Meet Me at the Art Cafe – Sue McDonagh / #Review @ChocLituk @SueMcDonaghLit

Would you take a chance on a bad boy with a leather jacket and a vintage motorbike?
That’s the question single mum Jo Morris has to ask herself when she collides with local bike mechanic Ed Griffiths on a rainy Welsh hillside. Working at the Art Café, Jo hears the gossip and is all too aware of Ed’s reputation.

But whilst he’s certainly no angel, there is something about Ed’s daredevil antics that Jo can’t ignore. And as she gets to know him better and watches the kind way he deals with her young son Liam, she begins to wonder – is there more to this ‘bad boy’ than meets the eye?



My review

Everybody knows the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, but it’s sometimes very hard to ignore what you see. You only have one chance to make a first impression and people often are put offf by that and don’t take the time or make the effort any more to get to know that person better. They think that what they see is what they get, but under a rough exterior a heart of gold is very often buried.

A lot of times it is a wall that has been build to protect someone and once you can make a hole in it, you are pleasantly surprised.

This is what happens in this story. Don’t let your eyes and head rule your heart, but take a jump in the unknown. It might be the best thing you have ever done.

Enjoy this lovely romantic story. It’s certainly worth picking up. I certainly liked it a lot. 4 stars.

Thank you, Sue McDonagh and Choc Lit.


About the author

Sue McDonagh’s career as a policewoman for Essex Police was cut short when she was diagnosed at the age of twenty-four with ovarian cancer. After a successful recovery and a stint working as a Press Officer she moved to Wales.

In Wales her love of art evolved into a full-time occupation and she made a living teaching and sketching portraits at shows. In 2014 she was a regional finalist for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. She now works exclusively to commissions from her art gallery.

In 2009 she learned to ride a motorbike, and now helps run Curvy Riders, a national, women only, motorbike club. Her joy of motorbikes and her love of writing inspired her to write the Art Café series. Sue, granny of two little girls and proud mum of two stepsons, lives a mile from the sea in Wales. She can often be found with her border terrier, Scribbles, at her art gallery. Scribble thinks the customers only come in to see him. Sometimes, Sue thinks that too.

When she’s not painting, she’s writing or on her motorbike. She belongs to a local writing group and the Romantic Novelist’s Association. Summer at the Art Café is Sue’s debut novel and the first in her Art Café series.