Toshikazu Kawaguchi

𝐁𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐞 𝐆𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐝 (𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝟐)
𝐁𝐲 𝐓𝐨𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐤𝐚𝐳𝐮 𝐊𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐠𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐢
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫: 𝐏𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐫
𝐏𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤: 𝟏𝟗𝟐
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝: 𝟏𝟒𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟕
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐋𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞
𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫: 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑

Having thoroughly enjoyed 'Before the Coffee Gets Cold' a few months ago, I eagerly anticipated its sequel, hoping it would match its predecessor's brilliance. I was utterly enchanted by this follow-up, which exceeded all my expectations. As a literary masterpiece, it surpassed the first instalment in ways I could not have imagined. Its beauty truly astonishes me!

The stories within this collection all share a common theme: individuals visiting a charming Japanese cafe in the hopes of reuniting with a cherished someone from another moment in time, be it the future or the past. What sets 'Tales from the Cafe' apart, however, is its remarkable evolution of the original cast of characters. Not only is there an array of captivating new stories that I found even more enthralling than those in the first book, but we also get the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of the beloved protagonists from the initial instalment, offering a sense of closure and growth. I never anticipated how much I would relish uncovering these additional layers of their lives; it was a delightful surprise.
These concise narratives brim with profound depth and raw emotion. They are penned with a delicate subtlety that makes one almost overlook the exquisite layers of meaning unless actively sought. In terms of craftsmanship, this book masterfully captures the essence of the cafe and its diverse patrons, presenting a more precise and expansive portrayal than its predecessor. It held my rapt attention from start to finish, a true testament to its compelling storytelling.

As stunning as the first book was, this collection elevates it to a whole new level of beauty. My spine tingled when I saw how everything was interconnected and came full circle. While 'Tales from the Cafe' can be enjoyed on its own, I recommend reading 'Before the Coffee Gets Cold' first, as it enhances the impact of the second instalment. 

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Other Books From this Series

The Coffee Gets Cold (Book 1)

Before Your Memory fades; Book 3 (Review Soon)

Before We Say Goodbye; Book 4 (Review Soon)

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