• Secrets of the Chocolate House

  • Found Things, Book 2
  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,432 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"The narration by Marisa Calin is once again spot on perfection from intonation, to pronunciation to accents she gets and A+ and her portrayal of Xanthe is an absolute treasure." (The Reading Frenzy)

The second audiobook in a bewitching series "brimming with charm and charisma" that will make "fans of Outlander rejoice!" (Woman's World Magazine)

New York Times best-selling author Paula Brackston returns to the Found Things series with Secrets of the Chocolate House.  

After her adventures in the 17th century, Xanthe does her best to settle back into the rhythm of life in Marlborough. She tells herself she must forget about Samuel and leave him in the past where he belongs. With the help of her new friends, she does her best to move on, focusing instead on the success of her and Flora’s antique shop.  

But there are still things waiting to be found, still injustices needing to be put right, still voices whispering to Xanthe from long ago about secrets wanting to be shared.  

While looking for new stock for the shop, Xanthe hears the song of a copper chocolate pot. Soon after, she has an upsetting vision of Samuel in great danger, compelling her to make another journey to the past.  

This time, she'll meet her most dangerous adversary. This time, her ability to travel to the past will be tested. This time, she will discover her true destiny. Will that destiny allow her to return home? And will she be able to save Samuel when his own fate seems to be sealed?

©2019 Paula Brackston (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Enjoyable

I like this series so far. This book (book 2) had some very warm fuzzy moments. It just was, well like sipping hot chocolate. You are excited looking forward to seeing the characters again but the story just seemed missing. There were ALOT of repetitive descriptions. (Like Jerry.. we get it) I always try to remember that it's just a story. But things that make me bonkers are like Zanthe and her mother were broke, supposedly she went away to London to do a gig.. wouldn't one of the questions be from her mom about how much she earned? That to me would of been a good question and a creative storying telling Lie she would of had to create.
I loved the story...and there were many parts where I would of loved to have seen expanded. The Chocolate Shoppe sounded so interesting. And was a great place to build out stories.
In closing I did enjoy the book and can't help but wonder if this was a "background story" to transition into the next book.

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Such a heartfilled delve into time and the dynamic

mother daughter relationship. well done ...supet escape into 17 century and great transitions . loving the charters

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This story makes NO SENSE

I liked the first book. I really did. But this one has some plot developments that should leave anyone with half a brain stunned. I can't say more without spoilers, so spoiler alert!

The main problem is the choices Zanthy makes. She has every opportunity to end the run of the bad guy - a guy who is a power-hungry murderer. Instead, she opts for the only "solution" that hands him ultimate power. Because apparently she cant do anything bad to this monster of a human being, so her solution is to give him the power to hurt thousands more (perhaps millions) and hope that maybe he doesnt.

Also, the story went from a wonderful mystery to a book that seems to be tying up old loose ends and then introducing this new bad guy to serve as a future villain. A villain who now has the power of time travel because Zanthy thought - actually, I have no idea what she thought. So, just because.

Marisa Calin is still the best narrator on Audible in my opinion.

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Much better than the first book in the series

The author hit her stride in this, the second book, in the series. It seems as if there was a bit of floundering in book one, while this one was not confusing at all, and the protagonist is developed into a more interesting character. I’m looking forward to the next one and hoping Zanthe continues to hone her skills.

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Book 1 was better.

I wish this book would be about something different then another story about the first one. Book 1 was really good I couldn't put it down. This one just continued on about the same stuff. She goes back to the same place and fixes the stuff she didn't the first time. It was just ok.

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Excellent series so far ready for book #3.

I now own all stories written by Paula Brackston and am desperately awaiting for her next book. I have absolutely LOVED how every story includes an artist of some form and how it always connects to the individuals unique powers. I believed this book is a wonderful start to introduce charectures but the second book more excitement and adventure I believe. I love that with adventure the main charecture finds a deep love. The books really even out. I would definitely recommend saving the foubd things for the last set of stories by paula brackston as you gey left on quite a cliff hanger from the second story. all of her books are worth reading.

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Great book. I liked it as much as the first one!

This is such an interesting series in that it smoothly combines so many aspects of several people’s lives into an easy to read, intriguing story. It keeps your interest without any dull areas where minds might wander. I looked forward to every minute of it and finished it in record time. I think the narrator is very good and easy to listen to either on Echo or earbuds. I’m looking forward to more from this author.

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Beautifully woven tapestry of a story

This series is so amazing and charming! Love all the characters, and the narration is outstanding.

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  • CJ
  • 04-16-20

Discovery of witches meets outlander!

I’m not sure my headliner actually fits a summary description of this book, however because I thoroughly enjoyed both of those mentioned this series has become a favorite! This is my third book by Paula Brackston and I have enjoyed everyone of them.

There’s a simplicity, and intellectual Nature met with a historical aspect that makes these books interesting and captivating. I love the narrator Marisa Calin...Beautiful and gentle voice. Just enough variation in the characters that it works really well.

I sure hope number three comes out soon!

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This would make a great tv show!

Wonderful story! It pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Julia G.
  • 12-13-20

Second treasure

Again, I was totally wrapped in this second of three books. Time travel, love, adventure. It has it all. I’d highly recommend this (and the previous) book. Now on to book THREE!! Can’t wait! x

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  • Enda Mcloughlin
  • 04-21-20

Worth the buy

Okay, so I was a little disappointed in the romance front, gutted actually, but I loved the chocolate pot concept, and as a potter, I have since gone on and made my own chocolate pot with great joy. Time travel element became more interesting. There was a cliff hanger at the end, although I had guessed it when I realised my first hope was dashed. I will go on and read the third when it comes out.....all I am saying though, is if there is not a happy love ending of some sort I will be very unhappy! 😂😂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-15-19

I never wanted it to end!

Amazing writing, so much going on. I never got to a boring part ever. I really really really want this story to go on forever!

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  • Sophie
  • 05-12-22

Intriguing time travel. Best of the series so far!

I don't usually 'do' series and usually go for standalones, but I'm enjoying this series. It appears I like books with a time travel theme! This book has a bit more depth than the previous ones and is definitely better than book 3, the previous book in the series. As with the other books, we travel back in time with the help of some antiques - this time to the Victorian times. Mistress Flyte is again a main character and we learn more about her. Liam plays a bigger part, as does Harley and there are some new characters introduced. There is a bit more character development. Scene setting and description of the period outfits is good. 

We learn about 'Time Steppers' and something called 'The Visionary Society'. I can't really say much without revealing what happened or the meaning of things. The significance of the brooch with a lock of hair and the meaning of names was interesting.


Little niggles: I'm a little surprised at the risks Xanthe took involving Harley and the Spinners' book. Also, Liam mentions that Xanthe can sense other Spinners (people who are able to travel through time), although she didn't know this herself or tell him. It's quite an intriguing book and transports you to another world. I'd give it 4.5/5 stars.


Nothing disturbed me in this book but thought I'd mention some content warnings (CW) as sometimes others appreciate them. Most of them in my opinion are of moderate severity: Violence including gun violence, fire, death, murder, death of child, grief, medical trauma

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  • Gilla
  • 02-26-22

Love it!

I enjoyed the last one and loved this one too! Now starting the 3rd book…

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  • Deborah Jane
  • 01-03-22

the second book is rvery bit as good as the first!

I love these books - so imaginative! it's a great way to switch off and I've already ordered the next one!

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  • GMac
  • 11-14-21

Need more of these

Absolutely love this series. Paula Brackston brings these books to life and the narrator, Malissa Callin is great. Her voice is so calming but at times I’m on the edge of my seat with the story. I’ve read almost all of Brackstons books, currently listening to Garden of Promise and Lies then only the last one to listen to, awaiting the date to download. I’ll be lost without them at night.

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  • MalloryGallery
  • 07-31-21

Step Back in Time

Another beautiful tale about Xanthe's life as a Spinner. Paula Brackston is an incredible story teller

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  • Linda Emhar
  • 05-20-21

Great Story - Dreadful Narrator!

I loved the previous book ‘The Little Shop of Found Things’ which is the prequel to this book. I was gripped from the start with ‘The Secrets of the Chocolate House’, but I just could not stand the narrator who totally spoiled it for me and I couldn’t continue. The narration by Marisa Calin was probably the worst I’ve ever heard so I’m going to finish the story by reading a physical copy.

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  • Doncaster Belle
  • 05-19-21

wonderful

Love these Found Things stories This continues some of story from the first in addition to a new story. Done in a way that I found it hard to stop listening

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-19

Great time travelling story

Loved the performance and the story. even better than the first one in the series. Like where the author is going with this series and cant wait for more.

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  • Sharon
  • 05-03-22

Good narrator, awful story

Xanthe's continual whining about her mother's physical disability and harping about Samuel made finishing this book very difficult. The narrator was capable in her reading, but nothing will encourage me to buy another book from the author.

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  • Elle T
  • 04-18-22

Fantastic!

Another wonderful instalment of the Found Things series. I have really been enjoying these lovely whimsical time traveling stories, that have just the right amount of romance for me. Like The Little Shop of Found Things, I listened to it on audio, as I so love Marisa Calin narrating this beautiful story. She is just perfect! Paula Brackston is now a go to author for me 😊

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  • Chris Radge
  • 03-29-22

Book two is just as good as book one.

There’s no saggy middle for this book.

Do yourself a favour, and just listen to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-22

Yet another fantastic book in this series

Really captivating, and felt commected to rhe characters, times and places! Absolutely loved it!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-26-21

travelling through time

Really enjoyed the first book and quickly listened to the second. The narrator was a little too dramatic for me in sections that didn't need as much angst in the voice. will now read the third as I walk long walks in Covid

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  • SharonKH
  • 03-31-21

Another enchanting tale

Particularly love this narrator! she really owns the characters, gives them depth and brings the story to life.

The story is a further insight into Xanthe as her 'Spinner' gift and skill grows while she navigates her new life in the little market town of Marlborough, Wiltshire with her beloved but ailing Mum.

I enjoy the craftsmanship of the author in her ability to show me this area of Britain across the centuries, from a modern viewers perspective. I sometimes find Xanthe's young-adult thought processes and immaturity a bit tiresome but on the whole enjoy this book series which keeps me (at aged 52) thoroughly engaged.

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  • Catherine
  • 12-18-19

Still holding my breath

Wow what a fantastic story great sequel to follow one. It has left me wanting more.

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  • Janet Martin
  • 12-15-19

Bring on book three

The story has moved on from the first book into a totally new level of sophistication and suspense. The third book can’t come fast enough.

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  • Yvette Bertumen
  • 12-06-19

When's the next book coming out?

I love both books in the series. Can't wait for number 3. Marisa Calin's performance was, as always, impeccable.

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