The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris : A Novel in Recipes

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris : A Novel in RecipesLife 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 CafeMouth 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 ParisIt 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 ChocolatierWith Old Wounds About To Be Uncovered And Healed, Anna Is Set To Discover About Real Chocolate And Herself Than She Ever Dreamed

Jenny T Colgan.

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris : A Novel in Recipes
  • Jenny Colgan
  • English
  • 10 August 2019
  • 9781405514651

10 thoughts on “The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris : A Novel in Recipes

  1. says:

    First, let me not forget to note there are recipes in here YUM Anna Trent is a new chocolatier in of one the finest artisanal chocolate shops in Paris She serves some of the wealthiest women in the city She s learning about chocolate AND herself in the process Paris comes to life in this book, as does the skill involved in chocolate making There was depth to the story and also some clever humor Overall, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is a warmhearted story of second chances and friendship I m so grateful for stories like this.I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own.Some of my reviews can be found on instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader

  2. says:

    Read this review and on my blogA note on the rating It s complicated It s not like I hated this book but I didn t love it either, and it s that it s not really for me than it s a bad book This is why I find deciding on ratings so difficult It s likely somewhere between 2 and 3 stars which is my I didn t like it very much it s okay but something was missing In a nutshell A quick fluffy read that was okay for what it was but wasn t as lovely as I hoped.I was really craving something cute and fluffy and not too intense, and I ve been saving this book for this kind of mood Yet at the same time I struggle with these kind of books and it s important that I mention that in this review because this is very far from what I d normally enjoy reading I have enjoyed other chick lit a lot than this one and I m disappointed that I didn t find this one as lovely as I thought I might I was always wary but also excited It combines two of my favourite things Paris and chocolate Plus it s another Paris story featuring a character called Anna and I love Anna and the French Kiss Yet it sadly didn t work out between us I don t think it s you, book I think it s me Or maybe we can both be responsible Yeah, that works better The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris follows a woman called Anna, who re connects with her French teacher in the hospital after an accident at the chocolate shop she works at in a small town in England Through her old teacher, she discovers a new opportunity for herself she relocates to Paris and works for her new friend s ex lover She s thrown into this new life that s a lot glamorous minus two toes working for master chocolatier Thierry This book was a quick and easy read that I breezed through In a sense, it satisfied the urge that I had for a read like it and I didn t struggle enough for me to stop reading I enjoyed the start than I did the second half I liked the tone and the absurdity of the situation, and seeing Paris for the first time was lovely That was the main thing that drew me to this book, as I love Paris, and the bonus was that it also featured chocolate This book might not have made me particularly melt but I definitely wanted to visit Paris ASAP and try some of that chocolate for myself I did both of those things through reading, sure, but the reality would be nice too The big issue for me with this book was the lack of connection I had with the characters I often struggle with books when I can t relate to the characters and that is pretty common, considering the fact that I often live a very different life to the protagonists of most novels It s a bonus for me when I can relate to the characters in a book, but obviously not compulsory There are a lot of books that I still enjoy without that aspect, but the thing with me and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is I didn t really care about the characters too much I didn t hate them and wish horrible things on them, of course not, but it s hard reading a book like this without that investment I was turning the pages, reading the words and not really getting much than that from it I was hoping it might melt my cynicism Oh well I m debating over whether or not I m going to try this again in a few years when I m older and perhaps interested in it I think the issue might be mine than it is the book author s, so I hope that my review doesn t put people off reading it If you enjoy chick lit, definitely give it a go The author seems highly praised in the genre and if you re looking for something quick and sweet, this is the kind of book that you should go for Especially if you enjoy adult chick lit or are wanting to get into it beyond YA contemporary romance It s just sadly not a book that I personally felt much towards.

  3. says:

    I was asked to read this lovely book by the publisher, as a new cover design is coming out this summer This was my first time reading Jenny Colgan and I have been wanting to for awhile This book was very enjoyable, light, and would make a perfect summer read I loved visiting Paris The author did such a great job describing Paris, and all the talk of chocolate made me want to run out and get some lol I laughed at times, and also felt like the story actually had depth I can t wait to read of Jenny s books

  4. says:

    A delightful romantic comedy I enjoyed spending some time in Paris with Anna, Claire, Laurent and the others If Jenny Colgan ever decides to revisit these characters in a future book, I would definitely join in I love when a book includes recipes but unfortunately, my library only had the audiobook available so I was not able to view them I will be on the lookout for the ebook or paper version in the future.

  5. says:

    This is the story of two women who fall in love with Paris and were never the same again Anna Trent has had a horrific accident in the chocolate factory where she works and after recovering in hospital is jobless and depressed While in hospital, her old French teacher, Claire Shawcross was moved into the bed next to her while undergoing chemotherapy Both are bored with being confined to a hospital bed so to help pass the time Anna practices her French with Claire who gently corrects her and encourages her to improve Claire had once spent a memorable summer in Paris as a teenager and comes up with a plan to help Anna overcome her depression and restart her life by finding her a summer job with an old friend who has a chocolate shop in Paris.Claire s story is told in parallel with Anna s, going back to the time when she first arrived in Paris as an unworldly teenager with a narrow religious upbringing Both Claire and Anna gradually blossom and come alive as they fall in love with Paris and it s people Although somewhat predictable the story is very charming and will appeal to those who enjoy a good romance with an interesting underlying story The author lovingly describes the streets and lanes of Paris and evokes an atmosphere of what it is like to live there rather than merely visit as a tourist There are some memorable characters the extrovert, party loving Sami with whom Claire shares an apartment as well as the larger than life, Thierry Girard, the famous chocolatier and his estranged son Laurent The description of chocolate making is fascinating and made me want to go in search of very good, hand made chocolate The recipes at the end of the book are an added bonus and ones I would like to try.I would have enjoyed this book had it been a little less predictable and had a few twists and turns, particularly in the middle where the story was a bit flat However, it was still a great read and I defy anyone not to shed a tear or two at the end 3.5 stars.

  6. says:

    earc thanks to NetGalley for a fair review Jenny Colgan is hot stuff right now Headed for a gorgeous cover update, Colgan s The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is vintage Jenny doing well, what she does best feel good, comfort reads with a warm twist of sunshine happy endings And I have to say, I love her for it Anna Trent has lost her toes Well, two of them at least in a freak chocolate accident that even she can t explain and she doesn t cause I still couldn t tell you why No worries, it s unimportant because Anna Trent has lost her marbles ahum Her job, I meant her job Don t panic Careers are rescued, passports are stamped and thanks to former teacher and hospital roommate Claire, Anna is now on her way to Paris to apprentice with a veritable chocolatier But not before she finds love on a velo, reunites two star crossed lovers, saves a man s life, and brings hugs back to a father and his son, oh and she befriends Sam who is the best Have you visited The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris lately

  7. says:

    The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is delightful and engaging It transported me to France with its vivid portrayal of the City of Lights and had me craving chocolate with such rich descriptions that I could almost taste it We first meet our protagonist, thirty one year old Anna at the chocolate factory, where she has just had a serious accident The first sentence drew me right in and I was hooked The really weird thing about it was that although I knew instantly that something was wrong very, very wrong, something sharp, something very serious, an insult to my entire body I couldn t stop laughing Anna is taken to the hospital where she rooms with Claire, her high school French teacher Anna never cared much about school but she is now a captive audience and Claire insists she reacquaint herself with the language under her tutelage After several weeks in the hospital, Claire arranges for Anna to go to Paris to apprentice at a famous chocolate shop owned by an old friend Then the story really takes off as we watch Anna learn her way around Paris, settle into the apartment she shares with Sami, a flamboyant man who works at the Paris Opera in the costume department, learn about making gourmet chocolate and become acquainted with Thierry, the owner of Le Chapeau Chocolat Throughout the book there is a parallel narrative contained in short and separate sections, of Claire at seventeen first going to Paris as an au pair and her experience there, especially meeting Thierry and the development of their relationship So for example, as Anna learns about the opportunity to work at the chocolate shop, we also read, in the next section, about Claire s au pair position with her mother s pen pal in Paris I enjoyed the juxtaposition of these two narratives and felt that I was getting a second story while catching up on a back story.The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is charming and heartwarming with a tiny bit of sadness It explores the fish out of water concept of living in a foreign country as well as first loves and second chances The characters are likable and have been well developed The story may be a tad predictable at times but it did not detract from my enjoyment It s a light and quick read that would be perfect as a beach read or an escape from a snowstorm.Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and NetGalley for an advance ready copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

  8. says:

    The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan is a beautifully written, tender love story that intertwines two women, Anna, who has her whole life ahead of her, and Claire, whose life is ending It is the story of deep love, regret, and strength But it is also very funny and expertly written with scenes of Paris which makes the city come to life in the reader s mind.Anna Trent worked in a chocolate factory in England She thought this is where she would be for the rest of her life After a serious work accident which lands her in the hospital, she finds to her surprise her roommate is none other than her childhood French teacher Claire.As they become friends, they begin to share their life stories Both are filled with much love and much sorrow Claire sees herself in Anna and wants to help her experience both true life and true love Anna on the other hand just feels as if her life is over.Claire is able to get Anna a job at the premiere Paris chocolate shop Anna begins her journey both excited and terrified As she begins to acclimate to both the French, the cast of characters at the shop, as well as her hilarious roommate who forces her into the adventures of a lifetime, she begins to come out of her shell She reluctantly at first begins to live.What develops are two beautiful love stories which at times are mirror images of each of the women The story is told by both Anna and Claire, and with Claire giving us flashbacks throughout her long life, we are able to see the similarities in both of them and also the regrets which Claire has and is desperately trying to help her friend avoid.The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is a wonderful funny story with the richness and excitement of falling in love There are lessons to be learned for both the characters as well as the readers Especially in the City of Love and especially in a chocolate shop Thank you NetGalley Sourcebooks TheLoveliestChocolateShopinParis JennyColgan for the free book.

  9. says:

    The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan is a beautifully written, tender love story that intertwines two women, Anna, who has her whole life ahead of her, and Claire, whose life is ending It is the story of deep love, regret, and strength But it is also very funny and expertly written with scenes of Paris which makes the city come to life in the reader s mind.Anna Trent worked in a chocolate factory in England She thought this is where she would be for the rest of her life After a serious work accident which lands her in the hospital, she finds to her surprise her roommate is none other than her childhood French teacher Claire.As they become friends, they begin to share their life stories Both are filled with much love and much sorrow Claire sees herself in Anna and wants to help her experience both true life and true love Anna on the other hand just feels as if her life is over.Claire is able to get Anna a job at the premiere Paris chocolate shop Anna begins her journey both excited and terrified As she begins to acclimate to both the French, the cast of characters at the shop, as well as her hilarious roommate who forces her into the adventures of a lifetime, she begins to come out of her shell She reluctantly at first begins to live.What develops are two beautiful love stories which at times are mirror images of each of the women The story is told by both Anna and Claire, and with Claire giving us flashbacks throughout her long life, we are able to see the similarities in both of them and also the regrets which Claire has and is desperately trying to help her friend avoid.The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is a wonderful funny story with the richness and excitement of falling in love There are lessons to be learned for both the characters as well as the readers Especially in the City of Love and especially in a chocolate shop Thank you NetGalley Sourcebooks TheLoveliestChocolateShopinParis JennyColgan for the free book.

  10. says:

    I have only recently become acquainted with Jenny Colgan s books, but have been eagerly awaiting the release of this book once I found out about it I was also drawn to the book, because it centres around two of my very favourite things chocolate, and the city of Paris.The story regularly changes narratives, from Anna, who works in a chocolate factory at her hometown Kidinsborough, and Claire, Anna s former French teacher After years have passed since school, the two come across each other when they both, for different reason end up in hospital, on the same ward Much of Claire s part of the story is set in the 1970s, when you are taken back to when she was a young girl and went to Paris for the first time herself You find out all about her first love, and how it ended The different with Jenny Colgan s multiple narratives, is that, unlike other books, you do not get confused and it is easy to keep up with After her accident Anna is left jobless, so it s really a sort of fate that Claire is there at exactly the same time, with a possible job opportunity, in chocolate, for Anna At first she is sceptical, but never the less travels to Paris and embarks on an adventure of her own.During her stay Anna gets to know lots of interesting characters, including those that Claire had met on her own trip to Paris, and learns a new skill, the art of chocolate I loved the characters in the book, in particular Sami, the outgoing, party animal costume maker, as well as Anna s colleagues at the chocolate shop they really brought warmth to the book I love how well both stories intertwine, and as the story progresses, you learn and about it The descriptions of chocolate are so vivid and leave you craving chocolate, which meant this book was extremely difficult for me to read, as I have given up chocolate for lent If possible, read this with lots of chocolate to accompany you The role chocolate plays in the book is an important part, it really made the story for me Chocolate, however, is not the only food in the book Lots of other delicious French delicacies are mentioned, and you really feel like you are in Paris yourself Both of the women s stories are equally gripping throughout the book, and I think they bring a nice balance to the book in terms of the ending This book will leave you feeling both happy and sad at the same time I would love to read a sequel and find out how the characters are getting on possibly a Christmas sequel like Jenny Colgan s previous Christmas sequel Overall I loved this book, my favourite Jenny Colgan book so far.

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