Thursday 11 February 2016


The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas


 Carole Matthews

When I heard that Carole Matthew’s was writing a new book about the girls of the Chocolate Lovers' Club I couldn’t wait to read the next instalment in the lives of Lucy, Chantal, Nadia and Autumn. Since reading the first two books many years ago, I have often wondered what had happened to them and what is so brilliant about the Chocolate Lovers' Christmas is that it picks up exactly where the last book left off!

Lucy is manageress of a very successful chocolate shop called Chocolate Heaven. It’s a place where the four ladies meet up regularly for chat, coffee and of course chocolate!

Lucy is madly in love with Crush (Aiden) who used to be her boss, but of course, old flame Marcus is never very far from the scene and always seems to turn up like a bad penny whenever anything is going well for Lucy.

Chantal is getting used to motherhood with baby Lana with her husband Ted, who whilst on a “break”, managed to father another baby called Elsie with Stacey. Chantal, being the placid, loyal, sweet person she is, tries to calm the waters and wants them all to make the best of a bad situation by becoming friends with Stacey, which is bound to backfire!

Nadia is still trying to rebuild her life after the tragic death of her husband whilst bringing up her young son Lewis. She is also hoping that a reconciliation with her sister Anita will build bridges with her Mum & Dad who cut her off when she married Toby. Things go from bad to worse when her slime ball Brother in Law, Tarak, starts up with his old tricks and tries to get Nadia to spend the night with him in a hotel! This has got to be a job for Lucy to sort out and put him straight – what could possibly go wrong……………….

Autumn is struggling to come to terms with her beloved brothers' death and is in a one sided relationship when she meets Miles and his daughter Florence one day in the park. Miles turns everything upside down and she realises that she wants more out of life than being with someone who only wants her money!

I don’t think I have read a book before where I love all the characters so much I actually think they are real! I think my favourite character has to be Lucy because everything she does, although with the greatest intent on being honourable, ends up a disaster!

Carole Matthews has done it again with this book. It’s funny as well as serious in parts and just when you think you might have to wait a few more years before you read more about the lovely ladies of the Chocolate Lovers Club, another one comes along! YIPPEE!! Just popping off to start The Chocolate Lovers Wedding………………

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About Carole Matthews

Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, including the Top Ten bestsellers A Cottage by the Sea, Calling Mrs Christmas, The Christmas Party and The Cake Shop in the Garden. 

In 2013, Summer Daydreams was shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Fiction about Life and Love. Carole was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy RoNA in 2012 and inducted into the Reader Hall of Fame by the inaugural Festival of Romance. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world. She was given an award for Outstanding Achievement by the Romantic Novelists' Association in 2015. 

She is published in more than thirty countries and her books have sold to Hollywood.

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