Published: 22nd October 2015
Publisher: Little Brown
On the eighth day of Blogmas…
Christmas is just around the corner but the women of The Chocolate Lovers’ Club have more to worry about than present shopping… Lucy loves running Chocolate Heaven but she hasn’t spent time with her boyfriend, Aiden, in weeks. And then her ex-fiance turns up and things become even more complicated. Nadia hasn’t let herself get close to a man in a long time, yet she can’t help feeling drawn to Jacob. Will he be her last chance for a happy ending? Chantal and her husband, Ted, are besotted with their baby daughter Lana – but she’s not sure that’s enough to base a marriage on. Autumn is dealing with a tragedy that has hit too close to home. But when she doesn’t get the support she needs from her fiance, will she look elsewhere for comfort?
Thank you to Little Brown for kindly sending me a review copy.
The first three opening chapters begin with the four fabulous ladies; Lucy who has found herself becoming more and more tired as she runs Chocolate Heaven, Nadia who is mourning the death of her husband whilst trying not to cry at job interviews, Chantal who is a new mum yet is lacking the love from her husband and finally, Autumn who has lost the sparkle in her eye due to her brother’s passing. Instantly, you are drawn into the mixed lives of the Chocolate Lovers’ Club and despite having a few knock backs along their way, Carole has begun the narrative off in a truly heartwarming way with one important message: friendship can solve anything yet chocolate does help as well..
“Chocolate Heaven is still a place of refuge to all of us in times of need. A little corner of this earth that wraps us in cosines, comforts us and feed us chocolate.”
Trouble quickly springs itself upon the ladies in different ways: Lucy (my favourite of the group) has a run in with her ex-fiancé, Chantel visits her husband’s other baby mother, Nadia is having issues with her heart and Autumn (my other favourite) is having a very difficult time with her brother’s death. These are just a small sprinkling of the problems which they face as secrets about family and relationships rise above the surface. Carole’s writing allows the predicaments to be nicely times within one another and it wasn’t overpowering which I really appreciated.
“When I think of all those years I’ve been without her, it breaks my heart. I want all that time with her back. And that’s something that can never happen.”
There are quite a few moments within the narrative which will made you laugh, especially when it comes to Lucy! She is definitely my favourite character; bubbly, friendly and full of life. It was really lovely to read about a group of female friends who supported each other through thick and thin, rather than battling it out against one another. As the group head to a beautiful home in the Lake District, their problems are soon forgotten and new loves are found among the festive cheer. It was such a beautiful, well written narrative which has left me feeling very festive! Definitely one to get you into the Christmas mood this December.