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Publisher's Summary

What would you change if you could go back in time?

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than 100 years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold. 

©2019 Toshikazu Kawaguchi (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Brilliant premise but story telling was not so

The premise is superb and the characters are etched well. narration was not very gripping. somewhere in the middle I lost interest in the storyline

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A feel-good read , with substance.

A slow moving yet thoughtfully arranged plot. The pace carries you along smoothly rather than making you feel bored. The descriptions and little sneak peeks into the characters' life histories enhance the reader's experience further by connecting the dots between their past and present. Set in a cosy basement cafe, this story is simple, lucid, and certainly engaging.

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A sweet and simple read.

A very simplistic perspective on the reasons people want to time travel. If you want a casual read, this is a nice book.

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Gripping n Emotional...

A good read which makes u smile n cry at the same time. . Can pick without a doubt.

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Simple and Sweet

Great weekend listen! Will make you want to appreciate your life a little more.

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An interesting take on time travel

I picked up this book because of its intriguing plot around time travel and also hoping to read more on Japanese life - after being swayed by Pachinko. While the book didn't do justice to touching on Japanese culture or life, the time travel bit of the story was decent.

I liked the way the author simplified the rules of time travel and focused on how it might impact you rather than changing anything else. It touched upon how letting go or accepting things can lead to so much positivity to your future. The story dealt with loss, relationship, hope, anxiety and it packaged everything quite well especially using a twist of time travel. Some parts like repeated apparation for the time travel could have been avoided to make it more crisp, but all in all a decent one time read. The Audible experience was really good.

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A sweet little gem

I came across this book through a random scroll and decided to go for it. It's a unique plot and the story progresses smoothly. The book starts off very well and the narrator does a very good job of voice modulation to bring out the various characters. The theme of the book is time travel, skipping the complicated logic behind it. The overall premise tells you that you need to live in the present, no matter how the past went. Also take care of your actions today as they will impact your future. Also people and relationships are precious, value them and keep the ego away. Life will not be what we expect it to be, but it can go in the direction we decide to take it.

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Listen.

I am amazed at how it made a full circle.
Brilliant Story.
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  • Sharon Spear
  • 21-04-21

Not my cup of Coffee

Painfully slow, I really struggled with this book. There was not a single part I liked.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-21

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An unusual premise, a bittersweet story. I have a renewed appreciation of using time wisely, saying things when they have to be said, and not letting opportunities escape, after reading this book.

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  • M. Atkinson
  • 26-09-19

Just No

All the male characters are asses. Goro in the first chapter decides the best time to inform his girlfriend of three years that he has accepted a job in America, is on his way to the airport. In the second chapter, the character with Alzheimer's commits two acts of horrendous emotional harm, both of which are spoilers I can't specify. The third and fourth chapters are driven by characters who refuse, for no reason, to discuss PIVOTAL information with their loved ones. So, no. Not an enjoyable listen for me.

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  • alice
  • 20-12-19

Great story - read very slowly

Really enjoyed the story but I had to listen in x1.25 as the reader is very slow.

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  • Julie
  • 23-05-20

Time travel

You probably wouldn't notice this tiny Tokyo café if you just walked past. But according to an urban legend, you can travel in time here. But only if you sit in a particular chair, at a particular time, and remember to return to the present before the coffee gets cold. Who would you go see if you were able to travel back in time for a few minutes?

I really enjoyed this book. It reads a bit like watching a play - like we are watching a stage that is always the same, with characters coming and going. I actually really liked all the rules that has to be obeyed in order to time travel, and I liked that we don't get many answers as to why it is like it is. It's as if we just get to peek into this café for a little while, and then when we leave, it continues to exist without us.

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  • Eveline
  • 12-04-21

Men writing women

Abandoned this book in Chapter one. The story starts with a couple. The woman's appearance is described in detail, from the shape of her lips to the colour of her clothes. She is highly intelligent, has the face of an idol, and the body of a model. She wears conservative clothes, but you can still make out her exceptional figure. She dresses well, but does not care about clothes (until recently she only owned suits). And of course... She does not realise that she is beautiful. Yawn.

This is where I noped out. Maybe it gets better? I did read that [SPOILER] the woman, Kazuki, goes back in time to find it why her boyfriend of three years dumped her. The boyfriend got a job abroad and waited until right before his flight to tell her and break up with her. Why in the world would the smart and career-driven Kazuki, who has been in relationships before and must have some life experience, waste her time on this?

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  • Melanie
  • 01-04-21

wonderful stories to get lost with over coffee

it was beautifully read and every story was as thought provoking as the last. Adored every second.

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  • Rachel Hawe
  • 30-03-21

Great Concept, Wise Lesson

it was an enjoyable read the only fault was sometimes I found the english to simple and repetitive along with this the chapters had been quite long would rather they had split it into sections for the 4 parts and had chapters throughout. Would recommend however and would read again further down the line

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  • Jamie Hoy
  • 25-02-21

Offensively repetitive

At times this feels like it was written by a school student who is just learning to write fiction; it's so unbelievably repetitive, with the same few phrases (cannot change the present; go back to the past) included over and over, as if there is no other way of explaining these concepts. The characters are quite dull and uninteresting, and the exposition lacks insightful observations, and the isn't much to lure the reader into the world of the story.

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  • Frieda
  • 31-12-20

Engrossing and heartwarming

The story literally takes place in one place but the people are so changed. It is really engrossing and heartwarming.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-20

A great listen

I loved this book. Beautifully written and it's message gently shown. Change is within

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  • Tanea Sheils
  • 15-11-20

Drink before the coffee gets cold

Amazing, little book ...., Toshikazu Kawaguchi your writing its amazing and you put a lot of your heart in this book.
When you pass page 20 you just cannot stop reading until the last page.
This 213 pages book its fulfilled with love and care to one another.
I am still crying and can't wait to ready the next one.

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  • Paul Watkins
  • 08-11-20

Don't hesitate. download it now!

took the first chapter ro get into it, but OMG once into it, the thoughts and teats flowed. an absolutely extraordinary book. At the end you will wish it carried on. Makes you think and appreciate life. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-19

Beautiful

Absolutely loved it.


"No matter what difficulties people face, they will always have the strength to overcome them, it just takes heart."

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