SECRETS OF THE CHOCOLATE HOUSE by Paula Brackston - A Reader's Opinion


A Reader's Opinion

Paula Brackston seamlessly transitions between past and present in The Secrets of the Chocolate House, a tale that draws the reader into its magical story and keeps them engaged to the end.

Xanthe is a twenty-first century, time-traveling heroine who hears whispers from the past, thanks to her special ability to "hear an object singing." Determined to rescue the man she loves, she follows a discovered antique chocolate pot back to the seventeenth-century where she will face greater challenges than before. Will she destroy her chances to save Samuel and return home to her time?

The settings are always described with just enough vivid detail so you have a good picture, but not so much that you lose the story. The characters, both past and present, add wonderful color to the foundation of this interesting book, and for someone like me who doesn't normally read time-travel, the author has managed to capture my imagination. I want more! Don't miss the fascinating Found Things series.


Secrets of the Chocolate House

New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston’s The Little Shop of Found Things was called “a page-turner that will no doubt leave readers eager for future series installments” (Publishers Weekly). Now, Brackston returns to the Found Things series with its sequel, Secrets of the Chocolate House.

After her adventures in the seventeenth century, Xanthe does her best to settle back into the rhythm of life in Marlborough. She tells herself she must forget about Samuel and leave him in the past where he belongs. With the help of her new friends, she does her best to move on, focusing instead on the success of her and Flora’s antique shop.

But there are still things waiting to be found, still injustices needing to be put right, still voices whispering to Xanthe from long ago about secrets wanting to be shared.

While looking for new stock for the shop, Xanthe hears the song of a copper chocolate pot. Soon after, she has an upsetting vision of Samuel in great danger, compelling her to make another journey to the past.

This time she'll meet her most dangerous adversary. This time her ability to travel to the past will be tested. This time she will discover her true destiny. Will that destiny allow her to return home? And will she be able to save Samuel when his own fate seems to be sealed?


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Romantic Fantasy/Time-Travel | Pub: Dec 15, 2020 | 336pp | St. Martin's Press

Format Read: Hardcover | Source: Reader's personal library

Reviewed by: MK | Content Rating:* N/A

*This is a clean read appropriate for all audiences. N/A: No Sex; No Violence

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