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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 14th 2013 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2013)

Goodreads synopsis:
Life is sweet in this heartwarming tale of a little chocolate shop in Paris, by the bestselling author of Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams and Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe.

Mouth-watering recipes inside!

As dawn breaks over the Pont Neuf, and the cobbled alleyways of Paris come to life, Anna Trent is already awake and at work; mixing and stirring the finest, smoothest, richest chocolate; made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandes dames of Paris.

It's a huge shift from the chocolate factory she worked in at home in the north of England. But when an accident changed everything, Anna was thrown back in touch with her French teacher, Claire, who offered her the chance of a lifetime — to work in Paris with her former sweetheart, Thierry, a master chocolatier.

With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate — and herself — than she ever dreamed.


2.5 Stars

This book is by the same author as Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe. 

I should have realized before I even touched this ARC that I might not like this book. I guess this would be considered women’s fiction. But I feel like it is more just following along as someone lives their life. Sure there was an exciting part at the beginning where Anna loses her three middle toes and rediscovers her French teacher while in the hospital but I couldn’t relate to any of it. I felt like a rat in a cage and wanted to shout, “stop the world, I want to get off!”

I am sure there is a place for a book like this. I mean, this one has had three cover changes already so there must be a market for it. I am just afraid that market is not me.

If  you love women’s fiction go ahead and check this out. It may be your new favorite. For me, I will have to take a pass.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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