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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

VBT, REVIEWS & #GIVEAWAY - The Chocolatier's Wife/The Chocolatier's Ghost by Cindy Lynn Speer

GENRE

Fantasy Mystery

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BLURB: 

The Chocolatier's Wife: ROMANCE, MAGIC, MYSTERY.... AND CHOCOLATE

A truly original, spellbinding love story, featuring vivid characters in a highly realistic historical setting.

When Tasmin's bethrothed, William, is accused of murder, she gathers her wind sprites and rushes to his home town to investigate. She doesn't have a shred of doubt about his innocence. But as she settles in his chocolate shop, she finds more in store than she bargained for. Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbors, and William's own family, who all resent her kind - the sorcerer folk from the North -- she must also learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. For the real killer is still on the loose - and he is intent on ruining William's family at all cost.


The Chocolatier's Ghost: Married to her soul mate, the chocolatier William, Tasmin should not have to worry about anything at all. But when her happily ever after is interrupted by the disappearance of the town’s wise woman, she rushes in to investigate. Faced with dangers, dead bodies, and more mysterious disappearances, Tasmin and William must act fast to save their town and themselves – especially when Tasmin starts to be haunted by a most unwelcome ghost from her past…literally.



The Chocolatier’s Ghost is an enchanting sequel to Cindy Lynn Speer’s bestselling romantic mystery, The Chocolatier’s Wife.

At the top of the hill, the snow spun and shimmered in the cruel wind.  As she neared it, she slowed.  Tasmin didn't want to step into that whirling, dancing wall of snow, but she mentally kicked herself and kept going.  Home and warmth, Tasmin.  Not so far, now.  Just stop letting your imagination draw strange fancies where nothing is.

She crested the hill, and the wind fell silent.  The snow fell away, except for one spot, where it swirled and settled, drawing details that glowed faintly in the darkness to become the figure of a woman.  Her head turned slowly, looking over her shoulder at Tasmin, and then the rest of her followed suit, the snow falling and lifting and resettling on the curves and folds that outlined the silvery figure.  She stared at Tasmin, moving her head this way and that, as if trying to focus on the face in front of her, considering. 

The ghost tilted her head, reaching out one hand slowly, making as if she would touch Tasmin.  Tasmin backed up a step.  The hand was getting closer, and she panicked.  No herbs, no amulets would help her, but she did have another talent, thin and unpracticed, but still there. 

She raised a fist, palm towards the figure, and opened it quickly, warding the touch away.  "Forbidden," she whispered, and a spear of air shattered through the snow.  The ghost disappeared, and the world seemed to right itself, the wind died down and everything seemed to be normal. 

She stepped carefully around the newly formed pile of snow and continued her walk home.  Determined not to think any more about it, she stripped off her clothes and fell into bed, half wondering if her exhausted mind had not conjured the whole thing. 

The Chocolatier's Wife - Universal Link

The Chocolatier's Ghost - Universal Link



3 out of 5 (good)


Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


A wonderful diarised account of how two very different people, from opposite sides and races come together and basically court one another, until marriage.

It's not a wet and slushy romance but it shows how the two matched people grow to care for each other, in a very different world, where they could and should by all accounts, not want one another.

I won't say any more except the characters are wonderfully realistic and rounded.

I love Tasmins character as she is a very determined, strong female who won't allow herself to be pushed around.

The chocolatiers ghost shows us what happened after their marriage and tells of the things that haunt William, Tasmins husband.

Both books are very well worth reading and are written very well indeed.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Cindy Lynn Speer has been writing since she was 13.  She has Blue Moon and Unbalanced published by Zumaya.  Her other works, including The Chocolatier’s Wife (recently out in an illustrated hardcover to celebrate its 10th anniversary) and the Chocolatier’s Ghost, as well as the short story anthology Wishes and Sorrows.  When she is not writing she is either practicing historical swordsmanship, sewing, or pretending she can garden.  She also loves road trips and seeing nature.  Her secret side hobby is to write really boring bios about herself.  You can find out more about her at www.cindylynnspeer.com, or look for her on Facebook (Cindy Lynn Speer) and Twitter (cindylynnspeer).


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10 comments:

  1. Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!

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  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  3. Great excerpt and thanks for sharing your review!

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  4. Who is your favorite author? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  5. Enjoyed the excerpt and review.

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  6. Thanks for the review!

    --Trix

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  7. Hope you had a great holiday weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

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