Return to the cozy and delightful town of Winsome, where two people discover the grace of letting go and the joy found in unexpected change.
After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup and move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community.
Jeremy Mitchell moved from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he’s been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money—and he’s not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders if something might grow between them—but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated.
With the help of Winsome’s small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.
Sweet and thoughtful contemporary readStand-alone novel featuring characters from The Printed Letter BookshopBook length: 86,000 wordsIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
“In her ode to small towns and second chances, Katherine Reay writes with affection and insight about the finer things in life.” —Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party
“The town of Winsome reminds me of Jan Karon's Mitford, with its endearing characters, complex lives, and surprises where you don't expect them. Reay has penned another poignant tale set in Winsome, Illinois, weaving truth, forgiveness, and beauty into a touching, multilayered, yet totally cozy story. You'll root for these characters and will be sad to leave this charming town.”—Lauren K. Denton, bestselling author of The Hideaway and Glory Road
“Like all of Reay’s novels, Of Literature and Lattes delivers a story with details so vivid you can feel the fabric slipping between your fingers, characters so rich they could slide into the booth across from you, and a message so hopeful and redemptive it will linger in your mind long after you turn the final page. Of Literature and Lattes brings the town of Winsome alive again, and I couldn’t wait to return and savor a story of forgiveness, of fresh starts, of literary delights, and of love.” —Melissa Ferguson, author of The Dating Charade
Reay invites readers back to the charming small town of Winsome, Ill., (last visited in The Printed Letter Bookshop) in this feel-good, community-centric romance. When Alyssa Harrison's Silicon Valley employer goes under, pending an FBI investigation, Alyssa is left with no income and no choice but to return home to Winsome after years away. Though Alyssa has never forgiven her mother for cheating on her father, her divorced parents have started dating again, and, in an effort to force a mother-daughter reconciliation, Alyssa's father tells her she can't stay with him and must stay with her mom instead. Despite the less-than-ideal living situation, Alyssa is happy to reunite with her best friend, Lexi, who hires Alyssa as a bookkeeper for her restaurant. Jeremy Mitchell, the new owner of the local coffee shop, soon seeks Alyssa's services as well. Together they determine that his sleek redesign of the caf has alienated its formerly loyal clientele. Fueled by bonding over shared vulnerabilities, Alyssa and Jeremy's business relationship quickly blossoms into love. The subplot about Alyssa and her mother is deeply emotional, and the colorful townsfolk make for a memorable supporting cast. The love story is sweet, but it's the close-knit small-town setting that wins the day.