Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell
Time: 7h49 (listen to an extract below!)
Published by MacMillan Audio
Top 3 Genres: Romance, Magic Realism, Fiction
My rating: Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: offered by MacMillan Audio
To buy the book: Audible
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Hello bookdragons! With fall being there, I find myself wanting to try different books. Dreaming in chocolate is one of them! I already loved Susan Bishop Crispell for her book The Secret Ingredient of Wishes, so when I saw her second book, and the title (CHOCOLATE!), I knew I had to read it! And you know what, it was as delicious as the title suggested!
With an endless supply of magical gifts and recipes from the hot chocolate café Penelope Dalton runs alongside her mother, she is able to give her daughter almost everything she wants. The one sticking point is Ella’s latest request: get a dad. And not just any dad. Ella has her sights set on Noah Gregory, her biological father who’s back in town for a few months – and as charming as ever.
Noah broke Penelope’s heart years ago, but now part of her wonders if she made the right decision to keep the truth of their daughter from him. The other, more practical part, is determined to protect Ella from the same heartbreak. Now Penelope must give in to her fate or face a future of regrets.
My dream setting
Imagine a little village in the Appalachian Mountains, it’s winter and all you want to do is grab some hot chocolate and go meet your friends or family to enjoy some fun time together. You know everybody and everybody knows you. A bit like in Stars Hollow for all the Gilmore Girls fan 😉 I love this small town vibe and it was very well represented here. Especially with the main character having her own shop, which is my (not so) secret dream. Everything was there to set the story in a place where you, reader, would feel comfortable too!
Love on all its forms
Dreaming in chocolate is a romance, bittersweet and lovely, but also a family tale. The struggle of a mom trying to accept she is losing her daughter to cancer. A mom, Penelope, trying to make every day the best for the person she loves the most. Her 8 years old daughter, Ella. Together, they brought tears to my eyes way too often and made this book so beautiful. Their moments together, the joy of Ella and the despair of Penelope. All that mixed together built a very touching story.
With magical sparks
I did love all the family and romance aspects of the book BUT, what made it even better was the magic in it. Because Penelope and her mom own a little chocolate café shop, and their chocolates are magical. From the spicy hot chocolate allowing you to see your true love or the caramel chocolate helping to cure heartbreak. It was hard not to put down the book to go try to make my own chocolate magic!
In a few words
Second chances, family love, magic, and chocolate.. how to resist? The answer is don’t, just get yourself this book, cozy up on your sofa with a hot chocolate in hand, and savor every page.
See you for a cup!