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Description - The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon

Christmas Livingstone has ten rules for happiness, the most important of which is 'absolutely no romantic relationships'.In The Chocolate Apothecary, her enchanting artisan store in Tasmania, she tempers chocolate and creates handmade delicacies. Surrounded by gifts for the senses, in this shop chocolate isn't just good for you, it's medicine.And then one day a stranger arrives at her front door - a dishevelled botanist seeking her help. She really doesn't need Lincoln van Luc to walk into her life, even if he does have the nicest blue eyes, the loveliest meddling grandmother and a gorgeous newly rescued dog. She really doesn't need any of it. Or does she?Set across Tasmania, Paris and Provence, this is a glorious novel of a creative woman about to find out how far in life a list of rules will take her, with an enticing tangle of freshly picked herbs, pots of flowers and lashings of chocolate scenting the air.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781743318003
ISBN-10: 1743318006
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2015
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon - Reviewed by (06 Jul 2015)

After suffering a debilitating bout of depression Christmas moves back to her home town of Evandale, Tasmania. Here she happily lives her life by her ten rules of happiness. That is until Lincoln arrives in town and she has to remind herself of rule #10 absolutely no romantic relationships. Will Christmas take a chance on love even if it means breaking one of the rules that have served her well thus far?

The Chocolate Promise was a light-hearted read but the story was in no way fluffy it had meaning and substance. It raised issues of family, who we are and where we come from. There was emphasis on the modern family with step parents and half siblings, how they feel and connect. Your place in a family! Christmas had a deep desire to belong. She spent her whole life yearning for something that was right there under her nose. Christmas learnt that you can’t stop living to avoid being hurt; you need to take risks to lead a full life.

Moons choice of name for the main character was risky but with so many books and ever so many characters it was a bold move to have her character remembered.

The story was well researched combining a romance that wasn’t too angst ridden with the gastronomic delights of France and the beautiful scenery. The characters are engaging, believable and mostly likeable and the story wrapped up nicely with a happy and credible ending.

Book Review: Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon - Reviewed by (26 Mar 2015)

The Chocolate Promise is the second novel by Australian author, Josephine Moon. Christmas Livingstone is a busy woman! She owns The Chocolate Apothecary, the place to go in the little Tasmanian town of Evandale for chocolate, flowers and massage. She is also the Evandale Fairy Godmother, granting wishes to needy souls. She firmly believes that chocolate has medicinal properties, so when her best friend, Emily manages to win for Christmas a week-long scholarship with the world renowned chocolatier, Master le Coutre, in France, she knows it is an opportunity too good to miss.

But it also represents a chance to find the French father she has never met, and Christmas is ambivalent about that. But a break from Lincoln van Luc, a gorgeous botanist who sets her heart pounding is welcome: after all, her ten rules for happiness include “no romantic relationships”, and Christmas finds herself in great danger of falling in love.

Moon gives the reader some delightful characters (Elsa is bound to be a favourite), a sweet romance, a jaunt through Tasmania, Paris and Provence, an amusing example of a Chinese whisper and lots of chocolate. Christmas does begin to irritate towards the end with her drama queen antics, as does Lincoln with his about-face moves, but they ultimately have their hearts in the right place. It is fortunate that the events of this novel all take place mid-year, as trying to separate Christmas (the character) from Christmas (the celebration) would have been confusing. The rhyming descriptions of minor characters is a cute touch.

Moon gives her characters some words of wisdom: “Being alive is a risk. You risk dying every single day. But you can’t let is stop you living. And nothing…nothing…you can do will stop death from coming eventually. So the only choice you have is to live” And some astute observations: “I always feel different when I’m overseas. There’s something very liberating about it. Like all the old definitions of yourself don’t apply because there’s no one around to insist on their own version of who you are”. This is a light-hearted, entertaining read with plenty of (mostly) mouth-watering descriptions of chocolate.

Author Biography - Josephine Moon

Josephine Moon writes about creative women making their mark on the world. She describes her stories as 'books like brownies': indulgent, comforting, a treat for the senses, but filling, and with chunky nuts to chew on. Josephine lives with her husband, their son, and their extraordinarily large and diverse animal family on acreage on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. They are currently renovating a house for profit to maintain Josephine's passion for horses and imported fine chocolate. The Tea Chest, Josephine's first novel was published in 2014, delighting readers with its strong heroine and enchanting story.

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