Better Than Chocolate

Better Than Chocolate

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Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank--and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?

After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly....

Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 393 pages
  • 107 x 168 x 30mm | 181g
  • Don Mills, Canada
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 077831345X
  • 9780778313458
  • 367,372

Review quote

"Within minutes of cracking open the book, my mood was lifted...The warm, glowing feeling it gave me lasted for days."-First for Women on The Snow Globe"Will doubtless warm more than a few hearts." -Publishers Weekly on Angel Lane"Most fiction lovers will enjoy this feel-good approach to today's uncertainties."-Booklist on Small Change"Realistic characters populate the pages of this captivating story, which is a great escape from the holiday hustle and bustle." -RT Book Reviews on On Strike for Christmas"An uplifting, charming, feel-good story from the author of Bikini Season (2008)."-Booklist on Angel Lane"Roberts's book of small-town life is as sweet as ginger cookies and as homey as raisin pie (recipes included). Readers will laugh and cry with the women lovingly portrayed in this heartwarming story that explores the joys of friendship and the power of good deeds."-RT Book Reviews on Angel Lane"Homing in on issues many readers can identify with, Roberts's women search for practical solutions to a common challenge with humor and froth." -Publishers Weekly on Small Change"A congenial cast of subsidiary characters...meet Hope at a community garden plot and share their stories there. Roberts effectively knits these troubled but kindly characters together in a story line that throws the reader a few unexpected twists." -The Seattle Times on Love in Bloom"Love in Bloom is a wonderful story with characters so real and defined I feel like I am personally acquainted with them...There is humor and emotion in large quantities in this fantastic book that is next to impossible to put down. Kudos and a large bouquet of flowers to Sheila Roberts for giving us one of the best books of the year." -Fresh Fiction
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About Sheila Roberts

Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have appeared in Readers Digest Condensed Books and have been published in several languages. Her book Angel Lane, was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009 and her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (http: //www.sheilasplace.com)
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Rating details

2,034 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 26% (527)
4 32% (657)
3 31% (627)
2 8% (168)
1 3% (55)

Our customer reviews

Samantha Sterling\'s stepfather ran the family business into the ground before his untimely passing. Now it\'s up to her to save Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company from foreclosure. It doesn\'t help matters that the new bank manager is good -looking enough to almost make a girl forget chocolate. Better Than Chocolate is basically your typical romance novel. What set it apart, for me anyway, were the chocolate and winter themes. The character of Samantha at times came off as a bit sulky and difficult, but her mother was a sympathetic character, and the depiction of her as a grieving widow was honest and true-to-life. This time of year, I always love the winter and/or Christmas themed romances and anything with chocolate has to be good! 3.5 stars Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Pump Up Your Book book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."show more
by THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK
Aside from this strong craving for chocolate after reading this book.... Ms. Roberts wrote a wonderful book full of characters that kinda of remind me of my trip to Washington, but the town I visited wasn't called anything as cool as Icicle Falls!! Samantha, was in NO way going to let her family business go down without a fight and she prove that meant by all means possible. She brought her sisters, her mom, the town, the press, TV and finally love saves it in the end...and of course a check...LOL I really enjoyed how this story didn't just hand over the company over and say..."Oh we're sorry" or work some love scene from there. Instead , Ms. Roberts made her characters work for it and romance was found along the way....well maybe for some. The only one character that kinda got a bit boring at times was Muriel....I know she just lost hubby number 2 and her part was major to the whole downfall, but I just didn't understand why some parts of her grieving were needed in the book.(Just commenting...don't shoot me) I do look forward for more tales from Icicle Falls, since there are so many different characters that we introduced that still have tale to tell.show more
by BJ
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