I’m really excited to be reviewing this new series of novellas by Beth Good over the next week or so. Watch out for reviews of all five but I’m kicking off today with The Oddest Little Chocolate Shop. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for including me in the tour and to the publisher and the author for my copy of the books which I have reviewed honestly and impartially.
“Treat yourself to something delicious . . .
When Clementine discovers that Monsieur Ravel’s beloved chocolaterie is about to close, she rushes to rescue it – without thinking through the consequences.
A lost Persian cat, a depressed but utterly gorgeous French chocolatier, an allergic shop assistant in search of true love, the oddest little chocolate shop Clementine has ever seen . . .
Can Clementine save them all, or has she bitten off more than she can chew?“
You know the saying ‘Never judge a book by its cover’? I’ve always thought this was nonsense and I buy books because of the cover all the time. Well, in this case, it is a pertinent adage that should not be ignored because the cover of this book has NOTHING to do with the story inside, which is set in a chocolate shop in an old Victorian building in London, with not a sniff of a thatched cottage or a sea breeze anywhere to be seen!
Putting that aside (why this cover though? Very confusing!), this is a lovely little novella with which to while away an hour. Clementine stumbles into Monsieur Ravel’s chocolate shop one day, and life takes a rapid turn for the better from there on.
Because this is a novella, and therefore very short, the plot develops rapidly, so rapidly it might take your breath away in fact. The likelihood of any of us finding a sexy Frenchman who owns a chocolate shop to sweep us off our feet in the space of a literary hour are slim to say the least – this is the stuff of fantasy. But hey, sometimes that is what we are looking for in a book, right, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. if you suspend your disbelief and lose yourself in the story, you will thoroughly enjoy it.
This is not hard to do as the writing flows easily and is warm and chatty, the characters are appealing and easy to like and the whole book is sweet and undemanding. Like sitting down under a cosy blanket with a big mug of tea and a bar of Galaxy. Pure indulgence. Treat yourself. Just ignore the cover!
The Oddest Little Chocolate Shop is out now and you can buy a copy here.
Check out the rest of the blogs on the tour and, when you see my name pop up again, check back for a review of one of the other titles in the series!
About the Author
Born and raised in Essex, England, Beth Good was whisked away to an island tax haven at the age of eleven to attend an exclusive public school and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. Sadly, she never became rich or famous herself, so had to settle for infamy as a writer of dubious novels. She writes under several different names, mainly to avoid confusing her readers – and herself! As Beth Good she writes romantic comedy and feel-good fiction. She also writes thrillers as Jane Holland, historicals as Victoria Lamb and Elizabeth Moss, and feel-good fiction as Hannah Coates.
Beth currently lives in the West Country where she spends a great deal of time thinking romantic thoughts while staring out of her window at sheep. (These two actions are unrelated.)
You can find her most days on Twitter as @BethGoodWriter where she occasionally indulges in pointless banter about chocolate making and the Great British Bake Off. Due to a basic inability to say no, she has too many children and not enough money, which means she needs as many readers as she can get.
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