on June 24, 2015
“Christmas Livingstone has formulated 10 top rules for happiness by which she tries very hard to live. Nurturing the senses every day, doing what you love, sharing joy with others are some of the rules but the most important for her is no. 10 – absolutely no romantic relationships!
Her life is good now. Creating her enchantingly seductive shop, The Chocolate Apothecary, and exploring the potential medicinal uses of chocolate makes her happy; her friends surround her; and her role as a fairy godmother to her community allows her to share her joy. She doesn’t need a handsome botany ace who knows everything about cacao to walk into her life. One who has the nicest grandmother – Book Club Captain at Green Hills Aged Care Facility and intent on interfering – a gorgeous rescue dog, and who wants her help to write a book. She really doesn’t need any of that at all.
Or does she?”
I hardly ever find any Australian books to read. I’m not sure why. I was so excited when this turned out to be set in Tasmania! I don’t know that I’ve ever read a book set there.
Christmas owns a chocolate store that reminds me a lot of the one in Chocolat, without the magical realism. Her goal is to combine chocolate and medicine. She started to store after a heartbreak on the mainland. Now she is content in her life. There are two big opportunities for her coming up. She has a chance to go to an eccentric chocolate making week-long course in France and she is asked to co-write a book on chocolate with a botanist. Both of these are exciting on their own, but her friends and family are interfering. They think she should look up her long lost father in France and they think that she should see the botanist as a romantic opportunity. Christmas is fine without either complication, thank you very much.
This book is mainly about the characters. Christmas and her family are all unique personalities as are the residents at the Aged Care Facility who decide to work as matchmakers. That distracts them from the cut throat competition to be in charge of the book club. There isn’t a lot that happens in the story but getting to know the people is the real joy of this book.
Linking up with Foodies Read and I will have a copy of this book available as a prize for people linking up with us.