I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
Length: 10 hours and 49 minutes
Genres: Chick Lit
Published by Sphere Pages: 416
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Beverley A. Crick
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Also by this author: Little Beach Street Bakery
Life is sweet in this heartwarming tale of a little chocolate shop in Paris, by the bestselling author of Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams and Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe.
Mouth-watering recipes inside!
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, smoothest, richest chocolate; made entirely by hand, it is sold to the grandes 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.
Here is what I thought
I don’t read a lot of chick lit but I had listened to another book by this author and since I was kind of in the mood for something different I grabbed this one. It was okay but I liked the authors Beach Street Bakery book better.
I ended up a little confused in some places as I realized it was telling me two different stories. Anna is a young lady who worked in a chocolate factory and then had an accident that took two of her toes. She meets her old French teacher who is dying of cancer, Clare, she gets Anna a job working for a French chocolatier in Paris. The only problem with that is that she knows nothing about making actual chocolate as she made bulk type chocolates with a machine!
While there she meets Thierry who is the owner of the chocolate shop and learns that he knows Clare. She soon learns that Clare and Thierry have a romantic past. Then we start getting the story of Clare and Thierry and how things didn’t go so well for them back then. They were in love but had some things pitied against them and they both ended up having very different lives.
It almost seems like Anna’s path is going the same way as Clare and Thierry as she starts to date Thierry’s son Laurent, though it seems they might have a better outcome.
I thought this would be a bit more light and fluffy but it was a little more heavy with Clare being sick and her story was so sad. Anna’s story was more light and her attempts at creating chocolate was interesting. It has a great cast of characters from her eccentric roommate to those in the chocolate shop. Because of some incidents that happened between Anna and Laurent I thought their romance moved a bit faster than I thought it should, I know it’s Paris. It was like one moment he runs off after seeing her missing toes to the next minute they are in love. Just didn’t feel real.
It was enjoyable enough but nothing grand. If you enjoy Chick Lit then you might enjoy it as I think someone who reads this genre on a regular bases might like it more than I did.
Beverley A. Crick does a great job with this book and is one of my favorite narrators.
Audio rating: 4