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When it's too early for me to be invested in the story or the characters, and further, when I still haven't made up my mind whether continuing is a worthy use of my time, that first impression is crucial. I'm happy to say the Chocolatier's Wife started off very strong. Each chapter opens with a short letter between Tasmin and William, our two main characters who are getting to know each other via post since they've never met and will be getting married. Partly due to the tone, and partly due to the characters themselves, I was immediately drawn in. The tone - the language choices and speaking cadences and overall flavor of the book - started out charming.
The characters all spoke very formally, very politely, and the humor, when it appeared, was crisp and dry. I will say that partway through the book, that charm started to pale and the extra-precise dialogue started to get irritating. It was cute in the beginning but at times felt unnatural. It was an artistic choice by the author, and a valid one, and a well-executed one, but it straddles the line between color and distraction. I very nearly passed over this book when I saw a review which excoriated the writing quality.
When I first read that review, I assumed the reviewer was talking about spelling, punctuation, and grammar - the three ways that so many e-books fall short. It was not nearly as bad as some, though, and the mistakes were few enough that the story was certainly readable After I started paying specific attention partway through, I caught maybe five or six mistakes, and of those, some were of the inconsequential sort e. The story's mystery wasn't badly executed, but it didn't really get me all a-quake with anticipation, either.
For one thing, even though one of the characters is accused of murder pretty much immediately, there really isn't a great deal of urgency to the story. I won't even say that's necessarily a bad thing; sometimes I prefer a low-anxiety book. At the same time, if the characters can't work themselves up into a froth, I'm certainly not going to be bothered. Also, while I'll admit that it's certainly possible that I missed some foreshadowing heh, I was probably too busy counting quotation marks , this was not the sort of story where, upon reaching the ending, I would have thought to myself "I should have guessed" or "I can't believe I didn't see that.
The town and the world and the North-South relations and the magic system were inventive and fun. I do wish we had gotten to know a bit more about the world, and maybe spent some more time at Tasmin's college - I do loves me some magic academy-type stories - but I have to admit that expanding on that wouldn't have fit the story well. We learned what we needed to learn. I'd say that Tasmin had a fair amount of depth to her, but she's in the minority. I wouldn't necessarily call the characters shallow, but I don't think I could call them richly-drawn, either.
One the story really got going, I had a hard time at times keeping track of which side character was which. They weren't terrible, but they didn't evolve into real people in my imagination, either. Actually, if I had to pick one way to summarize all this, that'd be a good overall critique: There was nothing bad about this story at all.
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It was really very nice. But as stories go, it simply wasn't richly-drawn enough to move me, to stir up my passions, to get my heart racing, to make me fall in love. I don't regret reading it at all, but I also have a sinking feeling that if you asked me about it next week, I wouldn't remember the details. But again, it wasn't bad at all, so I suppose the best thing for you to do is give it a shot and see for yourself.
I'd not read anything from this author before now but after reading "The Chocolatier's Wife," I sure plan to look for more! Speer does an excellent job with the setting, that of a medieval type country without our modern conveniences and without modern crime-solving technology, and she makes it all seem very real and believable. I also enjoyed the inclusion of magic in the story, and that Tasmin wasn't the most powerful even though she was very skilled with the magic she had. Still, what sets this story apart from most of the competition is Ms.
William was a lovable character that I couldn't help liking and rooting for, but I have to say that I absolutely adored Tasmin's character. She had a wry sense of humor and an outlook on life that continually made me grin, and at times laugh out loud. What an enjoyable story! I highly recommend "The Chocolatier's Wife" to anyone who enjoys a magical mystery with a little romance and danger skillfully woven in. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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Tasmin hears about it from a letter, and immediately flies to his side. This story captivated me. I loved the characters, the setting, and the story. The letters William and Tasmin write to each other at the start of each chapter are sheer magic, and the writing is a delight. Goddess Fish Promos GoddessFish said: Like Liked by 1 person. I am so glad you joyed my books. Like Liked by 2 people. What is your favorite movie based on a book?
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