The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop by Caroline Roberts
Published: 2nd November 2017
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The snow is falling, the hot chocolate’s warming, and hearts are melting . . .
Emma is the proud owner of The Chocolate Shop by the Sea, nestled in the heart of the cosy seaside village that’s become her home. With Christmas right around the corner, she and her assistant Holly are busy cooking up the locals’ festive favourites.
From cinnamon hot chocolates to reindeer lollipops, Christmas wouldn’t taste the same without a little cocoa magic. And for Emma it’s the perfect distraction from her romantic pains of the past. So when the shop’s miserly landlord threatens to hike up the rent, Emma’s Christmas and New Year suddenly look a lot less cheerful.
With the whole village rallying behind her – and loyal spaniel Alfie by her side – Emma’s determined to hold onto her chocolate-box dream.
The chocolate calendar countdown is on. Can Emma rescue her business and her broken heart?
Thank you to Netgalley, and the publisher for my copy in exchange for my honest review. Also, thank you to Emilie from HarperCollins for the chance to be on the blog tour!!
I will be honest, I found this book a little slow going. I didn’t see an end point and I didn’t really get where the whole thing was going. Having said that, I did enjoy the story. I liked that Emma was finding happiness after an awful few years. I loved her little chocolate shop, and desperately want to find somewhere that will supply me with all the delicious sounding chocolates available out there!!!!
Emma was a likeable lady, she was witty when she wanted to be, she was loving and caring towards her friends and always put herself last when it came to others. Max I didn’t really feel anything for. He didn’t really come across as a gentleman, or even slightly likeable. Doing that right at the beginning of the book and then not coming back? Talk about leave a girl hanging!!! I didn’t particularly like any of the other characters to be honest. I didn’t get Holly. One minute she was 16 and then the next you’d think she was actually older – drinking in a pub, having a relationship with a 20 year old. I know no 16 year old is perfect, but this didn’t fit in the book.
The beginning of this showed huge amounts of potential. The mysterious man moment that Emma has, no names exchanged and that all added a sense of suspense and mystery but then, unfortunately it sort of just didn’t go anywhere with it. I enjoyed the fact that it takes Emma months to meet the mystery man (Max) but I didn’t feel the excitement that I felt at the beginning of the book. They had chemistry at the beginning of the book, but again I felt it didn’t stick around, everything felt stiff and formal after their formal introduction… Maybe I was expecting too much? A whole New Years Eve firework display or something equivalent to that? I just didn’t feel it sadly.
This review isn’t really saying what I need it to say is it? While I did enjoy the story, the feeling that Emma was finally finding happiness and peace, I just don’t feel like it was done in a way that I would normally enjoy. Everything was rushed and just sort of plodded alone. The description, for me, for the book doesn’t really match up. I don’t know what I was expecting but I feel disappointed in myself for not getting it.
So, after being disappointed in myself for not enjoying it as much as a everyone else probably enjoyed it I’m giving it a 3/5.