The Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith

I would have never picked this book up off a shelf; the cover doesn’t particularly appeal to me.  I know all that stuff about not judging a book by its cover, but come on.  I know you do it too.  I read this book because it was free on the Kindle a few months ago.

The Crossroads Cafe” is about the most famous actress in the industry, Cathryn Deen, who has the world in her hands.  Suddenly, she is in a disfiguring accident and her life completely changes.  To run away from the paparazzi, the people who caused her accident in the first place (hmmm… just realized the whole Princess Diana/paparazzi/tragic accident similarity), she flees to her grandmother’s old house in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina where her distant cousin, Delta, runs a cafe.  Cathryn and Delta had never spoken or met before this until Delta reached out to offer her support when Cathryn was in the hospital recovering from her wounds.  At the same time, Thomas is a male widow (is that the right word for a man who loses his wife?) due to September 11th and has also fled to the same small town to start over.  He’s rough around the edges but somehow forms a strange relationship with Cathryn.  They are both struggling to get through each day and end up helping each other survive and move forward with their lives.

This book was on the longer side, a little under 400 pages, but it kept my interest the entire time and was so much more than I expected.  The story and the characters were well-developed and even though you may not have liked Cathryn, the rich, has-everything actress at the beginning of the book, you fell in love with her by the end.  I also liked the goat in the story.  I’m weird, I know.

Deborah Smith has a number of other books out and I hope they’re as good as “The Crossroads Cafe”.  I guess next time I won’t be judging books based on cover alone.

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