Coffee Spills & Songs

A story about love and loss and a mother’s betrayal,
set in London, Singapore and New York.

Meet Carys Wynne: a lonely, stubborn flight attendant with a dysfunctional family. As she approaches her milestone thirtieth birthday, she wants to sort out her life. For a long time, she struggled to deal with her troubled past, but her therapist has called her pro-active and Carys feels she’s finally taking steps in the right direction.
She’s hoping for a future with Ryan, a guy she met online, who keeps asking her out. And there is also Patsy: the person who was part of her mother’s secret and whom she blames for her sister’s fate. Carys is convinced that confronting Patsy with their past will help her move on.
But when Carys unexpectedly finds herself alone on the streets of Manhattan and meets a strange couple, her thinking begins to crystalise. Surely there is more than one path leading to love and closure?

Praise for Coffee Spills & Songs

‘Berendsje Westra writes with an in-depth knowledge of the day-to-day professional and emotional life of Carys, a disaffected air stewardess as she considers her lot in the run-up to her thirtieth birthday. This first-person narrative is raw, honest and poignant, and skilfully takes the reader on a physical and emotional journey with Carys, over time and distance, as she seeks self-knowledge.’
Jane Fraser, author of Advent. Winner of The Paul Torday Memorial Prize.

‘This is a well-written novel with complex, believable characters and interesting plot twists. The author has a great ear for dialogue, and her use of description is impeccable. Highly recommended.’
Kathleen Jones, author of Love is the Punch Line.

‘Great emotive writing and a real page-turner!’
Ester Thwaite, librarian

‘I loved this book. Well written. Good story. A cast of interesting characters.
Obviously I don’t know what you like, but for me it was 😊❤️👍🎉’

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I read the whole book through in one night, once you get drawn into the story you can’t stop- a real page-turner!’
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‘Finished this feeling like the protagonist Carys was a close friend. Part of trilogy yet still has a satisfying end if you choose not to read further. I put the book down hoping the next one is soon available…’
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‘Coffee Spills & Songs is one of those books that grabbed me from start to finish. The description of the characters and their relationships is so realistic that I felt it in every part of my body. Utterly beautiful and full of hope’
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‘Intriguing book’
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‘I really enjoyed reading this beautifully written book. A tear and a smile, could not put it away.’
A Goodreads review

‘I loved it! You grow to love Carys and in that sense it’s a page turner; you want to know what happened in her past and what will happen in the future. Loved the sense of humor too and the different places the book takes you to.’
A Goodreads review

‘Lovely read. Enjoyed the humor a lot.’
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‘This is a beautifully written novel painting vivid pictures of Carys’s hectic life in London, New York and Singapore, and how she gains strength from adversity. Well worth reading to discover where the emotional strength Carys gains leads her!’
A Goodreads review

‘I recommend this book Coffee Spills & Songs to anyone who likes a bit of dark humor and broken relationships.’
A Goodreads review

‘A book with humour, courage and story line which people can relate too. A MUST read !!!!’
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‘Fantastisch boek!
Het boek is zo goed geschreven dat ik, hoewel ik vanaf het begin al wist
dat één van de personages zou gaan sterven, toch hoopte dat ze het zou overleven. Ik zie uit naar de volgende boeken van deze schrijfster!’

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