bookclub - the Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

Monday, January 06, 2014

I don't know about you - but I've always dreamed of living in Paris. The romance, the fashion - and the food! 

With Paris in mind I chose Jenny Colgan's the Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris as my holiday read over the Christmas break. It was the perfect book - that had me dreaming away, wandering down the some of the tastiest cobbled streets in Paris and sampling the finest chocolate in the world.

Ahhh Paris, a girls home away from home.

the Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris
by Jenny Colgan

the Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

My review:

I decided to read The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris this Christmas holiday because it centres around two of my favourite things - chocolate and Paris. What more does a girl need? I also previously read Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe, another novel by Jenny Colgan a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is the story of Anna and the story of Claire, Anna's former school French teacher. They meet at the beginning of the book while both in hospital. Anna is recovering from a work accident in a chocolate factory in her home town of Kidinsborough and needs a new job. 'Coincidently' Claire happens to know the most famous chocolatier in Paris and gives Anna a work recommendation. Anna's story and adventure in Paris grows from here...

Claire's story takes on a slightly more dream-like tone and is set back in the 1970's when she was a young girl sent to Paris for the first time herself. She falls in love with Paris and it's people - needless to say on top of chocolate this is a book of romance.

The story regularly changes narratives between Anna and Claire, and each of their stories begin to intertwine as the meet the same characters, walk down the same streets and eat delicious chocolate...

Now, the best part. The chocolate descriptions are spot on and will leave you craving chocolate with every page turn so make sure you have access to some to enhance your reading. Lots of other French food is also described throughout the book, and you do at times really feel like you're in Paris yourself. There's even a recipe section at the end of the book if you're feeling inspired. Yum!

A beautiful light and fluffy read, happy and sad at times - but to be honest without a lot of substance, hence my 2-star rating. I did really enjoy reading The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, but this book is not a life changer.

2/5 claire stars

Want to know about other destinations I've visited through words? Here's my reading list:

Or read about my Book Club - the beginning here.
  1. if nobody speaks of remarkable things by Jon McGregor. 3/5 claire stars
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 4/5 claire stars
  3. Battle Hymn of the TIGER MOTHER by Amy Chua. 4/5 claire stars
  4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. 4/5 claire stars 
  5. three to see the king by Magnus Mills. 3/5 claire stars
  6. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. 3/5 claire stars

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  1. The only book I've ever read or even heard of on that list is Of Mice and Men, which I love. I also love Paris and chocolate, so maybe it's time to go to the library for the second time this month!

    1. Definitely. They are all good books in their own right. I find reading very relaxing. Thanks!

  2. Wow. Those Paris biscuits are amazing!

    1. I know huh? Makes my new years resolution to cut back on sugar very difficult.