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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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  • Snuggles
  • 07-14-13

What a really great book

If you could sum up The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris in three words, what would they be?

Love conquers all

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the way the four main people mix so well together

Also loved the recipes at the end

What does Penelope Rawlins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings everyone to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes

Any additional comments?

Love this writer and reader

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • ❤ 2 Girls & Their Kindles ❤ (Lynsey Austin-Goddard)
  • 06-26-14

Made me hungry...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book for an easy uncomplicated read, when you just want to lose yourself in chocolate and humour.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Which character – as performed by Penelope Rawlins – was your favourite?

Anna Trent the central character was entertaining, and you can identify and sympathise with her easily.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed with Anna and Laurant cried for Claire and Thierry, it was a bitter sweet romance novel.

Any additional comments?

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Gillian Bromilow
  • 05-16-15

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.

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  • julie raku
  • 05-13-15

Lovely

Easy listening, chick lit that made house painting enjoyable
Enjoyed the narrator and all her different voices

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  • Her most honourable Josephine of eatsalotofcake
  • 04-24-15

Brilliant

Would you listen to The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris again? Why?

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!

What other book might you compare The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris to, and why?

The cup cake cafe by same author :)

What about Penelope Rawlins’s performance did you like?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I listened to it every day and was sad when it ended!

Any additional comments?

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!

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  • Eileen
  • 03-17-14

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.

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  • Rory
  • 04-13-13

Awful !

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.

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  • 04-20-13

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.

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  • Maxyne Wong
  • 08-20-17

Slow start !!!

Not like the other of her books not a fan of this one too confusing

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  • Katie
  • 07-17-16

This is Something Magical


This is also a comforting tale of the human spirit triumphing over adversity. Whilst not making it too big a part of the story and without trivialising the life changing accident at the beginning, the subjects of pain and illness are sensitively handled here.

It's set in two time frames, that are intricately woven together so that the past brings love and opportunity into the present. The older character Claire takes us on a trip down her own memory lane; while by a lucky coincidence of their being in hospital at the same time she meets and helps Anna. Then the life of Anna in the present undergoes a healing journey and is transformed by their chance meeting.

Although its a departure from the more frivolous storylines that Jenny Colgan's work tends to focus on, I thought she reached new heights with this book and have listened twice since I bought it a few years ago and writing this makes me want to listen all over again too! The narrator is perfect for this story and the way she does the voices, impressive.

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  • Robyn
  • 11-04-16

Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris.

This is a beautifully woven story of love, determination and caring, set in the heart of Paris.
Penelope Rawlinson brings the story to life with her skilful reading.
This book is an absolute delight. Highly recommended ( especially for chocoholics!)

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