Coffee Spills & Songs (part one of the Carys Wynne trilogy)


A story about loss and a mother’s betrayal, but above all, a story about hope.

Meet Carys Wynne: a lonely, stubborn flight attendant with a dysfunctional family, in a fast-paced novel with depth, heart and hope that readers described as stunning and unputdownable.

As Carys approaches her milestone thirtieth birthday, she is ready to sort out her life. For a long time, she struggled to deal with her troubled past. But her therapist has called her pro-active and Carys feels she’s finally taking steps in the right direction. She’s looking forward to a future with Ryan, a guy she met online, and she’s convinced that having it out with Patsy, the woman who was part of her mother’s secret and whom Carys blames for her sister’s drowning, will give her closure.
But when Carys unexpectedly finds herself alone on the streets of Manhattan during a birthday trip, and meets a strange couple, her thinking begins to crystalise: Surely there is more than one path leading to love and closure?

Coffee Spills & Songs is a relational drama and coming-of-age story that is set in London, Singapore, and New York in the year 2010.
It’s the first novel in the Carys Wynne women’s fiction trilogy.

‘Great emotive writing and a real page-turner!’ Ester Thwaite, librarian.

‘Berendsje Westra writes with an in-depth knowledge of the day-to-day professional and emotional life of Carys, a disaffected air stewardess as she considers her lot in the run-up to her thirtieth birthday. This first-person narrative is raw, honest and poignant, and skilfully takes the reader on a physical and emotional journey with Carys, over time and distance, as she seeks self-knowledge.’ Jane Fraser, author of Advent

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