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‘Chocolicious’ by Geraldine Solon

CHOCOLICIOUS

A week after Blair Nightingale’s husband, Larry, dies, she learns she’s about to lose everything she owns due to a foolish mistake Larry made.

In an instant, Blair’s life is transformed from rich, Silicon Valley trophy wife to poor, widowed single mom. Her only goal now is to provide for her daughter.

As Blair begins to pick up the pieces, George—Larry’s best friend and the man she truly resents—seems to always be around.

When Blair is overwhelmed by all the challenges she faces, she seeks comfort in baking rich, filled, three-layered chocolate cupcakes that her grandmother once taught her, and soon Blair’s life is changed forever.

GERALDINE SOLON

Geraldine, who grew up in the Philippines, wrote poems, essays and short stories and often daydreamed in class instead of paying attention to her teachers. While she set her childhood hobby aside to focus on other ventures, Geraldine found that writing stories provided her true solace and calmed her restless nature.

Two decades later and now living in the San Francisco Bay area, Geraldine entertained the idea of writing again and decided to turn her hobby into a career. In 2011, she launched her debut novel, Love Letters, which reached the overall Top 100 Amazon Bestseller List. The novel won various awards including the 2011 Beach Book Festival for the Romance category. An independent producer fell in love with Love Letters and optioned the book for film.
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Being the relentless author that she is, Geraldine has released many more novels and a marketing guide-book for authors. Her books focus on deep core relationships, distinct characters and the human condition. She writes Romance, Women’s fiction, Mystery, Suspense and Psychological Thrillers.
 
Geraldine, who loves art and film, also writes screenplays, speaks at events and teaches workshops for aspiring writers. When not writing, she also enjoys travelling, reading books, watching movies and island hopping. Her latest project is to promote literacy by building libraries in remote areas of third world countries.

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I’ve always been a firm believer that love conquers all and that every woman’s experience is a story in itself. Life is a never-ending journey and my imagination and experiences have inspired me to write powerful stories. Although my books are fiction, my goal is to offer compelling lessons about life and love. The message I wish to convey to my readers is that despite the many challenges we face in this world, we must have hope and faith. Overall, it is love that binds us together.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK

A fantastic emotional rollercoaster, that leaves you with a renewed sense of faith in people.

If I thought that Geraldine’s debut novel ‘Love Letters’ was great, then ‘Chocolicious’ has gone one better, in all ways.

Geraldine has improved in all aspects of her authorship. The writing itself flows more easily, the storyline is more fluid with the characters coming to life and being more animated, to the point where you are completely consumed by them and start to think of them as real people.

As for that very decadent cover art … well! we have already had quite enough discussion about the impact which that CHOCOLATE cupcake, has had on us all!! Needless to say, the cover artist deserves a big thumbs up for creating something which is sure to attract attention and a positive reaction.

‘Chocolicious’ is the end of a tumultuous time for Blair, George and baby Rebecca, but their story is more one of the journey, rather than the beginning or end.

Be warned that there are a couple of  sex scenes in the book, but nothing too lengthy or graphic.

This captivating story encompasses just about every emotion there is, as Blair sets out on her journey to discover the person she was really always destined to be.

I was with her every step of the way, from her determination to leave her small town roots and family behind her, to her loneliness and despair when she realises that money can’t buy you happiness or true friends. The sadness and sense of loss when her husband dies leaving her broken and vulnerable, to the hopelessness and despair of losing everything, and the humiliation of the circumstances surrounding her financial and social ruin.

Her baby daughter Rebecca, is the one shining beacon of hope and light in Blair’s life, but even this is tinged with resentment, when it is Frank’s best friend George who is there at her birth and who sets out to be her rock and a shoulder to cry on in her time of need.

Blair somehow summons the strength to begin rebuilding a life for herself and Rebecca, but finds her efforts thwarted at every turn, making her realise just how dependent she had become on Frank and how unprepared she is to survive as  her own person and make her way in the world she has chosen to belong to.

Inspiring and powerful advice from another unexpected source, shows Blair that she is not alone in her dilemma and that every one of us has our own problems and demons to challenge and confront; that she should accept any help sincerely offered to her and that she should follow her heart to find her path to true happiness, are the words of wisdom that she really needed to hear.

Slowly, Blair realises that family is an important part of her life and that giving Rebecca the stability of a secure homelife, far outweighs any thoughts she may have once had of giving her daughter the ‘choices and options’, that she felt would only be available in city living.

George is there, every step of the way, until finally he sees Blair soften towards him and little by little a grudging friendship is replaced by a loving relationship that shows Blair what true romance can be like, when it is nurtured and honestly given, although George too has his own secrets and demons to confront …..

Life deals Blair one more, almost fatal blow, but she has learnt that forgiveness in its many guises, is the elusive key to her happiness. That and her Nana’s famous recipe for 3 layered chocolate cupcakes and other delicious ‘choclaty’ desserts, which sees herself and her sister re-united and with their mutual support and that of their partners, strong and confident enough to take on the world, as ‘CHOCOLICIOUS’!!

A well deserved 4 out of 5 for this one.

This book was a review copy, sent to me by the author, Geraldine Solon, and as such, was free of charge.

This in no way influenced any comments I may have expressed about the book, in any review I may have compiled. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this review.


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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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4 comments
  • I just received this great email from Geraldine Solon, makes it all worthwhile for me …

    Hi Yvonne,

    What an awesome review. You are so detailed and thorough with your reviews. You really know how to hook the readers. I really appreciate all the time and effort you have put in my novel. I was also so happy to read the comments of your readers in the other links you posted. I hope I can gather more readers from the U.K.

    Thank you so much for all your help, Yvonne. It means a lot to me. You made my day today! If there’s anything you need from my end, please don’t hesitate to ask. More power to you and your blog.

    Best,
    Geraldine

    • Hi Geraldine,

      Thanks for visiting the site and especially for the great email, it is very much appreciated.

      It is always a pleasure to read and review books, from so many and such varied genres. I have been introduced to so many new and aspiring authors and so many new genres, that otherwise may have remained untried by me.

      I hope that the awards keep coming and that the filming of ‘Love Letters’ is going according to schedule.

  • YUMMY sounding cupcakes and the book itself sounds very interesting…..I really enjoy your reviews Yvonne. You introduce me to lots of new writings and new writer’s, to me. Nikki-Ann does, too…..It is terrific!

    Years and years ago, I knew Peter & Mary Beth Yarrow….I used to see them all the time at Lee Grants house. And Mary would be there too, sometimes. Peter and Mary Beth are no longer married to each other, amd of course, Mary is dead….! I DO remember them singing “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”, but the definitive rendition was, Pete Seeger himself, and then, Marlene Dietrich. Very powerful and very very moving….!!!

    • Hi Naomi,

      Thanks for the kind comments about my reviews, I really appreciate them.

      I am sure that Nikki-Ann at …http://notesoflife.co.uk/… would say the same thing. I stop by her site quite often, she always has something interesting going on and she likes a good chat, the same as myself!

      I can’t believe how many interesting people you have met over the years, I must admit that I did not know the name of Lee Grant, but having checked her out, she certainly sounds like she was quite a character!

      ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’ was around when I was quite a small child, so I was probably influenced greatly by my mothers choice of artist and I know that Pete Seeger would not have been at the top of her list, whereas I know all the Peter, Paul and Mary hits!!

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