“ Author: Trisha Ashley / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 04 March 2010 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers / Title: Chocolate Wishes / ISBN 13: 9781847561145 / ISBN 10: 1847561145 „
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Chocolate Wishes is a book by British author Trisha Ashley. The book was released in the United Kingdom in March 2010 and so is quite recent. You can buy this book from Amazon for a price of £3.64 which I think is great value for money!
In this book : Chloe makes chocolate! In her chocolates, she has 'predictions' for her customers. She just wishes that her own life could be as straightforward. After, being 'dumped at the alter', Chloe isn't sure what to do anymore. That is until a new vicar arrives in the village? What secrets will he have ? Read Chocolate Wishes to find out!
After reading 'Twelve Days Of Christmas', I fell in love with this author ; Good job that I also bought this book at the same time as I just seem to not be able to get enough of her work! I was just as impressed with this book as I was with 'Twelve Days of Christmas' and so I will be definately on the lookout for more of her books as I really love her style of writing.
I really enjoyed this book, as it is such a warm and light-hearted read! I thought that the story was very original, and loved the whole idea of putting messages in chocolates! Throughout the book, I found myself craving chocolate!
I loved the authors style of descriptive writing ; the way she describes things ; you feel as though you are really there, experiencing the moment. When I read one of her other books, I was really suprised by how much she knew about cooking (the character in the book was a chef), and again , she impressed me with book with her knowledge of 'chocolate making'.
This book is a great light read! It has a great plot, which kept me turning the pages, as I kept wanting to find out 'what happened next!'. It's the kind of book which you cannot put down! I loved the fact that this book was quite an 'easy read' ; it doesn't require much thinking, which means that it is a perfect book for reading whilst chilling out!
There were some good characters in this book. My favourite character was the main one, Chloe who was a chocolate maker. She came across as real and easy to relate to, even if she was slightly crazy at times! I felt as though I really got to know her, and so when the book was finished, I found it sad saying goodbye to her!
This is the kind of book which makes you feel positive!
If you love chocolate (or even if you don't) you will love this book, although you may end up craving more chocolate than usual!
Thanks for reading!
11th May 2011
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on dooyoo under xdonzx)
I have two favourite things in life and that is a good book and a bar of chocolate! This is why I decided to pick up the book Chocolate Wishes by Trisha Ashley. The cover of the book is your typical style for a chick-lit book with a cosy little chocolate shop on the front with Chocolate Wishes in big pink writing so as you can tell this is hard to miss whilst looking for a book on the shelf. I had fallen in love with the book before I had started to read it and I had high expectations.
The book is based in Sticklepond which is a quaint little village in Lancashire. The main character is Chloe who makes chocolates which contain little prediction (wishes) inside of them. Since her Grandad Grumps gave her a charm to recite over the chocolate bath the chocolates seem to taste even better and have some side effects. The chocolates seem to be the only thing which is going right in Chloe's life as she has been left broken hearted by her university love Raffy Sinclair when he went off with his rock band never to return. Her mum has up and left her which has meant Chloe has had to bring up her brother. Life is never easy at home as she lives next to the museum which her Grumps and her Aunt are about to open. Her aunt is a tarot reader and can also read tea leaves and her Grumps is a warlock so life is never ordinary!
Chloe's life is all stirred up when a blast from the past turns up as the new vicar of the village!
Chloe who is our main character is a very warm and loveable character. She seems to be very down to earth which is a surprise considering how the rest of her family are. She seems to have a very loyal and caring personality and I think this is why I found throughout reading the book that I wanted things to turn around for her to give her some enjoyment in life.
Poppy and Felix were Chloe's best friends who have also been brought up around the same kind of family member as Chloe so they all feel more like brothers and sisters to read about than friends. The relationship between the three of them was lovely to read.
Grumps who is Chloe's Grandfather made for a very strange character to read about and I have to say I could not connect to him at all during the book. I do not feel like his character was needed in this book
Ok I am sorry but judging by previous reviews about this book I think I am going to upset the apple cart with my opinion on this review but let us all remember we all have different tastes.
I found it so hard to work through this book as I was so disappointed by the storyline. I have learnt one thing whilst reading this book and that is not to judge a book by its cover as this book is not all about chocolate! I found the story was taken over by more involvement with tarot reading, witch craft and religion which personally is not the topics I enjoy in a book and certainly not what I expected to be reading after looking at the front cover and reading the sympnosis.
The parts of the book which were revolving around Chloe and her friends Poppy and Felix and also around her love life was quite nice to read but each time I started to enjoy these parts the next chapter would involve more about warlocks and tarot which then put me off reading the book again.
Another point I must make is on the front cover it says "Full of Down to Earth Humour" I have to say personally I didn't find any humour in this book at all. I also did not like the way the book finished I had to check the spine to make sure no pages had been ripped out as the story seemed to come to an abrupt stop!.
There is a part in the 2nd to last chapter where a comment is whispered to Chloe which seemed of some importance and we never did find out what that was, I have got an idea what it could be but unless there is going to be a follow on book to this one then I think we should have been told what the comment was.
I would not recommend this book and it is not one that I would ever read again and if there is a follow up to this book I will not be rushing out to get it. I was very disappointed by this book I just wish there was more about the chocolate business and more about Chloe's life rather than all the warlock business as I really do not think that it was needed in this book in fact I have to say I think it was that that ruined the whole book for me.
Published by Avon books in April 2010.
384 pages paperback.
It is currently available in Whsmith's as a buy one get one half price deal.
As part of my Christmas box from my sister I had a box full of themed goodies, with the theme being vampires and chocolate, a strange combination you might think, but to me these two things I absolutely love!
One of those things was the book I will now review for you, and when you see the title you will understand the connection!
The book in question is - "Chocolate wishes by Trisha Ashley".
The story starts with quite a strange set up! Chloe lives with her rather eccentric family, having years before being abandoned by her wayward mother (who was once a member of a well known dance troop, and who has never really grown up!), this being the case Chloe had to leave university to bring up her then newborn brother Jake, and living with her Grandfather (Grumps, as he is known!) a well known and self confessed "warlock" of pagan rite's and her even stranger but endearing aunt Zillah, who looks like she has just stepped out of her Romany caravan, and doles out tarot readings as often as cups of tea!
After leaving university she also is forced to leave behind her first (and most passionate love) Raffy, who is on the verge of being signed with his band, though she was initially hopeful he would come back for her, he never does, so over the years she learns to live in her self contained world, with her own business now thriving, "chocolate wishes, being the companies name and specialising in chocolate angels complete with a customised reading/fortune inside (she does this with her own angel tarot cards and is convinced the right reading will reach the right person!).
And this is how her life is until her Grandfather drops the bombshell that they are moving to a picturesque little village in Lancashire called Sticklepond, though this is only where the adventure begins, though she should have listened to Zillah's tarot predictions........
This really is a lovely book, that is written from the first person perspective, this being from Chloe's point of view, and you really feel an instant affinity with her character, being dumped by her mother (another fantastic character!) and feeling hat she has been dealt a rather dismal hand, but as she never moans about it and relishes the fact she has such good friends (living in the village she moves to!), she gives the air of an independent, if somewhat at times lonely, young woman.
I loved how her home life and her relatives add so much flavour to the book, making this at times a really funny book.
The book treats the many pagan rituals and tarot readings as the norm, with Zillah's character seeming to place so much importance in her daily readings, though due to her and her sister being Romany gypsy tarot readings with a travelling fair (Gregory's wife and Chloe's grandma!), she rules her life with them and scoffs at the notion that life is controlled by free will!
There are actually very few characters in this book, with the obvious and the one's already mentioned, then the few people who are featured from when the family move to the picturesque (and funnily pagan!) village of Sticklepond, these being a few friends that Chloe has been friends with all her life and as a result of this (and the fact they are the offspring of her mothers fellow dance troop friends) these are quite funny and damaged individuals, this seems to make them stick together, this and the fact they are all desperately single, which again makes fascinating reading (especially with her friends attempts at picking someone from the personal ads in the Times!).
There is one character that is pivotal to the story, and the only one I will not mention, but as with all good chit lit and fluffy reads, this is someone from Chloe's past who has unfinished business!
Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk and various other stockists for around the £6.00 mark.
This is a lovely, if somewhat unusual book, that I felt I really connected with the main charcter, and made for a really interesting read, recommended!
Thanks for reading x
I ordered this book from Amazon after reading another one of the authors books, A Winters Tale, I loved this book (see review!) so thought I would give another one of her books a go.
Chloe lives with her younger brother, Jake, her Grandfather and another family member, Zillah. She has been Jakes primary carer since he was a baby as their mother just upped and left. Therefore, Jake sees her more as a mother figure.
Chloe hasn't had much luck with men, and much as she doesn't like to admit it, her two primary break ups have been because of Jakes presence and importance in her life. When she went off to uni, she met a boy named Raffy but after returning home in the holidays she couldn't return to uni because of Jake. Then, later on in life she was engaged but her partner didn't see their future life the same as she did where Jake was concerned. Therefore, Chloe likes to stay single and is happy this way, she adores Jake and thinks he is all she needs.
Chloe runs a successful chocolate business and does all of her business online. She also helps her grandfather with his books. Her grandfather is a warlock so therefore he writes a number of novels based around his lifestyle.
One day, her grandfather springs a surprise on her, they are to move to Sticklepond, her hometown. Initially she is not sure but she learns that she is to have her own shop premises aswell as a little cottage that her and Jake can call their own. In addition to this, her friends are in Sticklepond so Chloe is keen to move.
Chloe was a very loveable character who is very down to earth and I warmed to her immediately. She has a huge heart and is very caring. I found throughout the book that I was keen for things to go her way, especially with her new life in Sticklepond where her and her family encounter a few problems.
The plot of the book is interesting, but to be honest there are no real climaxes and instead we are just following Chloe through her every day life. If you have ever read A Winters Tale, this book follows a similar path in the way that it follows the main characters life.
The supporting characters are interesting and fit into the story very well. Chloes two best friends, Felix and Poppy are very realistic and are a welcome addition to the plot as it gives the reader something else to focus on aswell as Chloe herself.
The writing style is very informal and laid back, I really liked this because it meant I could read it and not have to focus too much because I could easily understand the story and it was easy to follow. There were a couple of humorous moments in the book but there were no laugh out loud moments.
The plot flowed well and although there weren't really any big moments in the book I still enjoyed reading it. The ending was very predictable but it was done well and answered most of my questions. However, there was one point which the author hinted at but didn't answer which I found a little disappointing. Although I can assume the answer, I would have liked it confirmed!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read more by the author. It is a nice laid back piece of chick lit and I would recommend it.
The book was written by Trisha Ashley.
It was published by Avon books in April 2010.
It has 384 pages.
It is currently available on Amazon for just £3.50.
A book which I imagine will be enjoyed by most people. Not quite as good as A Winters Tale but nevertheless, still a very good book.
Here is my first ever book review. I read quite a lot of books, (mainly Chic Lit) but I have never felt strongly enough about a book that I could write a review about it.
On the back cover it is described as being 'A charming novel for chocoholics everywhere'. That'll be me then! And, 'Perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell, and Carole Matthews. I have never read any literature by the latter two, but Katie Fforde is one of my favourite authors of this type of genre. I HAVE to buy anything written by her, and her recommendation that Trisha Ashley is 'One of the best writers around' on the back cover, made me instantly decide to buy it. Marked at £6.99 on the back cover, I purchased my copy from Asda in a two for £7.00 promotion.
Chocolate Wishes is the title of the novel by Trisha Ashley. It is set in the Lancashire countryside, where Chloe, the main character of the story, makes chocolates filled with predictions, rather like a modern day fortune cookie. Chloe believes in angels, and reads angel cards to find what's in store for her. Little does she know what's about to happen though.
Chloe's family, on the other hand, are rather a motley crew. They are into reading tarot, and alchemy, and teeter on the peripherals of black magic. Chloe's grandfather is an author, warlock and owner of the village Museum dedicated to paganism.
Opposing all the darkness and other worldliness of the story is Rafe. Chloe's long lost boyfriend from University, who left Chloe at a very vunerable time in her life. He left her and went to pursue a career in a rock band, and subsequently became famous. He returns to the village, and her life, as the newly ordained parish vicar, having seen the errors of his past.
Chloe's friends bring some much needed lightness to the proceedings. Poppy, who is kind hearted, yet in desperate need to find her Mr Right, so much so, she replies to lonely hearts advertisements. Felix, is the owner of the village bookstore. He has been married before, and is the sensible one of the group; he tries his best to keep them grounded.
The three friends have been abandoned by their mothers to varying degrees, and have formed a brotherly/sisterly bond that will see them through the darkest days yet to come.
There is a statement on the front of the book from Sophie Kinsella which reads 'full of down-to-earth humour'. Where? Has she actually read this book? I found it to be dark and oppressing at times.
If I had loaned this book from the library, I would have taken it back after the first 50 pages. Having purchased it, I was keen to complete it, if only to add it to 'my never to read again' list.
The storyline ambled along, but it was very predictable. There were no twists and turns, no surprises, nothing to actually keep you riveted. I was desperate to complete it, not for the first time with a book, but it's usually because I can't put it down.
Having read the book to the end, I can honestly say what a wasted time that was. I will not be reading it again - one for the car boot sale, I think.
This is a review of the 2010 novel 'Chocolate Wishes' by Trisha Ashley. I was bought the book as a gift for my birthday otherwise I don't think it is generally the sort of book I'd be bothered about. But a book's a book and I will read anything given half a chance so read it I did.
The book is set in the village of Sticklepond - for some reason I want to pronounce it in my head stick-le-pond but that's just me being odd! The lead character Chloe Lyon is a 30-something college drop out who has set up a chocolate making business that's doing really well. Her mother has been doing a runner most of her life and she is unsure of who her father is so she looks after her younger brother Jake with the help of her grandfather and aunt Zillah.
Chloe clearly has a lot of family issues to overcome but the relationship she has with those who are close is touching. Her best friends Poppy and Felix offer a great support network and whilst their lives seem a little dull (same pub, same village etc) they don't seem to mind.
Alongside this is the storyline of magic and witchcraft and yet the village is very religious too with the new ex pop star vicar 'Raffy' (Chloe's ex) causing quite a stir.
Whilst I can't deny the book is well written, it just didn't grab me. I was not interested in the witchcraft / religion storyline and although the chocolate was mildly interesting, it got a bit tiresome hearing about it. After about 100 pages I just wanted this book to end so that I could start to read another (better) book.
I wasn't sure what was going on with the pagan aspect. Chloe's grandfather sounds a bit of a twonk to me, starting off as being described as 'gandalf' or 'dumbledore' then in the next chapter being described as a very handsome man, erm, ok. He also turns from being a warlock to a naturist at one point because he chants naked with his group to be closer to the elements. Although this is all done in the cover of darkness and behind heavy curtains, it's not an image I relish.
Another weird bit is the way spells and herbs are hinted at but not really fully explained. Chloe meets up with her ex David for a drink and the pub owner (friend of Grandad) sprinkles green herbs on his coffee, whilst he doesn't drink it and it tastes awful, we never find out what it was or what it was meant to do which I found a bit annoying.
I think you probably get the gist by now that I just didn't 'get' this book and was glad to have finished it. I liked some elements of the book but won't be rushing out to buy any more books by this author.
Chloe Lyon's chocolate business is really taking off. People can't get enough of her Chocolate wishes; the hollow hearts with a paper wish inside being everyone's favourite after dinner sweet. And its about time, for Chloe's had a rough ride since love of her life, rock star Raffy, walked out on her eighteen years ago. Around the same time her useless mother disappeared too leaving a young Chloe to bring up her younger brother. But things are about to turn upside down when the new vicar arrives in the village...
There are two reasons why Trisha Ashley's Chocolate Wishes appealed to me. First off was the chocolate! A story based around the gorgeous stuff really got me interested. Secondly, after reading another review and discovering that there's quite a bit of a focus on paganism and the occult, I really was interested. Being fascinated by such things, this struck me as a pretty intriguing and different premise.
And on both of these counts I wasn't disappointed. I'm guessing that with the care each were written, these are two subjects close to Ashley's heart. Chloe has largely been brought up by her Grandfather, a practising witch and coven leader, and as a result she also has a more spiritual take on life. Rather than the tarot cards her aunt Zilloh reads however, it's angels that influence her. I really enjoyed this element of the book, it's not something I've come across in this genre and it was done with great sincerity and respect. I know a little about such things and so easily understood the references, however I do wonder if anyone who has never had any experience of paganism might find it a little confusing. The detail of Chloe's chocolate making was also fascinating and with rich descriptions, I was almost licking my lips at times just at the thought of such scrumptiousness.
However, I also felt disappointed with this book. There is a mystery surrounding Chloe's mother, which doesn't really seem to be taken seriously. And when Chloe discovers a secret that puts everything she thought she knew about her mother and herself into question, again it's brushed over in a really blasé way. This is a huge thing, and I find it difficult to believe that someone would react so little to something of this magnitude. While the story about the chocolate and the village was charming and entertaining, it seemed odd to make such a serious issue nothing more than a sub plot. I struggled to really connect with Chloe because of this. Despite being written in the first person, I felt I barely really knew her or what she was thinking. Apart from the fact that she is a bit of a doormat and likes angels, I still feel like I know nothing about this character.
There are a number of other characters in the book. Chloe's Grandfather, Gregory Warlock is larger than life and made quite an impact. He was easy to imagine as the serious intellectual, passionate about his subject. While I found his clipped tones slightly irritating, he was believable in this role. I also liked Chloe's friends, Poppy and Felix, and really warmed to their story. Some of the other minor characters also brought to life the Lancashire village they inhabit and I had a lot of smiling moments at some charming and humorous exchanges between them. I knew exactly where things were going to go in the romance stakes for Chloe from very early on. This didn't spoil the book in any way, as that's not unusual for this genre, and the journey there was mostly pleasant with an intriguing twist.
This is the first book I've read by Trisha Ashley, and I mostly enjoyed reading it. There is no doubt that she writes very well and with a gentle charm, that at times makes you feel as gooey and sweet as Chloe's chocolate. I adored the spiritual side of this book, and really felt that this was done with great passion. I'm not sure if this is a theme Ashley uses often in her books and I would be interested to find out. I did find Chloe difficult to really connect with, and her reactions to her mother's behaviour unrealistic. For me introducing a thread like this means it should have been given the seriousness and attention it deserves, and perhaps the book would have been better had it been completely omitted. If you like a light, charming romance set in a quintessential English village, then I think you would enjoy this book. Just don't go in expecting anything more.
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Chocolate Wishes by Trisha Ashley
Published by Avon March 2010
Chocolate maker Chloe Lyon has recently moved to Sticklepond along with her grandfather Grumps, brother Jake and Zillah, her Grandmother's cousin. Her business Chocolate Wishes is going from strength to strength and the only part of Chloe's life that isn't perfect is her love life. Her heart was broken as a teenager by Raffy Sinclair, who went on to become a huge rock star, and then years later, Chloe found herself being jilted practically at the altar. However, when a new vicar arrives in town, it seems as if Chloe's life is about to get a little bit more difficult because the vicar is none other than Raffy Sinclair. Is Raffy still the same Raffy who broke Chloe's heart, or is it possible that he's changed? Better yet, is Chloe even over Raffy's betrayal?
Until last year I'd never actually heard of Trisha Ashley until I was offered the chance to read her last book Wedding Tiers. I found myself thoroughly enjoying the book and when I heard the synosis for her 2010 release, Chocolate Wishes, I became even more excited; a book about chocolate is always going to win me over, I'm afraid. I eagerly awaited it's release and was pleased to receive a copy a few weeks ago in my mailbox! I was reading something at the time but knew I was going to start it as soon as I had finished with the book I was reading.
As well as telling the tale of a chocolate maker the plot also has lots of other strands. Namely magical-type strands. I am in no way interested in paganism or witchcraft or anything of the sort - in fact, the whole thing boggles my mind - so when we first learn of Chloe's grandfather's beliefs, I was very worried. I have no idea, even after reading the book, what on Earth it is that Chloe's grandfather believes in. I am in no way religious so everything relating to paganism and witchcraft went right over my head. Even less interesting to me was Chloe's interest in angel cards, tarots cards and things like that. Again, that is something I am totally disinterested in and I can't say I totally believe in the entire card reading thing. To my dues, I read the book with as much open-mindedness as possible, and I must say that Ashley did offer an interesting perspective on everything but as I said above, it all just went above my head.
One thing I did really enjoy was the chocolate making part of the plot. I've never read a book that has it's heroine as a chocolate maker and it sounds like a fascinating process. Trisha Ashley must have really done her research on the art of chocolate making and she made it sound fantastic. All of the pages that involved chocolate making held my attention beautifully and I must admit that, when reading the back of the book, I thought that was all the plot would have to offer. As far as my ignorance towards religion goes, that wouldn't have been a bad thing for me.
Another huge plus point about the book for me was the friendship between Chloe, Poppy and Felix. It was a hugely believeable friendship and I could totally see why Felix seemed to be besotted with Chloe. Like Chloe, though, I thought Felix and Poppy would be perfect together and wondered if they would ever realise they were made for each other. All three friends were immensely likeable and Chloe as our lead character sounds like the kind of person you would want to be friends with. In fact, all three of them would make some pretty fantastic friends. I really liked Chloe's brother Jake, too, whom she brought up single-handedly as their mother was really quite flighty and was rarely around for the two of them. Even though their religious beliefs confused me, I did quite like Grumps and Zillah. They were both a bit wacky and had entirely different views on things but they were still great characters. I don't really know what I made of Raffy, the man who broke Chloe's heart when she was a teenager, and came back into her life when he became Sticklepond's new vicar. I am not in any way religious so whenever a book includes someone who is a slave to God I never really know what to make of him/her. I appreciated Raffy's beliefs and I know religion is important to some people but it's not something I particularly like reading about.
I liked returning to Sticklepond and I like how Ashley keeps all of her characters in or around the same village. Christina Jones also does this and I always marvel at how they manage to weave all of the characters stories together and manage to bring old characters back. As well as the plots mentioned above, the entire reason for the Lyons' move to Sticklepond was so Grumps could open a museum. That opened up an old rivalry between Grumps and a man named Mann-Drake. Again my ignorance belies me and I have no idea what that rivalry was truly about. I can't say I know how that particular rivalry ended as I found myself skipping the parts where paganism/witchcraft/etc was mentioned as I just couldn't keep up with all of the different parts that I truly had no idea about.
I did enjoy Chocolate Wishes but I can't rate it any higher than I have because of the simple fact that, for the most part, I was entirely confused. It may well show my ignorance toward religion and all of the different beliefs people have but if something doesn't interest me, it doesn't interest me and I'm not going to pretend to like it when I honestly don't. Trisha has written another readable story but if religion isn't your thing then I wouldn't recommend you read it as, like me, you may find yourself confused. Those interested in paganism and witchcraft will undoubtedly love the book. For me, though, as much as I love Trisha's books, Chocolate Wishes just wasn't for me.