I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop by Jessica Redland
Published by Boldwood Books on 3rd August 2021
Genres: Chicklit, Christmas, Contemporary, Humour, Love & Romance
Source: from Netgalley
Sometimes you just need a little Christmas magic to make your wishes come true...
When master chocolatier, Charlee, takes the leap to move to the picturesque seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, she is determined to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and set up a chocolate shop.
Luckily, she finds the perfect location for Charlee's Chocolates on beautiful Castle Street... Now she just has to refurbish it in time for Christmas!
With a useless boyfriend and countless DIY disasters, Charlee doesn't know if she'll make it in time. With no 'traditional' family to support her, she feels lost in her new surroundings and the secrets of the past are weighing her down.
But the warmth and festive spirit of the Whitsborough Bay community will surprise her, and when plumber, Matt, comes to the rescue, it might be that all of Charlee's dreams could come true this Christmas, and she could learn what family really means...
Thank you to Rachel for letting me take part in this tour and to Boldwood Books for my copy of this book via Netgalley. Remarkably this is the first book I have read by Jessica but I know it won’t be my last. Jessica managed to evoke lots of emotions in me with this book so I know I’ll soon be reading her back catalogue.
Charlee really had a tale of two Christmas’ in this book. My heart went out to her when she was all alone. I so wanted to be there for her. Charlee is a very strong woman. She might not see it but opening her own shop and getting it all ready in such a short space of time was quite a feat. I was immensely proud of her. Charlee goes through so much in this book, I’m glad she had such a good group around her to support her.
This book is about so much more than just romance. It was about friendships, community and a sense of that Christmas magic. This wasn’t a book that is 100% Christmas but it was a big theme in this book. I loved hearing about all the Christmas lights and the chocolates that Charlee had in the shop. It made me crave a Christmas market.
I wouldn’t be able to write this review without mentioning Matt. What a guy. I honestly don’t think I’ve met anyone as genuine and as heartfelt as he is. He is a true one of a kind!
There is a lot of chocolate talk in this book. I mean serious amounts. I could have easily polished off a few boxes of fancy chocolates if I’d had any, I had to settle for some Cadburys buttons. I would definitely recommend getting some chocolate to eat while reading this.
I really enjoyed this book and I really hope we get a series from this because I want to hear Jodie’s story!
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