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Title: The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop
Author: Caroline Roberts
Publisher: Harper Collins UK, Harper Impulse
Published: November 2nd, 2017
What a tasty, mouthwatering treat this story proved to be! Although the title indicates it to be a festive read, the action occurs over more than a year, so I suspect it will prove to be a delicious read, whatever the season. Who doesn’t love some hand-crafted chocolate, an adorable spaniel, a hard working chocolatier and a handy, handsome builder who specialises in coming to her rescue?
Journey to the North East of England, to the seaside town where Emma has retreated following the tragic death of her fiancé. There she’s followed her dream of opening her own Chocolate shop and all seems to be going well – until her landlord instigates an extortionate rent hike! With support from her shop assistant, Holly, and her best friend, Bev, as well as family and some unexpected friends innovation and hard work are the key to her keeping her shop open. There’s also a few romances in waiting – but only if Emma can learn to give love a chance after her heartbreaking past and you need to read it yourself to discover any others!
The tagline for this story is “The perfect, feel good romantic comedy to curl up with this Christmas!” and I have to agree – though I think it works brilliantly whatever the season. It is a lovely change to have the story set away from the South West of England and the author brings this Northumberland setting vividly to life in the story. It has plenty of drama, laugh out loud incidents and fun, great characters and a lively plot. I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys reading romances, especially ones in which the local community characters all have their role to play.
I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
*The new, deliciously festive ‘Cosy’ novel from the Kindle bestselling author of The Cosy Teashop in the Castle*
The snow is falling, the hot chocolate’s warming, and hearts are melting . . .
Emma is the proud owner of The Chocolate Shop by the Sea, nestled in the heart of the cosy seaside village that’s become her home. With Christmas right around the corner, she and her assistant Holly are busy cooking up the locals’ festive favourites.
From cinnamon hot chocolates to reindeer lollipops, Christmas wouldn’t taste the same without a little cocoa magic. And for Emma it’s the perfect distraction from her romantic pains of the past. So when the shop’s miserly landlord threatens to hike up the rent, Emma’s Christmas and New Year suddenly look a lot less cheerful.
With the whole village rallying behind her – and loyal spaniel Alfie by her side – Emma’s determined to hold onto her chocolate-box dream.
The chocolate calendar countdown is on. Can Emma rescue her business and her broken heart?