Thursday, March 06, 2008

Truffles by the Sea Review & Giveaway

Truffles by the Sea is Julie Carobini’s second offering. I loved this book!

Gaby, Bri’s best friend from Chocolate Beach (mom lit and another great read), is the star of this book, and her life is a mess! I can’t think of one more thing that could go wrong in this poor woman’s life! Her employee stole everything from her store. Her landlord torched the building along with all of her material possessions. And her bank account is non-existent.

Gaby is desperate to keep her business going, yet struggles to keep stock on hand and find the joy to sell to the few customers who do wind their way into her shop. She finds a wonderful loft to live in by the ocean, but isn’t sure about her neighbors or her new landlord. And she doesn’t know what she’s supposed to do with her life or what God expects of her.

This book is a delight to read, and the author has us rooting for Gaby from page one. This girl’s never-say-die attitude is incredible, and her life is filled with all kinds of foilables. This is chick lit with heart – about so much more than finding a man.

There is a rich array of supporting characters, too. It's hard to tell who's trying to help Gaby, who's slightly neurotic, and who's completely gone off the deep end. Through her interactions with them Gaby learns to look beyond the surface. How often do we base our friendships on first impressions?

While keeping the light chick lit tone, this book satisfied while avoiding the tired old formulas. Just when I'm ready to give up on the genre, I stumble across an author who can write without relying on stereotypes.

I enjoyed this book, and think it will be a great addition to any spring break or escape read.

Giveaway from Julie!!!

To celebrate my CFBA tour March 5-7, I'll be giving away a copy of Truffles by the Sea AND and a 1/2 lb. box of yummy truffles to three readers. All you need to do is drop by Julie's blog during the tour and leave a comment and a way to contact you if you win. So come on all you chocolate loving readers, give her a shout to get your name in the drawing, and don't forget to tell your friends to stop by her blog and enter the drawing!!!

Giveaway from Me!!!!

I have an extra copy of this book and would love to give it away to a chocolate and book lover. So leave a comment about your favorite type of chocolate: brownies, candy, hot chocolate, etc. I'll draw a winner next week!

Hehehehe. I just noticed --geek that I am-- that the powers that be are using a quote from my review in the publicity efforts. How fun is that!


Anonymous said...

I love dark chocolate truffles and books, so a book about chocolate, that's something Icould sink my teeth into :)

Hannah said...

chocolate milkshakes are my favorite type of chocolate if that counts! i love them! the best is from chilis!
i've been dying to read this book! i'd love to win a copy! thanks for offering the contest! hsmuda[at]gmail[dot]com

Karin said...

Lindt truffles are pretty yummy, but lately I have had a hankering for Thin Mint girl scout cookies!

Nora St. Laurent said...

I LOVE the cover of this book. I also like to be introduced to new authors. This one looks good. Please put me in for the drawing.

bunny said...

I love Ferrero Rochers with a good read! :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite chocolate is real Swiss chocolate. The smoother the better! It can be Lindt or whatever.

Please enter me!

bookwurm70 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Pamela J said...

So leave a comment about your favorite type of chocolate: brownies, candy, hot chocolate, etc.
I love milk OR dark chocolate with caramel in the middle. I also have a favorite brownie recipe (cooked just enough to be done but not dried out) that is just lip smacking and even better with coffee or milk. Thanks for entering me in your contest.
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Carolynn W. said...

Mmmmm, chocolate and books...there's nothing better! I love milk chocolate. The book sounds like fun:)

Cherie J said...

My favorite chocolate treat are brownies, the fudgier the better.

windycindy said...

Hello! I have been reading some of her interviews and reviews. It sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks very much.....Cindi

ruth said...

I enjoy dark chocolate of all types. Love that smooth soothing flavor. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

Homemom3 said...

I'm a chocolate lover. Chocolate cake, brownies, fudge, hot fudge sundaes. Okay now I need to go to the store. Count me in.

Janne said...

We've had a Hershey's cookbook for years that features a hot fudge cake. It is one of my personal favorites, and I am asked for the recipe every time I share this scrumptious dessert.

anne said...

My favorite chocolate is Ghirardelli dark chocolate. The chocolate chips make the best cookies ever. This book is delightful and thanks for the special giveaway.rojosho{at}hotmail{dot}com

pearl said...

I always enjoyed brownies. The lovely flavor and consistency of homemade brownies since I was young were my indulgence. This book is a beauty and special. Thanks. saubleb{at}gmail{dot}com

alissa said...

This book cover is so dramatic and beautiful. Have heard many great things about this novel. Thanks for the giveaway. I adore fudge. Chocolate fudge that is dense and rich. Love it for a special occasion. bencanada1{at}yahoo{dot}com


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