The Chocolatier by Brenda Scruggs is a complex yet sweet romance that centers on a man and a woman from very different worlds, yet they are perfect for each other. Charles Riviera is the heir to a chocolate empire that thrives on the dark, rich, sweet intensity of chocolate. He loves his job, he loves chocolate, and he really enjoys working as Director of Marketing. However, he had no idea that life had an even sweeter surprise waiting for him in the form of a delectable woman who is hiding deep pain.
Charlene Callaway has seen the worst that love and romance have to offer. Ready to marry the man she loved, she found him cheating on her with another woman on their wedding day. Broken hearted and bone weary, she moves away and gets a job at a chocolate company. She had no idea that her future was waiting for her in the form of a dashing, handsome and very interesting man. But bad luck still has an eye on her. She has a stalker and he will not stop until he has her. What can Charlene and Charles do in a situation like this? They are hardly ready to accept their feelings for each other, so what will they do when they have to confront an adversary that is hell-bent on claiming Charlene?
Brenda Scruggs did a wonderful job of creating characters that were real and relatable. The element of surprise, romance, and suspense was great and very well built. The scenarios were real, complex and believable. I loved the sweet love between Charlene and Charles, nothing was forced and Scruggs gave them time and the opportunity to fully explore their feelings for each other before they gave love a chance. The Chocolatier is a complete novel that gives you a sense of fulfillment and leaves you smiling.
Back cover blurb: Journey now to Ruby City, Idaho of 1866 where… A Marriage Mishap Creates an Awkward Love Triangle in this Silver Mining Town Looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach, mail-order bride Rebecca Rice is pleased to marry her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham, until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore—proceeded by the title Deputy. Is it possible to marry the wrong man? When the newlyweds realize, they’ve married the wrong partners with similar names, an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own, not to mention Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father. But when the legalities take longer than expected, Rebecca wonders if Tad wasn’t the right husband for her all along. .. .
When I started the blog of Many Hats of a Lady, I told someone Ooooh, that would make a great title and several months later wa la. The cover is still a work in progress( a rough draft) but I wanted to share it anyway.
Teaser: ) Lacey’s dream of her own enterprise is within her grasps, the only exception, she has to move from the North to the South, a place that took her father in the war.
These little jewels are a great DIY gift or projects for Easter, Mother’s Day, Ladies Tea, children’s group or just for fun!
Small Styrofoam cups
Ribbon or beads
Buttons or flowers
Hot glue gun
Magnets or pins
Preheat oven to 250 F.
Place Styrofoam cups upside down on cookie sheet 1” to 2” inches apart.
Bake in oven for approximately 2 to 3 minutes depending on oven temperature. You may need to experiment. It may take less time. If doing project with kids be sure to turn on oven light and let them watch, they will have fun watching the transformation.
Once melted, take the cookie sheet out of the oven and let cups cool thoroughly before removing. Do not try and remove before cooled so that the Styrofoam that has stuck to the cookie sheet will release allowing them to be removed easily. Though, a few hats may look disfigured.
You can paint the hats or leave white, it’s your preference. Embellish with ribbon or beads, buttons, or silk flowers.
Hot glue magnet on brim for refrigerator or pins to wear a broach.
This review is from: The Chocolatier (Kindle Edition)
The story flowed well and was alive with danger and emotion. I liked that Charles and Charlene were struggling with each other until it became apparent that Charles had more feelings for her than he had imagined. The intensity of the stalker and the harrowing actions were well written.
I enjoyed the thriller aspect of the story as much as the romance. It is a complex story that takes you into a deep place and shows that love can happen when you least expect it.
Visit my Author Page (brendascruggs.wordpress.com) and read the first chapter of, The Chocolatier and check out my other book, “Protector” that is releasing soon!
Today, I want to share my niece’s testimony. I remember when her journey started. I hadn’t seen her for a few months after she started and honestly, I didn’t recognize her the first time I saw her after she started and all I could saw is WOW! Below is her testimony!
Transformation Tuesday… Who is that girl on the left??
The pain and disgust with herself was hid behind the smile, bubbly attitude, and outgoing personality.
I know my hubby, family and friends loved me no matter my size but I didn’t love myself. I was the “Fat” friend (at least, that’s how I felt). I always made jokes before anyone else could. It’s amazing how memories can bring up so many emotions…good and bad.
I am very proud of my journey… I have worked my butt off and pushed through setbacks life had to offer… I love my band… Even when he (Oscar) don’t like the food.
I know I post a lot but you never know who you are aspiring and helping to encourage others to start their journey.
My piece of advice: Please do not give up on yourself and always keep pushing towards your goals no matter how big or small they may be. Scale or Nonscale victories.
Thanks Holly for letting me share! You are an inspiration!