#BookReview Summer at the Art Cafe @SueMcDonaghLit #TuesdayBookBlog

#BookReview #TuesdayBookBlog

This book gave me a strong urge to get a powerful motorbike, dress head to toe in leather, find a handsome bike instructor and become a biker girl.

As I dislike speed, rarely travel above 50mph in a car and spend a lot of time screeching, while at the wheel, this biker dream might have to stay a fantasy in my head.

I came by Summer at the Art Cafe, at my first ever Romantic Novelists Association (RNA) local chapter meeting. The woman sat next to me was in fact Sue, the author. She had these nifty little cards with the pretty book cover pictured on the front. I couldn’t help but ask, “will there be some romance happening at the Art Cafe?”

After getting home I read the blurb and was instantly drawn to the story of Lucy, an artist and co-owner of the Art Cafe.

She’s married to Gerry who is basically a bully (I could think of other ways to describe Gerry but I like to keep things clean on this blog).

Lucy wins a powerful motorbike in a local competition and Gerry cruelly laughs at her saying she’s too fat, will never manage to ride it and should just sell it.

See what I mean about Gerry?

Reading my mind, Lucy decides not to be bullied by Gerry any longer. She decides to prove her husband wrong (I was on the sofa fist pumping at this point) and starts taking lessons under the watchful eye of handsome Ash.

Here’s the blurb.

From watercolours and cupcakes to leather jackets and freedom … 

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?

Here’s my review…

You will struggle to put this book down.

Don’t ask me why, but I took this book into the bathroom and read a chapter while applying fake tan. In my defence I was finding it a challenge to put down. The bit where Ash whispers, ‘slow down, rocket-woman.’

Anyway, I got completely carried away with Lucy’s transformation and gorgeous Ash. So, I emerged from the bathroom in a fluster and with some serious orange stripe action on my legs and arms.

This is a lesson to you all – don’t read a good book while applying fake bake!

I do love a book which takes you through a whole host of emotions.

It is hard to not get attached to Lucy, especially in the first half where Gerry is being horrible and she’s anxious about going home. I really felt for her. Seeing her gain confidence with her bike lessons and start to take back control of her life was fab!

Ash took my fancy with his bike knowledge, his lean torso, the dark lust in his eyes and his ability to sweep up a lady into his muscular arms.

This book is a sweet romance but it is also an adorable tale about taking risks, following your dreams and rediscovering your confidence. My kind of book 💪🏻

Great read!

Three Things I Like About The Author:

1. Sue describes herself as an arty, biking, writing granny.

2. She’s a fabulous artist, paints her own covers and you should check out her Author Facebook page. She’s appeared on Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year!

3. Sue and three pals did a 45 mile walk and raised over £10,000 for Cancer Research, and not long after that she decided to learn to ride a motorbike. 

Doesn’t she sound fab?

If you fancy a read of Sue’s book, click here

Have a great day!

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

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