This was a great feel-good book. Grant it, the main character isn’t going through the best time in her life, what with the family business in jeopardy, but it’s the road to the happy ending that makes it a feel-good book. The town of Icicle Falls, for the most part, rallies around Samantha and tries to help her, and it was a great feeling.
I really loved getting to know the many characters in this book. Samantha was a strong female character, though not without faults of course. She would rather put the blame of her situation on others. Specifically Blake Preston, who I happened to really love. Blake is a great guy and I felt really bad for him every time Samantha would be mean to him! He was like her whipping post, poor guy! And he does a grand gesture for her in the end, which I love. I love grand gestures.
I also enjoyed Samantha’s sisters and their possible love interests. I’m really looking forward to reading about them soon! Really, there were quite a few possibilities of pairings in this town that I look forward to reading about them too.
While I did enjoy this book, I wasn’t completely swept away by it. I liked it, and will look for future books in the series, but may not make them priority right away. In any case, if you’re looking for a book that will make you smile and feel good, you should totally check this one out!
Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts
Series: Life in Icicle Falls #1
Published by Mira
Pub Date: September 25th 2012
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they’re about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They’ll have a chocolate festival! Time’s running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town’s behind them, so everything’s bound to go smoothly….
Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother’s attempts to help aren’t helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It’s enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake’s also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there’s something even better than chocolate.
What Some Friends Had to Say About It…
Aislynn @ Stitch – Read – Cook – “This was a really cute read. How can you not like something based around chocolate?!”
Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “Better than Chocolate will make you crave the delicious morsels featured in the book, but also leave you wanting more.”
Brianna @ The Book Vixen – “If you looking for a small town story without too much romance, this would be a good book.”
**Note: This book has been reissued as Sweet Dreams on Center Street.