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 hilarious rom com perfect for reading in the sunshine! Fans of Debbie Johnson, Zara Stoneley and Debbie Macomber will love Karen Clarke!
Readers are loving Summer at the Little French Café!
‘I was hooked in really quickly into the wonderful, summery book, and read it in a few short hours… I loved every moment of this delightful book and there was even a mystery that had me stumped but equally eager to find out the outcome. This was a pure pleasure to read.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars
‘A fabulous sunny, summery read that sparkles and delights. I was engrossed in this lovely story from page one. Lovely imagery and a really pretty cover, a must read for the beach!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘You can’t help but kept swept away… The added aspect of it all being set in France was just the icing on the top of an already scrumptious story… a wonderful and entertaining read.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘So summery and inviting – I couldn't wait to dive in!... The story moves quickly, with Karen’s usual humour, which makes the pages fly by… Enjoyable and fills you with happiness… fell in love with the location of the novel and the characters.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Has everything: fantastic characters, a great storyline, beautiful scenery, and it will leave you smiling from ear to ear and feeling good and happy. Loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Perfect summer read, with great characters, beautifully described scenery and a story that will have you glued to the page. Really enjoyed this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Just amazing and that hit the right spot with me… a joy to read… fooled me with her love choice for the heroine and it was quite a twist.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A really sweet quick read. I was hooked straight away… Perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Debbie Macomber.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A really lovely feel-good book which leaves you with a smile on your face… a huge host of delightful characters in this book and the descriptions of Chamillon will leave you wanting to visit… Loved it. A perfect feel-good summer book.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I can't stop smiling… absolutely delightful!... Quirky, engaging characters that I missed as soon as the book ended… a great choice for a beach read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved this book and had some real laugh out loud moments.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A heartwarming, feel-good book that I skipped through in a couple of days… A perfect weekend read for summer.’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘You know that feeling of being in France for the summer, walking by the beach, visiting the loveliest, quaintest little town? That’s Summer at the Little French Café for you… the perfect book to read on a lazy Sunday.’ Walking Through the Pages
‘A light and heartwarming book that is perfect for the summer.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘A perfect holiday read. I am looking forward to reading more books by Karen Clarke.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved the dreamy setting and characters!... The perfect summer read!’ Goodreads Reviewer
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When Marnie Appleton inherited a sweet shop from her grandfather she was determined to do his legacy proud. The shop has been a much-loved feature of the little seaside town of Shipley for years, but now Marnie needs to bring it up to date, and she’s recruited gorgeous new assistant Josh to help.
Marnie gets busy redecorating the shop and choosing delicious new sweets to stock, but things are never that simple: new neighbour Isobel, a fame-hungry blogger, is on a crusade against sugar, and she’ll go to any lengths to secure bad publicity for Marnie’s shop.
Marnie fights back with homemade sugar-free treats, but with her best friend Beth heavily pregnant, her grandmother Celia recovering from an operation, and her very recently ex-boyfriend Alex returning to Shipley with a new love, Marnie has a lot on her plate.
And then there’s Josh, with whom Marnie is struggling to keep her relationship strictly professional…Will both the sweet shop and love flourish?
A deliciously heartwarming read about family, friends and handmade coconut ice. Perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Debbie Johnson, and Tilly Tennant.
What people are saying about The Beachside Sweet Shop:
‘I do love a book that can make me giggle after just a few pages. As well as being funny, the storyline had a homely feel to it, reading it made me feel comfortable, relaxed and welcome…It’s amazing how much drama one little sweet shop can create! I was captivated, and sometimes surprised, by the goings on in the little village shop…a bright read that left a smile on my face and my taste buds in need of some sweet treats.’ 5* V Family Fun
‘I smiled all of the way through this gorgeous heart-warming read. A lot of the sweets reminded me of my childhood. The fictional Seaside town of Shipley sounds gorgeous, I almost packed my bags and started looking on TripAdvisor for a place to stay. The characters and storyline are just everything I adore in a book. I can honestly say that I felt quite sad to be saying farewell to everyone at the end.’ 5* The Reading Shed
‘Brilliant! Such a beautiful, heart warming story! Loved every word! So well written. A magical, feel good tale. Loved, loved, loved. Highly recommend it to everyone.’ Renita D’Silva
‘I really loved this! It was like a breath of fresh air…I may also point out the bright bold and beautiful cover for this book…from the minute I saw it I wanted to read this book.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer
‘Fun, light hearted and fast paced.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer
‘Highly recommended :)’ 4* Goodreads reviewer
‘Had me laughing out loud.’ 4* Consumer reviewer
‘So funny…I’d recommend this book to everyone.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer
‘Nostalgia in buckets (& spades?)…brilliant characters you instantly love.’ 5* Goodreads reviewer
‘Fantastically funny…an entertaining read.’ Jo’s Book Journey
‘A sweet and charming read.’ 4* Pretty Little Book Reviews
‘I really enjoyed this book … all the characters were lovable.’ 5* Katie’s Book Ends
‘This book was a great read, so easy to dive into and get lost…Highly recommend it…dive in and forget the world around you.’ 4* Trish B’s Blog
‘Such a sweet book (sorry, couldn’t resist)… A really cute, sweet (sorry, I did it again) read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.’ 5* Lilac Mills
‘I can’t wait to read the next.’ 4* Lilina Reads
‘A delightful British love story.’ For the Love of Books
‘Such a fun filled happy read…Loved it.’ 4* Goodreads reviewer
“I really fell for this storyline hook, line and sinker… a beautiful, touching storyline which will have you feeling fuzzy from your head to your toes, and possibly your shoulders and knees in between.” The Writing Garnet
Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset ten years ago when her best friend Megan stole her love, local heart-throb Tom. Now she’s back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in idyllic Shipley.
Trying to persuade herself that her feelings for Tom are in the past, Carrie plans to avoid him and Megan completely. But it’s not to be, because Ruby’s Blooms are arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding.
Soon Carrie’s crawling under the stall to hide and accidentally inventing an imaginary boyfriend... But with the stall’s finances in jeopardy and Ruby needing her niece more than ever, Carrie has to keep her emotions in check.
With bouquets to arrange, family secrets to uncover, and Tom unavoidably a part of her life again, can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?
Read what people are saying about The Beachside Flower Stall:
“Heartfelt and hilarious…Karen Clarke’s writing is an absolute joy to get lost in…This book is truly the perfect book to get lost in for an afternoon.” 5* Clues and Reviews
“The author has a way of just bringing her novels and the characters to life. They are such fabulous feel good books…Tom, what can I say. I think I was in love with him as much as Carrie and Megan…A colourful and light-hearted read. This is a series that will have fans falling over themselves to get their hands on a copy. It really is that good.” 5* By the Letter Book Reviews
“A delightful feel good story about finding yourself.” 4* For the Love of Books
“A complete pleasure…the pages were flying past, as I just kept on needing to read…I was really caught up in the stories and lives of the people in Shipley…I thoroughly enjoyed it.” 5* Rachel’s Random Reads
“What a lovely, evocative story!...Wow! A beautiful story of lost love and coming of age and new beginnings. Written with heart. Loved it! Cannot wait for more by this author.” 5* Renita D’Silva
“Carrie is a terrific heroine…The plot is fast moving and filled with wonderful scenes…Ms Clarke has created a village filled with wonderful people, beautiful scenery and kindness around every corner. It is a lovely place to vacation for a time.” 5* Goodreads reviewer
“I loved this book.” 5* Goodreads reviewer
“An easy to read, feel good story. Ideal escapism.” 5* Consumer reviewer
“A seriously fun, happy and heart-warming book. A must-buy, must-read for all chick lit and romance readers.” 4* Goodreads reviewer
“I really enjoyed this book…Karen Clarke has a relaxed and easy to read approach to her books with fantastic storylines…What a real treat to read.” 5* Goodreads reviewer
Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back...
Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.
Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.
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?
An uplifting, laugh-out-loud rom com that will make you dream of romantic days at the beach. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Oliver.
What readers are saying about The Bakery at Seashell Cove:
‘I absolutely loved it… Touched my heart … Absolutely wonderful… If I could give this book more than five stars I really, really would… Uplifting, feel good and absolutely beautiful. I adored it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Such an amazing read, I just didn't want to put it down. It's worth far more than the five stars I have given it… Full of romance… Funny and heart-warming… Fantastic read, I highly recommend it… Simply fantastic read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wonderful… Heart-warming and funny… Absolutely perfect… Had me hook, line and sinker right from page one… Delight in every single word.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Sent my pulse racing… I fell head over heels in love… Will certainly have your heart melting… Extremely hard to put down… A deliciously, wondrous story that you will devour within no time at all. It is escapism at its finest and I really enjoyed every minute of it.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Delightfully brilliant!... I absolutely LOVED this book… Truly magical… It would take a person made of stone to not fall in love… This book made me feel the happiest I have felt in a long time… I felt as though I was on cloud nine… I truly didn’t want the story to end… Simply perfect.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars
‘An absolute joy to read… A warm, romantic, feel-good read… The perfect piece of escapism!’ Dash Fan Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘I couldn’t put it down… Highly recommended, I loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Laugh out loud… I couldn’t put it down… I highly recommend this book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved this story, it swept me away to a quaint English seaside village where anything could happen and where a happy ending is guaranteed… If you love Jenny Colgan, then Karen Clarke should be on your to-be-read list.’ For the Love of Books, 5 stars
‘Ticked all the boxes for me… Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.’ B for Book Review, 5 stars
‘Must be read if you like a very good, feel-good summer read full of love and hope with the bonus of tasty treats… Karen Clarke has very quickly become one of my favourite authors.’ Chells and Books, 5 stars
‘Karen Clarke is quickly becoming one of my must-read authors… Loved the story… The perfect cosy read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars