The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, Paperback

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris Paperback

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Mouth-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 Paris. It'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 chocolatier. With old wounds about to be uncovered and healed, Anna is set to discover more about real chocolate - and herself - than she ever dreamed.




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Thirty-year-old Anna becomes friendly with Claire, who - years previously - was her French teacher. Claire teaches Anna some more French and then Claire suggests that she might take a temporary job in Paris with an old friend of hers.<br/><br/>The narrative is mostly set in the 21st century, following Anna’s adventure when she sets out into the unknown, and starts to learn some independence. But interleaved throughout is the story of Claire’s own adventures in Paris when she was 17. Although the two women are a generation apart in age, and grew up in completely different circumstances, their stories intertwine beautifully. <br/><br/>There are romantic threads; indeed, romance and a broken relationship are the trigger for much of the story. But there’s also a lot about French culture, and an amazing amount of detail about chocolate-making. All in the context of the story, rather than straying, as some books do, into a tedious display of the author’s knowledge.<br/><br/>The writing flows well, and it was an ideal book for me to read in the airport and on a five-hour flight. It was light enough that I could keep reading even when tired; interesting enough that I never wanted to put it down.<br/><br/>