Reader, this was an unexpected delight. I was a bit hesitant picking this up, thinking it would be too precious for my taste. But, I was instantly drawn into the cafe and its was of characters. There is unconventional time travel, with a lot of rules. Patience is required for this lovely story to unfold and it pays off. Ultimately, it's about each of these people, finding their own sense of peace, closure and purpose so that they may continue on.— Audrey H.
If you could go back, who would you want to meet?
In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a caf that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee--the chance to travel back in time. Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the caf in the hopes of making that journey. But time travel isn't so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long as it takes for the coffee to get cold. Heartwarming, wistful, mysterious and delightfully quirky, Toshikazu Kawaguchi's internationally bestselling novel explores the age-old question: What would you change if you could travel back in time?