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Step Away From the Chocolate (The Ladies on Honeysuckle Road Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marcia Brandt , Michael Walters
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Book Description

It usually started at night after the dishes were put in the dishwasher. Everyone else was busy with something. Frank was watching another game of some sort, either basketball or football or whatever kind of ball they were using these days. Marla never kept track. Watching sports instead of participating in them was so boring in her mind.
The boys were sequestered in their rooms, playing video games or texting instead of doing their homework. How do they expect to ever learn anything or even graduate with all that racket going on in their room? There was never any peace or quiet at their house. Marla was bored and lonely. Typical, she thought. Everyone has something to do except me. I work all day and when I come home to be with them, nothing.
Seems that this is the time to find a project that will peak my interest, put some spark in my life, and give me some purpose. But I'm too tired after work to put any effort into anything. Boo, hoo. What a pity party! I've got to find something that will keep me out of the candy.
Suddenly a thought entered her mind. You know they have groups for people like me. People who are addicted to something like alcohol or drugs. Well, at least I'm not that bad, she mused. Being addicted to alcohol is awful and can be dangerous. I'm only talking about chocolate for heaven’s sake. And if you read all the magazine articles, even the doctors are saying that chocolate is good for your health. I just know it is.
Somehow, her mind didn't want to go there. But she was very good at convincing herself that she was ok. After all it wasn't that much chocolate, or was it? Cigarettes cost so much more and are so much worse for your health than chocolate. There it goes again, she thought. Justifying my chocolate consumption to smoking or drinking or doing drugs. Just what is wrong with me? Why am I such a loser? Why doesn't anyone stop me? I sure can't stop myself.
And then it happened. The drawer magically opened and the box of chocolates magically appeared upon the counter and the lid was askew. It was so easy to slip it open just a little more and 'sneak' just one piece of her favorite kind, the milk chocolate with caramel inside. The caramel stuck to her teeth and she made a smacking sound and quickly looked around the kitchen to see if anyone heard her.
Whew! They are all busy with something else, Frank cheering about something and a muffled sound of laughter coming from the boys’ room. Could they be getting along tonight? Maybe I should go check on them. They might be looking at something inappropriate, they are teenagers. Or maybe I'll have another bite of chocolate.
The clock chimed in the living room, reminding Marla that she has only an hour before it's time to fix everyone’s' lunch for tomorrow. Slave, that's what she is, their personal slave. She cooks, makes their lunches, washes their clothes, puts them away, straightens up the house and pops another piece of chocolate into her mouth without even realizing that it was there!
This time it was coconut centered and covered with dark chocolate. At least it’s the dark chocolate, that's supposed to have more nutrition than the milk chocolate, such justification, so easy to convince herself that this is good for her. So what if the scale was creeping up every morning when she stepped on it. Of course, she was naked, having just taken her shower. You can't weigh clothes, that wouldn't be accurate.
Disgusted with herself, Marla sat down on the couch and sniffled a little. She really was turning into her mother. Feeling sorry for herself and feeling so blue. The box of chocolates was sitting right beside her as she picked up her favorite romance novel. Oh, if only, if only these men were real. There isn't a man in real life anywhere close to these men in my books, she pondered. They all are drop dead gorgeous and have great jobs and pay close attention to their wives......

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  • File Size: 166 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EGT2FC
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Short Story :) September 5, 2012
By Robin
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I am a chocoholic myself so i am able to appreciate the main characters addiction and love for chocolate. The author did a terrific job defining Marla's problem of really needing that chocolate. I loved the resolution, or semi - resolution... we don't get to see if she succeeds but I do look forward to the next story. I very much enjoyed the authors writing style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addiction February 29, 2012
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Well, who hasn't ate a whole box of chocolates and didn't realize it! This is me to a T. I'll be telling myself not to eat the chocolate and walk away only to come back 10 minutes later and without thinking, start eating. Funny and sad at the same time. As much as I think about eating healthier and exercising I should already be thin. I cant wait to read the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Step Away from the Chocolate August 4, 2012
By Cynthia
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This is a fun read. It makes me think some of my habits I criticize myself for just might lead me to something great.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic and Disappointing January 13, 2013
By Nyssa
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Anytime I see the word "chocolate" in a book title or description, I'm ready to be reeled in for a look. Unfortunately this book didn't measure up on so many levels.

The main character is Marla, a wife and working mother who is a self-described chocolate connoisseur and gourmet. Chocolate is also her best friend and a comfort in her generally unfulfilling life. She feels ignored by her husband and children, so finds herself alone each evening with a box of chocolates and a romance novel.

While jogging one morning, she meets a mysterious man who calls himself Ben, who introduces himself to Marla as her guardian angel. With Ben's help and encouragement, Marla attempts to break out of the rut her life has fallen into and find a new path to fulfillment and happiness.

The mechanics of telling the story are poor. The writing style is simplistic with many conversations seeming more like overly-long, unnatural sounding soliloquies and much of the "action" of the story being Marla's internalized thoughts. The supporting characters are undeveloped and one-dimensional. All we find out about Marla's husband is is name, Frank, and that he likes to watch sports on television every night. That's more than we learn about her two children though. We're told only that they are both boys and they like pizza; they don't even rate enough in the story to be given names.

Since this is the first book in a series, I can only hope that the author will take more time in the next books to fill in the missing details about the characters and give more substance to the stories overall. I may try the next book in the series to see if there are any improvements, but it won't be high on my To-Be-Read list. I'm giving the book the benefit of the doubt with a 3 Star rating, including bonus points for the attractive cover.
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More About the Author

Marcia C. Brandt lives in the country and enjoys walking to get inspirations for her books. Her hobbies include playing the piano, writing and reading, gardening and making jelly and herbal remedies. Marcia enjoys hearing from readers and is passionate about having fun each and every day. For more information about Marcia and the classes she teaches go to her website:

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