Love, chocolate, Paris…what more could you dream of? The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris (Colgan)

This book will be published in the summer and is a welcome re-issue of a title by Jenny Colgan. This author’s novels are always involving and heart warming.

In this one, Anna (who works in the chocolate industry in England) suffers a freak accident. While recuperating, she reconnects with her old French teacher, Claire. Claire encourages Anna to go to Paris where Anna takes a position in a very different chocolate business. Anna’s ups and downs form part of the story. The other and equally engaging story is Claire’s. The reader learns about the choices she made when younger and her feelings about them.

Jenny Colgan writes novels that tug at the heart strings and leave readers feeling satisfied. That is certainly the case in this novel.

Many thanks to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for a lovely time in Paris. All opinions are my own.

From Booklist

Set mostly in Paris and intertwining two main voices, this sweet confection by best-selling Colgan (Amanda’s Wedding, 2001) is heartwarming and funny. Anna Trent is 30 when she is bizarrely injured at her job in a chocolate factory in the north of England. Her difficult hospital recovery is only brightened by the unexpected presence of her high-school French teacher, Claire, who harbors memories of the path not taken in her youth. Recognizing in Anna a kindred spirit who needs prodding to fully embrace life, Claire suggests Anna take a job with a renowned chocolatier in Paris, the larger-than-life Thierry Girard. Anna travels to Paris and discovers an eye-opening world. As Anna alternately stumbles and soars through her new days, her story unfolds alongside Claire’s, who had her own Parisian adventure in 1972. Romantic love and loss outline each character’s story as she painfully yet fully grows from her experiences. Delightful and compassionate, this will resonate with readers of women’s fiction. Chocolate recipes from the author, listed in the back of the book, add to its charm. –Julie Trevelyan

Now out: oh no (Norris)

This book contains a series of short comic strips, each of which ends with the phrase “Oh No.” Who knew that there were so many things that one could say “Oh No” to. Some strips are about the personal while others poke at corporations. A few examples (minus the illustrations)

They say to write from real experience. (Picture of diary with days saying “Did nothing.”) Oh no.


I have made an offspring. I will do my best to raise them well.

Later: You messed me up (from child) Oh no.

If wry humor appeals to you, give this collection a try.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions are my own.

Lots of e-book deals. 4.15.19

So, kind of a random assortment.  Those who have not read Game of Thrones and who want to, this is a great buy for you.  Restoration Heights is a mystery and a story about the impact of gentrifcation; it has gotten excellent reviews.  the inbetween days sounds like one of those titles that might make you cry. I include The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters for fans of the Great British Baking Show; it is written by contestant (no spoiler so won’t say if she won), Nadia.  And lastly, can’t go wrong (usually) with an Elizabeth George title; this is one of the earlier novels.  Enjoy!

Restoration Heights: A NovelA Game of ThronesThe Inbetween DaysThe Secret Lives of the Amir SistersWell-Schooled in Murder

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This is a simple story with charming illustrations that is geared toward young children.  Piggy wants to give Giraffe a kiss but can’t figure out how to. Giraffe is tall while Piggy is not.  What should Piggy do?  Young listeners will find out by the end.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this toddler book.

Now out: kawaii Origami (Pushkin)

This is a book filled with paper folding/origami projects that look adorable. Some of my favorites are the bento box. the cat & dog hearts, the tea bag and the dustpan & scoop. The beginning of the book provides detailed instructions on the basic origami folds. Each project is presented in step sequence with diagrams and illustrations. If you enjoy origami, definitely take a look at this book.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-galley of a book filled with fun projects. All opinions are my own.

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