Dreaming in Chocolate

Dreaming in ChocolateDreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on February 6th 2018
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1250089077
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I really enjoyed this magical book! Will one need to suspend some disbelief while reading this book? You betcha! Does Chocolate have healing properties? I would like to believe yes!

This is a feel-good book! But wait! How so? The daughter has an inoperable brain tumor and has 6 months to live. How can this be a feel-good book? That is where the magic of this book happens. Penelope is a single mother raising her eight-year-old daughter, Ella, on her own. Penelope owns a Chocolate Cafe with her Mother and the town loves their magical chocolate concoctions. You see, their baking table/desk/apothecary has compartments which provides them with recipes to mend a broken heart, to learn the identity of your true love, to show you your dreams, to make a wish upon, etc. The one thing these chocolates can’t seem to do is cure her daughter’s cancer.

Penelope and Ella have been working on Ella’s’ bucket list. Ella wants one thing more than anything else – to have a Dad. Noah Gregory has returned to town to help his brother while he is recovering from an injury. He broke Penelope’s heart when they were teenagers and she is not too happy to see him. Noah and Penelope circle around each other. Noah makes it clear that he wants a second chance, but Penelope is apprehensive as he broke her heart and she has been keeping a HUGE secret from him. She is drawn to him but wants to keep him at arm’s length even though her daughter is his biggest fan and wants to have him in their life. Will she tell Noah and Ella the truth? Will they figure it out on their own? Will someone else figure it out?

This book is about love, second chances, chocolate, magic and family. Will Ella get her biggest wish? Will Noah get his second chance will Penelope? Will Chocolate save the day?

Again, the reader will need to suspend some disbelief. No one in this small town seems phased that the Chocolate has magical abilities. I also thought that Ella seemed a little too healthy for a child with 6 months to live. I will admit, I don’t have any knowledge on brain tumors, but Ella seemed to have a lot of energy and was active. I wonder what readers with a medical background will think of this aspect of the book. This is also where I choose to suspend some belief.

I gave this book 4.5 stars due to it being charming and a completely enjoyable read. Perfect for curing up in your favorite chair/couch/sofa, etc. It is a charming tale and I appreciated that it did not go overboard on the use of magic, romance or Ella’s prognosis. It had the perfect blend of everything. It was a sweet tale about having love, losing love, finding love, being a family and coming home.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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