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From USA Today best-selling author Ava Miles of the number-one national best seller Nora Roberts Land comes a heartwarming and suspenseful novel of love, second chances, family, and mystery about an inventive gardener who creates a magical chocolate garden for a sexy songwriter only to be swept away by the magic of their love.

Visionary gardener Tammy Hollins is making a new life for herself and her children after a tragic marriage. Plants she understands, but men...well, they're of the weed variety. She's started her own landscaping business, catering to her country music rock star brother's friends. Her first client is sexy, soulful, alpha hero material - and the one man who tantalizes her and scares her to death.

John Parker McGuiness is a man of many talents, working as a songwriter and lawyer for country music's biggest stars. He's drawn to Tammy like no other and hires her as his landscaper, wanting to show her they're made for each other. When Tammy learns he's a professed chocoholic, she fashions a magical garden for him - a chocolate garden.

As the garden comes to life, their love for each other grows. When tragedy strikes Tammy's home, John Parker is willing to move mountains to protect her and her children. Tammy struggles to guard her newfound independence as they use the magic of the chocolate garden to help her children feel safe again. But when secrets from Tammy's past resurface, can their love and passion survive the memories haunting her?

©2015 Ava Miles (P)2015 Ava Miles

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  • Rusty
  • 24-10-2015

Excellent Writing - Weak Women

I was excited about a story that included 3 of my favorite things: chocolate, gardening and country music. While Ava Miles is obviously a gifted writer, she didn't use that gift to create strong, confident and independent female characters in A Chocolate Garden.

I wanted to like Tammy, a caring & intelligent woman with 2 small children, who allowed herself to be bullied by her bitchy mother and an abusive ex-husband. Tammy had a college education, unlimited financial resources and supportive siblings, advantages that most single mothers don't have, yet still played the victim.

I thought Tammy's "southern belle" character was totally unbelievable in 2015 - more like 1915 or 1815. She refused to get professional counseling, let her mother verbally insult her, and took no action to learn self defense after a burglary. Does the author really believe that southern women are all pathetic wimps?

John Parker could have been an engaging character - strong yet kind - if he hadn't treated Tammy like a slightly dense child. While considerate & loving, JP seemed to think that most women are fragile creatures who need a man to manage their lives. JP didn't ask Tammy what she wanted or needed, just assumed that he knew best.

There were many entertaining moments - loved all the dogs - but my mind kept drifting. I was hoping for more mature & relatable characters, who care less about their own minor problems and more about people who truly needy.

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  • KC San Diego
  • 10-01-2019

Good story

A wonderful continuation of the lives and love within a family and the healing process.

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  • Crystal
  • 15-06-2018

I just cant stand the main characters

I'm not sure whats supposed to be sweet about a woman that cant hold her own ground and a man that doesn't seem to really care what she wants only cares about being a "hero"? I cannot stand JP and I think it was very creepy that even before they are in a relationship he offers to give two young kids that aren't his baths, or maybe it was just the way I was raised. Now its all Tammy's fault for letting everyone, even her 7 year old kid, control everything. I am not even done with the story but I just feel such a strong dislike for these characters I couldn't wait. I hope she takes those kids to talk to a professional to help them through all their trauma. She needs to put her big girl panties on because all this "oh sugar" nonsense is not doing it for me.

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  • Julie
  • 12-09-2016

Excellent

Nice to read a story about someone who has struggled with abuse and who is learning how to be their own person again.

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  • cecilia carmichael
  • 13-12-2020

Two mistakes

In this book, Barbie (the puppy) was a boy when he was given to Annabelle. Later in the book Barbie was referred to as a girl. Was the puppy a boy or a girl?

In the previous book, chicken fried steak was cooked for lead character. The author talked about him cutting into his chicken to eat. Chicken fried steak is cubed steak, not chicken.

These may be little things, but should be caught by author or editor .

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  • happyjo
  • 15-06-2019

The chocolate garden

Very pleasant book for a quiet afternoon. Enjoyable story about a newly divorced woman with two children and her family 's rescue attempts to keep her safe.

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  • Norma Gozner
  • 05-06-2018

The Chocolate Garden

Another installment in the Dare River series. A love story between two unlikely people and how they come together.

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  • KAY t. JOHNSON
  • 02-01-2018

The chocolate garden

Well done.good story. Hope to have more to read along the same line . Good book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-2017

Good book

Good book however it gets confusing each chapter as you do not know whose story it is. For example I know I am reading/listening about one specific character then all of a sudden another family member's point of view has come to light confusing me because I am thinking I am still listening to the original. It doesn't say chapter numbers and/or whom is speaking.

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  • Cat
  • 10-11-2017

Love Chocolate

What can be better than love and chocolate. A garden filled with chocolate plants. Good story and people to relate with

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