Welcome to the Book Tour for Hot Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland. I'll be participating in this tour over the next two days. Today, I'm posting my review of the book. Tomorrow I'll have an interview with the author. Make sure and come back!
Meet the middle-aged Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks. Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center. A series of events unfold that shocks the entire Alcott family and their extended members.
Hot Chocolate is a great read for a cozy evening in. Grab the book, a cup of hot chocolate - or cafe mocha (recipe at the back of the book) and settle in for a fun time. There's going to be a murder, so you've got a mystery to solve, but there are a lot of laughs along the way.
The characters in this novel are larger than life, even down to Lila Mae's dog, Louis. Each one has a distinct personality and his/her own brand of quirkiness. This made getting to know everyone much fun, although there are so many it might be a tad confusing at first. I really liked the fact that the main characters were all older than today's typical protagonist, but they were just as energetic and hard-hitting as any teenager or twenty year old (after they have their cafe mochas)!
The story flows smoothly and has a lot of zany situations which make for a very entertaining read. This book may fit best in the cozy mystery genre, but I think anyone who enjoys good fiction will appreciate it.
I give this book 4 Bookworms!
Publisher: Artistic Origins Inc (October 20, 2011)