Review | The Good Luck Café


Moira Green is perfectly content with her life. She has a rewarding career and plenty of wonderful friends, including the members of her weekly book club. Then everything in her life goes topsy-turvy when the town council plans to demolish the site of her mother’s beloved café to make room for much-needed parking. Moira is determined to save her mother’s business, so she swallows her pride and asks Gil Ryan for help.



While browsing the Forever Publishing review catalogue, I came across The Good Luck Café. I was immediately drawn in by its beautiful cover featuring the main character in a simple yet stunning blue dress and the serene surrounding water. Honestly, I couldn’t resist requesting it, and I’m glad I did because the story was great! It had all the elements I enjoy – a heartwarming love story, an adorable Golden Retriever, an intriguing enemies-to-lovers plotline, and a compelling campaign to save a local bakery. Lots to love there! Throughout the book, I found myself rooting for the café, the mayoral race, and the blossoming romance between the main characters.

The Good Luck Café was my first Annie Rains book, and I was pleasantly surprised by her writing style! It was so mature and kind, and she did an excellent job portraying the characters’ personal growth while highlighting their positive attributes. It was such a great reminder that everyone generally is trying their best.

I loved Gil’s caring and generous personality, and Moira’s personal growth was pretty inspiring. The supporting characters, including Doug, Darla, and the book club gang, were also fantastic. Reva, the blogger, was quite the character!

The book emphasized the significance of volunteering and community involvement, which resonated with me since I grew up in a small town. Additionally, I felt a personal connection to the story since my family owned a bakery, and I had a Golden Retriever as a pet – what a coincidence! Even if you cannot relate to these aspects, I hope you find them as heartwarming and awesome to read about as I did. At times I would have preferred a spicier narrative and dialogue, but I still appreciate the author’s writing style and wouldn’t want her to drastically alter it.

Overall, I highly recommend this book as a summer read! This is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. Let me know what you think of it!

Summary: The Good Luck Café by Annie Rains is a heartwarming love story with an enemies-to-lovers plotline, featuring an adorable Golden Retriever and a campaign to save a local bakery. The book emphasizes the significance of volunteering and community involvement and highlights the personal growth of the characters. The supporting characters, including Doug, Darla, and the book club gang, were also fantastic. The book is recommended as a summer read!

Thank you to Forever and Annie Rains for this review copy. All opinions are my own.

This Book in Three Words

Heart-warming, Light, Meaningful


  • Romance
  • Working on personal growth and development
  • Campaigns
  • Small businesses
  • Family

Favourite Part

I enjoyed reading the scenes set by the water! It provided a sense of comfort while reading.


  • Romance
  • Relaxing
  • Inspirational

My Ratings:

Writing Style: 4
Characters: 4
Plot Development: 3.75
Originality: 3.75
Engagingness: 4
Insightfulness: 4
Comprehensiveness: 3.75
Impactfulness: 3.75
Spice: Mild

Overall Rating

Numerical Rating: 4 stars

QOTD: Do you enjoy reading romances set in small towns? Let us know!

12 thoughts on “Review | The Good Luck Café

  1. This sounds like such a sweet story, Sara—the romance and the battle to save the bakery sound compelling, and it sounds like the story has a lot of depth beyond those two plotlines too! And it’s so fun that you related to both the bakery and golden retriever aspects yourself. Thanks so much for the thoughtful review!
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