Book, Review

Before The Coffee Gets Cold ~ Toshikazu Kawaguchi

224 pages ~ ★★★★☆ ~ Netgalley eARC


The second book in the Before the Coffee Gets Cold series features four more stories of individuals travelling through time for a limited time via a particular chair in a particular cafe. This is another case of my requesting a sequel without reading the first one, I assumed as its short stories that wouldn’t be a massive problem and I didn’t feel like I missed too much by not having read the first book but I think its probably best to read them in the series as you’ll probably understand the cafe employees better as characters.


I really love the premise of this, time travel is always an interesting one but what I really enjoy are the rules surrounding it in this particular book. It got me thinking, with such limitations on your visit to the past or future, would I bother?

Because the ‘rules’ for time travel are so specific and importantly a person can only travel backwards or forwards in time once the characters reasons for doing so are very personal and I found each of these stories to be quite emotional and often heartwarming.
There is one more book in this series which looks like its not been translated into English yet; I’m hoping I’ll be able to get hold of the first one, catch back up and then hopefully book three will be available.

Have you tried this series? Is time travel something you’d consider if the circumstances were limited?

Tales from the Cafe is due to be released next week. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with this copy this in exchange for an honest review.

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