“Chocolate is a jilted bride’s best friend.”
After the groom runs off on their wedding day and everyone blames her, Wynne picks herself up off the floor. She throws herself into her passion for chocolate, opening up a chocolate and gift shop and getting her life back. A few years later, she’s successful and happy, except for that little tug on her heart where she wonders if she’ll ever find true love. Though it’s her heart’s desire, it’s easy enough to ignore with all the chocolate surprises in her life.
Then comes the big one. Her ex-fiance is back, and newly engaged. In a moment of shock, Wynne volunteers to throw him an engagement party. Surely then no one will think she’s in shambles over the news. She can’t fool her friends, though, who rally behind her in order to pull this off. And all the while, her nightly dreams hint at romance, of a passion that surpasses even her love of chocolate. But will God grant her heart’s desire?
This was a fun, sweet read full of girlfriends and chocolate. There’s no better combination. Wynne’s struggle of faith is also one that I’ve known quite a few women to go through. Wynne wants to surrender her life to God’s will, but she also longs for a husband and a family. What happens if her dreams and God’s will don’t align?
She’s also got her girlfriends to get her through these trials–a variety of women with their own quirks and vibrant personalities. My only disappointment was there were hints at some of these girlfriends having their own issues, and though Wynne had the opportunity to support them briefly, it felt like it was in passing and nothing was really explored or resolved for them.
I don’t know if I could call this a Christian romance, simply because the romance is not main stage throughout the book, but comes up much closer to the end. It’s really more about a woman trying to hold herself up in the midst of emotional trials, and it’s her journey and growth that gives the rest of us inspiration.