"What do you want to be?" "Happy," she says with a smile. - Colleen Hoover

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb

   A couple weeks back I took a trip to my local library to stock up on some new reading material. While enjoying the smell of old books - yes I'm that weirdo - and perusing the familiar shelves I stumbled upon Julia's Chocolates. I won't lie, chocolate is what caught my attention. I pulled it from where it was wedged so I could read the back and then quickly added it to my growing pile.
   When I opened this book up and began reading I was instantly hooked. Julia has flung her wedding dress in a tree. Why? Because she just left her abusive fiance on their wedding day and doesn't want any semblance of their relationship attached to her as she travels to her eccentric aunts house.
   For me this book was like The Divine Secrets of The Ya Ya Sisterhood mixed with Sleeping With The Enemy and Where The Heart Is. It was dark in parts...really dark in fact but also had me laughing out loud in others.
   All of the characters are phenomenally written and I found myself falling in love with each and every one of them.
   When I went into this I wanted a romance. I thought we'd get something a little like Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks but it couldn't have been further. Julia's Chocolates is more about finding yourself and learning to love who you are. So I guess it is a love story, just not one we're used to. Now there is romance in this book and our love interest is divine, but I loved watching Julia grow comfortable in her own skin and realize her greatness. The only thing that bugged the heck out of me was how often Julia referred to her boobs. I don't know why it drove me as crazy as it did but she mentioned them so much that I would roll my eyes and get annoyed. The pacing was also slow so it did take me a while to finish it. However the moment that I turned the last page I felt myself missing the characters. So you know...that's gotta mean something good. ;) I would love to see this as a movie, Hallmark, Lifetime...you hear me?
I'm going to give Julia's Chocolates 3.5/5 donuts!!

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