The Chocolatier by: Jan Moran

A young widow. A husband she thought she knew. Will a chocolatier’s secret destroy the family left behind?

San Francisco, 1953: Heartbroken over the mysterious death of her husband, Celina Savoia, a second-generation chocolatière, resolves to take their young son to Italy’s shimmering Amalfi coast to introduce him to his father’s family. Just as she embarks on a magical, romantic life of making chocolate by the sea surrounded by a loving family, she begins to suspect that her husband had a dark secret—forged in the final days of WWII—that could destroy the relationships she’s come to cherish.

While a second chance at love is tempting, the mystery of her husband’s true identity thwarts her efforts. Challenged to pursue the truth or lose the life she’s come to love, Celina and her late husband’s brother, Lauro, must trace the past to a remote, Peruvian cocoa region to face the deceit that threatens to shatter their lives.

In The Chocolatier, Jan Moran, bestselling author of the Summer Beach seriesThe Winemakers and Scent of Triumph, offers a testament to the power of forgiveness and the resilience of love.

My Review

Oh my! There are a few things that you need to know about this book:

  1. Listen to it in audio- the narrator is fantastic and you will immediately get sucked into this story.
  2. Purchase a physical copy of this book as you will want to reread and savor each page.
  3. Have chocolate handy- preferably decadent, fruit-filled truffles but really any chocolate will do.
  4. Be prepared to want to travel.
  5. Read Jan Moran’s entire back list catalog of novels!

I adored everything about this book. I was sent the audio for my review and I loved it. I was vividly picturing each moment of the story and outwardly groaning at the descriptions of the chocolate creations. This was a powerful story about family, love and determination, and I didn’t want it to end.

I purchased a physical copy of this book before I even finished listening to it because I know this book needed to be in my collection.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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