Sunday, 29 October 2017

Book Review - Charlee and the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland

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Title: Charlee and the Chocolate Shop
Author: Jessica Redland
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Little Bear Books
Publication Date: 1st October 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

Charlee and the Chocolate Shop is a heart-warming tale of family and friendship.

Master chocolatier, Charlee Chambers, has plenty to be excited about as Christmas approaches. She’s moved in with her boyfriend, Darren, and she’s about to open a chocolate shop, following in her late granddad’s footsteps. If only Darren would show more interest in helping her refurbish Charlee’s Chocolates ready for a December opening.

When water starts pouring through the shop ceiling, and Darren can’t be contacted to help, emergency plumber Matt comes to the rescue. From that moment on, Matt does more to support Charlee in achieving her dreams than Darren ever has, and she finds herself drawn to him. But Matt’s engaged and Charlee loves Darren … doesn’t she? And Darren loves her … or at least, she thinks he does, but he's been behaving a little strangely recently.

Then Charlee discovers that Darren has a secret. But so does Matt. And so, it seems, does the woman who abandoned her at birth ...

Warning! Have chocolate by your side as you read this. I'm regretting finishing this so late at night as I am suddenly craving Christmas chocolates like the one Charlee has in her chocolate shop, and just wishing I could reach between the pages, grab some and eat them. 

For this book really is a tale of two Christmases, and of Charlee, her best friend Jodie, boyfriend Darren, hot plumber Matt, a heart warming story about family, and a lot more besides.  

As a fan of Jessica Redland it was fantastic to be back in Whitsborough Bay and to see quite a few familiar faces from her previous books. If you haven't read them despite missing out, it own't matter for the purposes of this story, they are an added extra bonus for her regular readers. 

Half the book is set a year before the other, and it highlights just how much difference a year can make to your fortunes, hence the two Christmases. It is beautifully written, the descriptions are fantastic and I really do want to visit the chocolate shop and hear even more about being a master chocolatier. 

There are ups and downs, sections filled with emotion and then others that will make you smile, It truly is a gem of a book, and I'm already looking forward to meeting Carly from tee Cupcake shop who has been mentioned a few times during this story. 

Thank you to Jessica Redland for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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