Book Review: ‘Lulu’s Cafe’ by T. I. Lowe

About The Book:

When a damaged young woman is given a chance to reclaim her life in a small South Carolina town, she must reckon with the dark secrets she left behind in order to accept the love she deserves.

On the run from a violent past, Leah Allen arrived in tiny Rivertown, South Carolina, battered and broken, but ready to reinvent herself. By a stroke of fate, Leah is drawn to the Southern hospitality of a small cafe, looking for a warm meal but finding so much more. Lulu, the owner, offers her a job, a place to stay and a new lease on life. Through Lulu’s tenacious warmth and generosity, Leah quickly finds herself embraced by the quaint community as she tries to put herself back together. Given she’s accustomed to cruelty, the kindness is overwhelming.

Soon Leah meets Crowley Mason, the most eligible bachelor in town. A lawyer and friend of Lulu’s, Crowley is wary of Leah’s sudden, mysterious arrival. Despite his reserve, something sparks between them that can’t be denied. But after all she’s been through, can Leah allow herself to truly love and be loved, especially when her first urge is to run?

Exploring the resiliency of both the heart and the spirit, Lulu’s Cafe gorgeously illustrates how old scars can finally heal no matter how deep they seem.

About The Author:

Bestselling author T.I. Lowe sees herself as an ordinary country girl who loves to tell extraordinary stories. She knows she’s just getting started and has many more stories to tell. A wife and mother and active in her church community, she resides in coastal South Carolina with her family.

For a complete list of Lowe’s published books, biography, upcoming events, and other information, visit and be sure to check out her blog, COFFEE CUP, while you’re there!

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My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘Some scars don’t ever heal. No matter how awfully bad you want them to. They’re just too deep.’

When a horrifically battered young woman by chance makes her way to a small southern town (or should we say it is a ‘God incidence?’), she is taken in by Lulu, owner of Lulu’s Cafe, and loved on and nurtured. Still, Leah Allen is broken and pain is her portion. Not just physical pain, of which there is definitely plenty, but emotional pain, heartrending pain so strong and deep the reader feels bruised reading it. But God has led Leah to this place of healing and as the weeks and months pass, healing starts. Crowley Mason, attorney, cafe patron and most eligible bachelor, senses something in Leah that grabs his heart. Can Leah achieve the full healing her heart needs? Will these scars ever be not visible?

‘As Crowley prayed, a calm washed over him and he felt for the first time in days that he could breathe.’

I’ll be flat honest with you: this is not an easy book to read. It is deeply painful to read. So painful that at times I wanted to set it aside. But it kept drawing me back. I discovered T.I. Lowe’s books earlier this year and was drawn in so very much. This one showcases her writing ability incredibly well. My goodness, how this book touched my heart! It is a wonderful testament to how God heals and the redemption that he extends to His children. I loved it so much and can very highly recommend it. Such a powerful story! Don’t miss this book.

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