The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

16079967The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan is a beautifully written, tender love story that intertwines two women,  Anna, who has her whole life ahead of her, and Claire, whose life is ending.  It is the story of deep love, regret, and strength.  But it is also very funny and expertly written with scenes of Paris which makes the city come to life in the reader’s mind.

Anna Trent worked in a chocolate factory in England.  She thought this is where she would be for the rest of her life.  After a serious work accident which lands her in the hospital, she finds to her surprise her roommate is none other than her childhood French teacher Claire.

As they become friends, they begin to share their life stories.  Both are filled with much love and much sorrow.  Claire sees herself in Anna and wants to help her experience both true life and true love.  Anna on the other hand just feels as if her life is over.

Claire is able to get Anna a job at the premiere Paris chocolate shop.  Anna begins her journey both excited and terrified.  As she begins to acclimate to both the French, the cast of characters at the shop, as well as her hilarious roommate who forces her into the adventures of a lifetime, she begins to come out of her shell. She reluctantly at first begins to live.

What develops are two beautiful love stories which at times are mirror images of each of the women.  The story is told by both Anna and Claire, and with Claire giving us flashbacks throughout her long life, we are able to see the similarities in both of them and also the regrets which Claire has and is desperately trying to help her friend avoid.

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris is a wonderful funny story with the richness and excitement of falling in love.  There are lessons to be learned for both the characters as well as the readers.  Especially in the City of Love and especially in a chocolate shop!

Thank you #NetGalley #Sourcebooks #TheLoveliestChocolateShopinParis #JennyColgan for the free book.

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