As dawn breaks over the Pont Neuf, and the cobbled alleyways of Paris come to life, Anna Trent is already awake and at work; mixing and stirring the finest, smoothest, richest chocolate; made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandes dames of Paris.
It's a huge shift from the chocolate factory she worked in at home in the north of England. But when an accident changed everything, Anna was thrown back in touch with her French teacher, Claire, who offered her the chance of a lifetime - to work in Paris with her former sweetheart, Thierry, a master chocolatier. With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate - and herself - than she ever dreamed.
©2013 Jenny Colgan (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"What a really great book"
Love conquers all
I loved the way the four main people mix so well together
Also loved the recipes at the end
She brings everyone to life.
Love this writer and reader
"Made me hungry..."
I would recommend this book for an easy uncomplicated read, when you just want to lose yourself in chocolate and humour.
I liked the story, as you immersed yourself in Paris, the vivid descriptions, culture, imagining how the food tastes, the smells, the sense of style, the romanticism of Paris an adoring Parisian fantasy. It made me feel like I was walking the cobbled streets.
Anna Trent the central character was entertaining, and you can identify and sympathise with her easily.
I laughed with Anna and Laurant cried for Claire and Thierry, it was a bitter sweet romance novel.
I have just discovered Jenny Colgan, this is the 2nd book I've read after Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe, and looking forward to listening to more.
Terrible book. I was going to stop reading Jenny's books after her last slow, dull one with predictable story lines. But I thought I would give this one a try. But it was full of illness and death ! The whole dull story was pervaded with it.
The blurb is full of chocolate and romance and businesses etc but the reality is morose and dull and hardly any story. I read books to escape death and illness in real life and don't want to have to keep reading about it - which seems to be the current trend for books of this genre.
I've had enough now and won't read any more of Jenny's books.
"For all chocoholics and incurable romantics"
A simple,beautifully evocative story of Paris, the French people, love, loss, courage, adventure and chocolate. For all chocoholic romantics.
Easy listening, chick lit that made house painting enjoyable
Enjoyed the narrator and all her different voices
Yes! Its such a sweet story and i loved it, especially the food descriptions, I'm such a foodie and i am surprised i didn't put on ten stone just listening to it!
The cup cake cafe by same author :)
All of it! She made the story come to life.
Some of her male voices were funny but it added to the story for me :)
I will definitely be
Listening to more of her work.
Yes! I listened to it every day and was sad when it ended!
Give it a go, its such a lovely book and a good escape, plus its full of yummy inspiring meals, it has made me want to cook a lot more!
"Ruined by the performance"
The story is very good. The reader is also very good - up to a point. She cannot do a male French accent and that spoils the performance. A male actor speaking the male parts would be an infinite improvement. If I wanted to use my imagination I would have read the book. I've opted to listen to it and I expect a professional performance.
"This is Something Magical"
This is also a comforting tale of the human spirit triumphing over adversity. Whilst not making it too big a part of the story and without trivialising the life changing accident at the beginning, the subjects of pain and illness are sensitively handled here.
It's set in two time frames, that are intricately woven together so that the past brings love and opportunity into the present. The older character Claire takes us on a trip down her own memory lane; while by a lucky coincidence of their being in hospital at the same time she meets and helps Anna. Then the life of Anna in the present undergoes a healing journey and is transformed by their chance meeting.
Although its a departure from the more frivolous storylines that Jenny Colgan's work tends to focus on, I thought she reached new heights with this book and have listened twice since I bought it a few years ago and writing this makes me want to listen all over again too! The narrator is perfect for this story and the way she does the voices, impressive.
"Love the Author"
The way the Author of these books romantically portrays the characters is brilliant and beautiful. It's like being there with them. Every well described.
I love this series of books, she is an excellent writer for chick lit. I think this is one of my favourite listens, I was able to listen and get on with my other commitments.
Where everyone ended up in the hospital and it felt as though the story was falling apart.
The chocolatier - he was fabulous, larger than life!
No, I enjoyed spreading out the story over a few days whilst I travelled to and from work and did some of my work.
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