I love historical fiction, although I'd be the first to tell you that I rarely read books set before the 1800s. This novel takes place in the 1600s, during the Restoration of King Charles, a time period and event I knew nothing about, but found completely enjoyable to read about.
As she fights for her life and those she loves through the ravages of the Plague and London’s Great Fire, Rosamund’s breathtaking tale is one marked by cruelty and revenge; passion and redemption—and the sinfully sweet temptation of chocolate.
Readers shouldn't be scared off by the size of this novel. Although it is long, it is easy to get into, and reads quickly.
Rosamund is the illegitimate child of a nobleman taken in by a grandmother and treated well, until the woman dies. Then Rosamund's life changes dramatically as she must work instead of being taken care of. When she meets another member of the nobility who wants to marry her and take her away from the hard life she is living, she agrees. But of course, things are not what they seem. The nobleman is not her prince charming at all. However, he does put Rosamund in charge of the Chocolate House that has just opened where other nobles come to indulge their addiction to this sweet.
Brooks' novel has a little bit of everything: intrigue, suspense, a well developed setting and plot, interesting characters and romance, this is a book you won't want to miss. Brooks is a new-to-me author, but after reading The Chocolate Maker's Wife, I'll be looking for more of her work.
Thanks to TLC Books for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
For more information on The Chocolate Maker's Wife, visit the HarperCollins website.