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Truffles by the Sea (Chocolate Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Julie Carobini
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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DOWNLOAD the 1st book in this series, Chocolate Beach, for FREE

All title in the bestselling Chocolate Series:
Chocolate Beach - More than 50,000 downloads!
Truffles by the Sea - An ACFW Book of the Year Finalist!
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About Truffles by the Sea:
Determined to turn her life around, Gaby Flores moves to a Ventura seaside loft, takes on a new motto--Be gullible no more--and begins to rebuild her flower store while searching for Mr. So Right. But when a lawsuit, an eviction notice, a near-empty bank account, and quirky neighbors invade her beachy world, not even chocolate can solve her worries as her fledgling faith is put to the test. Discussion questions included.


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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 2284 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Dolphin Gate Books; 2 edition (April 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WSQE56
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book for a summer read. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Escape from your life to the seashore... October 28, 2010
By Valerie
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweets for Sweet One 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beach read July 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It is sometimes easy to accept a lie for the truth.
A good book to read if you like a mystery. Interesting trying to figure out who wants to destroy the flower shop, and who burned Gabby's apartment. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sherril
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet well-written love story
Enjoyed the author's casual but creative style.....easy to feel like I was right there in each setting. Thanks for a modern story with purity at the heart.... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Candis Castorena
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Julie Carobini is a really neat author. Her people come alive and you feel as though you know them. This particular book really kept me guessing, I just couldn't' put it down. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sand
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
Cute story but very predictable. It was not sexually explicit which was refreshing. Light reading. Not the best nor the worst I have read.
Published 5 months ago by danielle berbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sequel
A decent sequel this time narrated by Gabrielle,Moho gets used and has her home foreclosed upon. has littler to d with chocolate but was still good.
Published 5 months ago by J. Michael Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet chocolate
This is a sweet book. I don't generally like romances but this book is much more. It interesting blends spiritual, mystery, relationships, and some romance. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeanette
4.0 out of 5 stars Truffles by the sea
I had a hard time putting this book down! I really enjoyed it! Even with many problems, we can still trust God!
Published 7 months ago by Mdm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I can't wait for the next one in the series...I have read the first two and loved them both. Good clean reading!
Published 7 months ago by Jimmie Kay Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good smooth reading keeps you until the last page.
This is my second book by Julie Carobini. I enjoy the friendship between Bri and Gabi and how the story twist and turns. The other characters are very real and believable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sharon Gavala
5.0 out of 5 stars Truffles
Great book. Good story. Liked main character. Can relate to her love of chocolate as she needs to deal with life.
Published 8 months ago by Michelle Older
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More About the Author

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 Romantic Times 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). Visit her at: www.juliecarobini.com


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