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Truffles by the Sea (Chocolate Series) Kindle Edition

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...delightful! Julie Carobini has a new fan in this reader, and she's earned a spot on my keeper shelf. -- Kay James, RomanceReaderatHeart.com While keeping the light chick lit tone, this book satisfied while avoiding the tired old formulas. -- Cara Putman, writerinterrupted.com --Cara Putman, writerinterrupted.com

About the Author

Julie Carobini is the bestselling author of Chocolate Beach, Truffles by the Sea, Sweet Waters, A Shore Thing, and Fade to Blue. She is also a freelance book editor, and sometimes ghostwriter. Married to Dan, and mom to three, she loves all things coastal (except sharks). juliecarobini.com

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  • File Size: 938 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Dolphin Gate Books; 2 edition (April 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WSQE56
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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JULIE CAROBINI is the bestselling author of the Chocolate Series, as well as the Otter Bay Novels: Sweet Waters, A Shore Thing, and Fade to Blue. She has won numerous awards, and RT Book Reviews says, "Carobini has a talent for creating characters that come alive." Julie lives in California with her family and loves all things coastal (except sharks). Please sign up for her occasional newsletter, where you'll learn about new releases - including freebies for your Kindle - at: www.juliecarobini.com

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lori Kasbeer on April 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Gabby Flores watched her apartment building burn down, discovered her delivery guy has taken off with most of her business, and she has the knack of dating Mr. Wrong. The only way to go is up, right?

From the suggestion of her friend she moves to a waterfront loft and works to rebuild her life. But just when she thinks things can not go wrong she finds her self in the middle of a lawsuit, dealing with a nosey neighbor that gets in everyone's business, and a Don Juan of landlords. Where is the Lord when everything seems to be going so wrong? And is she destined to be single for the rest of her life. Maybe "happily-ever-after" is not for her.

Truffles By The Sea was so delightful to read. It is a perfect, "take to the beach" kind of book, or just reading it you feel like you are escaping to the beach. I usually don't care for chick-lit kind of books, but this Julie Carobini has made me a fan of hers. I will be looking for more books to come.

My only complaint while reading this book is I read it while trying to diet and I was constantly hungry for brownies and truffles!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Valerie on October 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Gaby's life is falling apart. Her only employee robbed her flower shop, a lying landlord caused her apartment and possessions to go up in flames, and to top it off she's behind on the rent for her storefront and days away from getting an eviction notice. Now, I know this may not sound like the beginnings for a very fun book, but it IS a fun story, and there's much more to it than what you might see at first glance....

After all her misfortune, Gaby moves into a tiny loft, which is oddly low-priced. Immediately she runs into the neighborhood busybody, Iris, who knows all the gossip (true or not) on everyone. As Gaby deals with her failing business, a ridiculous lawsuit, and her pitiful bank account, she gets the scoop (whether she wants it or not) on all her neighbors from Iris in pieces here and there. According to Iris: the next door neighbor is crazy, Gaby's landlord is a womanizer (look out!) and his best friend is a drug addict.

I don't want to say much more for fear of giving away too much, but as Gaby gets to know some of her neighbors a bit more, she discovers that often Iris only tells part of the story. But are her stories of anyone true? And just how long can Gaby continue to operate her failing business? And why is it that Gaby's best friend says she "just doesn't see it" between Gaby and her new boyfriend, Max? You'll have to read Truffles by the Sea to find the answers to these and many other questions!!

I really enjoyed this book, it was a great way to escape into someone else's life! I enjoyed how Gabi made friends with the sea-lion, that was fun! And the mystery of the sea-shells was also intriguing. This is the first book by Julie Carobini that I've read, and I think I'll be looking for more of her books!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Donald James. Parker on April 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm a type A personality causing me to hate red lights. Yesterday when I had this book in my car, I was mad when the lights turned green and when the train blocking my path was only a short passenger train. It was frustrating to read half a page and then have to close this delicious book. I expected a nice love story out of this chick-lit story, but I never anticipated the beautiful and unique phraseology that I encountered. Julie did a wonderful job with this novel, packing at least one laugh into almost every page. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves chick-lit. However, I would caution you that if you read at red lights, you'd better have a navigator to tell you when the lights turn green.
Donald James Parker
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By My Favorite Pastime on July 29, 2011
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This is the sequel/companion to Chocolate Beach. In Truffles by the Sea we read about Gabrielle's story. Everything seems to be falling apart in Gaby's life. Her employee robbed her business, her apartment burned down. She has miraculously been offered a loft apartment to live in. It is in a more upscale part of town, but the rent is amazingly low. From the day she moves in though her nosy neighbor Iris plants in her head that her landlord is a philandering Lotherio that she needs to steer clear of.

Problems continue to assail Gaby. With all of her overhead stolen from her she has very little money to keep her in her floral business. Top that off with being sued by a disgruntled bride, her best friend Bri being too busy to sit on the beach and eat brownies, and two men vying for her attention and Gaby's world seems to be falling apart.

At first Gaby feels attracted to Max. After all he owns property, he's established, and he's extremely attractive. Gaby's new landlord Jake on the other hand confuses her with his kindness. She is wary of him because of Iris's warning, yet there is an attraction between the two.

Gaby has never given up, but she doesn't know where to turn when her life seems to be falling apart. While out driving to find perspective and clear her head she happens upon a group of women having a Bible Study at the foot of a cross. Gaby is reminded of the Lord in her life and determines to live for Him from here on.

I thought this was a fun read. In Chocolate Beach I loved Bri's sarcasm and Gaby's feisty-ness. I missed Gaby's personality at the beginning of Truffles by the Sea, but was happy to see it back once she found her confidence in who she was in the Lord.
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