Karen Clarke returns with the second in the Little French Café series, this one features Elle and her search for her birth mother on the tiny village of Chamillion.
Summer at the Little French Café
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.
Title: Summer at the Little French Café
Author: Karen Clarke
Series: The Little French Café #2
Also in this series: Escape to the Little French Café
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: France
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 27 June, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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 copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.