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Reviewed by Daria White for Readers' Favorite
This Old Café by Marci Boudreaux depicts the story of Jenna Reid and Daniel Maguire. Jenna has recently divorced and is trying to make a name for herself. She’s left past hurts behind her, and she is seeking a new life of independence. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Maguire is in a least likely place for someone who’s given his life to his country. He’s homeless. He’s sleeping behind dumpsters and eating out of them, but he takes interest in looking out for Jenna. His past holds him hostage, and he’s likely to lose his temper in attempts to defend the helpless. When it comes to Jenna, something draws Daniel to her. He takes notice of her daily routines, and when he hears her screaming, he runs to the rescue. Jenna doesn’t immediately take to the stranger, but she does want to help him. The question is, is it worth it?
By the time I got through the first chapter, Marci Boudreaux had my full attention with this story. I loved how I could feel the emotions of the characters. Jenna is still suffering from her past insecurities, and Daniel wants to break free from his own personal demons. These characters are literally two broken souls, but they are trying to heal together. The author shows in this story how love can transform pain into something new and better. I truly thought this story was beautiful and both Jenna and Daniel are relatable. Things from our past can hinder and sometimes rob us from our present. We all have a choice. We can either let it break us or it can make us stronger. It’s not easy, and sometimes it doesn’t always work out. It takes courage and I think the author depicts this in her characters. The only thing that disappointed me about this story was when I came to the last page. I wasn’t ready for it to be over.