Saturday, December 28, 2013

Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts


Dec 28, 2013  

bookshelves: 2013-new-authors-for-me

Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly….

Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.

My Review:
I decided to read this book because of the title. I was intrigued with it since I am a chocoholic. It turned out to be a good book. It showed how families can work together to achieve certain goals. Your biggest asset is your family It is important to have families that support one another as this book showed. It was a book about small-town life and how sweet it could be.There were humorous parts in the book. It showed how you can successfully balance business and love. Each chapter began with a quote about living life to the fullest. It was definitely an inspirational book. This book was Book #1 in the Icicle Falls series. I am looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr


Dec 16, 2013  

I wasn't pulled into this book of the series as I was with the others. This book focuses on 4 couples.

I found Walt and Muriel's relationship to be boring. It did nothing for me. It was part of the book and that was as far as I am concerned. I don't care either way if they continue to be part of the series.

On the other hand, I liked reading about Cam and Abby's relationship even though it wasn't very realistic about how they met and fell in love the same night and what the outcome was of that night. I was glad to hear the true story about Abby's ex-husband. Quite different than I expected. I am looking forward to reading more about their marriage and children.

I liked reading the continuing story behind Rick and Lizzy's relationship. I am glad the book ended with their relationship going in the right direction.

I was very surprised to read about Cheryl and Dan's budding relationship. I never expected it at all after reading about them briefly in the earlier books of the series. I am interested in reading more about how it goes for them.

As always, I enjoy reading about the continuing lives of all the Virgin River residents.