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Chocolate for Breakfast (The Swiss Chocolate Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"After the first few pages, I found it hard to put down. And then I found itimpossible to put down." - Kate Eileen Shannon, author of Social Insecurity
"Chocolate for Breakfast" hits all of the right buttons: travel, mystery,intrigue, romance, and readability." - Joseph T. Wells, author of
Fraud Fighter, My Fables and Foibles
"Martha Reynolds skillfully brought Bernie to life. I forgot I was readingfiction." - Gayle Hayes, author of The Sunset Witness
"A tender and thoughtful coming-of-age story." - Jackie Bouchard, author of What the Dog Ate
From the Author
So I created the character of Bernadette Maguire and took her on the journey of a lifetime. I spent a memorable year with many friends, some of whom are still my closest pals, but the characters in Chocolate for Breakfast are comprised of pieces of some. With the exception of Fred Gordon, none of them is based on anyone specific.
Chocolate for Breakfast has been so well-received, and I can't thank my readers enough for the support and encouragement given as I began this new phase of my life. I am finally (finally!) doing what I love. Thank you for reading my books. And if you love them (even if you don't), please consider leaving a brief review. It helps more than you can know.
- ASIN : B00AYPWCKW
- Publisher : Martha Reynolds; 3rd edition (December 23, 2013)
- Publication date : December 23, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2707 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 271 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #822,262 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Bernadette is heading to Switzerland with some others she knows to study for a year there.
Bernie ends up with a very tiny apartment and has to take a shower in the landlords apartment downstairs.
Lisa her friend gets to have a whole floor to herself and a lot of other perks.
Timmy ends up with another male and they get along great. All attend college and enjoy seeing the countries nearby.
Bernie has friended the bank clerk and ends up at his apartment one night and months later she finds her self pegnant.
Back home and things have hcanged. Story advances a few years later. Surprises and so many more secrets are revealed.
She also finds out more about the clerk from others and her OB doctor. She has options and Lisa's landlord helps her out.
Love hearing of the other countries as I will probably not get to visit in my lifetime and it's fun to hear what the food is like, never mind the land and travel.
Story is good. Excerpt from the next book in the series is included at the end.
Martha Reynolds has found a special voice in her first novel. I literally couldn't put the book down, and finished it last night. The book is well edited which isn't always the case for Kindle books and it makes a great deal of difference. Reynold's writing rings true and the character of Bernie is well developed. One can relate to her and her situation, and while some of the outcomes for her circumstances seemed a little pat to me, emotions rang true and that came through on the page. I felt Bernie's anguish and pain during her youth and later in her life and I ached for her great loss and the choices she'd made because of that loss. There's emotional truth in this novel. There's truth of place, too. The settings are part of Bernie's story and I could see them in my mind's eye.
I applaud Martha Reynolds for her accomplishment. Chocolate for Breakfast is a lovely book and I look forward to reading anything she chooses to write. Reading this book was an intense experience as well as a pleasure. That it was a surprise is worthy of note as well. It's not easy to write with the believable emotional intensity she achieves and Ms. Reynolds has a great deal of talent. I'll surely recommend Chocolate for Breakfast to friends and family.
It makes no sense to mark a novel down because the characters do not act the way you would. It is to the author's credit that she has portrayed a girl who plays life as a game for her enjoyment- as so many young people do. Heroine Bernie has no malice or ill intent and thus is a likable girl. The setting is a charming character on its own; the sexual naivety and freedoms of the pre-AIDs generation well portrayed.
I would have enjoyed seeing into the mother daughter relationship and experienced an older Bernie who had grown in maturity and self esteem, but that is not the reality in so many instances. A bittersweet novel that will keep you turning the pages as you hope for a brighter future for Bernadette.
Top reviews from other countries
This story brings vividly to life how a lovely, intelligent young woman can think and act foolishly when it comes to men. Her naivety is very convincing, and her feelings and reactions when she finds out that she's pregnant are totally believable. The choices she makes may not be the ones that all readers would make, but the success of this story rests on the creation of a character who readers can completely invest in.
Bernie's relationships with her fellow students and the way she's looked after and protected by those around her are well described, and the author clearly has a love of Fribourg, and chocolate.
I will admit to disappointment on discovering the type of person that Bernie grows up to be, and I think this section, set decades later, needs a little more detail to make it feel as real as the earlier chapters.
I have just purchased the sequel, Chocolate Fondue, because I'm hoping to learn a little more about those missing decades, and I want to find out whether the possibility of redemption, maybe even a happy ending, suggested in the final pages of Chocolate for Breakfast will be fulfilled.
In the same way, the main character starts as a dull, normal teenager and develops into a young woman, who has to make difficult decisions and cope with the consequences.
It is not normally the type of book I read, but I really enjoyed it. :)