Secrets of the Chocolate House
By Paula Brackston
St Martin Press
Pub date: 22 Oct 2019
Historical Fiction -Mystical Realism
This book was received as an ARC, from NetGalley, In exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own
Things waiting to be found, still injustices needing to be put right, still voices whispering to Xanthe from long ago about secrets wanting to be shared.
New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston’s The Little Shop of Found Things second novel in this series .
This time she will discover her true destiny. Will that destiny allow her to return home? And will she be able to save Samuel when his own fate seems to be sealed?
Xanthe and her mother Flora have London behind. They now own antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. This is the second installment in this series and it takes off right at the ending of Paula Brackston’s The Little Shop of Found Things. Xanthe does her best to settle back into the rhythm of life in Marlborough. She tells herself she must forget about Samuel and leave him in the past where he belongs. With the help of her new friends, she does her best to move on, focusing instead on the success of her and Flora’s antique shop.
This time it’s a Copper Chocolate Pot that sings to her which was typically used in Chocolate Houses of the seventeen century. Where dissidents would meet to discuss politics of the day.
Xanthe’s character is developing more as she now excepts her gift of Time Travel. She discovers their is a name for travelers like herself.
They are called,”Spinners”. Not all Spinners are honorable as Xanthe soon finds out.
I tore through this novel as I do all of Paula Brackston’s books.
What really stood out for me and what I really loved about this story is the brilliant way Mrs Brackston uses Mystical Realism and a creative storyline. Along with just enough romance and historical fiction to make this book an atmospheric, adventure. The Author masterly sets the characters and conflicts and plot, to keep the reader entertained and engaged. It’s just the sort of magical fiction to form an escape we need from all the stresses of the real world.
Brackston’s enchanting way to weave
history with the time-travel makes for
A book that keeps you and hold captivated from start to finish
I definitely would recommend this book, and I look forward to reading more of this series.
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