Reading a book set in a chocolate shop just sounds like a delicious way to spend a few hours, don't you think?
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Now as much as I love a good murder mystery or dark psychological thriller I also like to read some light-hearted, feel-good fiction on occasion and this book by Cynthia Ellingsen definitely falls into that category.
I have never read any of Cynthia Ellingsen's books before so I wasn't sure what to expect, but she wrote the characters really well and I found myself invested in Emma's life. I was really happy when I finished this book to discover that there were two other books written that are based in Starlight Cove (where this novel is based) and you can be sure they are being queued in my Kindle!
The main heroine of this story is called Emma and always wants to see the best in people and help people. Like many other people with this trait, she's not so great at accepting help! She is running a chocolate shop in Starlight Cove that her late father opened.
Prominently displayed in the chocolate shop is a painting of Emma as a child that is titled The Girl with the Butterscotch Hair. We are introduced to this painting right at the beginning of the story and it is part of a mystery that runs through the book.
I love the layers of different stories that run through the book bringing it together in a delicious read that would only be better on a lazy Sunday afternoon if enjoyed with a Chocolate Dream (something served in the Starlight Cove Sweetery that we also get introduced to on the first couple of pages).
Emma's need to help anyone that needs it extends to strangers as well and one of the storylines that weave through this novel centres around a woman and her child who start off as strangers before becoming friends.
We also get to meet Emma's best friend, her grandmother, stepmother and many other Starlight Cove residents. Each person we read and the stories they bring to the novel helps to enrich it and create a rich tapestry of Emma's life. There is also a little love interest that is introduced although it doesn't dominate the story, it's just another thread in the book.
If you're looking for a light-hearted book to whisk yourself away to another world for a couple of hours then I recommend reading this one and transporting yourself to Starlight Cove.
I got to enjoy this book for $0 as part of my Kindle Unlimited membership - I highly recommend this membership if you enjoy reading, I liken it to a virtual library card.
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