- Paperback: 233 pages
- Publisher: Brigham Distributing (April 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935217623
- ISBN-13: 978-1935217626
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chocolate Roses Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Kylee is married and has children while Janie would love to be en her shoes, but her hips are just a touch larger and boys don't go for her.
The two sisters own Chocolate Art Forever, a small establishment in downtown Arizona. Jamie's story starts when a dashing man comes in every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. to order a chocolate rose to send to a woman. For months he has been doing this, and every time she sees him, Janie becomes a little more enamored of the man. No wanting to intrude or look foolish, she never approaches him and just dreams of a time he may notice her.
Suddenly, life takes a drastic turn when the dashing Roger W. moves next door to her and she finds out that he has a four-year-old daughter. The vivacious curly haired girl, Emily, falls in-love with Janie's giant Great Dane and begs often to visit her. But the visits are not all that Janie gets when thugs point a gun at Roger, her and the mysterious woman to whom he sends the chocolate roses.
Roger's past is catching up to him and without knowing it, Janie is drawn into the middle of it, a place where she only finds heartaches and tears. When Roger has a unfortunate accident she begs for his life, and promises in return that she will never seek him again, a promise she will keep forever.
This book is a sweet romance full of melted hearts and yummy chocolate kisses. It is a dream come true for any romantic chocolate lover.
Anna del C. Dye
Author of "The Silent Warrior Trilogy"
This is not a parody of "Jane Eyre", because you don't get a parody by loosely basing a story on some events from a book - you get a derivative. A parody, at least in my view, is meant to be funny and to poke fun at the original to a certain extent. This doesn't. It's amusing in parts, but the laugh the back of the book promised was a stifled chortle at best.
As a book, it was quite enjoyable, even though story didn't have an awful lot to do with "Jane Eyre". Chubby chocolate shop singleton with a huge dog crushes on a customer who pays her no attention at all, until he moves in next door. He has a cute little daughter and a mad wife who likes to paint. And there's a murder mystery looming in the air. So there are plenty of things to make it readable, and it's a nice little story, but none of the characters have anything to do with Brontë.
"Chocolate Roses" is a bit like a Harlequin novel, except with less romantic fwuff to coo over. It's sweet and mostly harmless as a story, some bits are quite amusing and I like Joan Sowards's style of writing. I rooted for Janie and the dog and hoped she'd get her Roger eventually, but really, she was no Miss Eyre and he was definitely no Edward Rochester, no matter how pained he tried to look.Read more ›
Chocolate Roses, by Joan Sowards, bills itself as "A Jane Eyre Parody" for LDS readers. Now, I have read Jane Eyre, and have even watched an adaptation on PBS, but both have been a very long time ago. So I'll be honest...I had to look up a summary on [...] to remind myself how the story went. Chocolate Roses can be enjoyed in its own right, but having at least a glancing familiarity with Jane Eyre will heighten your enjoyment even more.
The protagonist of Chocolate Roses, Janie Rose Whitaker, is a wonderfully well-rounded character, as is her best friend and roommate, Flo the Great Dane. (Yes, I'm talking dog here!) This book is full of humor, sure to tickle many a reader's funny bone, as well as romance and yes (being true to Jane Eyre) unavoidable tragedy. All are handled with a delightfully deft hand that makes this book very hard to put down.
Chocolate Roses is clearly aimed at an LDS reading audience, being chockfull of LDS cultural and doctrinal references. But any church-going reader of any faith will likely find much to relate to here, too.
Summary: One of the best LDS novels I've read in a very long time!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to any woman who likes to cuddle up and read romance novels. I know there are a lot of us out there. . Read morePublished 20 months ago by Janis Smith
Chocolate Roses is a delicious romance with an insurmountable conflict. Janie is part owner of a chocolate shop where she has developed a crush on the handsome Roger Wentworth. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Susan Dayley
I really enjoyed Chocolate Roses by Joan Sowards! In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I wished I had time to read it straight through. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Sarah Beggs
WOW! This book was GOOD!
Janie is a chocolatier and she has a favorite customer!
He comes to the store every Tuesday at 9:00am and orders a chocolate rose... Read more
I enjoyed Chocolate Roses by Joan Sowards to the hilt. Having loved Jane Eyre since I read it in fourth grade, I was skeptical that Chocolate Roses could hold a candle to it, but I... Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Spalinki
Loved that book! Bought 2 ~ one for me and one for a favorite friend! The book takes place in my home town of Tempe, AZ, so I was very familiar with streets, stores, and the feel... Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by M. Davis
Many authors are currently rewriting Jane Austin's works with a modern twist. Most of those are thinly-disguised updates that are poor imitations of the original. Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by Lynn D. Parsons