BOOK CLUB: The Café By The Bridge

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Author: Lily Malone
ISBN: 9781489250483
RRP: $29.99
Publication Date: 17 December 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

The Café by the Bridge is the second book in the Chalk Hill series, where we are taken back to the scene of Water Under the Bridge; back to where Ella and Jake fell in love.


Abe Honeychurch is our leading man, still broody and miserable after being scammed hard and losing it all. He’s back in Chalk Hill to work on paying his debts and open a new eatery in his home town; in the inherited house that caused so much angst in Water Under the Bridge.

He isn’t interested in justice, he just wants to move on and forget all about the whole situation.

Unfortunately for Abe, Taylor Woods has come to town looking for Abe because her brother was left broke and broken-hearted by the same woman and Taylor is determined to get justice for him.

The Café By The Bridge promises a journey filled with angst, laughter, small town community and chemistry.

I look forward to picking this up sometime real soon. In the meantime, thanks to Harlequin Mira 10 of our Beauty and Lace Club members will be reading The Café By The Bridge and you can read what they thought in the comments below. Please be aware there may be spoilers.

The Café By The Bridge is published by Harlequin Mira and is available now where all good books are sold.

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14 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Café By The Bridge

  1. Beauty and Lace Book Club Feb 5 , 2019

    Book Review;

    The Café by the Bridge. By Lily Malone.

    I love a happy ending, so I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline of The Café by the Bridge.

    This rural romance novel written by Australian author, Lily Malone is the second of three books set in the fictional West Australian town of Chalk Hill.

    The story is stand-alone but also continues the lives of the characters from the first novel, Water Under the Bridge; you can see how their lives have progressed since the first book.

    This is the story of the youngest Honeychurch brother, Abe, who has returned to Chalk Hill to rebuild his life and chic city-girl psychologist, Taylor who is trying to help her brother, Will.

    The central storyline keeps you intrigued while other side issues add interest to the plot. The colourful characters of the country town, men’s mental health, family commitment and complicated love triangles complete the chapters to keep you reading.

    Taylor starts out to help her brother Will with his relationship and financial problems and finds Abe a wonderful man to share her life.

    Both of the men have been scammed by the manipulating lies of Amanda and need to find their way back to a happy life.

    Luckily, they both have very supportive families who are there to help deal with the trials of life.

    I would recommend this book to anyone wanting an easy read with some romance and Australian flavour.

  2. I love reading Australian Rural Romance books and I absolutely loved this book. It was such a beautiful story. Lily Malone is a wonderful writer.

  3. A delightful follow on from Lily Malone’s Water Under the Bridge was her next book ‘The Cafe By the Bridge’.

    I’m so pleased to be reintroduced to old characters from the first book and new characters in the form of redheaded power rocket Taylor Woods who falls for the troubled Cafe owner and Chalk Hill local, Abe Honeychurch.

    This was a delightful tale; a tale that was very interesting, thought provoking and realistic. Being a Child Psychologist Taylor was destined to aid her troubled brother Will in a failed relationship with sociopath and financial schemer Amanda Whittler. Unwittingly trying to gain the assistance of another of Amanda’s victims in Abe, the sometimes troubled and often romantic relationship of Abe and Taylor, blossoms.

    I loved these characters; full of flaws, sometimes despair, hope, love and determination. It is nice to come across a story line where an author presents characters that have arguments and then return to try to resolve their issues. Too often you have a temporary split with troubled characters and the inevitable reunion where they live happily ever after. That story line is over used. This books was welcomed. It made you hurt in places, feel frustration and resentment in others and then enjoy the journey of true love.

    It’s a great book. Thank you Beauty & Lace and Harlequin Mira Publishers for the opportunity to read and review Lily Malone’s ‘The Cafe By the Bridge’.

  4. This is my first rural romance, and it wont be my last. I enjoyed it far more than I expected to. I don’t know why I’ve been avoiding this genre for so long.

    I loved the characters.. With some romances, the main characters seem too perfect to be real, but Lily Malone’s characters felt like people that you might meet in everyday life. They are complicated and have a real depth to them. The writing was good and the plot kept me reading to the end. Most of all I loved the setting. I know very little about WA, but this book makes me want to go and move there (or at the very least, visit for a month or two).

    I would definitely recommend it. Four Stars.

  5. Beauty and Lace Book Club Feb 22 , 2019

    Book Review; The Café by the Bridge. By Lily Malone..

    This rural romance novel written by Australian author, Lily Malone is the second of three books set in the fictional West Australian town of Chalk Hill.

    I missed out on the first in the series but The Cafe by the Bridge stands on its own, with its fully flawed characters managing to find happiness after struggles with love and life. A good easy read with some romance, contemporary country Australia and its many characters.

    Thank you Beauty & Lace and Harlequin Mira Publishers for the opportunity to read and review Lily Malone’s ‘The Cafe By the Bridge

  6. This is the second Chalk Hill instalment. Personally I didn’t love the first book so wasn’t sure what to expect with number 2. The author has done well in tying it back to book 1 however It could easily be read as a standalone book as the references are subtle.

    The book itself is an easy read aussie rural romance story. 3.8 Stars

  7. I really enjoyed The Cafe by The Bridge by Lily Malone – the first of her books that I have read. I love Australian stories and this one was so easy to read – the characters Abe and Taylor were great even though it is part of a series you didnt need to have read the others. Once again thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to review this lovely book.

  8. ‘The Cafe By The Bridge’, by Lily Malone, is set in the fictional Western Australian town of Chalk Hill.
    It is the second book in the Chalk hill series. Having never read the first book , I can definitely say it can be very easily read as a stand alone novel.
    I loved getting to know the characters and Malone’s description of rural Western Australia, having never been there myself.
    It was easy to get lost in this delightful rural romance and i would definitely recommend this book to others.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Mira for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book.

  9. There’s nothing like romance in a small country town. The ups and downs of life and how lucky to have support of family to help you on your journey. Lovely story with a lovely ending. Life can be challenging but also amazing

  10. The Café by the Bridge by Lily Malone is set in the fictional town of Chalk Hill located in Western Australia. This is the second book in the Chalk Hill series, I have not read the first book, but would most definitely like to. Even though this is the second book in the series it is easily read without reading the first.

    The story is about the lives and events of Taylor Woods who wants to help her brother Will get justice after he is scammed by Amanda. Taylor is drawn to Chalk Hill to try and get Abel Honeychurch to help Will as he also had been scammed by Amanda. Taylor meets Abe but he does not want to go to the authorities as he just wants to forget the whole thing with Amanda ever happened. Once Taylor has met Abe and they spend time together they find that they are attracted to each other.

    I found the characters easy to follow and enjoyed reading about them and how they interacted with each other. It is a story full of despair, hope, love and great determination.

    A great book that I would highly recommend.

  11. This rural romance novel written by Australian author, Lily Malone is the second of three books set in the fictional West Australian town of Chalk Hill.

    I haven’t read the first novel in the series, so it was great that this novel was stand alone & it didn’t matter that I hadn’t. In saying this, & after reading this one I would like to go back & read the first novel too.

    It was an easy enjoyable read. The character were easy to get to understand & follow their journeys.

    It touched on Abe needing to get some help from a Psychologist which isn’t common for men to acknowledge they could benefit from talking to someone.

    A few twists & curls thrown in for good measure.

    Loved this one

  12. Cafe by the bridge by Lily Malone is the second book in the Chalk Hill series, I haven’t read the first book Water Under the Bridge but didnt feel like I needed to read it first.
    Taylor Woods (child psychologist and miss fixer) is on a mission to help her brother Will. Scammed by a lying cheating scammer girlfriend, Taylor is out to get justice for her little brother, enter Abel Honeychurch, he was also scammed by the same women, Amanda. Returned home to Chalk Hill to lick his wounds, Abe has opened the Chalk n Cheese cafe in his Nannas old house.
    Taylor takes a few days off work to track Abe down and convince him to help her and Will. Taylor is meet with a grumpy irritable man who doesn’t want to be in Chalk Hill. Upon broaching the subject of Amanda Abe loses it and tells Taylor to get out of his cafe.
    Taylor is on her way back to Perth when Abe’s sister in law to be Ella stops her and invites her around for coffee. The two hit it off immediately and Taylor ends up staying the weekend, Abe is able to apologise for his bad behaviour and they strike a friendship that has the potential to turn into much more.
    As they get to know each other better Taylor mission to help Will gets pushed to the back of her mind as she helps Abe with his own personal demons and there attraction blossoms.
    Upon going back to Perth Will’s issues are again thrown to the forefront of Taylor’s mind but Abe also has more personal issues to deal with.
    Taylor comes to realise she may not be able to help everyone.
    I quite enjoyed this book, it was an easygoing read with a bit of suspense thrown in, I wasn’t sure how the story with Amanda was going to end. I’m also intrigued for the book I’m sure will be coming up about Brix and Jaydah with the little snippets that were thrown in about them!
    Huge thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the chance to review yet another great book!

  13. Review of “The Café by the Bridge”. By Lily Malone.

    An easy, enjoyable read with the perfect amount of twists and depth.

    The rural, peaceful setting in which the majority of the story takes place is the perfect setting to focus on getting to know the characters and forming an attachment to the story line, leaving you wanting to know more about them.

    Throughout the story, just as you are settling into the smooth plot, a twist is introduced – and each time I never saw it coming! A subtle but fascinating twist that keeps you intrigued and looking forward to the next part to find out what happens.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the diverse range of character relationships. It wasn’t the run of the mill, young adult meets young adult and find love with a perfect happy ending. There was a refreshing authenticity in their relationships, that include step-parenting, age differences, 2nd marriages, etc, and the ups and downs that is found in every day real life relationships.

    The delicate topics covered in the book were handled with a gentle but firm approach. The reality of mental health issues, terminal illness and traumatic experiences were handled with care and discussed in a way that allows you to feel and understand what the character is going through without turning the book into a difficult and tense read.

    Overall, I highly recommend this book for those who like a good storyline, scattered with depth but easy to read allowing you to happily escape into the world of Chalk Hill and the characters that are connected to it.

  14. It took me a second try after only reading a few pages to really get into the characters and story, but once I did I found myself looking forward to my bedtime and reading more before I went to sleep.

    I am not really a person who reads country romances but it was a lovely story and the characters were funny, believable and entertaining.

    I am glad I.gave it a second chance. Thanks Beautyandlace for another great read.

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