The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand

Release Date: December 24, 2012
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Received from: NetGalley
Cover Thoughts: LOVE!

The Heart of Paris:Welcome to La Maison des Sorcieres. Where the window display is an enchanted forest of sweets, a collection of conical hats delights the eye and the habitues nibble chocolate witches from fanciful mismatched china. While in their tiny blue kitchen, Magalie Chaudron and her two aunts stir wishes into bubbling pots of heavenly chocolat chaud.
But no amount of wishing will rid them of interloper Philippe Lyonnais, who has the gall to open one of his world famous pastry shops right down the street. Philippe’s creations seem to hold a magic of their own, drawing crowds of beautiful women to their little isle amidst the Seine, and tempting even Magalie to venture out of her ivory tower and take a chance, a taste…a kiss.
Parisian princesses, chocolate witches, patissier princes and sweet wishes—an enchanting tale of amour et chocolat

Review: less than a hundred pages into this book I was dying for chocolate. REAL delicious chocolate. Of course there is none in the house... so I made do at first with

Nutella and Marshmellows

Two hundred pages in and I was making

devil's food chocolate with peanut butter icing

I devoured the book as quickly as I could and now I am craving chocolate enclairs and macarons  not the american version but the french version. I already have a book on how to make them but after reading Magalie attempts at macarons I am not sure I have the patience!

This is a story where for once I was not bothered about the male and female relationship. Phillipe treats Magalie with respect and she does the same. Maybe it is just the american view of relationship that I am not happy with and I should read more books based in Europe or written by European authors.

Laura Florand is not from France but I think some of her family is. Her webpage includes things like Christmas Chocolate Recommendations. :)

This book is allot more adult that I generally like to read. However I find myself expanding on that horizon if it is done right. In this book it was. There was respect and a relationship built, where most other books are more about a single person's needs.

I love Magalie's aunts! They are hilarious and I am curious as to how their relationship actually works. I am completely confused by this. The raspberry and the poodle is absolutely the best part of the book!

To be honest the first thing I look up when I finished was when the look was released so I could buy 4 copies. I need one for myself and the rest are for book club girls Abigail, Shannon, and Catherine. I think they would enjoy this book.

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