Saturday, 29 June 2019

Book Review - Summer at the Little French Cafe by Karen Clarke - Blog Tour

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Title: Summer at the Little French Cafe
Author: Karen Clarke
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 27th June 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

In the beautiful village of Chamillon lies the Café Belle Vie, where you’ll always find croissants and friends when you need them the most – and where Elle is hoping to uncover the truth about her past…

Thirty-year-old Elle Matheson has decided it’s finally time to find the mother who gave her up as a baby. With a faded postcard from the Café Belle Vie in hand – one of the very few things she has from her mother – she heads straight to the Île de Ré to begin her search.

With only the postcard and the ivory shawl she was wrapped in as clues, finding her mum is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, even with the help of friendly – and gorgeous – café-owner Charlie. And since Elle hasn’t exactly told her younger sister what she’s up to, the little white lies about where she is are starting to add up…

But Elle is really starting to feel at home on the beautiful island. The locals are welcoming, the café is homely, and Charlie is always there with a helping hand, a listening ear, and a pain au chocolat.

Is Elle about to discover not just where she came from – but where she belongs?

A hilarious rom com perfect for reading in the sunshine! Fans of Debbie Johnson, Zara Stoneley and Debbie Macomber will love Karen Clarke!

I was hooked in really quickly into the wonderful, summery book, and read it in a few short hours.  Was shocked to occasionally look up while I was reading on the tube to discover just how many stations had passed me by! 

I loved the reason Elle was in Chamillon, and how the now familiar Cafe Belle Vie plays a part in the story.  If you have read the first book set on the Ile de Re, there will definitely be familiar faces and locations, but equally this is a story that stands completely alone.   Even the main characters are different. 

For a rom-com there was a lot of comedy, and some truly fabulous moments, but equally I found the romance side of things really weren't as obvious.  i wasn't completely convinced with Elle's chemistry for any of the leading men she finds in France, and didn't necessarily see the ending coming. 

I loved every moment of this delightful book and there was even a mystery that had me stumped but equally eager to find out the outcome of. 

 This was a pure pleasure to read, and I can only hope this isn't the last we see of Chamillon, as I really would like to get to know Dolly and Henri better, plus Charlie and a whole myriad of women of a certain age whose names begin with M! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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