Chick lit

Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland


This is another book set in Whitsborough and continues to provide us with the backstories of the people who run businesses in the town. The first half of the book talks about Charlee and her relationship with her boyfriend and with chocolate.
The premise is unique and has different family dynamics to some of the other stories that I have encountered by the author set in this town. It is hard to rally around a lead protagonist, though, who does not make an effort to adjust to her surroundings or investigate any odd incidents. This annoyed me during the first half, even as I liked the build-up that was being provided. I kept waiting for the inevitable bombshell to be dropped. The second half had Charlee set up her business and take it off the ground with the help of trusted friends, old and new. This part was well done, and I liked watching everything fall into place.
I did not buy into the ultimate pairing, which explains my rating of this book. The characters were individually fantastic to read about. I liked the feelings they generated, but I did not wait for their happily ever after!
This author does a great job of describing a location and the characters within it. She invites us in and lets us wander around. I will continue to pick up others books by her even though my reads have been 50-50 in the like/did not enjoy category. I do this because the ones I like, I really like, and this makes every read worth the effort. The narrative itself flows effortlessly and is a quick, almost one-sitting read.
I would recommend the author and the overall series to fans of the genre.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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