I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Escape to the Little French Cafe by Karen Clarke
Also by this author: The Beachside Sweet Shop, The Beachside Flower Stall, The Beachside Christmas, The Bakery at Seashell Cove
Published by Bookouture on 18th March 2019
Genres: Chicklit, Love & Romance
Source: from Netgalley
On the beautiful French coast lies the Café Belle Vie, a peaceful haven offering a warm welcome and delicious pains au chocolat – and where Natalie’s quiet life is about to be turned upside down…
When thirty-one-year-old Natalie Bright’s boyfriend dumps her and immediately gets engaged to his ex-girlfriend, she escapes her heartbreak and moves to the charming village of Chamillon on the Île de Ré.
She’s determined to build a new life there: writing about farmer’s markets for a local magazine, exploring the local vineyards on her bike, and taking advantage of the sunshine. And in the Café Belle Vie she finds a bustling community – including new best friend Charlie – and a near-constant supply of cakes.
All in all, things are looking pretty good.
So when a blast from the past – her teenage crush Jay Merino – suddenly turns up in Chamillon, Natalie’s thrown. She’s sworn off men ever since she moved to France, but she and Jay have a connection that stretches back years.
But could taking a chance on an old flame complete her new life – or ruin everything she’s worked so hard for?
A gorgeous rom com full of sunshine, croissants and sparkling romance! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Zara Stoneley and Debbie Macomber.
Thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book and for my spot on the blog tour. I have read most of Karen’s books an I like her writing style so I was excited to read this story.
Karen’s previous books have been set in the UK seaside but this book is set on the French island of Île de Ré. The island sounds beautiful and the village where Natalie lives sounds so welcoming. The locals are so friendly and they really seem to open their arms for expats.
Natalie was such a great character. Sometimes I did want to give her a little shake because she frustrated me but on the whole, she was quite likeable. I could easily see us going shopping or for dinner and cocktails. The other characters in this book are easy to identify with and you can’t help but fall in love with Jay Marino. Jay is a good guy who really wants to help those in bad situations.
I was surprised to find myself halfway through the book as while it was an easy read not too much had happened. After that, the story quickly picks up speed. I raced through the second half of the book
This book was a pleasant read during a really busy time for me. I enjoyed this little escape from reality.
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