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I wish for chocolate all the time........
Chocolate Wishes - Trisha Ashley
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Chocolate Wishes - Trisha Ashley
Advantages: A fun chick lit read.
Disadvantages: None for me.
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
Summary: A lovely warm book, that includes chocolate!