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Chocolate Wishes - Trisha Ashley
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Chocolate Wishes - Trisha Ashley
Advantages: Characters, laid back writing style
Disadvantages: No real action, not as good as A Winters Tale
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.
Summary: Good read