Jenny Colgan’s fresh – as in, it’s out today – release, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is an enchanting story that will suck you in, so make sure you have time to inhale it.
Anna Trent is thirty and working in a chocolate factory when she has an at-work accident. Recuperation has her sharing a room with her former French teacher Claire, who proceeds to re-introduce Anna to the lovely language, then sets Anna up with a temporary job in Paris. Oh, to be Anna (minus the accident!)…
She finds Paris bustling and confusing, her roommate flamboyant and the life of every party, and her employer larger-than-life. Literally. Anna is amazed by how chic the women are, how comfortable they are in their own skin. And wonders that fresh-made chocolates sell out daily, and even more at how much people will pay for it.
It’s not all chocolate and champagne, of course. There’s plenty of drama, in the form of her employer’s strained relationship with his son, and his wife’s dour interactions with, well, everyone. And there’s Claire’s own history in Paris, from ages ago.
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is the story of love lost, life, and awakenings. Told in alternate views – Claire’s history and Anna’s current day – it’s a lovely story to while an afternoon away with. Yes, even with the drama, which comes full circle by the end of the book.
And after tempting and teasing us with yummilicious chocolate all throughout, Jenny Colgan kindly included recipes. Now, if someone would make some of that for me, I’ll love you for ever and ever.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Title: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris
Author: Jenny Colgan
ARC: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2014
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
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