Summer at the Little French Cafe by Karen Clarke

Book Blurb:

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 received a copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I am writing a voluntary review.

AnnaScott’s Review:

If you are looking for a summery chick flick to read on the beach (or wherever you’re vacationing) then look no further!

This was a cute book. It was fun and lighthearted, and I loved reading about Elle and her trip to France. Overall, she was a very relatable character, especially since she is a professional photographer like myself. The cafe was darling, as were all of the characters that ate there (especially Charlie), and it was just a sweet story overall.

My only big complaint is that the plot felt very slow. Not much really happened, and considering how gripping other stories featuring girls looking for a lost parent are, it was a little disappointing.

Overall, it was a fun read despite the pacing.

Content warning: There is a smattering of minor language throughout, as well as several sexual innuendos. Nothing is explicitly shown though.


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