Monday, September 19, 2011

Chocolicious by Geraldine Solon

A week after Blair Nightingale’s husband, Larry, dies, she learns she’s about to lose everything she owns due to a foolish mistake Larry made. In an instant, Blair’s life is transformed from rich, Silicon Valley trophy wife to poor, widowed single mom. Her only goal now is to provide for her daughter. As Blair begins to pick up the pieces, George—Larry’s best friend and the man she truly resents—seems to always be around. When Blair is overwhelmed by all the challenges she faces, she seeks comfort in baking rich, filled, three-layered cupcakes that her grandmother once taught her, and soon Blair's life is changed forever.

What a fun book! Not only is the cover alluring, with its lush concoction flirting with our eyes, but the writing is fresh and a treat to read.

The plot is well planned, that becomes obvious from the first few pages. There is a bit of tension at the beginning, as Blair starts to realize her husband has left her in an economic lurch, and the reader really begins to feel for the heroine. What I enjoyed most is the way that she refuses to fall into self-pity, and instead finds a way of getting out of her problems. It’s wonderful to see real, strong women take charge, even if it’s in a book. The way that she manages to put her life back together is inventive and very different, immediately catching the reader’s attention.

The writing is very carefully edited, making for a pleasant read without annoying grammatical mistakes. The only thing I wish had been expanded a bit more was some of the conflicts that had to do with some infidelities in the novel. They weren’t really resolved as well as they could have.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I can easily recommend it to most adults who like a fun read. There are some sex scenes in it, so maybe it’s not that well suited for teens.

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