chick-lit · Comedy · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Escape to the Little French Cafe – Karen Clarke ★★★★

Blurb; 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?

My Review; I have loved previous books by Karen and she is fast becoming one of my favourites in this genre. Escape to the Little French Cafe is perfect and laugh out loud funny. Brilliantly written. I enjoyed every minute of it. If you need a pick me up this is the book you need, guaranteed giggles throughout.

I loved the setting of this book and the cafe, sounded bliss to me. Natalie and Charlie’s friendship/relationship is cute, I liked them both. The best bit of the book for me was the scene where she meets up with Jay, that had me in histerics, can’t forget that part. I actually devoured this book in a day, it’s an easy, light-hearted read which I throughally enjoyed. I was backing Natalie the whole way and very proud of her giving it a shot.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Full of fun, giggles and romance.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove – Karen Clarke ★★★★

Blurb; It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the café at Seashell Cove, where there’s hot chocolate to keep you warm – and the man of your dreams could be waiting…

Interior designer Tilly Campbell loves being carefree and single. But her latest job is redecorating the cosy local café for a Christmas party, and when her friends confess their plans for the big night – including a proposal, a declaration of love and a pregnancy announcement – Tilly starts to wonder if she might be missing out…

Transforming the café into a winter wonderland is more of a challenge than she thought, so when she bumps into gorgeous newcomer Seth, Tilly welcomes the distraction. Seth is a single father, struggling to settle his son Jack into their new cottage, and Tilly is determined to help them make their house into a home in time for Christmas.

But with the café still in chaos just days before the party it looks like it’s going to be a Christmas to remember for all the wrong reasons… With friends old and new relying on her, can Tilly save the Christmas party?

And could she finally find love waiting for her under the mistletoe?

My Review; My first Christmas book of 2018 and it was brilliant! Got me right into the Christmas spirit and mood now, even though I’ve already started my Christmas shopping! Eee.

I absolutely loved Tillys character she just wants everything done in time for Christmas and happy to help anyone, putting others before herself. I also liked Seth what a handsome man who is trying his best to settle with his son. I loved it all. Especially towards the end. This has to be the perfect Christmas read for 2018. Perfection.

Beautifully written, easy to read, fast paced. I loved it. Devoured it. Perfect for these cold nights snuggled up in bed! Parts had me laughing away to myself. I think I’m falling in love with Seashell Cove a little bit. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend! Will Tilly get her happy ever after?

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chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Bakery at Seashell Cove – Karen Clarke ★★★★★

Blurb; A warm welcome and delicious chocolate gateau are always on the menu at the Bakery at Seashell Cove – and this summer, romance is in the air…

Meg Larson thought she had everything she wanted: she works in the local bakery, she’s months away from marrying her high-school sweetheart, and home is beautiful, sunny Seashell Cove, where the sky is blue, the sea is turquoise and the sand is golden.

Except that the bakery is up for sale and her fiancé Sam’s more interested in bikes than their relationship. When Meg receives shocking news about her family, he’s on a cycling tour and ignoring her calls – and posting selfies on Facebook with a female cyclist he looks far too cosy with…

Luckily the bakery’s estate agent, Nathan, is understanding and funny, and as the summer goes on an unexpected friendship blossoms. When the bakery is given a second lease of life under a mysterious new owner, Meg realises a change might be exactly what she needs too.

Will Meg find the happy-ever-after she dreams of in Seashell Cove?

My Review; Happy Publication Day!What a delicious story. The Bakery at Seashell Cove is bound to get your tummy rumbling, with so much baking and yummy food! I loved reading this story and found myself falling in love with the bakery, the town and the characters!

I loved Meg’s character, bless her. So passionate about baking! She may have a bit of a hectic life at the moment but she’s a positive character who takes everything in her stride… I also liked Nathan’s character too, the perfect man from the sounds of it and the picture i built up in my head! And a little mention for little charlie, he was cute! I must admit I did find Sam’s character a bit arogant and self centred. Hmm. Anyway…

A perfect heart-warming story which I devoured in a day. Brilliant. I felt relaxed and right at home reading it the whole time as if I knew the characters all my life. Lovely. An easy to read, beautiful story with the perfect ending and a cherry on top (see what I did there?)… A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend! A perfect little getaway for your mind. A story I won’t forget in a hurry.

A perfect read for summer 2018.

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