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.Summer at 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
Series: Little French Cafe #2
Also in this series: Escape to the Little French Cafe, I'll Be Home for Christmas
Published by Bookouture on 27th June 2019
Genres: Chicklit, Contemporary, Humour, Love & Romance
Source: from Netgalley
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?
Thank you too Bookouture for my copy of this book and for letting me take part in this tour. I loved the first book in this series so I was excited to return to Chamillon and the Cafe Belle Vie. If you haven’t read the first book then you could still read this as a stand alone as the main character from the first book isn’t in this book. Though she is mentioned.
I was disappointed that Natalie wasn’t in this book. I was looking forward to catching up with her. It was really nice to see Charlie and Dolly again.
The main character in this book is Elle. Elle is looking for her birth mum but has very little information to go on. There were a few times where Elle irritated me a little but overall I did like her. She is a sweet girl who is feeling a little lost.
Elle’s friend Toni was the best Ioved her. She is egging Elle on the whole time and I think she helps to loosen Elle up and make her take more risks. Elle’s sister Jess was also a good character even if we only saw a little of her.
This story did have some romantic elements which I enjoyed but the main focus of the story was Elle meeting potentials for her birth mum. She also developed a lot of friendships with the locals which was really lovely to read.
This book was a great escape and I hope we return to the Cafe again soon….maybe later this year (hint, hint lol)
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