Monday, April 22, 2013


I am a lover of chocolate and have been to Hershey, PA and know for a fact that if you roll down your windows and drive through town you have the sweet smell of chocolate all around you.  So picking up this book and reading it was a "no-brainer" for me.  When I first started reading this story I thought I had figured out what was going to happen from the first few pages; but my guess was wrong.  The author did a good job of keeping my attention and always added a little something I wasn't expecting throughout her story.  It is a story of learning to forgive, to let go, to not always having to be "in control" and a story of dealing with "pride coming before a big fall".  The main character, Sadie, at times really annoyed me.  She seemed so wrapped up in herself that she couldn't see all the good people around her.  Sadie's best friend, Jasper, was like the perfect guy.  I loved how he played dolls with Sadie's little girl Kylie, and thoroughly enjoyed little Kylie and her "volcano" (read the book and you will understand about the volcano).

Sadie is running a restaurant in Hershey and trying to get her life back on track after the death of her husband and  the passing of her mother.   Jasper is her life-long best friend and he has always "been there" for Sadie and Kylie.  When a handsome Russian arrives in town intent upon opening a restaurant across the street from Sadie and when her "long lost" father shows up wanting to make amends, Sadie finds her life going into a tail-spin.  What she learns through it all and what she almost loses through it all will keep you reading, even though you might find yourself a little perturbed with Sadie sometimes.  She will get her act together in the end.  Sit back, breathe deeply and you might just smell the chocolate aroma. Hope you enjoy this heartwarming romance.

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