Summer at the Little Cafe by Karen Clarke is an Adult Chick-Lit Romance out now!
“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?”
I wasn’t a fan of this one.
We follow the main character who is on a quest to discover more about her mysterious mother who left her shortly after she was born. Right away, we are swept into the French culture where she believes her mom is roaming around.
There, she meets an unlikely guy who helps her discover more of the secrets of her family. The romance between them was cute and light-hearted.
Overall, this was a fun, contemporary concept that took me in right away. Unfortunately, the writing style didn’t cut it for me. I felt like it was too muffled causing me to reread many passages, and I had a hard time staying on top of the dialogue which left me uninterested.
I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars.
I think that it would be a decent poolside read if you are looking for a lighter story to follow. Unfortunately, I wasn’t invested in the story as I’d hoped.
Published: 27 June 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Chick Lit
How I Read It: eBook from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*
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