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The quirky debut romance from Lamb opens as Julia Bennett flees the Boston altar where her blueblood abuser fiancé, Robert Stanfield III, awaits her. She leaves her wedding gown in a North Dakota tree, and arrives in the tiny town of Golden, Oregon to take refuge with her beloved Aunt Lydia. As Julia slowly returns to a semblance of normalcy, Lydia's eccentric friends soon become Julia's near and dear as well: minister's wife Lara, psychic Caroline and abused wife Katie all have their own hidden pains, to which Julia can relate. Robert, who hit her and made her feel bad about her body, is never far from her thoughts, nor is her incapacitating "Dread Disease"-a feeling of panic she can't name. The dialogue is funny and bawdy: "Don't cry, love! You escaped a life's prison sentence with King Prick." Julia's struggles with people's interest in her chocolate-making, and in her person, make her a winningly flawed heroine, and there is well-deserved come-uppance for abusers of all types.
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'Wise, tender and very funny. I loved this beguiling novel about Love, friendship, and the enchantment of really good chocolate' Luanne Rice, bestselling author of Last Kiss --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Such a delightful funny book. I love the author's sense of humor and her classy skill with the English language. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mary
If I could, I'd give the book a 2.5. It started out promising, with some witty humor and interesting characters. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Brynn Parkinson
This was second book that I have read written by Cathy Lamb and I am now a new fan of her books. I enjoyed the characters quirks and how they worked to make the story come... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John
As usual Cathy Lamb doesn't disappoint. I didn't want this book to end.Published 1 month ago by Nancy Gresham
I bought this book after reading the "front flap" of the dust jacket. I had no idea there would be so much...very graphic...violence in the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharon S.
While this was the first Cathy Lamb book I have read, it will not be my last. I bought this book due to the first few pages I read online. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beverly Turner
While the story was okay overall it is not the kind of unrealistic romance novel I enjoy reading. All the characters lives are in shambles and then it turns around, they find love,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. K.