Monday, November 30, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas

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?

Can friendship overcome all in . . . The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

Becky Gulc:

I came to this book having read and enjoyed several of Carole's recent books, but having never read any of the "Chocolate Lovers" books before. I did wonder if i would enjoy this one as much as the previous ones because of this, would I be missing essential information, would I bond with the characters?

Well I can wholeheartedly see why Carole's readers love this series so much and were excited about there being more from these characters. These are fantastic characters who are all different but united in their love of chocolate and the chocolate lovers' club and the strong friendships this enables. All of their stories were very distinct and each very intriguing in their own right. Even though I had a particular soft spot for Autumn (who is very giving, but has a sadness about her you want to be resolved), I was equally engaged with each character's stories and dilemmas, of which there are many. This is so important when each chapter switches between the characters. Each character's story was strong and there were certainly plenty of comical, cringeworthy as well as 'nooooo!' moments which kept me gripped. A lot of the time I really couldn't guess how things would turn out.

Throughout the book there were references to past events/relationships and behaviours, which made me feel up to speed with the histories of the characters and how they might have changed since the first novel. However, this was cleverly done as to not spoil the previous novels. I'm sure I'd still enjoy reading them now, even if I knew what the outcomes were.

I thought the book completely delivered in its festiveness as well as how it makes you salivate with references to chocolate. I wish i could eat as much yummy chocolate as these women do!

There will be a further "Chocolate Lovers" novel coming in January, and whilst I was satisfied with the conclusions in this novel, it also left me intrigued as to how things would develop for each one of the characters in the future.

If you haven't read any of this series before, you could start with this one. It certainly fits as a stand-alone book. Although I enjoyed it so much, I'd definitely recommend going back to the beginning and enjoy all of the series and the friendships of these fantastic ladies.

Melissa Amster:

I have read the first two books of the "Chocolate Lovers" series in the past and really enjoyed both, so I was more than eager to read The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas. (I made an exception, as I don't normally read Christmas-themed novels.) I can say with confidence that it didn't disappoint one bit!

It was so great to be reunited with Lucy, Chantel, Nadia, and Autumn after several years apart. It was good that Carole put in reminders of what had happened in the past, as I forgot some of the story lines. (I did remember others though.) Having said that, this book can be read independently of the others, even though I encourage you to read the first two because they're just THAT fabulous! Since I did read the previous two, I would say that there are some spoilers in this one, especially with Nadia's situation.

Each woman had her own interesting circumstance and some good romantic story lines fit into the novel, as well. They were all sympathetic characters and I found myself wanting to give them a big hug at various points of the story. The "Chocolate Lovers" series reminds me of the "Traveling Pants" series by Ann Brashares, but this time with adults and chocolate to bond everyone together.

The only part I could have done without is a scene that is similar to one in Dumb and Dumber, but that's all I'll say for now.

Overall, this was another wonderful installment and it has some suspense leading into the next novel in the series, which comes out really soon.

I've finally come up with a movie cast, at least for the four "Chocolate Lovers."
Lucy: Emilia Clarke
Chantel: Kate Winslet
Nadia: Parminder Nagra
Autumn: Emily Blunt

Thanks to Sphere and Carole Matthews (respectively) for the book in exchange for an honest review. We have one copy for a lucky reader anywhere in the world, courtesy of Carole.

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Janine said...

I love all kinds of chocolate. And what do I love about it? The taste, of course.

Suburban prep said...

I prefer milk chocolate. Though semi sweet comes in second. I have chocolate fiends in my family-- my dad and my husband both love dark chocolate.

Anonymous said...

I love anything that is Dark Chocolate. Thanks for this awesome chance. Linda May

Grandma Cootie said...

I prefer dark, but all chocolate is wonderful, especially when smooth and creamy.

Unknown said...

I much prefer dark chocolate and I am the semi-sweet queen. No one else in my family likes dark chocolate so that's great with me.

Unknown said...

I am not a sweets girl - crazy I know!

traveler said...

I enjoy all chocolate. Yum. Especially Dark and a mousse.

susieqlaw said...

Dark chocolate!

Bonnie K. said...

I love dark chocolate alone as is and also with coconut and or nuts.

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Linda Kish said...

I like white chocolate best because that doesn't give me hives but, even that, I eat in small quantities because I don't want to risk it.

Susan Roberts said...

I love chocolate of any kind but I have lost a lot of weight in the last year so its a real treat for me in very small quantities.

Mary Preston said...

I like milk chocolate best - preferably with nuts.

Unknown said...

I prefer dark chocolate. Preferably of the fair trade varieties.

Laura said...

I like white chocolate

bn100 said...

the taste

Ana @ThisChickReads said...

Actually...I don't eat chocolate. I don't like anything sweet:)

michelle hackett said...

Dark chocolate for me, altho i love all chocolate :)

Unknown said...

I just love the taste of dark choc. Especially Lindt xx

Kimberly V said...

I love dark chocolate!

Sherialyse said...

I love white chocolate best, but a nice, rich dark chocolate (with caramel) is terrific too.