Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.
Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an even curiouser string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.
When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.
A cute story, but hard to get into. It’s a cute premise, but the characters are pretty superficial (stereotypical – no one’s too surprising). The plot itself is also pretty shallow – a bunch of people who are only interested in what God can do for them. I had hoped someone would experience a true transformation, but there are no serious heart changes. Even the main character, Chelsea, doesn’t really change – once she finds out that God has always been in her corner she decides to maybe try forgiving people, but she never has that God-is-worthy-of-praise moment. If you’re looking for a “what can God do for me” story this is okay, but if you want a true conversion story, this one is lacking.
It’s an easy read, but hard to get into. Two and a half out of five stars.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.