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The Chocolate Maker's Wife

Narrated by: Willow Nash
Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Karen Brooks rewrites women back into history with this breathtaking, scrupulously researched tale set in 17th-century London.  

Damnation has never been so sweet.... 

When Rosamund Tomkins enters the world with her darkling eyes and strange laughter, the midwives are afraid, believing her a changeling. But Rosamund's life is set to be anything but enchanted.... 

Born into poverty, brutalised and ignored by her family, it is only when she is married off to a nobleman that her life undergoes a transformation, as her husband recognises in Rosamund a magic she does not know she possesses but which affects almost all who encounter her. Presiding over a luxurious chocolate house where men go to be seen, exchange news and indulge in the sweet and heady drink to which they have become addicted, Rosamund feels blessed.  

But disaster strikes, and Rosamund stands on the brink of losing all she has worked so hard to achieve. Forced to make a choice, she can either walk away from all she has grown to love with her soul intact or make a deal with the devil.... 

Set against the backdrop of Restoration London, the plague and the Great Fire, this is a tale of cruelty, revenge, redemption, love and hope, and the sweet, sinister temptation of chocolate.

©2019 Karen Brooks (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Dawn
  • 09-05-19

Failed to captivate me...

The writer has clearly researched this novel meticulously and comprehensively. I adore historical fiction and really wanted to like it! But for me it’s overly-long, could have been a third fewer words. Even the author’s note and acknowledgements take up the best part of an hour in their own right! I found myself willing it to come to a conclusion, and with books I love, I experience the exact opposite of that.

None of this was helped by the narrator, who sounded like she was reading the news from an autocue, albeit with a convincingly good range of accents and voices. The narrative passages between the dialogue were flat and perfunctory. I did warm to the protagonists, but overall, an unsatisfying experience.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-25-19

Simply Amazing and Addictive

Such an amazing writer. I’ve never really been that interested in the restoration period but I must say that this book has whetted my appetite. I think Rosamund is amazing and Bianca too. Thanks Belinda.