Coffee Confessions is a wonderful short book that showcases seven Black female authors. The stories are centered around a coffee house located in Houston, TX. No two stories are alike.
You are introduced to the coffeehouse, Coffee Confessions and its owner, Sandra James in the opening story, Carmel Surprise by Ja’Nese Dixon. It’s there you learn the ins and outs of the coffeehouse and its hot owner. More than coffee is offered at Coffee Confessions. In a section are books written by Black authors and on Saturday night, there is a venue for jazz. Though the coffeehouse is doing great, Sandra’s love life is going nowhere. Can that change?
After this great introduction to the coffeehouse and its owner, the rest of the stories include an old college friend hooking up with a serial killer (A Second Cup Please by Darine Davis), an abused wife (A Double Shot of Darkness by Deilra Smith-Collard), a meeting between a rapist and his daughter (Latte Lady by Jean Halloway), a man fighting for his life (Death by Espresso by TL James), a woman experiencing some sexual lust that she never expected (Suite Mocha by LMBlakely) and an unexpected meeting between two rival families (More Than Coffee by JA Adams).
None have a happy ending though a couple have the potential of having one. A couple are a bit dark. All are detailed and engaging. You are involved with the story almost immediately and then suddenly, it’s over. (None of the stories are more than 30 pages.)
With the short length, you would expect that at least one story wouldn’t have a developed plot or flat characters but that is not the case. Each has a complex plot and the characters are very well rounded. It’s amazing on how much these ladies can put into so few words!
Never heard of these authors? Want to read some excellent Black authors? Give this book a try. You won’t be disappointed. This is an excellent anthology that allows you to explore some very different genres written by some extremely talented storytellers.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the desire to find this coffee house. It sounds wonderful and unique. Everything is offered from house blend to fancy coffees. For your pleasure, sandwiches are offered as are pastries. But to me, the offering of books to read while you drink, sofas to kick back on and jazz in the background, makes Coffee Confessions a place I want to go. And if I meet the safe and sane characters in this outstanding anthology my day would be made.