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`Incredibly well written and highly enjoyable to read. 5*' Rachel's Random Reads `Well-paced and beautifully written with the right amount of humour. LOVED IT!' Christie Barlow, author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother `Lilly Bartlett provides all the right ingredients for a stupendous book. 5*' Ali the Dragon Slayer `The book is full of great humour and the atmosphere Lilly Bartlett created is beautiful. 4 1/2 *' Simona's Corner of Dreams `Such wonderful characters, it feels like coming home' 5*" Girl vs Books `If the vibe of this novel can be bottled, I bags first dibs' The Writing Garnet `The suspense introduced from the things that go wrong is great and made me read even faster!' 5* Annie Cooper's Book Corner `The story is charming and the book is a delight' Says Me Says Mom `The characters are genuine, funny, and appealing. The prose is polished, clear, and smooth. 9/10' What's Better than Books `Emma is such a likeable character' Chick Lit Chickadees `I found myself saying, "yep, I know that feeling" every couple of pages' Lilac Mills `This is a great cafe read for the summer, an opportunity for you to sit back with a latte and a slice of cake' Brizzlelass Books `Love, successes and pure English charm' Write Knit Read Purr
About the Author
Lilly Bartlett's cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters. Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.
The story starts about two years after the wedding of Emma and Daniel (THE BIG LITTLE WEDDING IN CARLTON SQUARE). With the addition of twins to the family, Emma and Daniel are trying to negotiate the duties of Daniel as a more helpful parent as Emma starts a new business. Opening a café is trial enough, but Emma is not one to choose an easy road. She staffs her café with troubled teens who desperately need a second chance. By doing so, Emma unveils and overcomes some preconceived notions that even she didn’t know she had. Adding to her difficulties, the owner of another café in town is trying to ruin her business. The author creates beautifully detailed characters who bring the story to life. By the end of the book you will feel you actually know each and every one of them. If you enjoy romcom, this book is definitely for you. The second book in the series, THE SECOND CHANCE CAFÉ IN CARLTON SQUARE is like all Michele Gorman books, a sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, story with real-to-life characters. There is romance, but not to the point of being cloying.
I received this ARC from the author and was not paid to review it.
While I really like the story about the cafe, it's struggles, and the teenagers working there, I grew very tired reading about Emma's annoyance with her husband and how hard it is to have kids. The story about the cafe was fun and interesting yet highlighted the struggles of the modern working woman. Bartlett's writing is witty and made me want to find out what's next.
The book started slow, but midway it really picked up. The second half was strong and funny. I would have given the first half a three star rating and the second half a five star rating, so I split the difference at four stars. I would read this author again.
I loved this book! I'm going to backtrack and read the first one right away! Lily Bartlett incorporated many real life issues into a semi lighthearted storyline. She gave us much to think about wrapped up a "rom com " book. I want more!! Thank you!
'Rahly' enjoyed the latest Carlton Square installment. The characters are like a group of friends I can imagine enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake with. Excited to hear what happens next, please please PLEASE write us another!!!