Date: 23 rd February 2016
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Thanks to Hachette NZ
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, smoothes, richest chocolate: made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandose 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.
Up until now I have never really felt the desire to visit Paris. Yes I know of readers who adore Paris, but I have always been happy to sit back happily in my own chair. What Jenny Colgan manages to achieve in her book The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, is to have me totally in love with the sights and sounds, food and... chocolate of Paris. She makes me want to experience it for myself.
I absolutely loved this book. It made me chuckle out loud, as well it had me feeling deep sadness for some of the characters. There's a bittersweetness to it.
As you would expect from the title of the book there is a lot about chocolate, and yes I admit to having to reach for some as I read! However I am sure it would not have come up to the standard of Thierry, his workers, Laurent and Anna. I loved the whole chocolate making business - a work of art, and I am sure a delight to the taste buds.
I came to know and love all the main characters in this story. Anna - struggling after a freak accident who takes up the offer to try something new and fresh in an unknown city. Claire her mentor, who so many years ago met Thierry in Paris and had a whole wonderful experience there. What these two learn about their life as the book develops was precious.
Thierry the chocolatier - larger than life, well larger than most people too. He has the temperament of an artist, and he has a big heart too. There is his son Laurent - estranged from his father and the whole history of that relationship was fascinating. Then there is Alice - the woman Thierry loved last. At first she seems
a little very strange. However I have to say I came to feel for her too.
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris was a delicious read. It had everything in it I could ask of a book. Oh, and the very yummy recipes at the end. And you guessed right - of course they all have chocolate in them!
About the Author:
Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe, and Little Beach Street Bakery. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in Scotland.