Monday, July 26, 2010

Book Review: Chocolate Roses by Joan Sowards

When I first learned that Joan Sowards had written an LDS romance novel based on the novel "Jane Eyre," I was immediately intrigued. I remember reading "Jane Eyre" when I was seventeen and had my wisdom teeth out. Swooning over the dark and brooding Mr. Rochester was the only thing that made my recovery bearable. And Timothy Dalton did a very good job in the movie, much better than Orson Welles did, and ... well, this review isn't about Timothy Dalton, so we'll save him for another day.

"Chocolate Roses" is the story of Janie Rose Whitaker, a young lady who has devoted her life to building the success of her chocolate shop. She thinks about romance and marriage, but those things just don't seem to be in her stars. But she certainly does look forward to the one day a week when Mr. Roger Wentworth comes in to buy a chocolate rose. Her heart starts to pound, her breath quickens ... well, can't really blame her, when he's as good-looking as he is.

When he moves in to the apartment next door, along with his cute little daughter, Janie has the chance to get to know him a little closer up. She likes what she sees, but his mood swings are off-putting, and when she learns his deep, dark secret, she suddenly understands why he acts the way he does.

I enjoyed this light-hearted parody. I did wish that the ending had been drawn out a little more and didn't conclude so quickly, but all in all, this is a nice summer read and I'm sure you'll find plenty of opportunities to sneak a handful of M & M's while reading it. It would be almost wrong not to ...

A Note from the Publisher:

Love chocolate? Then you're going to love this blog tour!

We have two great prizes up for grabs. Win either a copy of the book (2 winners) or this fabulous apron created by Joan!

All you have to do is leave a comment(along with your email address if it isn't on
your blog profile) and answer the following question.

What's your favorite type of chocolate: white, dark, or milk? The more blogs you comment on, the more entries you'll receive. All comments must be left by midnight MST on August 8 to be eligible.

Visit these blogs to enter:

July 26:
Nichole Giles--Random-ish by Nichole

Joyce DiPastena--JDP News

July 27:
Deanne Blackhurst--Annie Speaks Her Mind
Tristi Pinkston--*Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author

July 28:
Taffy Lovell--Taffy's Candy
Alison Palmer--Tangled Words and Dreams

July 29:
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen--The Write Blocks
C.S. Bezas--For the Love of the Written Word

July 30:
Sheila Staley--Why Not? Because I Said So!
LDSWomen's Book Review

August 2:
Kerry Blair--Now & Here

Marsha Ward--Writer in the Pines

August 3:
Kaylee Baldwin--Kaylee Baldwin

Amy Orton--Amesbury Reads

August 4:
Anna del C.--Anna del C. Dye's Blog

Laurie Lewis--A View from the Other Side of the Hill

August 5:
Valerie Ipson--Of Writerly Things

Anna Arnett--Insights and Ramblings from Anna Arnett

August 6:
Lynn Parsons and Danyelle Ferguson--Queen of the Clan

Chocolate Roses can be purchased from Deseret Book,, and of course your local LDS bookstore.

I received my copy as a gift in exchange for this review. This did not influence my feelings toward the book.


Sandra said...

This looks like a fun book and I think I'll get it and read. I was really looking for a good book to read as I soaked in the tub and ended up settling for a shower because I couldn't find one. This one looks perfect.

As for my favorite chocolate? Anything European that I can put in my mouth and let the chocolaty silkness just melt and coat my taste buds while I close my eyes and moan in delight and pleasure before it slide down my throat.
European because they don't use waxy fillers like American chocolatiers do so you can taste all the yumminess and it lingers.

Now I wish I ate sugar so I could go in search of some. ;)

Judy said...

This really looks like a great read. I have already put it on my TBR list.

Jane Eyre and dark chocolate is my favorites :)


Gail said...

Alright I really want to read this book. And I love dark chocolate.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Dark chocolate is my favorite. I can't wait to read this book.

Joan Sowards said...

Thank you for participating in Chocolate Roses' blog tour and for the fun review!

kbrebes said...

My fav is DARK chocolate. This is a nice contest showing great reviews for the book.

Elizabeth Morgan said...

Awesome Review! Sounds like a wonderful book.

Chanelle said...

Would love a chance to win! I like milk chocolate best!

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