Meet Me at the Art Cafe

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 26 Mar 2019

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This is the delightful second book in the Art Cafe series but can be read as a standalone with no problem. Single mother Jo has good reason to be wary of Ed when they collide on a rainy Welsh road. She’s bringing up her young son Liam alone and the local bike mechanic’s reputation as a womaniser precedes him but as she gets to know him Jo starts to wonder where he might fit into their lives. The more Ed becomes involved with Jo and Liam he questions everything about his life including whether the heavy secret he’s kept buried for a long time is holding him back. But he’s not the only one keeping secrets and Jo is even more afraid to reveal her own. Liam is a delight along with Jo’s temporary neighbour Beryl and the Welsh scenery is a wonderfully vivid character in its own right.
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When I began reading this book I didn't realise it was the second in a series but this didn't matter and I really enjoyed it as a standalone novel. Although I will be reading the first book as I liked this one so much.

A lovely easy reading feel-good romance novel with a characters who you can easily identify with and empathise with. I loved the location - set in and around the Gower in Wales, which made me long for a holiday there soon. A story of new begginings, romance, secrets and a very satisfying ending. I loved it.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Jo is a single mum to Liam and enjoys her job working in the Art Cafe and also having the time to spend with Liam, but when she gets a call from the school to come in urgently she had to rush off on her trusty old bike....... and collides with Ed.   Ed is on his vintage motorbike and has to give Jo a lift to the school...... he is the original bad boy but the sparks fly....... can Jo tame him or will the secrets that they are both keeping put an end to any possible romance?

A really enjoyable story with very likeable characters.... and you can't help but fall for Ed....... a perfect light feelgood read
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If you enjoyed SUMMER AT THE ART CAFE, then you’re certain to have a wonderful time in a return visit with MEET ME AT THE ART CAFE. And if this is your first visit to “…THE ART CAFE”, no worries, you’ll feel right at home and perhaps decide to go back for a visit later on. (I would highly recommend both stories for they are the perfect feel-good romance with a bit of a lesson to be learned)

MEET ME AT THE ART CAFE takes us back for another visit with a different couple for a lovely, heartwarming, believable romance. Jo is a devoted single mother to her young son, Liam. She will do anything to protect him and give him a good life… even if that means that she trusts practically no one and keeps to herself for the most part. She has her reasons yet on this day she’s about to discover that there are kind people in the world who want nothing more than to be kind. And perhaps she’s about to get the chance to find happiness for herself as well.

Ed has more than a bit of a reputation, whether it’s completely deserved is another subject. He hasn’t found that one woman who is right for him just yet. And has no problem in continuing his search until he does find her. What the townsfolk think of him may bother him at times, but for the most part, he simply lives his life. On this day his path and Jo’s are about to connect and the resulting crash will bring secrets to light, hope for the future and bring walls tumbling down… eventually.

I enjoyed MEET ME AT THE ART CAFE on many different levels. It’s a lovely slow burn romance that allows us to see the real people, and there are three of them, in this growing relationship. It’s also a very real lesson in actually taking the time to see the real person we are dealing with in any capacity. We all have walls we erect around ourselves for various reasons, and we all definitely wear protective armor as well. Life happens, decisions are made (right or wrong) that will affect our lives for years to come. How we protect ourselves becomes instinctive… and who we let in becomes very selective. I loved watching Jo realize, through her son’s interactions with Ed, that it is alright and completely safe to trust the real person you see beyond the armor and walls. But you have to be able to give them the same gift of trusting the unique person that is you that lives behind your own armor and walls. I would not hesitate to recommend MEET ME AT THE ART CAFE to any reader who enjoys going a bit deeper, learning a few lessons themselves and simply love a good romance.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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I received this ebook at my request to read and review. I loved loved this book Meet me at the Art Cafe by Sue McDonagh. The characters Jo, Ed, Lucy, Liam and Beryl. The meeting between and Ed and Jo was great. The storyline flowed and really teaches you not to judge someone by their appearance. And you never what happens in someone past to make them who they are present day. Great ready for any type of reader. A little mystery, some romance and some comedy. A definite must read. I can't wait to read  Summer at the Art Cafe.
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Nicely written tale of a single mom and the "bad boy" she meets while working at a cafe.  Yes, that does sound like a plot you might have read before but in McDonagh's hands, it's all new.  Jo is working at the Art Cafe (love that this is set in Wales), when she meets Ed, a mechanic who she otherwise might never have crossed paths with.  Others suggest he's not a good guy but she, and her son Liam, see more.  Nice characters, a cute love story, and all in all, a good read.  Thanks to net galley for the ARC.  A fun HEA.
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I have always liked Choc Lit books so I decided as they don't send out paperbacks any more to blogger's , I would read Meet Me at the Art Cafe from netgalley. As there are a lot of chapters to get through, I would have much preferred to read this in paperback, but nether the less I enjoyed reading it from netgalley. About the story. Jo Morris received a phone call from Liam her son's school, they needed to see her. From the Art Cafe, she took bike to the school. It doesn't seem to be Jo Morris day, she crashed into Ed Griffiths vintage motorbike. But Ed is the hero who saves the day taking Jo to her son's school on the back of his motorbike. Will Jo & Ed see each other again? Certainly a wonderful feel good story.
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I loved this one of the best ‘chick lit’ books I’ve read in a long time, the characters were perfect, had flaws, but had amazing chemistry. Slow burn romance and a wonderful storyline. I read this one one sitting as had to know how it would play out. A wonderful read. 

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
Firstly, thank you to NetGalley and Choc Lit (love the name) for letting me read this book. Meet Me at the Art Cafe began well, and the tone was set early on in the story. It's quite funny and the characters are easy to like and you definitely feel like you're in a small country area. The romance between the two main characters is sweet and I like the progression of the relationship. The ending felt slightly abrupt however, with an introduction of a new character and plot twist, which probably didn't get explored thoroughly enough. 
3.5 stars
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Thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review What a fantastic book loved every page it's a new author for me and I will be reading  for of this author 
This was a real rollercoaster of a  read with so many laugh out loud moments  I can highly recommend this book to family and friends
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A single mother And a motorcyclist Literally crash into each other’s lives. Between family and friend drama will they figure out what they mean to each other.?
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