As dawn breaks over the Pont Neuf, and the cobbled alleyways of Paris come to life, Anna Trent is already awake and at work; mixing and stirring the finest, smoothest, richest chocolate; made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandes dames of Paris.
It's a huge shift from the chocolate factory she worked in at home in the north of England. But when an accident changed everything, Anna was thrown back in touch with her French teacher, Claire, who offered her the chance of a lifetime - to work in Paris with her former sweetheart, Thierry, a master chocolatier. With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate - and herself - than she ever dreamed.
©2013 Jenny Colgan (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"What a really great book"
Love conquers all
I loved the way the four main people mix so well together
Also loved the recipes at the end
She brings everyone to life.
Love this writer and reader
"Made me hungry..."
I would recommend this book for an easy uncomplicated read, when you just want to lose yourself in chocolate and humour.
I liked the story, as you immersed yourself in Paris, the vivid descriptions, culture, imagining how the food tastes, the smells, the sense of style, the romanticism of Paris an adoring Parisian fantasy. It made me feel like I was walking the cobbled streets.
Anna Trent the central character was entertaining, and you can identify and sympathise with her easily.
I laughed with Anna and Laurant cried for Claire and Thierry, it was a bitter sweet romance novel.
I have just discovered Jenny Colgan, this is the 2nd book I've read after Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe, and looking forward to listening to more.
"Ruined by the performance"
The story is very good. The reader is also very good - up to a point. She cannot do a male French accent and that spoils the performance. A male actor speaking the male parts would be an infinite improvement. If I wanted to use my imagination I would have read the book. I've opted to listen to it and I expect a professional performance.
Terrible book. I was going to stop reading Jenny's books after her last slow, dull one with predictable story lines. But I thought I would give this one a try. But it was full of illness and death ! The whole dull story was pervaded with it.
The blurb is full of chocolate and romance and businesses etc but the reality is morose and dull and hardly any story. I read books to escape death and illness in real life and don't want to have to keep reading about it - which seems to be the current trend for books of this genre.
I've had enough now and won't read any more of Jenny's books.
"For all chocoholics and incurable romantics"
A simple,beautifully evocative story of Paris, the French people, love, loss, courage, adventure and chocolate. For all chocoholic romantics.
Easy listening, chick lit that made house painting enjoyable
Enjoyed the narrator and all her different voices
Yes! Its such a sweet story and i loved it, especially the food descriptions, I'm such a foodie and i am surprised i didn't put on ten stone just listening to it!
The cup cake cafe by same author :)
All of it! She made the story come to life.
Some of her male voices were funny but it added to the story for me :)
I will definitely be
Listening to more of her work.
Yes! I listened to it every day and was sad when it ended!
Give it a go, its such a lovely book and a good escape, plus its full of yummy inspiring meals, it has made me want to cook a lot more!
"Ever So Boring"
Someone who wants some new receipe
Something entirely different - Jill Mansell - Sheer Mischief
Receipe after receipe Same character names as similar books by the same author and so getting other books confused with this one.
"Oh dear yet more recipes…"
Meet Me At The Cupcake Café was a sweet heart warming story with believable characters so I initially I did not mind all the interspaced recipes. Christmas At the Cupcake was disappointing & didn’t really take the characters on & the recipes became annoying. This latest offering The Loveliest Chocolate Shop seems to have been written just for the sake of interjecting recipes & the story was so disjointed it took me several weeks of *going back to it* to finish. If I want to listen to a ‘Cookbook’ I will buy a Cookbook not a novel. Before purchasing the next Jenny Colgan offering I will scan through a hard copy first to check it does not contain recipes! Very disappointing & awarded 1 star as there is not a facility to award nil stars.
"great beginning, good ending"
the middle bit was hard to follow. the reason for this is the chapters starts with 1972 which iis in claes past then suddenly without warning changes to anna's present. if this middle bit had been more organised this would have been a really good book, maybe a five star.
Penelope rawlings gave clare a French accent where in fact she is English which added to the confustion.
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