As you might know from my Goodreads Reading Challenge post, I’m aiming to read 40 books this year. I recently finished my 12th, Desire for Chocolate by Care Santos, and so it’s time for another book review!
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Right before the French Revolution, Madame Adelaïde, Louis XV’s daughter, orders a porcelain chocolate jug. It’s this delicate object that we, the readers, will follow along its journey, from the its latest owner in the 21st century to its very first, in the 18th century. Three women living in Barcelona with vastly distinct destinies, linked by their love of chocolate.
First, we meet Sara. A renowned chocolate maker, Sara has a successful shop, a charming husband and two smart teenagers. But, when someone from her past comes back into her life, she starts wondering about her life choices, letting regret sneak in.
Then, escorted by the steady presence of opera, come Candida and Aurora, a young lady her shy maid who will take very different paths. As the first discovers the power of lust and desire, the second will find love in an unexpected way.
Finally, in a time when chocolate was still new and foreign, Madame Adelaide’s servant writes the tale of Mariana, a beautiful chocolate maker who wants her talent and knowledge to be recognized in a man’s world.
As a lover of books and chocolate, I knew I had to read that book as soon as I read the title and saw the cover. I liked that the characters in this novel are all very well developed. Not only that, but in every time period, the author gives us strong female characters. They are far from perfect, and that’s what makes them realistic and interesting. Still, Desire for Chocolate is a light and easy read, not taking itself too seriously, that gives us a peek at how chocolate slowly but surely made its way into our hearts and into our lives.
Desire for Chocolate is a slow read, so if you’re looking for a page turner, I would suggest that you keep this one for another time. Even though I said the characters were believable, that doesn’t mean that I liked them. In truth, I had a hard time connecting with Sara, the first woman we meet, as with Candida. I wished they had spent less time focusing on men 😉 I appreciated Aurora and Mariana much better. Also, I would have liked to get more on the original owner, Madame Adelaide. I felt like something was missing in the end.
- You love chocolate. You won’t be disappointed and will probably end up reading the last part with a cup of hot cocoa in hand, just like I did.
- You like original historical novels, since this one gives us another perspective. Desire for Chocolate is definitely one of his kind, both with the form and the subject.
- You like stories with multiple characters. We get a glimpse at each of their lives, so if that’s something you’re into, you’ll love the book!
What book have you been reading lately? Do you set goals for yourself? And does Desire for Chocolate seem like the king of novel you’d like to pick up? Let me know in the comments below, on Facebook or on Instagram!
Until next time,