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Book Review: ‘Summer At The Art Café’ by Sue McDonagh, published by Choc Lit


‘If you won a gorgeous purple motorbike, and your domineering husband said you were too fat for leathers and should sell it, would you do as you were told or learn to ride it in secret? 

Artist and café owner Lucy Daumier intends to do just that – but learning to ride is far from easy, especially under the critical eye of prickly motorcycle instructor, Ash Connor. 

But gradually Lucy gets the hang of it, and in the process re-discovers the girl she used to be. So starts an exciting summer of new friendships and fun – as well as a realisation that there is more to Ash than meets the eye when she is introduced to his seven-year-old daughter, Daisy. 

But can Lucy’s new found happiness last when a spiteful family member wants to see her fail?’ 

Summer At The Art Cafe front cover

If you’re looking for a feel good, uplifting book to read, then this is it! 

The setting for this story, paints a perfect scene of a place that I imagine to be of  picturesque peace and tranquility; especially where the Art Café is, that the main character, Lucy, owns with her business partner and friend. 

Lucy is a character that many women will be able to relate to and empathise with. Her story takes her on a journey of realisation, finding strength in difficult times and growth to become a new person with the roots of who she used to be. 

What made this story even more enjoyable for me, was that it is centred around motorbikes. Although, you don’t have to like motorbikes to enjoy this book! The bike is actually a catalyst for Lucy’s journey to finding herself and happiness again. However, if you do like motorbikes like me, then bonus! 

There is a lovely theme of friendship and community. It reminds you that there are people there to help you and support you, in many different ways. It can be people that you’ve known for years, family that you don’t always see very often and new people that you can connect with. 

This is a story that makes you smile as you read it. You can feel the happiness and excitement of the characters and you are willing for things to go well for them. There are also some comical moments that made me laugh out loud. 

Throughout this book, you’re reminded that in life you can get knocked down and have set backs, but that you can get back up again and move forward. 

I would definitely recommend this book! 

I’m also looking forward to reading the next two books in the Choc Lit, Art Café series: ‘Meet Me At The Art Café and ‘Escape To The Art Café’. 

Give them a try 🙂 

30 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘Summer At The Art Café’ by Sue McDonagh, published by Choc Lit”

  1. Thank you for sharing this amazing review. I’m looking for another book to read, because I have almost finished mine. Right now I’m more on meditation books, I’m reading one from the Dalai Lama and is called The Art of Happiness.. I really recommend it to you if you are into these kind of books!
    Miki x

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  2. Corrr I’d be getting on that motorbike and doing it anyway!!!! Not usually my kind of book but this is a really good reviewing and you make it sound really exciting! Good message behind this book. Followed xxx

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  3. Thanks for sharing this review! I’ve recently finished a book so I’m searching for something new to read. It sounds like this book has a really beautiful underlying message, you’ve caught my interest with this review! X

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  4. This sounds like such a feel-good book and a great distraction from everything going on right now. Such a good review too, I love to hear about the overall themes and messages of a book! x

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    1. Thank you, I’m pleased you liked the review. It’s such a happy, uplifting story. It really focuses on self-appreciation and strength, being true to yourself, fun, friendship and romance.

      I really do recommend this book. 🙂 x

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    1. Although it’s not categorised as self-help, it actually can be a self-help through fiction. Interesting interpretation. Hope you enjoy it if you read it 🙂


  5. This sounds like such a charming read and the cover is beautiful. I’m glad you said you didn’t have to have an interest in motorbikes to enjoy this – it sounds like a great read.

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    1. It really is a lovely read. You definitely don’t have to have an interest in bikes as it isn’t heavily focused on bikes, it’s just an accompanying theme. If bikes were something that you were in to though, like me, then you pick up more on that theme, but it really wouldn’t put off a reader who wasn’t interested in them. 🙂

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