Friday, October 12, 2018

REVIEW of Love & Chocolate by Gail Cleare

Paperback, 250 pages
Expected publication: November 2018 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC

When Sarah Westwood’s deadbeat husband deserts her and their young son, she takes a job at her family’s restaurant, The Three Chocolatiers, working with her famous chef grandfather and her pastry chef cousin, Paisley. Determined to never fall for the wrong guy again, Sarah vows to stick to chocolate and steer clear of men, especially her delicious ice-cream supplier, Blake Harrison. But when Paisley signs her up for a dating site, Sarah is soon engaging in a sexy online flirtation with a stranger.

Blake Harrison wants nothing more than for Sarah to give him a chance, but all she’ll give him is the cold shoulder. Never one to run from a challenge, he works on becoming the kind of man Sarah can’t refuse. And since he just happens to be on the same dating site, he’s not above using a little cyber-intel to worm his way into her heart.

When Sarah’s grandfather collapses just weeks before an upscale chocolate-themed wedding that could make or break the business, the staff of The Three Chocolatiers is sent into a tailspin. With the pressure rising on personal and professional fronts, Sarah might just have to let someone sweet melt her defenses.

My Thoughts…

The romance… sigh.    The chocolate… mouthwatering.    The family… wonderful.     All these things describe this book.    Everything was amazing.  

Sarah has been left by her loser husband to raise her son and is now afraid to commit to any man.    Blake refuses to give up, even when his advances are not returned.   I love how persistent he is when courting Sarah.   Courting is exactly the right word too.   He brings her flowers, takes her to dinner, spends time with her and her son.   He does everything right including letting her have the space to stay true to herself.      This relationship is wonderful, it is true to life, it is strong, and it is beautiful.   Blake not only woos Sarah he woos her son also.  

I love the family restaurant setting.   My family owns a restaurant and the arguments, the struggles, and the fun of working together is all portrayed perfectly.   When the going gets tough the family just pulls together and does what has to be done to make things work.    That is exactly what happens in a family business.  

There are clues as to what is happening around Sarah.   It wasn’t hard to figure out but I liked that Gail Cleare didn’t just give up the secret.   She wrote the story pulling the reader in and not letting go until the end of the book.   

I recommend picking up your own copy and meeting the family of The Three Chocolatiers.     

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