Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland


When master chocolatier, Charlee, takes the leap to move to the picturesque seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, she is determined to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and set up a chocolate shop.

Luckily, she finds the perfect location for Charlee's Chocolates on beautiful Castle Street... Now she just has to refurbish it in time for Christmas!

With a useless boyfriend and countless DIY disasters, Charlee doesn't know if she'll make it in time. With no 'traditional' family to support her, she feels lost in her new surroundings and the secrets of the past are weighing her down.

But the warmth and festive spirit of the Whitsborough Bay community will surprise her, and when plumber, Matt, comes to the rescue, it might be that all of Charlee's dreams could come true this Christmas, and she could learn what family really means...

I can not resist a book that is set around a chocolate shop even if it means disaster for my diet so even though it is only September I was excite to get lost in the pages of Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland.

Our heroine is Charlee and what a little diamond she is, after her grandmother passed away she inherits her house but with no family left her partner Ricky convinces her to start a new life and move to Whitsborough Bay with him. This is a big change for Charlee and she is determined to make this next step in her life be a positive one as she embarks on opening her own chocolate shop for her to use her passion and creativity as a master chocolatier.

Finding the perfect premises on Castle Street, the home to other much loved characters of Jessica Redland that we have met in her other novels, Charlee soon finds herself engulfed in a friendly and supportive community. As everything starts looking up for her career things don’t seem so full of roses in her relationship with the less than supportive Ricky.

I loved Charlee and really wanted to see all her hard work and ambition pay off, I got wrapped up in the excitement of shop hunting and the opening of the chocolate shop and the buzz of activity around the shop at Christmas time made it all feel so exciting and left me with a warm fuzzy feeling.

I had alarm bells ringing in my head from the start of the book when it came to Ricky, he was a vile excuse of a man that did not deserve to have someone as generous, hardworking and caring as Charlee, it was plain to see he was taking advantage of her nature and at times I really wanted to shake her but as they say love is blind and it is easy to see flaws looking in on a relationship yet when you are in it you will find every excuse under the sun to excuse their behaviour.

This is a storyline that just keep giving, and just as you think things are starting to wrap up something else comes to light in the storyline to keep you addicted and not giving you a safe point to put this book down!

If you are looking for an uplifting storyline that has festive spirit, mouthwatering chocolate goodies, a rollercoaster romance and a community that will envelope you in a welcoming hug then this book will tick all the boxes.

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  1. Aw, thank you so much for your gorgeous review of Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop, Rea. Delighted you loved Charlee and her story so much. I loved writing this story and having all the Christmas feels across two very different Christmases for our heroine x

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