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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the international best seller Before the Coffee Gets Cold, this book follows four new customers who hope to travel back in time in a little Japanese café.

In a back alley in Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee - the chance to travel back in time.

With faces both familiar and new, Tales from the Cafe follows the story of four patrons who visit to take advantage of café Funiculi Funicula's time-traveling offer and revisit moments with family, friends and lovers. Each one must face up to the past to move on with their life.

Kawaguchi's wistful and heartwarming new novel once again invites the listener to ask themselves, "What would you do if you could travel back in time?"

©2021 Toshikazu Kawaguchi (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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sweet love stories

I listened to the 1st book in the series and loved it the female narrator was a little better than the male narrator for this one. But these stories were even better!

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A Charming Return to the Cafe

It has been a few years since the events of the first book, which you could argue may not matter for a cafe that allows for time travel. But this means a few changes in terms of our cast of characters at the cafe and a few other circumstances.

The book nicely builds on the lore established in the first book and not only shares new stories of people deciding to use the cafe to travel through time but also reveals more of the back story. And I appreciated this effort to build upon the lore and give us more on how things came to be. Combined with more poignant stories of people finding a use for the cafe's very particular brand of time travel, and it this all makes for a charming book.

It was a little jarring that the narrator for this audiobook is male versus the female voice for the first book, but eventually, I got it. More of the time travelers in this story were male versus the first book. But given we're following largely the same (or most of the same) characters. But yes, the shift made sense even if a little confusing at first.

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Fun quirky short stories

I like anything set in Japan and usually stick to biographies and non-fiction. This was a pleasant twist to my usual reading pattern. The stories were short and enjoyable but most of all surprising. Some lessons similar to Aesops Fables but I never knew what to expect until I got to the end. A fun and imaginative escape into the lives of some interesting characters.

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I enjoyed these Tales

Hope and mystery meet here as the author considers various relationships. Redemption comes to customers at the Café Funiculi Finucula. I recommend this book to all who seek redemption.

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More wise lessons

Make sure to read the series in order. This is definitely a continuation story. Hard for me to remember the characters due to lapsed time between listening to the books and the unfamiliar names. The coffee pourers are rich characters.