Summer at the Little French Cafe: The perfect laugh out loud romance for summer

Summer at the Little French Cafe: The perfect laugh out loud romance for summer

by Karen Clarke


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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?

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

What readers are saying about Karen Clarke:

5 Stars. Wow, this book has everything. Romance, friendship, second chances and drama. I could not put the book down!’ Goodreads Reviewer

Had me in hysterics!… Kept me thoroughly entertained from start to finish… Fun, lighthearted and addictive.’ The Writing Garnet

Has you hooked from the beginning… Full of friendship and romance… So heart-warming… You just want to be curled up in front of the fire when you read it.’ Goodreads reviewer

Had me properly laughing… A light-hearted, fun, easy-to-read story that will have you giggling.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

Karen Clarke has such a knack for writing hilariously funny one-liners. I have lost track whilst reading this how many times I’ve laughed out loud… Five Stars!Stardust Book Reviews

A fun and heart-warming read that had me feeling all toasty inside… Karen Clarke has become one of my must-read authors and is one I can rely on to cheer me up and chase those bad old blues away.’ By the Letter Book Reviews

‘This book had me laughing from page one. The story was light, funny, warming and LOL all the way through. I cannot recommend this book enough.Goodreads reviewer

Totally amazing… So heart-warming while funny as well. Full of families, beautiful seaside countryside and romance… An excellent book from the first page, has you hooked and so well written. I highly recommend reading this.’ Goodreads reviewer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786818003
Publisher: Storyfire Ltd
Publication date: 06/27/2019
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 257,196
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.64(d)

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Summer at the Little French Cafe: The perfect laugh out loud romance for summer 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele 19 days ago
Eloise (Elle) discovered some information about her birth mother when she was clearing out her father’s house after his death. She’d never really been all that curious, knowing the circumstances of her birth in a most general way, and her mother and father made no distinctions between she and her sister growing up. But now, feeling the losses acutely, Elle has decided to head to Chamillion and find the woman whose first name starts with M, her birth mother. Of course, Elle finds the Little French Café with Dolly, the ever-present, personable owner who is steadily trying to match up her son Charlie, and with their need for a dishwasher, and Elle’s need for help navigating her search, the deal is made. In the first book of the series we met Natalie and her father, and this is the house that, by coincidence, Elle has rented, and it comes with Marie, the neighbor who helped and befriended Natalie and her father in their relocation to France. Loaded with the sense of family and community that Clarke’s work brings, Elle may feel like a fish out of water, she is accepted and brought into the circle, and Dolly has taken on Elle’s search as a personal project. While Elle has her search, she’s the “new face’ in town, and while Charlie has a girlfriend that he hasn’t introduced to his mother, Henri, a fisherman, takes on the challenge that is Elle, despite her non-interest in a relationship and focus on her search. Sweet, clever and utterly feeling like a place to find friends and that sense of home, Elle’s search brings her throughout the small village and around the island, until she has her answers and a more perfect solution to all that ails her. Another lovely story from Clarke with heartfelt emotion, laughter, friendship and plenty of possibilities for all. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review, I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Laura Fuller 5 days ago
4.5 stars! I couldn't help but get sucked into the world of Chamillon and its lovable characters (aside from Henri)! Clarke painted the perfect idyllic picture of a coastal French village, that I could easily spend days absorbed in. The characters were engaging and multifaceted with well-developed histories and complex emotions. Elle and Charlie are adorable and I loved the slow burn of their romance. Elle's search was interesting, but did not muddy the entire novel in unnecessary details. Though I was frustrated with Henri from the get-go (and if I'm being honest, his existence is probably the reason this wasn't a full 5 stars for me), I didn't feel he was a poorly written character. He exemplified so many issues women have with men on a regular basis that I spent much of the book seething over the situation he put Elle in. Filled with emotional twists and plenty of romance, Summer at the Little French Cafe was truly a perfect summer escape. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with an ARC.
dcl55 9 days ago
Summer at the Little French Cafe by Karen Clarke blends a mystery with a romance in a wonderful theme of family and friends. Eloise Matheson has decided to take a week away from her photography studio and search for answers. Elle has always known her realtime mother and birth mother were two different people. Her birth mother was a beautiful French woman who surprised her father one night with a newborn baby nine months after their one-night affair. Her father never knew the woman's real name and when the baby was shockingly presented to him, all he had was a memory, a new baby, a shawl, a charm bracelet, and a postcard. He had left the items in a travel bag in his closet for years. After his death, Elle finds the items which are associated with the way she was presented to her father when she was about a week old. Why did he keep the items a secret when he had been honest with her about her conception? Elle journeys to the Île de Ré and approaches the cafe which was printed on the postcard, the Café Belle Vie. The choices she makes as she searches for the mysterious "M" set her future on a different path. Elle's search becomes more than seeking for answers about who her birth mother is, and leads her to new answers about her own self-discovery.
Avid_Reader_LB4 11 days ago
Elle's excursion to charming Chamillon -- delightful! June 27, 2019 A lovely, cozy little gem! I could just smell those freshly baked French pastries and imagine myself hanging out at the ☕ cafe and indulging in an afternoon of sun and people-watching. Elle, the principal character, still recovering from her father's recent death and a vital secret he kept from her, is on a quest while holidaying and gets sidetracked from day one by handsome men, a job she literally stumbles into, and the charming residents of Chamillon. Mathilde, one of the bakers in the neighborhood cafe, is one of my favorite secondary characters. She says little, but her venomous looks at Elle are priceless and the reason for her animosity only surfaces late in the story. I adored the mix of a mystery to solve with a bit of romance on the side. Although the humor made me chuckle rather than laugh out loud, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole reading experience. This is the first Karen Clarke novel I've read but I've already got another queued up on my e-reader. I read a complimentary advance copy of the book provided through NetGalley; this is my voluntary and honest review.
RobinLovesReading 14 days ago
Elle Matheson is 30 years old and she is determined to find her birth mother. All she has to go on is a faded postcard. This leads her to the beautiful village of Chamillion. Will she find the answers she is seeking? When she approaches a lady that runs a café, and her son, she begins to get the help she is looking for. The café owner's son, Charlie, affects Elle on a visceral level. However, she is certainly not focused on romance at the time. Meanwhile, Charlie doesn't seem apparently available, so Elle does not understand why she is so drawn to him. Elle fits in on the island, even working in the café. It is beautiful, and the people are lovely. However, finding her mother does not go so smoothly. How will this bode for her future and for her happiness? One enjoyable thing about this book it is more than a romance. It contains a bit of humor that certainly made this book far more enjoyable to read. I do wish I had read the first book in this series, and definitely hope that I will be able to read more about this little village and its genuine people. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for a honest review.
LlamaJen 19 days ago
I enjoyed this even more than "The Escape to the Little French Café." Loved Elle, she was a great character. She was definitely loved by her best friend Toni and her sister Jess. Her mom never treated her differently than Jess. Loved how Elle and Charlie thought they could take pictures of goats at a petting zoo and pass them off as Greek mountain goats. The characters from the previous book all make an appearance. Dolly seems like such a sweetheart and loving mom. She was a wonderful help to Elle with her quest to find her birth mother. Madame Bisset's cat Delphine sounds down right scary. When a cat is described as looking like Chucky the serial killing doll, it must me ugly!!!! Loved learning more about Marie, she is such a sweet women. Margot definitely has a story to tell. Chamillon seems like such a beautiful place. Sad to see the book end. I loved reading about Elle, even though she was the worst dishwasher. I'm pretty sure she broke more dishes than she actually cleaned. At least she found out what she needed. I thought the book would end with the wedding. Definitely recommend the book and the previous one in the series. I can't wait to read the next book in the Little French cafe series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
MKF 19 days ago
Elle's in Chamillon in hopes of finding her birth mother, a quest some might have found impossible given that she has only a postcard, a shawl, and a bracelet. Don't count her out! If you read the first book, you know that the Cafe De Vie is a delightful place, filled with fun characters - but don't worry if you didn't because this is fine as a standalone. There's some light romance but more important, this is about finding yourself and family. I'm a fan of Charlie, who's a good egg. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good beach book!