My Review – Summer at the Art Cafe by Sue McDonagh

Picked up at the Choc-Lit Tour when it visited Southampton in early September 2019

Read in two sittings when found fortuitously on my TBR pile and finished at 5am this morning!


Summer at the Art Cafe

Artist and cafe owner Lucy Daumier wins a V-Twin Triumph motorbike but needs to learn to ride in order to use it.  Her husband tells her she is too fat for leathers and should sell it, and let him invest the money for her.

Lucy must learn to ride in secret, which turns out to be far from easy especially under the critical eye of prickly motorcycle instructor, Ash Connor.  Gradually, Lucy gets the hang of it and in the process re-discovers the girl she used to be.

An exciting summer of new friendships and fun starts – as well as a realisation that there is more to Ash than meets the eye when she is introduced to his sever-year-old daughter, Daisy.  Can Lucy’s new-found happiness last when a spiteful family member wants to see her fail?


This is a wonderfully written story that captures your mind and heart.  Sue creates characters that come to life and take you along with them on their journey through the Welsh landscape.  I was totally submerged into Lucy’s world and her journey to fully licensed motorbike rider.

As a fellow lady biker, ex military and police staff, I devoured this story in two sittings.  All characters and their relationships are believable and I really feel like I know them and could be in a similar circle of friends.  I could not put this down and have downloaded the next book only a few hours after finishing this one as I am eager to experience more of Sue’s wonderful writing.

I would love to enthuse over the story but do not want to spoil it for future readers, suffice as to say I am completely smitten!  This story will captivate and warm you on a cold winters night or whisk you through a summer’s evening too – perfect for anytime you need to escape, it’s superb!


5 Biker chick stars from me!

5 star review

This review is also posted on Amazon and the Choc-Lit website.  Sue’s second book – ‘Meet me at the Art Cafe’ was published in March 2019, and was downloaded to my kindle a few hours after I finished reading this book!

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