Date finished: May 24, 2019
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, Jenny Colgan
Just as she did with the Scottish town of Kirrinfief in The Bookshop on the Corner, Jenny Colgan succeeds once again at drawing the reader into her quirky fictional shop, this time selling chocolate instead of books, and this time in Paris. The dual narrative is nostalgic and sweet, and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris demands to be read with a steaming cup of hot chocolate — topped with lots of marshmallows.
Claire Shawcourt was once French teacher to Anna Trent, and the two unexpectedly reconnect when they’re put in the same hospital room. Anna’s dealing with a surprising injury, and Claire is fighting cancer, but the pair forms a friendship over the French language and the woes of life in the hospital.
Once Anna’s released, Claire organizes a job for her in Paris — an escape from the melancholy of her life jobless and living at home with her parents — and Anna’s life will never be the same.
As a young woman, Claire fell in love with witty, handsome French chocolatier Thierry Girard, and it’s to him she sends Anna. The man has aged, but remembers his time with Claire fondly and takes Anna under his wing, teaching her about life, love, and chocolate. What ensues is a funny, inspirational French adventure complete with food, gorgeous balconies overlooking the Paris skyline, a handsome chocolatier’s son, a visit to the opera, and so much more.
In her typical fashion, Colgan uses the things we love most — books, chocolate, cupcakes, etc. — to inspire us to travel, try new things, get outside our comfort zone, and have a grand adventure. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is the perfect beach read for this summer.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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