall, it’s a hope-filled read!

Related: The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay.

My Rating:  3.5 Stars

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Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay (cover) Image: a giant red coffee cup sets on a stack of books againt a bright blue background.....whimsical yellow flowers as accents

Of Literature and Lattes Information

Meet the Author, Katherine Reay

Author Katherine Reay

Katherine Reay is a national bestselling and award-winning author of several novels and one work of nonfiction.

For her fiction, Katherine writes love letters to books, and her novels are saturated with what she calls the “world of books.” They are character-driven stories that examine the past as a way to find one’s best way forward. In the words of The Bronte Plot’s Lucy Alling, Katherine writes of “that time when you don’t know where you’ll be, but you can’t stay as you are.”

Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, and after several moves across the globe, lives outside Chicago.

Please visit Katherine on social media, on FB at Katherinereaybooks, Instagram @katherinereay, or visit her website at http://www.katherinereay.com


Have you read The Printed Letter Bookshop or Of Literature and Lattes or other books by Katherine Reay?

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    • Thanks Debi! I think you will love love The Printed Letter and its themes of friendship and forgiveness!!!! Lit and Latte was ok but not quite as compelling. I hope you love Printed Letter!

    • There’s a bit of a Christian theme…..not as prominent in this one though. I think Printed Letter is the more compelling read.

  1. Great review Carol. I also loved The Printed Letter Bookshop, so should probably read this one as well. I didn’t realize it was a followup/sequel.

    • It can be read as a stand alone. It references characters in Printed Letter. If I had to choose I would say I liked Printed Letter a bit more, but this is a good read!

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