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:
Nichole Giles--Random-ish by Nichole
Joyce DiPastena--JDP News
Deanne Blackhurst--Annie Speaks Her Mind
Tristi Pinkston--*Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author
Taffy Lovell--Taffy's Candy
Alison Palmer--Tangled Words and Dreams
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen--The Write Blocks
C.S. Bezas--For the Love of the Written Word
Sheila Staley--Why Not? Because I Said So!
LDSWomen's Book Review
Kerry Blair--Now & Here
Marsha Ward--Writer in the Pines
Kaylee Baldwin--Kaylee Baldwin
Amy Orton--Amesbury Reads
Anna del C.--Anna del C. Dye's Blog
Laurie Lewis--A View from the Other Side of the Hill
Valerie Ipson--Of Writerly Things
Anna Arnett--Insights and Ramblings from Anna Arnett
Lynn Parsons and Danyelle Ferguson--Queen of the Clan
Chocolate Roses can be purchased from Deseret Book, Amazon.com, 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.