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The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas

Author: Carole Matthews
Published: 22 October 2015
Reviewed: 12 December 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

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Copy kindly supplied by Little, Brown Book Group UK in return for an honest review.

  4 out of 5 stars  


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.

Having not realised this was actually book three of the Chocolate Lovers’ Club, I started reading and instantly felt immersed in the chocolatey world of Carole Matthews but did wonder about some passing references to previous events (usually about something that Lucy had got up to).  That said, I would like to point out at this stage, this is a really good book, and the story reads perfectly well as a standalone book.

Lucy is running Chocolate Heaven, a cafe which sells chocolatey wonders of all sorts, so much chocolate that part of her job is to eat the chocolate (as much as she wants!) to allow her to enthusiastically recommend it to the customers (I know, it sounds hellish doesn’t it?!  Find me a real Chocolate Heaven and put my name down!!)  But despite landing her ideal job, Lucy is running herself ragged, she barely has enough hours in the day to run the business, take care of the paperwork after hours and spend time with the love of her life Aiden aka Crush. 

Nadia is struggling with life after her husband’s death, she’s bringing up Lewis on her own, job hunting and guarding her heart from future hurt.  Chantal has the delightful baby Lana to look after, a far cry from her life as a powerful business woman, gone are the manicures and suits, and instead she’s wearing comfortable elasticated waistband trousers and trimming her fringe herself.  She’s trying to keep her marriage to Ted alive, but things just don’t seem to be going as well as they could, but it might have something to do with the baby Ted fathered round the same time Lana was born?  
Autumn, struggling with her grief at the death of her brother, can’t find the support she needs from her fiancee, it’s a source of argument for them and she’s miserable in her relationship.
But for these women, there’s two things that can help them, one is chocolate and the other is The Chocolate Lovers’ Club.

As the girls meet up for their regular catch ups in Chocolate Heaven, their stories come out and interweave, Nadia has another interview, Autumn offers to look after Lewis.  Lucy’s ex fiancee turns up out of the blue, Chantal worries that Ted isn’t over the mother of his other child, Autumn worries that she no longer loves Addison and Lucy worries that Aiden will leave her because he never sees her.  And like all good friends, they share their worries over chocolate and hatch a plan to fix things. 

Each chapter alternates between the ladies, allowing the reader a glimpse into thoughts and emotions at what’s happening, the grief that Autumn struggles with is very well written, you can’t help but feel for her loss and despair. 
The pace is good, there are no slow points or any bits you want to skim over. 
Physical descriptions are fantastic, you get a very clear image of all the characters as well as the tantalisingly delicious sounding chocolate brownies, cakes and chocolate in general (I hope there is a recipe book in the pipeline!), even the antics that Lucy and the girls get up to are so well described you feel part of the gang and can snigger at the situations they find themselves in.   

This is definitely a lovely book to curl up with for Christmas, it’s a genuinely enjoyable read.  

I would have no hesitation to recommend this to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Romance and Comedy genres.     

I would like to thank Little, Brown Book Group UK for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 22nd October 2015, a copy can be purchased here The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas (UK Kindle Version)

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