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When job cuts at Chloe Saddler’s London communications firm result in an unexpected transfer to Paris, she finds herself leaving behind her friends, family, and boyfriend Scott to start a new life in the City of Light. Getting to grips with La Vie Parisienne and keeping a long-distance relationship afloat is not made any easier by the culture shock. Committing the odd Fren ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published June 19th 2015 by Simon & Fig
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
Cocktails at Le Carmen is pure fun!

26 year old Chloe Saddler receives a great job offer in Paris. She moves from London, leaving behind her friends, her bridezilla sister, and her douchey boyfriend, Scott. After experiencing some initial hurdles, she slowly adapts to life in Paris and falls for her dreamy boss, Jean-Luc. In true chick-lit fashion, Chloe finds herself fumbling through some embarrassing (and hilarious) situations as she adapts to her new life.

This book is an enjoyable read. I was
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Laurence R.
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5/5

Very good chick-lit!

I really enjoyed reading Cocktails at Le Carmen - in fact, I finished it in half the time I should've, considering I was - and still am - in the middle of finals week. It's light, funny, cute and easy to read, which was exactly what I needed. It's very similar to the Shopaholic series, obviously since it's about a woman who loves fashion and her dating experiences, but I also thought that the kind if characters and the plot were similar, too. I think it mi
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Frenchorchidea
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is just PERFECT chicklit! Everything we ask when we read checklist is in this book! I absolutely loved the story! I hope Isabelle Andover will write many many more books like this one!!!
Debbie
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was certainly interesting all the triangles going around. And the SIMS card was undoubtedly the best idea I've heard in a long time. While I certainly could have done without Bridezilla, I suppose she did offer some humor to the book and actually came around as almost human there in the end.

I thought this book fun, entertaining and humorous. And, just the name Jean Luc makes me tingly after reading this. I definitely recommend this as a fun, sex is implied, but you don't
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eyes.2c
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paris, chick-lit
Chick lit whimsy!

I had a smile on my face all the way through this book.
Chloe Saddler finds herself transferred to Paris (pinch me now!) It does mean leaving the live-in boyfriend Scott but Paris is only a couple of hours away. Nothing simpler!
(Grinding of teeth about said boyfriend p..leaze. That does rhyme with sleaze doesn't it?)
We sashay through Paris with Chloe as she hunts for a flat, makes friends and ventures into an oh so different culture. Her forays into the nightclub scene are memora
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Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
It seems like Chloe Saddler had it all – a job, a boyfriend, a set of friends and a boyfriend, till she didn’t have them any longer. Amidst mass job cuts, when Chloe gets sent off to Paris on a transfer, she supposed that she should be grateful that she had a job after all and Paris wasn’t bad either. But moving away from everything that was familiar to her, to a new city and a new life isn’t easy. But a long distance relationship to keep up, the new culture to settle into, an upcoming wedding a ...more
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Originally posted at The Bookaholic Cat

Chloe Saddler is funny, caring, and although a bit too naïve at times, was an easy to like character. I liked her friends, but didn’t like her bridezilla sister. I don’t think she was mean only because she was getting married, I think it was her personality. I wished Chloe had put her on her place a bit sooner.

It was pretty obvious what kind of boyfriend Scott was, but this was one of those “there is no one more blind than he who will not see” cases in rega
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Krissy
If you're looking for a really fun read this summer, this should definitely be on your radar. I was offered this book for review from the publisher, and can honestly say that I really enjoyed it.

I really liked Chloe. She wasn't perfect by any means, but she was funny, intelligent, and not afraid to be herself, even if it earns her the odd glance from people. I loved following along with Chloe in her adventures, finding her way through Paris, renting a flat, making friends, and embarrassing her
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Lauren
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cocktails at Le Carmen had me captivated from the very first page. The protagonist, Chloe Saddler, comes across as both likeable and relatable as she struggles to create a new life for herself in France, all whilst dealing with her demanding sister and trying to keep a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend, Scott, afloat. Things get even more complicated when she starts to have feelings for her new (and taken) boss, Jean-Luc. Having lived in Paris myself, I feel that Andover successfully ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
 
Cocktails at Le Carmen,  Isabelle Andover
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre:  Women's Fiction, Literature/Fiction (Adult)
This appealed, sometimes some light, fluffy fun reading is warranted so I chose this one yesterday. Its what it says, light easy chic-lit type reading. No deep heavy emotions, not dark mysteries, just a fun story about Chloe’s move to Paris.
She’s been dating Scott for sometime, and they live together – she expected some token protest at least when her job relocated
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Bethany Clark
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely story set in London and Paris! Two cities that I would love to venture to one day soon. This story cemented those dreams even more into my bucket list with every page turned.

Chloe seemed to have everything she ever wanted - a steady job, a nice flat in London and her boyfriend Scott. Then her life is turned upside down - she is being sent to Paris for her job! At first she is not sure how to take this news - 1st happy thought - At least she still has a job - 2nd happy thought - She
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Vicki
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. I was so pleased and surprised by this book, it was fantastic! I am a fan of chick lit, especially ones that take place in England. This book fits that category perfectly. The main setting is in England and Paris. It talks a lot about the areas where Chloe is moving to, where she visits with great detail. It makes it really easy to imagine each place she visits without taking away from the storyline. I don’t like when books h ...more
Angela
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Chloe’s transferred from London to Paris for a one- year work contract. And while she’s there she misses her mediocre boyfriend Scott, crushes on handsome boss Jean-Luc, and meets new confidante Rosie. All’s well that ends well, but a lot goes on in the meantime!

This is a very light, fun story about shopping and girlfriends, cocktails and hangovers, and finding a good man while finding oneself. I enjoyed it but found some things a little disconcerting. Andover wrote in a few pages here and ther
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Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf


Cocktails at Le Carmen was such a delightful, laugh out loud story. I enjoyed Chloe’s adventures in a new country, at a new job and all the amusing complications that involved. It was such a joy to see her leave the sleazy boyfriend behind. Friends and family are strong factors in this fast paced story and we will love some and hate others – but that’s life, right?

I found myself laughing more during this novel than I have in quite a while. It felt good to reall
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Hayley
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book for free by NetGallery for an honest rewiew of this book.

Chloe is 26 and works in London, when she get the chance to move to Paris for a year. Her sister Celine aka, Bridezilla is in the process of organising her wedding and the move gives Chole the opportunity to get as far away from her as possible. Initially she is unsure of leaving her gorgeous boyfriend Scott behind, and her lovely friends, but she makes the move and starts her new life in Paris. She begins to make fri
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Joanne Robertson
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was the perfect book to spend a quiet child free afternoon reading, a good old fashioned chick lit. A perfect read for your beach holiday!
Chloe Saddler has been relocated to Paris, France with her company. This means leaving behind her bridezilla sister, her friends and her boyfriend Scott. Thankfully though she speaks French and finds a place to live, Rosie and a Marks and Spencer! Her sexy new boss Jean Luc is also an added attraction but he is living with her girlfriend and has a baby on
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Kristen
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arcs
Okay, so I stayed up till 3am to finish this book. It wasn't un-put-down-able, I was just enjoying myself and didn't want to go to sleep. It is the definition of fun, light, easy, chick lit. Not quite deserving of 4 stars, but better than 3 stars, so you'll just have to imagine a 3.5 rating. I did enjoy this book though there was a lot going on that wasn't really necessary, and a few too many characters that served no purpose. Also, I felt like it was a wee bit predictable (view spoiler) ...more
Kim
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2015, net-galley, n
A really great read. Chloe is transferred to Paris when her company faces job cuts. A wonderful setting wraps you in the Parisian atmosphere. The sights and sounds and tastes of the wonderful city.. It is an amusing, humourous book with a great writing style. We meet her London and Paris friends and her family. Her sister is being a bridezilla and adds lots of humour to the story.

The cocktails from the title come from trips to Nightclubs! Which in turn provide her with hangovers to match and a l
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Laura
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great Book!
This was a great book by Isabelle Andover. Chloe’s job unexpectedly transfers her to Paris. She has to leave her friends, family, and boyfriend to start new in Paris. She has to learn her new culture while dealing with her bridezilla sister’s wedding. This is a cute, funny, chick lit, that will keep you reading all night long. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this author.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no d
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Asia
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading Cocktails at Le Carmen. Although a plot was a bit far fetched and main character was to "perfect" I still very much liked the way this book was written and the development and twists (some more predictable than others) in the plot. Recommend as a light chick lit summer read.
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Alex
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Charming and delightful. Ms Andover writes about Paris as Armistead Maupin writes about San Francisco. Here is a dreamy, witty, romantic vision of the French capital seen through an ex-pat's eyes. Her heroine, Chloe, can be seen as a 21st-century Lucy Honeychurch. I look forward to reading more from this author. ...more
Helen
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cocktails at Le Carmen is a very light, fun story about shopping, girlfriends and of course cocktails, all in the city of light, 'Paris'. Simple as that - a light easy chick lit.

Full review at:
http://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogspo...
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Liz Donatelli
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully entertaining British chick lit!
Kathryn Herty
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute and keeps you interested to the very end!

Just when you think the book has come to the end, you turn the corner to another surprise. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading more by this Author! Highly Recommended!
Gingercat
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Isabelle Andover and Simon & Fig for providing me with a copy of Cocktails at Le Carmen in return for an honest review and a spot on this blog tour!

The first thing that drew me to Cocktails at Le Carmen, other than the delightful cover, was the setting. I love France and I would relish the opportunity to spend some time in Paris. As such, I was excited to read about an English girl moving to Paris, how she sees the city and how she fits in with the locals.

Instead of the glamorous li
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Inishowen Cailín
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Light hearted, fun and entertaining. This is exactly the kind of chick-lit book I read when I was in my twenties. Now at the ripe old age of 35 I find that I still enjoy a humorous romp through the romantic entanglements of free spirited, adventurous and responsibility free singletons looking for the next love interest. The humour running through the book kept me entertained. I got a real sense of who Chloe was and it was obvious from the first chapter in which direction her relationship with Sc ...more
Sarah Peterman
Jun 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
**I did not finish this book. I made it to about 16% and decided that this one wasn't for me.**

Here's a quote taken from the page NetGalley's description on this book.
A delightful debut that harks back to the early days of Chick Lit when heroines were flawed, funny, and forever battling for love and happiness. With quirky characters and classic comedic charm, Cocktails at Le Carmen is pure fun from page one.

The main character Chloe is not flawed at all. So much so that her job didn't fire her w
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Cheryl (I Heart Fictional People)
Review originally posted on my blog I Heart Fictional People

Okay, I have mixed feelings about this book. So, I will make a pros and cons list.

Pros:
It was really funny! There were moments where I found myself laughing out loud unexpectedly, specifically when Chloe was interacting with her crazy, bridezilla of a sister. Hilarious! Chick-lit at its finest; made me remember why I love this genre so much.

I love the variety of characters. We have Chloe and her kind heart, sometimes naïve ways, comica
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Melisa
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
After her position is consolidated at her London office, Chloe unexpectedly is offered the chance to relocate to Paris. She must leave behind her friends and must begin a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend along with adjusting to a new culture and new workplace.

Oh how glamorous life in Paris seems to be! :) Although thrust into an enviable (at least in my opinion) position, Chloe encounters her fair share of problems. She doesn't locate a place to live in her new city as easily as sh
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Kathryn Laceby
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I’m always happy to read a tale of justice and happiness. Is there anything better than the girl getting her comeuppance and finding herself with the world at her feet? I think not.

This lovely novel was told from Chloe’s perspective- a twenty-something career woman who finds herself posted to Paris for a year contract when others around her are facing redundancy. She’s a bit unsure about leaving behind boyfriend Scott but he seems to be encouraging about it so
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Originally from England, Isabelle Andover moved to France after graduating from Durham University with a degree in Modern Languages. She lives in Paris with her tabby cat Oscar, who occasionally blogs about apartment-style living in the City of Light, and who also inspired a prize-winning short story when he was a kitten.

Following several years as a media analyst, Isabelle now works at a Paris-bas
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