Hey guys, I know it’s been a while, but I just finished reading The Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith. In Crossroads, Cathryn Deen is a woman who has it all. Money, Fame, a Gorgeous, Wealthy husband, and most importantly, Beauty. She has been prided on her looks from the day she was born and she believes that that is her one great attribute. Without her looks, she is nothing. Unfortunately, after a day of celebration for her new line of cosmetics, Flawless, she is part of a tragic car accident that burns her terribly and leaves her scarred. She is hospitalized and soon learns that her husband wants nothing to do with her and that her “fans” only want to exploit her. She also learns of her cousin Delta and Delta’s friend, Thomas, who call and send her gifts weekly.
She leaves the hospital and, after spending days secluded in her mansion, she moves into her Granny’s house in North Carolina and finally meets Delta and Thomas face to face.
Thomas is an architect from New York with a troubled past of his own. His wife and baby were victims of nine eleven. Thomas feels guilty over this and has been drinking his pain away for the last years since it happened. It also doesn’t help that he keeps mementos from that morning and that his cruel sister in law sends him a special wedding anniversary “gift” every year to remind him of what was lost.
The Crossroads Cafe follows these two people as, together, they attempt to mend themselves and each other.
I took my sweet time reading this book (obviously!) and it was worth it. I was mesmerized by the characters and the story line by the end of the prologue. Honestly, if I had had more time, I would have finished this book in two days, possibly less. Everything about it drew me in. The characters, the scenery, the problems the characters are dealing with….and the quotes! At the beginning of each Part there are quotes dealing with beauty. The entire book just has a way of making you smile. HIGHLY recommended. 😀