Second Bookouture blog tour of the day is for Karen Clarke and ‘Escape to the Little French Cafe’. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:
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?
What does TWG think?
Oh bonjour mon ami!!! I felt as though I was on French soil whilst I was reading this!
I am a massive fan of Karen Clarke’s novels as they always deliver on the cosiness factor! I did feel as though the storyline was a little bit different to the authors usual writing style, however I still enjoyed following Natalie’s journey as the story progressed.
At times I forgot just how old Natalie was as, despite being in her thirties, she came across as such a naive and younger minded character. Not that that is a bad thing of course, because it isn’t! I just thought that she was a bit of a lost soul who wanted to finally have their happy ending.
I adored the humour that was throughout the entire book, including Natalie’s reaction to one of the characters dog! Oh I did laugh!! All of the giggles seemed so natural and unforced, it really did up the pleasure element for me, for sure.
Romance is the big theme in ‘Escape to the Little French Cafe’, if you hadn’t guessed that already…being set in France and everything! I’m not a big slushy, romance type of person but you know what, I absolutely bloomin’ LOVED reading this Cinderella-esque, Snow White type of storyline which made me want to order a wedding hat…even though there wasn’t a wedding. I believed in true love where Natalie’s journey was concerned, and that’s all down to Karen Clarke’s delectable storytelling.
If you fancy a novel which can make you laugh, reach for the wedding confetti, AND put on ten stone just by thinking of cakes and other treats, ‘Escape to the Little French Cafe’ would be right up your ‘rue’. Such an uplifting, cosy novel which will make your heart leap with joy…or, if you’re like me, it’ll make the ice around your heart melt!
About the author.
Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels. Her BEACHSIDE series is set in the fictional seaside town of Shipley and features recurring characters, but each book can be read as a standalone. She is currently working on a new, three-book series set in Devon.
Karen has also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download
When she’s not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women’s magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection ‘BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…and other Tales with a Twist’
Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.
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