Book Title: Coffeehouse Angel
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Number of Pages: 276
Publisher: Walker & Company
Release Date: August 21, 2009
When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she leaves him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over, never expecting this random act of kindness to turn her life upside down. The adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is actually a real guardian angel on a break between missions, and now he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Fame and fortune seem like the obvious requests, but after two botched wishes, Malcolm knows Katrina is hiding something from him. But how can she tell him the truth, when her heart’s desire has become Malcolm himself?
In the town of Norbdy, there is a Scandinavian coffeehouse where Katrina works daily at because her grandmother owns the shop. A new, modern coffee place, Java Heaven, opens right next door stealing all of the business from her grandmother’s coffeeshop. They’re barely hanging on ignoring paying their bills which soon leaves them with not too many options.
But one morning, Katrina stumbles upon what she thought as a homeless guy in the alley outside of the coffee shop. She feels scared. At the same time, she feels the need to put out some coffee, pastries, and chocolate-covered coffee beans for him, so he won’t starve. Little did she know that she’s stumbled upon an angel who tells Katrina that he’s in town to deliver a message. He won’t leave Katrina alone till he can grant her the thing she most desires for doing an act of kindness. A little problem is that she doesn’t know what she desires most. Her first two desires that Malcolm, the angel, gives her are based on the top desires people wish for. However, she’s not destined for fortune or fame since something/someone got to those first before she did.
In the end the questions revolving around my head–what will her most desired item, and will it be granted? When the message is delivered, will Malcolm never come back?
Coffeehouse Angel is a light, sweet book about love and friendship. All the characters inhabited in Norbdy were relatable due to their funny, quirky personalities. The supporting characters were more than boring and one-dimensional like in most books. They had a liveliness in them that made them a joy to read about. You feel like you really know the main and supporting characters, and your wishing for Coffeehouse Angel not to end.
Listening To: A Day Late by Anberlin
Thinkin’: hmm, doesn’t think this review gives Coffehouse Angel enough kudos.