When I heard that TB Markinson was publishing her third novel, I cheered for her. It is a wonderful thing to see a fellow blogger achieving her dreams. To show support for her, I agreed to read her story and write a review.
Confessions from a Coffee Shop is a story centered on Cori Tisdale, a woman who was a basketball star at Harvard and was a promising author with a lucrative book deal. She is, however, unable to finish her novel. In addition, her live-in girlfriend (Kat Finn) has a shopping addiction which leaves her in debt. In order to make ends meet, Cori takes a part-time job at a coffee shop. She meets an an old crush (Samantha Clarke) while working there. Cori’s friendship with her causes tension between herself and Kat. The novel describes how Cori manages the variety of problems that have appeared in her life.
I liked the way the novel began – it drew me right in and made me curious about the characters. I cringed on behalf of Cori and understood her thoughts on the conversation she was having with her mom – and her embarrassment at having someone from her past walking in. My empathy for the main character continued while I was reading the story. The story line itself follows the plot of a typical mainstream romance story – with the exception that Confessions from a Coffee Shop falls under the genre of lesbian romance. The story is a light read that includes conflict between the lovers, love scenes (the love scenes are between two women) and a resolution of the conflict.
I would recommend this novel for readers who enjoy stories of light romance. Personally I preferred Markinson’s novel, Marionette, as the story delved a little deeper into the main character. In her latest novel, the author does not explore as much the reasons for her main character’s decisions and choice. I kept wishing that she would do so as I felt Markinson did this well in her second novel.
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