The Chocolate Lover’s Christmas by Carole Matthews

31st March 2016

What the publisher says:

Christmas is just around the corner but the women of The Chocolate Lovers’ Club have more to worry about than present shopping . . .

Lucy loves running Chocolate Heaven but she hasn’t spent time with her boyfriend, Aiden, in weeks. And then her ex-fiance turns up and things become even more complicated.

Nadia hasn’t let herself get close to a man in a long time, yet she can’t help feeling drawn to Jacob. Will he be her last chance for a happy ending?

Chantal and her husband, Ted, are besotted with their baby daughter Lana – but she’s not sure that’s enough to base a marriage on.

Autumn is dealing with a tragedy that has hit too close to home. But when she doesn’t get the support she needs from her fiance, will she look elsewhere for comfort?

Can friendship overcome all in . . . The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas.

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What I say:

Chocolate and Christmas together, what’s not to like about that combination (unless you are my mother who detests Christmas)?  This novel centres on the relationship between four friends who have a common love for chocolate.  When the story starts the group meet at Chocolate Heaven, the cafe that Lucy has been running, but as the story progresses all the friends encounter problems that they need to work together.  Lucy discovers that the cafe is going to be sold and despite Autumn’s attempts to help her raise the funding she will be out of the job that she loves.  Autumn is still struggling to come to terms with her brother’s death and she is not getting the support she needs from her partner.  Nadia is dealing with becoming a single parent but finds that working is not what she had hoped for.  Chantal is trying to work on her marriage but is not sure that her husband is as committed as she is.

This book is part of a series and as I read it I realised that I had read other previous Chocolate Lovers’ stories.  Events from other books are explained where they fit into the storyline but without the huge infodumps that they could have turned into.

The story flows well and I found myself giggling at Lucy’s antics as she gets up to more madcap schemes to help her friend.  The finale is lots of fun and I was left looking forward to the next novel in the series.

Rating 4 out of 5

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