Review & Giveaway: The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon

 

Title: The Chocolate Promise

Author: Josephine Moon

Published: Allen & Unwin April 2015

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Status: Read on April 09, 2015 — I own a copy  {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

A sweet tale about love, friendship, family and chocolate, The Chocolate Promise is Josephine Moon’s second novel.

Christmas Livingstone is doing what she loves, making and selling gourmet chocolate treats in her very own store, The Chocolate Apothecary, and spreading joy, helping those in need in her community. She has ten simple rules for happiness, all of which have helped her rebuild her life after fleeing heartbreak three years previously and she is determined to stick with them, even when Lincoln van Luc, a botanist, wanders into her shop and threatens the most important rule of all… ‘Absolutely no romantic relationships’.

“The rules, she reminded herself. The rules were there for her protection. The rules had served her well and kept her steady for the past three years. Now was not the time to abandon the rules.”

Christmas is happy with the life she has made for herself and the plans she has for the future but the rules that have allowed her to rebuild her life begin to chafe when first wins a place on a week-long course with a world-renowned French chocolatier, and then she meets Lincoln. Christmas (a ridiculous name btw) is creative, intelligent and kind but she is also emotionally closed off due to a dysfunctional childhood and a recent trauma. Moon gently guides her character into dealing with her past and opening up her heart as the story unfolds.

The romantic relationship between Christmas and Lincoln is complicated by Christmas’s ‘rules’ and Lincoln’s wunderlust. Lincoln, a botanist, has spent most of his life traveling the world and doesn’t plan to stay in Tasmania long. He has returned to help his Nan, a wonderful character, and work on his book, but falling in love with Christmas forces him to reassess his future.

I delighted in the settings, a small town in Tasmania with ‘period’ tourist appeal, the Chocolate Apothecary sounds like a pretty store and I could easily imagine the tempting treats gracing the shelves and the rich smell of molten chocolate. Francophiles will enjoy Christmas’s sojourn in France touring the countryside exploring lavender farms in Provence, and whipping up treats like a champagne and vodka chocolate ganache to coat fresh rasberries in Aix.

This novel, with its appealing characters and feel good storyline, is a lovely way to treat yourself on a lazy afternoon, but be warned, you will be craving chocolate before you are through, so make sure you have your favourite on hand.

The Chocolate Promise is available to purchase from

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and all good bookstores.

GIVEAWAY

Courtesy of Allen & Unwin, I have

5 print editions of

The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon

to giveaway

to five lucky Australian residents.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janine Kimberley
    Apr 21, 2015 @ 18:32:12

    I read her previous book and really enjoyed it!

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  2. Liz
    Apr 21, 2015 @ 18:40:46

    The cover alone makes me want to read it🙂

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  3. Mary Preston
    Apr 21, 2015 @ 19:37:21

    Christmas Livingstone – isn’t that just the best name ever? Right there I know I’m in for a fabulous read. Great review thank you.

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  4. Bube
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 00:37:39

    Great review🙂

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  5. Vicki
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 01:37:41

    I love books and chocolate so this book is right up my alley! Love the cover!

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  6. Maria
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 11:13:09

    I hope she breaks her rules! Sounds like a great book.

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  7. MarthaE
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:57:43

    This does sound like a ‘sweet’, fun read.🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the giveaway.

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  8. Richard Harrison
    Apr 22, 2015 @ 18:52:06

    This book is getting some awesome reviews. Very keen to read it

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  9. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 18:15:37

    Sounds like a delightful book🙂

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  10. Suzanne
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 21:29:51

    Loved the feel good factor of the tea shop, this has to be good too I’m thinking!

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  11. Catherine G.
    Apr 30, 2015 @ 09:55:54

    Mmmm… chocolate! It sounds like an interesting book- not just because of the sweet treats- and I’ll definitely be adding it to my to-read list on Goodreads. Thanks!

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