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Title: The Little Cafe by the Lake
Author: Joanne Tracey
Genre: Contemporary Romance Plus
What’s It About? I am a huge fan of Jo Tracey’s books. This has been my favourite one so far. If you are looking for a break filled with fun, friendship, food…and some sultry, fiercely independent characters, this book is for you. As a bonus, numerous mouth-watering recipes are included.
How Did You Hear About It? I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book (which was just released on November 4, 2021).
Closing Comments: As many of the main characters in this novel also appeared in ‘Happy Ever After’ and ‘Wish You Were Here,’ this reading felt like catching up with old friends. If you haven’t yet read any of Jo Tracey’s books, I highly recommend them. Although this book is part of a series, it can also easily be read as a stand-alone.
Contributor: Donna Connolly is a retired Middle School Principal/Deputy Director who spent fourteen years working in Beijing, China. Six years ago, Donna began to blog in order to document her retirement journey. Her site, Retirement Reflections, now includes two monthly collaborative features, ‘What’s On Your Plate?’ and ‘What’s On Your Bookshelf?’. You can connect with Donna via the following:
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46 thoughts on “What’s That Book? The Little Cafe by the Lake by Joanne Tracey”
A great review from Donna. Sounds like a fun series.
Hi, Darlene – Thanks so much for stopping by. It is a very fun series. I highly recommend it.
I agree! Thanks for the visit, Darlene 😀
A short and sweet review, Barbara. I like the sound of the recipes.
Hi, Roberta – It is a pleasure to meet you here. As a reader, I appreciate short and succinct reviews so try to follow this model myself (the operative word here being ‘try’). 😀
It’s a nice touch! Thanks for reading, Robbie.
Judging my the colorful cover and your review, sounds like a great read, Barbara!
Hi, Marian – I also love the colourful covers that Jo has used for this series. They definitely hint at the colour and fun contained inside the pages.
Thank you for visiting, Marian. I also enjoyed Donna’s review!
The cover is so cute, Barb, and the story sounds delightful. The recipes make it a fun treat as well. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for dropping by and commenting. I agree that this book is a delight all around. Big hint – don’t read Joanne Tracey’s books when hungry! 😀
Ha ha ha. I’m not a cook, but I love browsing recipes. Go figure.
I was thinking the same thing, Diana. Thanks for stopping by!
The title alone screams cozy fun read. 🙂
Great minds think alike. I also used the words “cozy and fun” to describe this book. How cool is that?
🙂 Must be true then!
I agree! Thanks for the visit, Betsy 😀
Always a pleasure, BCM. 🙂
Reblogged this on Retirement Reflections and commented:
In search of a cozy, fun read (that also includes great recipes)? The Little Cafe by the Lake is all of that and much more. Find out more about this book and other great reads from Barb at Book Club Mom (https://bvitelli2002.wordpress.com).
Hi, Barb – Thank you for inviting me to be a Guest Host on your site. It is a pleasure to be here. I also appreciate being able to give new release Little Cafe by the Lake a shout-out. It is truly a wonderful read!
Of course! I love to see what others are reading!
Thanks for the reblog, Donna! It’s getting lots of traffic 😀
I love all of Jo’s books and this was a standout for me! Great review Donna, sharing the love as usual 🙂
Thank you for stopping by to read Donna’s review, Debbie 😀
I wholeheartedly agree, Deb – this was a standout read for me too!
We do love our Jo!!
I’m going to have to check out her books!
Sounds like my kind of book. I love the cover! Thanks for sharing Donna’s review, Barb.
Hi, Jill – Thank you for reading and commenting. It’s truly a great book and an alluring cover. ‘Hope that your writing is going well.
Hi Jill – I thought of you when I saw this book 🙂 Thanks for the visit!
Thanks for the recommendation Donna! I try to stick to library books – and Chicago libraries don’t carry Joanne’s books. I may need to splurge…I’m always looking for fiercely independent characters.
Hi, Janet – Thanks so much for stopping by. Our local library does not carry Joanne’s books either. But, the kindle versions are very affordable and make it very convenient to read (without the wait). I hope that all is well with you.
Hi Janet – thanks for stopping by to read Donna’s review. I work in a library so I’m all for library books!
I read and loved Happy Ever After and look forward to reading Wish You Were Here. Now, I need to get The Little Cafe by the Lake on my TBR list. I love knowing that I’ll be able to catch up on some of my “friends” from her first book… and maybe get a few new recipes 🙂
Yup, Jo’s books are totally addictive. And as I mentioned to Betsy, it’s best not to read them when hungry! 😀 I’m looking forward to catching up together soon.
Hi Janis – thanks for stopping by to read Donna’s book recommendation. It sounds like a great series!
Barbara, I’m sold! 😀 Love the sound to it and your enthusiasm for this and the series has convinced me to give it a go!
Hi Annika – I agree, I was so glad to see Donna review such a nice book. I’m glad you’re convinced. Another for the TBR pile 🙂 Thanks for the visit!
I am a Jo Tracey fan and read Little Cafe about two weeks ago. It is a good read and I recommend it to anyone who loves a sweet story with relatable characters and a happy ending. Jo writes with warmth, humor, and an insightful understanding of family dynamics. The brother/sister relationship in this book is heartwarming. Thanks for sharing Donna’s review.
Hi Suzanne – I’m glad to hear from another Jo Tracey fan! This book sounds like the perfect story to pick up during the holidays. Here’s to the happy ending! Thank you for stopping by, too 🙂
The title is intriguing.
Hi Norah, I agree! Thank you for reading and commenting. Hope you are doing well 🙂
I am, thank you, Barbara. I hope you are too. 🙂
I am too 🙂
This book sounds delightful, Barbara, and so does the series. I’m not familiar with it, but I’m definitely intrigued!
Hi Lauren – it does sound like a perfect book to pick up during the hectic holiday times. Thanks for stopping by!
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