Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Tales from the Café (Before the Coffee Gets Cold, #2) by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Tales from the CafeTales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you enjoyed Before the Coffee Gets Cold, Tales from the Café is right up your alley.

In this second volume of the series, Before the Coffee Gets Cold, readers are presented with the stories of four new time travelers seeking the chance to make something in their lives right. While most are seeking a second chance at something they failed to do in the past, one travels to the future to help someone in their present move on and find happiness.

The stories are similar in nature to those in the first book, and characters from that one reappear along with some new faces. We learn more about the mysterious woman in the white dress who is consigned to spending her afterlife forever anchored to the café seated at a specific table in a specific chair.

The travelers’ stories, why they decided to move about in time, and the results of their travels are all touching and satisfying. However, my favorite revelations were about the women in Kazu’s family and how the task of pouring the coffee to send a traveler on their way is transferred from woman to woman.

If you enjoyed the premise and lovely tales from Before the Coffee Gets Cold and just weren’t ready to say goodbye to the patrons and staff of Funiculi Funicula, Tales from the Café is right up your alley.

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