Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Cafe by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
Release Date - April 2015
Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
Linden Tree Press
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
I loved Tilia Klebenov Jacob's Wrong Place, Wrong Time. Give that, I was eager to read Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Cafe. Sadly, I didn't find this one anywhere near as appealing or enjoyable.
Eden Rose owns the Serve You Right Cafe and her employee, Emet First, has a bit of a past that, for some, makes him a less than desirable character. Emet served almost 10 years in prison, but he's thriving at the coffee shop and is making many friends. Unfortunately, the brother of the woman he just dated is determined to ruin Emet's life, and Emet has to carefully watch his every move if he wants to stay out of prison.
Let's start with the fact that it was supposed to be a romantic novella. It is a short read at just about 200 pages. As for the romance, I just didn't see much basis at all for a romance. There was a date that led to the possibility of a romance, but it really just kind of stopped at that point. I'd say it is more of a cross of general fiction and suspense with a small dose of potential romance.
The characters are okay, but none of them grabbed me and made me want to know them more. There's the flighty old couple in the park that really didn't seem to have huge importance in the story. Eden Rose is okay, but just okay so that's not a strong selling point. Mercey, Emet's date, seems far too ignorant given her education. She seems smart enough to know her family is toxic, yet she's stuck around for far longer than she ever should have. Then there is Emet who I feel is the strongest character of the bunch, just topping Mercey's brother, another strong character, albeit one that I simply couldn't stand.
In the end, this is one of those books that I could take or leave. It's not horrible, but certainly nothing I'd want to read again.