Summer at the Little French Cafe – Karen Clarke / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @karenclarke123


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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?



My review

I have not been to France a lot but I did spent a hot long weekend at La Rochelle and of course a visit to Ile de Ré was included as well. Reading this book brought back wonderful memories and I see myself basking in the sun, strolling through the village and enjoying a huge plate of seafood again. Awesome!

When you have been to a place that is used as a background for a book, it makes you feel more connected. It was nice to be back and meet up with some of the characters from the previous book. You felt at home again straight away.

Can the book be read as a standalone? Yes, but as always while reading a series it’s best to start with the first one, simply because you miss out on some info about recurring characters and you skipped a lovely story.

The author introduces us to Elle. We follow her on her jouney trying to find her past and finding both her past and her future.

A great tale sprinkled with some little jokes makes a perfect summer read. 5 stars.

Thank you, Karen Clarke, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels. Her BEACHSIDE series is set in the fictional seaside town of Shipley and features recurring characters, but each book can be read as a standalone. She is currently working on a new, three-book series set in Devon.

Karen has also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download

When she’s not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women’s magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection ‘BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…and other Tales with a Twist’

Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.

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