Christmas is just around the corner but the women of The Chocolate Lovers' Club have more to worry about than present shopping.
Lucy loves running Chocolate Heaven but she hasn't spent time with her boyfriend, Aiden in weeks. And then her ex-fiance turns up and things become even more complicated.
Nadia hasn't let herself get close to a man for a long time, yet she can't help feeling drawn to Jacob. Will he be her last chance for a happy ending?
Chantal and her husband, Ted, are besotted with their baby daughter Lana- but Chantal isn't sure that's enough to base a marriage on.
Autumn is dealing with a tragedy that has hit too close to home. But when she doesn't get the support she needs from her fiance, will she look elsewhere for comfort?
It is the third book in this series but Carole introduces it very well so you could happily read it as a stand alone book.
Lucy is now running Chocolate Heaven (a speciality chocolate cafe) she is in her element but it is also a little harder than she has expected. Chantal is getting her head around being a new mum which is tough enough without your husband having recently welcomed another child with a different woman. Autumn is really struggling with her brother's death but is trying to put a brave face on it even though she is getting very little support from her fiance and Nadia is trying to do her best for her young son but it is tough being a single mum, especially when you can't find a job. The women rely on each other and Chocolate Heaven is a place of solace for all of them. Carole Matthews shows the strength of friendship and how these women go out of their way to support each other.
As always, Carole's writing is superb and it is clear to see how comfortable she is with these long standing characters, their friendship and interactions feel very natural and you are almost made to feel like part of their group as you are reading it. Their individual storylines are entertaining on their own merit but Carole brings them together and ties up all the lose ends all whilst keeping a brilliant pace.
The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas is great for this time of year; fun, festive and entertaining. Carole Matthews triumphs again!