Review: The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop by Caroline Roberts (Blog Tour)

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The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop by Caroline Roberts
Published by: Harper Impulse
Released: 28th June 2018
Page Count: 400
Edition: Kindle
Genre: Women's Fiction
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Thank you to Harper Impulse for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and for allowing me to be part of this blog tour.

When Emma opened her gorgeous little chocolate shop in the harbour village of Warkton-by-the-Sea, she realised a lifelong dream. Love is also blossoming with her hunky beau, Max, who’s slowly healing her fragile heart.
Summer is here and life has never felt so sweet. Until the rainclouds start to gather…
A rival sweet shop and killjoy landlord give Emma a headache, and when a face from the past turns up unannounced, Emma finds herself spiralling down memory lane. With Max’s crazy work schedule driving him to distraction, Emma’s in danger of making some choices she might regret . . .
With close friends, spaniel Alfie, and the whole village behind her, can Emma get the chocolate shop and her love life back on track?

Thoughts

It'd been a while since I'd read any women's fiction so when I got the opportunity to read and take part in the blog tour for The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop I knew I had to say yes! I'd read The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop at the end of 2017, so, I couldn't wait to revisit the beautiful costal village of Warkton-by-the-sea.

When Emma opened her chocolate shop in the gorgeous harbour village of Warkton-by-the-sea, she achieved a lifelong dream. Love is also blossoming between her and hunky Max, who seems to be slowly fixing her damaged heart. Summer comes along and life couldn't be sweeter, until rainclouds start to form. With a rival sweetshop and awful landlord threatening Emma's business, an old face from turning up unannounced and Max's work schedule driving him to distraction; Emma is at risk of making some regretful choices. With the whole village behind her will Emma be able to get her chocolate shop and love life back on track?

First things first, as soon as I started reading I felt like I was back with friends. I'd become so connected to the characters when I read The Cosy Christmas Chocolate Shop that they did start to feel like personal friends so I was so happy to be reunited with them. It was also great to be back reading about Warkton-by-the-sea. Yes it may be a fictional village but to me it felt so real. The writing style used was so vivid that I could just close my eyes and be transported there. Truly magical stuff.

Plot-wise I was really engaged with it. As I'd become enamoured with the chocolate shop and all surrounding it; I was crossing my fingers that all was going to be okay, but alas all is not as it seems. The introduction of a new character I felt spiced things up a bit..and I ended up loving them despite having a few issues at the start. There was certainly a few twists to the story which I didn't see coming. Some shocking and some rather heartwarming.

I can't write this review without mentioning CHOCOLATE! The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop had me salivating even more than it's predecessor. The descriptions of all the chocolatey delights in Emma's shop had my stomach rumbling constantly. I loved how the recipes from the book were added and you never know I may have to give a few of them a try (especially the raspberry gin chocolate truffles). 

Each character in this book held a special place in my heart but I especially loved Emma and her relationships with Max, Bev and Mrs C. Each of them being the sort of person you can rely on. Max's love for Emma shone through brightly. Yes, they had their problems but he was her rock willing to be there for her no matter what life threw at them. Bev, oh I adored her! Her scenes with Emma will always be my favourites. You just felt that sisterly bond between them and it was so heartwarming to read. Mrs C I felt was a mother figure to Emma and the care she shows her was so touching it almost brought a tear to my eye...no lie.

The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop is the perfect escapist summer read. It had me smiling, laughing and left my heart feeling full of love...oh and my stomach pining for chocolate, that can't be a bad thing though right?


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  1. Ooh I love Caroline Roberts!
    The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop sounds lush and perfect for summer reading :)
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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    1. It’s a really good escapist read! Perfect for this time of year’

      Caroline is one of my favourite writers of Women’s Fiction :)

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