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  • Beautifully written and bittersweet

    The premise is simple: one seat in a Tokyo cafe will give you the ability to travel back in time for a few minutes. Whatever you do will not change the present but you'll have the chance to talk to someone - as long as you come back before your coffee gets cold. The writing is as straightforward as the concept, with few embellishments. Told in "acts" rather than chapters, each storyline could be a separate short story, but they build on each other and lead the reader to a satisfying end. The emotional complexity of each story grows as the book progresses. None are simple but all are rewarding. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the characters and would read another by this author.

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  • Heartwarming

    Loved it! I wish I could go there do that. A great question- we all have times in the past where we wish we could have done things differently. Which one would you choose to do over? So many hopeful dreams and wishes - this book will make your soul fly.

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  • Exquisite!

    If you sit in a certain chair in a certain coffee shop and follow some specific rules, you can travel in time. But this book isn’t about time travel, it is about love, forgiveness and a chance to make amends. Four beautifully crafted stories about lovers, marriage, sisters and a mother & daughter made me cry with their tenderness and beauty.

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  • Sad but Uplifting

    This is a lively little book with an ethereal sense to it. Caring characters. Very Japanese, but haven't we all wished we could have gone back for just a minute or two.

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  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold

    A strange read to say the least. I usually enjoy stories about time travel and in that respect I enjoyed this one too. Time travel from a cafe with lots of rules.

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