Book Review: Tales From The Cafe – Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Another set of heartfelt and beautiful stories of returning to the past! 

I was kindly gifted this book from Picador books in exchange for an honest review.

Tales From The Cafe – Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
208 Pages
Out Now

From the author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold comes a story of four new customers each of whom is hoping to take advantage of Cafe Funiculi Funicula’s time-travelling offer.

Among some faces that will be familiar to readers of Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s previous novel, we will be introduced to:

The man who goes back to see his best friend who died 22 years ago
The son who was unable to attend his own mother’s funeral
The man who travelled to see the girl who he could not marry
The old detective who never gave his wife that gift…

This beautiful, simple tale tells the story of people who must face up to their past, in order to move on with their lives. Kawaguchi once again invites the reader to ask themselves: what would you change if you could travel back in time?

4.5 / 5

If you’ve not read the first book in this series then you can check out my review here.

I’ve given this .5 more than the previous book purely because it finally revealed who the woman in the white dress was and I’m so glad it did because I was fascinated with her.

I would say though, even if you haven’t read the first book, this can still be easily read as a standalone as it does explain briefly when you meet characters that were in the previous book and goes on to quickly explain why they went back into the past. So it would be easy enough to catch up without wondering who everyone was.

Another wonderful four stories, each unique and heartbreaking. I also especially loved learning more about the time travel element and the rules about only the women of the family being able to transport customers back to the past.

Overall it was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed going back to the cafe…it felt like I was meeting up with old friends again!

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