Friday, February 9, 2018

REVIEW...Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell

Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin

A story of love, hot chocolate, and one little girl's wish for her mother that will make your heart swell.

At twenty-seven, Penelope Dalton is quickly ticking off items on a bucket list. Only the list isn’t hers. After her eight year-old daughter Ella is given just six months to live thanks to an inoperable brain tumor, Penelope is determined to fill Ella’s remaining days with as many new experiences as she can.

With an endless supply of magical gifts and recipes from the hot chocolate café Penelope runs alongside her mother in a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, she is able to give her daughter almost everything she wants. The one sticking point is Ella’s latest addition to her list: get a dad. And not just any dad. Ella has her sights set on Noah Gregory, her biological father and the only person Penelope knows to have proved her true love hot chocolate wrong.

Now Noah’s back in town for a few months—and as charming as ever—and the part of her that dreamed he was her fate in the first place wonders if she made the right decision to keep the truth of their daughter from him. The other, more practical part, is determined to keep him from breaking Ella’s heart too.

But as Ella’s health declines, Penelope must give in to her fate or face a future of regrets. 

My Thoughts…

Chocolates that have magic?    I always knew that chocolate had special powers… a good reason to eat more!  

But this book, Penelope and her mother run a café that makes chocolate and other candies that have special powers.    They are given special recipes to make chocolates that will help each other and their customers with their lives.   The catch, the one thing Penelope really needs a special recipe for never happens.     My heart wanted to break for Penelope and her daughter but their way of living life made me smile.    They took each day for all they could get out of it and truly lived life to the fullest.     Each check made on Ella, the daughter’s, bucket list made me smile at how something simple like having cake for breakfast is taken for granted when you believe that you have many years left to live.   

The setting of the small town was fun.   There was a quaintness that I would love to live in.    I am not sure I could handle the nosy, know it all, pushy neighbors but I believe they made up for all that with their love, respect, and never-ending support.   

I believe this is the perfect book for someone looking for a charming, heartwarming, sweet story.  I’d recommend picking up your own copy of Dreaming in Chocolate.

Thank you William Rhino at St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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