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Christmas Livingstone has 10 rules for happiness.Nurturing the senses every day, doing what you love, and sharing joy with others are some of the rules but the most important for her is number 10 - 'Absolutely no romantic relationships'.Her life is good. In her enchantingly seductive shop, The Chocolate Apothecary, she tempers chocolate and creates handmade pieces; her friChristmas Livingstone has 10 rules for happiness.Nurturing the senses every day, doing what you love, and sharing joy with others are some of the rules but the most important for her is number 10 - 'Absolutely no romantic relationships'.Her life is good. In her enchantingly seductive shop, The Chocolate Apothecary, she tempers chocolate and creates handmade pieces; her friends and family surround her; and her secret life of wish granting brings joy to herself and others. She doesn't need a handsome botanist ace who knows everything about cacao to walk into her life. One who has the nicest grandmother intent on interfering, who's adopted a gorgeous rescue dog, and who needs her help to write a book on her passion, chocolate. She really doesn't need any of that at all.Or does she?Set across Tasmania, Paris and Provence, this is a glorious novel of a creative woman about to find out how far in life a list of rules will take her, with an enticing tangle of freshly picked herbs, pots of flowers, and delicious chocolate scenting the background....

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The Chocolate Promise Reviews

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-21 16:24

    Sometimes it’s nice to be immersed into a work of fiction where all the senses are tickled. The Chocolate Promise did this to mine, a really nice story to be swept away with over a couple of days – on holidays from my studies mind you, so I was a happy woman. It bought out all the 'girlie' in me, it was so nice!The Tea Chest was another sweet read from this author, and I really think she has the knack of writing charming stories that appeal to readers, creative settings and clever crafts, in this instance chocolate making, and in the other book crafting tea. I wonder what Josephine Moon knows of this stuff in the real world as she seems to have a brilliant creative knowledge. I’d love to take a holiday to Tasmania and visit this shop that is the setting for this novel. It was sweet indulgence to read about coffee, flowers and the lives of pretend people behind them, I wanted to be there.A light read, gorgeous scenery and a handsome man. What’s not to love?! I appreciate quirky and down to earth reading. “I tried drinking chai, as per your suggestion. Totally awful. Imposter coffee. Bah!”I love a bit of girlie meandering and dreamy stuff. “’Lincoln Van Luc’, she murmured, and automatically responded with ‘Just a little bit cute’.”Christmas Livingstone (yes that’s her name, I wasn’t bothered by it, thought it was cute and suited her personality) enflourishes(yes she made that one up, isn't it gorgeous?!) everything she comes across. I’d be forgiven for thinking I wanted to be her, even just for a wee while. She’s clever, witty and just a little self-deprecating. As one of her customers said, about her little chocolate shop, come homewares and massage is that it was ‘empty and bereft without you’ while she was gone.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-05-29 10:26

    Three and a half stars.Sometimes as a reader, you don’t want something deep and meaningful and angst ridden. All you want from a book is a bit of fun and to be entertained, which was the way I approached The Chocolate Promise. There are so many books around that focus on the hard and traumatic aspects of life that it’s good to read something that doesn’t take itself seriously and that is filled with a joy for living. The book starts with Christmas Livingstone’s Top 10 rules for happiness. While I wouldn’t agree with all of them and a couple I violently disagreed with, it provided a framework for the rest of the book. I liked the relationship between Christmas and other members in her complex family were portrayed. I liked the way the story travelled from Tasmania to France. It was very visual.That’s not to say there weren’t a couple of things I struggled with, one being the name Christmas. It grated on me throughout. Even though it is explained late in the novel, the explanation wasn’t satisfying enough for me to accept the name. Another was the assumption that people over fifty like Michael Buble. You can guess I don’t. But really they are minor quibbles. The idea of a place called the Chocolate Apothecary was intriguing and I discovered a lot of interesting facts about chocolate making. I found the time spent under the tutelage (for want of a better word) of Master Le Coutre, over the top and found him a rather ridiculous character. I lost interest for a while at this point. Lincoln, the handsome botanist who knows a lot about cacao, is an interesting character and I liked the inclusion of his grandmother and others in the nursing home.All in all, I enjoyed this book. At the time it was just what I needed, light and joyous. One warning, don’t read this book if you are on a diet or trying to give up chocolate! The easiest way to sum this book up is this. If you liked The Tea Chest you should enjoy this. If you didn’t as a friend of mine didn’t, than don’t bother with this one.I won this as a first Read Goodreads ACR, and there are a couple of mistakes in the text that I am sure will be fixed before the proper published version comes out shortly.

  • Michael
    2019-05-25 16:17

    While there is nothing wrong with a little light hearted entertainment in our reading, i do get the feeling on occasions that authors may over do it. The Chocolate Promise is a point in question with many feel good moments in a story that does it's best not to take itself seriously. This is counteracted though by moments that had me grinding my teeth and bewildering character choices.The story centers on Christmas Livingstone, who having had herself burn't once in love has left Sydney for her native Tasmania and is working on creating chocolate masterpieces at her shop, The Chocolate Apothecary. With 10 rules for happiness that most people would struggle with, but Christmas stringently sticks to and with her friends and family around her life is great or is it? That question will be put to the test when one day a handsome man called Lincoln walks into her shop wanting to get chocolate for his Gran. Christmas will find her rule number 10 - 'Absolutely no romantic relationships' under threat as she comes under the allure of the botanist who wants her help with writing a book about her passion. Will she find the courage to put her heart on the line after the horrible memory of years before?For anyone who loved Josephine Moon's debut Novel The Tea Chest this will be a book that you will fall in love with. For anyone else, this would hard sell for a few reasons. Firstly the main characters first name. As soon as i read it for the first time i cringed and kept recoiling every time her name came up. Secondly predictability was strong with not many of my brain cells having to be used to work out the ending well in advance. Don't get me wrong, there was a lot to like about the book with the scenes in rural Tassy and France vividly described, while Lincoln's Nan is a delightful character who wants nothing but the best for him. Lastly even someone who is not fond of Chocolate like my good self was saliving at the mouth for some after reading this and that cant be a bad thing. If you are after a joyfully light read than this may hit the spot.

  • Andrea
    2019-06-10 18:28

    I haven't read anything like this for a while, so it was a nice, sweet change of pace. There was really nothing challenging about it, unless you count the internal struggle I had in coming to terms with the main character's name, Christmas. If I wasn't concentrating hard enough, my brain would sometimes take me off on a Christian-Christmas tangent, before realising I was reading about character-Christmas. I enjoyed the Tasmanian setting, and of course, the chocolate.

  • Marianne
    2019-06-06 10:43

    The Chocolate Promise is the second novel by Australian author, Josephine Moon. Christmas Livingstone is a busy woman! She owns The Chocolate Apothecary, the place to go in the little Tasmanian town of Evandale for chocolate, flowers and massage. She is also the Evandale Fairy Godmother, granting wishes to needy souls. She firmly believes that chocolate has medicinal properties, so when her best friend, Emily manages to win for Christmas a week-long scholarship with the world renowned chocolatier, Master le Coutre, in France, she knows it is an opportunity too good to miss.But it also represents a chance to find the French father she has never met, and Christmas is ambivalent about that. But a break from Lincoln van Luc, a gorgeous botanist who sets her heart pounding is welcome: after all, her ten rules for happiness include “no romantic relationships”, and Christmas finds herself in great danger of falling in love. Moon gives the reader some delightful characters (Elsa is bound to be a favourite), a sweet romance, a jaunt through Tasmania, Paris and Provence, an amusing example of a Chinese whisper and lots of chocolate. Christmas does begin to irritate towards the end with her drama queen antics, as does Lincoln with his about-face moves, but they ultimately have their hearts in the right place. It is fortunate that the events of this novel all take place mid-year, as trying to separate Christmas (the character) from Christmas (the celebration) would have been confusing. The rhyming descriptions of minor characters is a cute touch. Moon gives her characters some words of wisdom: “Being alive is a risk. You risk dying every single day. But you can’t let is stop you living. And nothing…nothing…you can do will stop death from coming eventually. So the only choice you have is to live” And some astute observations: “I always feel different when I’m overseas. There’s something very liberating about it. Like all the old definitions of yourself don’t apply because there’s no one around to insist on their own version of who you are”. This is a light-hearted, entertaining read with plenty of (mostly) mouth-watering descriptions of chocolate. With thanks to Allen & Unwin and The Reading Room for this copy to read and review.

  • Veronica ⭐️
    2019-06-05 10:36

    After suffering a debilitating bout of depression Christmas moves back to her home town of Evandale, Tasmania. Here she happily lives her life by her ten rules of happiness. That is until Lincoln arrives in town and she has to remind herself of rule #10 absolutely no romantic relationships. Will Christmas take a chance on love even if it means breaking one of the rules that have served her well thus far?The Chocolate Promise was a light-hearted read but the story was in no way fluffy it had meaning and substance. It raised issues of family, who we are and where we come from. There was emphasis on the modern family with step parents and half siblings, how they feel and connect. Your place in a family! Christmas had a deep desire to belong. She spent her whole life yearning for something that was right there under her nose. Christmas learnt that you can’t stop living to avoid being hurt; you need to take risks to lead a full life.Moons choice of name for the main character was risky but with so many books and ever so many characters it was a bold move to have her character remembered.The story was well researched combining a romance that wasn’t too angst ridden with the gastronomic delights of France and the beautiful scenery. The characters are engaging, believable and mostly likeable and the story wrapped up nicely with a happy and credible ending. With thanks to Allen & Unwin for my review copy.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-17 11:43

    Review to follow

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-06-17 15:23

    A sweet tale about love, friendship, family and chocolate, The Chocolate Promise is Josephine Moon's second novel.Christmas Livingstone is doing what she loves, making and selling gourmet chocolate treats in her very own store, The Chocolate Apothecary, and spreading joy, helping those in need in her community. She has ten simple rules for happiness, all of which have helped her rebuild her life after fleeing heartbreak three years previously and she is determined to stick with them, even when Lincoln van Luc, a botanist, wanders into her shop and threatens the most important rule of all... 'Absolutely no romantic relationships'."The rules, she reminded herself. The rules were there for her protection. The rules had served her well and kept her steady for the past three years. Now was not the time to abandon the rules."Christmas is happy with the life she has made for herself and the plans she has for the future but the rules that have allowed her to rebuild her life begin to chafe when first wins a place on a week-long course with a world-renowned French chocolatier, and then she meets Lincoln. Christmas (a ridiculous name btw) is creative, intelligent and kind but she is also emotionally closed off due to a dysfunctional childhood and a recent trauma. Moon gently guides her character into dealing with her past and opening up her heart as the story unfolds. The romantic relationship between Christmas and Lincoln is complicated by Christmas's 'rules' and Lincoln's wunderlust. Lincoln, a botanist, has spent most of his life traveling the world and doesn't plan to stay in Tasmania long. He has returned to help his Nan, a wonderful character, and work on his book, but falling in love with Christmas forces him to reassess his future.I delighted in the settings, a small town in Tasmania with 'period' tourist appeal, the Chocolate Apothecary sounds like a pretty store and I could easily imagine the tempting treats gracing the shelves and the rich smell of molten chocolate. Francophiles will enjoy Christmas's sojourn in France touring the countryside exploring lavender farms in Provence, and whipping up treats like a champagne and vodka chocolate ganache to coat fresh rasberries in Aix.This novel, with its appealing characters and feel good storyline, is a lovely way to treat yourself on a lazy afternoon, but be warned, you will be craving chocolate before you are through, so make sure you have your favourite on hand.

  • Bill Traves
    2019-06-03 12:38

    Chocolate a great love story with timeless characters who leap off the page what's not to love? This is even better than the tea chest but like Josephine moons first novel is impossible to put down fun and very very readable (I read in one night I hadn't planned to it was just that good) It has two of my favourite places Tasmania and France and shows the author has done a lot on research on chocolate that magical ingredient that weaves throughout the books central love story between Christmas and Lincoln. I know as a guy I shouldn't love chick lit and rom coms but I do and books like the chocolate promise is why There are so many sad dreary books out there books like the chocolate promise reinvigorate your soul! Speaking of Rom coms this would make a great movie rich settings beautiful imagery sumptuous chocolate and a wonderful collection of well fleshed out characters who make the read so much richer. Read this book you will love it a real treat for the senses. A word of warming though have some chocolate nearby. When you do want some when reading (and you will) you don't want to break up a great read with a chocolate run to the shops! Well done ms moon I will read this again and again

  • Margi
    2019-05-30 13:37

    I have read The Tea Chest by the same author and remember enjoying it. This book popped out at me as I was Easter shopping and was impressed by the book's lovely cover. This was a delightful, enjoyable and good read. The book was a pleasant mix of love, laughter, lovely characters and lastly some yummy chocolate making it very easy to read as I nibbled on a few Easter chocolates. I was after some feel good escapism and wasn't disappointed.

  • Han Le flueff
    2019-05-23 18:33

    A lovely chocolatey chick novel. After reading this I really want to visit Tasmania!

  • Lesley
    2019-06-04 11:22

    Just as fantastic as The Tea Chest! Perfect little love story with a great bit of chocolate history thrown in, perfect weekend read

  • Lee
    2019-05-17 17:41

    The one promise this book delivers is that of chocolate. There are lots of beautiful descriptions of making, eating, and drinking chocolate in this novel. The book should actually come with a warning for those of us trying to lose weight. The promise of anything else, however… Christmas (I probably wouldn’t have minded this name until I got the explanation of it near the end of the book which was quite pathetic given her mother’s behaviour throughout) wrote herself a list of rules to live by after breaking up with her boyfriend. Rule number ten is ‘absolutely no romantic relationships’. Don’t get fooled by the publicity or blurb of the book. The rules, after they’re printed on the first page of the book, are rarely referred to again. And even when number ten is, it’s Christmas telling herself that she will obviously have to break it. So, all in all, the rules are not an important part of the plot.Christmas is working in her shop (I must admit, I seriously want to go to this shop) when in walks Lincoln, a bearded biologist who’s just returned from South America. Their romance works for the first half of the book, but somewhere along the line the weakness of the obligatory conflict affected my overall enjoyment of the book. Their chemistry is questionable, and at times I assumed they were falling in love simply because there were no other possible candidates in their vicinity.The author also introduces several characters but then dumps without offering any resolution. Christmas’s father is probably the biggest one that I was left confused about after turning the final page. Yes, there is a lovely moment between Christmas and her ex-stepfather, but it doesn’t make up for the whole build up of the novel which indicated Christmas would get some closure with the French perhaps-goat farmer. Why include the trip to France for nothing? Also in France we met the South African hottie, Jackson. I really didn’t understand the point to his character at all. Christmas is obviously attracted to him, she gets butterflies in the tummy etc when he’s around, but oh wait, she’s in love with Lincoln… She even invites Jackson into stay with her in her motel and I’m not naive enough to believe she meant on that foldout bed, but oh wait, she’s in love with Lincoln… Lincoln meanwhile has more chemistry with Christmas’s friend, Emily, and their ‘meet cute’ situations were much more fun than any he had with Christmas.Christmas’s sideline occupation of being a fairy godmother is also brought into the book, only to be tossed aside. I assume it’s a way to show us how wonderful a person Christmas is, but like a lot of other stuff, it doesn’t work. The chocolate making course Christmas attends too, is just filler and really adds nothing to the actual plot. Maybe everything would have worked better if the book was cut up and used for another time. I think there’s too much going on for the one book. Perhaps Moon would have been better off focusing on just Christmas’s family and leaving Lincoln’s plethora of relatives and their many issues for another time or vice versa. I did like the Tasmanian and French settings. I love it when books make you itch to jump on a plane and visit their settings, and this was definitely the feeling I got as I read.And as I’ve said, the descriptions of the chocolate were also very lovely, even if the technical aspects did get a little preachy at times (yes, I’m one of those horrid people who just buys chocolate at the grocery store, sue me).I received this via the Reading Room and there were no obvious errors in my advanced copy (as I’ve seen other people mention in reviews).I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy weekend read that’s a little more meaty than a Mills & Boon but still ultimately forgettable.3 ½ stars.

  • Sally906
    2019-06-07 13:20

    Last year I read Josephine Moon’s debut novel The Tea Chest and I really, really enjoyed it – THE CHOCOLATE PROMISE is even better – I loved itChristmas left the hectic life of being a PR in Sydney and a broken heart and has moved to Tasmania. What prompted this move is not revealed at the start of the story but the past has been locked away where it can’t hurt anymore and now she has a new life making beautiful gourmet chocolate treats in her old-fashioned shop ‘The Chocolate Apothecary’. In her spare time she acts as a fairy godmother by trying to help people who need it, such as a new washing machine for a stay at home mum with little money – and assist a gentleman to propose to the one he loves. Life is good for Christmas then a few events shatter her carefully created equilibrium. Firstly her best friend enters her into a competition to win a week-long scholarship course with a world-renowned French chocolatier IN FRANCE!! And she discovers she has won it. Almost the very same day a good-looking botanist, Lincoln, turns up in her shop to buy chocolates for his grandmother and sets Christmas’s heart pounding – as well as his. Turns out he home between jobs and is writing a book on cacao trees. His publisher thinks it may possibly be a bit dry in tone aka boring, and advises him to find a co-writer whose passion is chocolate. Well it just has to be Christmas – her passion for chocolate is extreme – her knowledge of processes not botanical surpasses just peeling off the paper and biting in. Christmas is certain there is healing property in chocolate – especially if it’s mixed with essential oils and herbs. Both Lincoln and Christmas have hurt in their past – neither is looking for a relationship – but the power of chocolate works in mysterious ways and it takes a trip half way around the world before the two realise what’s right in front of them.I spent the Easter break reading this and munching dark chocolate Easter eggs and a glass, or two, of sweet fortified Tokay. Well written, well researched and with believable characters – although some were certainly oddballs. THE CHOCOLATE PROMISE has humour, sadness, love and misunderstandings. Then there are well-meaning friends and family determined to help the relationship along, there is also an abandoned mutt with an important part to play. I immersed myself in THE CHOCOLATE PROMISE and can’t wait for her next one.In a recent blog post author Josephine Moon described her books like this: “…I like to think of my books as being like a good chocolate brownie--rich, comforting, uplifting, but with a few chunky nuts to chew on…”And that simple statement fits both of her books perfectly.With thanks to Allen & Unwin and the author for this copy to read and review.

  • Kate
    2019-06-02 11:19

    Josephine Moon's The Chocolate Promise is a delightful story about love, life and best of all - chocolate! Owner and founder of a artisan chocolate store in Tasmania, Christmas Livingston lives her life according to a set of rules she believes will help her live a happy life. With her career keeping her busy as well as being a fairy godmother to those in need, Christmas is too busy for love or other complications. When Lincoln, a handsome botanist, arrives on the scene, Christmas embraces the opportunity to explore his botanical link to chocolate but keeps Lincoln at arms length. Falling in love has never been one of Christmas' rules.This book was a beautiful read. In between the decadent descriptions of Christmas' delicacies and the antics of Christmas' patrons and family members - I fell in love with the characters and the story. The Chocolate Promise is one of those books I didn't want to put down.Christmas is a great character to follow as she creates her chocolate delicacies and travels the world to discover more about herself and the sweets she is so passionate about. She's creative and intelligent and best of all she loves what she does. A chocolatier with a heart of gold, Christmas could run the risk of being saccharine yet she has enough flaws to make her interesting. I loved watching her as she found her balance in life. Her family are dysfunctional and realistic with their relationships with Christmas being complicated and completely believable. Lincoln van Luc brings his own family issues to the story and some great characters along with him. His grandmother and the other residents of the Green Hills retirement home were a highlight.The Chocolate Promise is a book where there is a romantic storyline and it is one which is handled with great care. There is a lack of predictability yet the drama surrounding possible complications not overwhelming everything else going on. At its heart, this book is about Christmas finding her place in life and finding happiness in the life she is living. The Tasmanian setting worked beautifully with the story (I could picture the Chocolate Apothecary perfectly in my mind) and the French chapters brought a lovely European vibe to the pages.The Chocolate Promise is a beautiful story with engaging characters. There is a lot of heart in this story with the characters being both interesting and realistic and the descriptions being exceptionally vivid. A must read for anyone who enjoys well written, heart warming stories and has a bit of a sweet tooth.Thanks to Allen and Unwin for the review copy.

  • Anne Hamilton
    2019-06-15 16:15

    Cadbury Roses chocolates.That's what this book reminded me of. And not just because it's about chocolate. The thing about a Roses selection is that there are some flavours you like and some you don't and, if you're the last to pick from the box, the chances that your favourites are still there are next to nothing.I'm a Caramello and Turkish Delight person myself. Most of the rest I find so-so and some I actively dislike.And that same reaction was my experience of The Chocolate Promise. I felt the story moved in a fragmented way across far too many sugary characters, many of whom I struggled to engage with. The story was predictable which is no great crime for a book with such a strong romantic emphasis but it was also strangely unsubtle. It wasn't exactly heavy-handed but it lacked the featherlight touch needed. So often instead of 'showing', it 'told' and thus pulled its punches when it came to emotive impact. Yet the prose was often lush, even luscious. Lincoln was as nice as a cherry centre, Christmas as so-so as peppermint. Val and Emily were the chocolates who should have been left in the box. It was Kent Jackson - unfortunately he didn't get nearly enough page time - who was my Caramello and Turkish Delight character. The restrained subtlety of his character hit just the right note. I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

  • Yvette Finley
    2019-06-05 17:36

    I don't normally write reviews but this book is too good! A friend who runs a bookstore gave me an advance copy thank you so much sue I would stock a lot of these it will sell like (chocolate) hot cakes !Mouth wateringly good. I won't do it justice just read this it will warm your heart it did mine. I fell in love with the chocolate Evandale Paris (sigh!) Lincoln van luc who is a little bit cute (that bit had me in stitches) I never thought a botanist could be so sexy! Absolutely LOVE this book it is the best chick lit book I have ever read. A hands down classic

  • Pamela Schoenwald
    2019-05-25 14:40

    I absolutely loved this book I could not put it down from start to end. I had the privilege of being given an early copy and I felt like I was actually back in Tasmania while reading, it never lulled it was excitement and lovely and very interesting learning about chocolate as well as the lives of the people also - I really really loved it and would totally recommend it to any one who enjoys a Good read, Pamela. Well done to the Author Three Cheers and Five Stars.

  • Carmela Masi
    2019-05-21 17:23

    A beautiful easy read, fiction woven with food. How can anyone not love a book with chocolate.

  • Theresa Smith Writes
    2019-06-07 11:17

    I decided on Good Friday that I was going to read a book about chocolate, seeing as it was the start of the Easter long weekend and I was already thinking about chocolate, even if it was in the form of eggs rather than something more gourmet. I have a few chocolate books waiting on my shelf to be read but I didn't really need to deliberate for long, the gorgeous cover of The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon, making my decision a relatively easy one.From the first page to the last, I have been spellbound by a sumptuous feast of chocolate laced love and laughter, with a little bit of heartache and a wonderful dollop of humour added in for good measure. I was already a fan of Josephine Moon, but The Chocolate Promise is now a firm favourite, a novel I can see myself returning to time and again, a cosy read that is best served with a hot beverage and a helping of something choc coated and in large supply.For Christmas Livingstone, much of her journey within this novel was guided by her Top 10 Rules for Happiness, so in keeping with the spirit of this, I present to you, my Top 10 Reasons Why The Chocolate Promise is an Unforgettable Novel:1. It's all about chocolate. Making it, eating it, drinking it, selling it, where it comes from, how it gets from its original state to the piece you're about to eat. And all of this is detailed in the most interesting and delectable manner.2. It's a wonderful love story without being a romance. Not that I have anything at all against romances, but sometimes it's nice to not have the love story be the only point of the whole novel. 3. The Hairy McClary-isms that Christmas applies to the various townspeople. Very funny without ever being mean.4. A main character named Christmas. How lovely and unique, a tiny little story in itself.5. Lincoln van Luc. Absolutely endearing and gorgeous, with a heart of gold. A man who adores his grandmother and feels an instant affection for an abandoned dog. 6. Lincoln van Luc bathing his newly acquired dog, a scene so hilarious and well done that you can not only envisage it, but you'll have to read it twice because of laughing so hard the first time around.7. That french dog scene. No spoilers, but if you've read The Chocolate Promise, you know exactly what I'm talking about and if you haven't you soon will about two-thirds of the way through.8. The self-awareness Christmas shows, not only through her 10 Rules for Happiness, but in the entire way she has her life set up. She knows who she is and what she can cope with, and as the story progresses, she is comfortable enough with herself to embrace change, even if does break her own rules.9.  Earl Grey chocolate. I never knew this existed! 10. The excellent ending. No one ever wants a wonderful novel to end, its always a wrench, but this one finished on a great note, your imagination left to wander into the future, all sorts of scenarios unfolding for Christmas and Lincoln as well as their family and friends.The Chocolate Promise is book 20 of my 2017 Australian Women Writers Challenge. #aww2017

  • Monique Mulligan
    2019-05-23 13:38

    Any book with the word “chocolate” in the title is bound to catch the attention of chocolate-loving readers, and The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon did exactly that. Moon, who wrote international bestseller The Tea Chest, has delivered another sweet treat that hits the spot for escapist reading.A tragedy has led Christmas Livingstone from the hectic PR world of Sydney to a quiet Tasmanian town, where she’s now the proprietor of a specialist chocolate shop called The Chocolate Apothecary. Guided by her ten rules for happiness, which includes ‘absolutely no romantic relationships’, Christmas has created a new life for herself, making delicious artisan chocolate treats and acting as a kind of “fairy godmother” for people who need a little help. What she’s really doing is using a veneer of happiness and a life of busy-ness to mask her pain and protect herself from getting hurt again.Her carefully constructed world is shaken by a number of events. Firstly, she is offered a week-long scholarship course with a world-renowned French chocolatier, which is fantastic … but gets her thinking about the father she has never met and may live in France. Then, the handsome Lincoln van Luc turns up at her shop and asks her to work with him on a book about chocolate, and before she knows it, her most important rule for happiness is being thoroughly tested. Will Christmas lean that some rules are meant to be broken before it’s too late?The Chocolate Promise is a tasty, tender read. While much of this is due to the delectable descriptions of chocolate making, it’s also due to the lovable characters that fill the pages, such as Lincoln’s Nan. What comes across strongly is the importance of relationships. Sometimes they need tending to, building up … and sometimes you have to let them go. The characters all have their weaknesses and strengths, and as the novel progresses, many of them come to a deeper understanding of themselves and the people in their lives. The strongest example is parenting – both Lincoln and Christmas have issues with their parents and the way they were parented (Lincoln with his father, Christmas with her mother). In turn, Lincoln’s father, Tom, reveals that he has been carrying hurt for many years, and the eventual reconciliation with his mother is heartfelt.The issue of healing relationships and healing oneself is repeated many times through the book. The theme of healing also comes across through Christmas’s strong belief in chocolate’s medicinal qualities … and ultimately, chocolate, indirectly or not, is the bridge for the healing of many hurts.At times funny, and other times bittersweet, The Chocolate Promise is best savoured with plenty of chocolate when you won’t be interrupted.

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    2019-06-11 17:30

    ‘The rules had served her well and kept her steady for the past three years.’In this novel, Christmas Livingstone owns a shop called ‘The Chocolate Apothecary’, an artisan chocolate shop in Evandale, Tasmania. She creates mouth-watering delicacies, gifts to appeal to the senses. And, as many women know, chocolate is one of the most essential of all foods, with magical healing powers. Christmas has some good friends, a beautiful shop, and work that she loves. Life is good, could it be better? Well, Christmas has ten rules for happiness, the most important of which is rule number 10: ‘Absolutely no romantic relationships.’ There has to be a story here: will we find out more?But then, a dishevelled botanist arrives at the shop. Lincoln van Luc seeks Christmas’s help to select chocolates for his grandmother. Christmas finds him attractive, but doesn’t want to complicate her life. But Luc keeps turning up. Christmas needs to re-evaluate what is important to her. An opportunity to travel to France provides Christmas with an opportunity to learn more about chocolate, perhaps to learn more about her past, and to think about her future.I found this a lovely escapist read, made more memorable by its (mostly) Tasmanian setting. Evandale in particular came to life, with its wonderful bakery and the penny farthing connection. In addition to Luc and Christmas, there are some other lovely characters. Most notably Luc’s Nan, and the gorgeous dog Luc rescues. One of the best things about escapist literature featuring chocolate is that it has no calories!Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  • Tarran
    2019-05-30 17:17

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Christmas Livingstone is a quite complex character. We get to see her grow over the course of novel and I love all the chocolate facts the author includes. It was a very interesting read and I would love to see if in future books if the author might combine the characters of The Tea Chest and Chocolate Promise. Due out April 2015 this is a great book to read!Pre-order your copies today at Collins Booksellers Edwardstown

  • Kerrie Paterson
    2019-06-05 11:20

    Warning - this book will make you hungry and give you wanderlust! Great story, wonderful descriptions of food, Tasmania and France. Thoroughly enjoyed!

  • Stephanie
    2019-06-15 11:34

    What could be better than indulging in reading about, thinking about and enjoying Chocolate. Wonderful story set in Tasmania & Provence

  • Melissa
    2019-06-04 13:18

    I purchased this book a few weeks ago because I was looking for a light, positive read, and this book didn't disappoint.This is the story of Christmas Livingstone, owner of The Chocolate Apothecary, in a small town of Tasmania. She has set herself 10 rules of happiness, including no romantic relationships. In walks Lincoln van Luc, who has the potential to interrupt her life.Going between Tasmania and France, I really enjoyed this story. It was light, but with enough twists and turns to make it interesting. It also had a main character closer to my age (late 30s) finding love and this was another thing that helped me enjoy this book.I was also able to read this book in short bursts which was an added bonus.

  • Eva Hechenberger
    2019-06-03 15:43

    Endlich mal wieder eine Geschichte, die in Australien spielt. Es ist die Geschichte von Christmas (was für ein origineller Name) und Lincoln. Christmas hat ein Schokoladengeschäft, weil sei denkt Schokolade hat Heilkräfte. Durch Zufall kommt eines Tages Lincoln zu ihr und man merkt recht schnelle, wie die beiden von einander fasziniert sind….Mir hat die Geschichte recht gut gefallen, denn ich fand es toll, wie die Autorin, die Handlung aufgebaut hat. Sie lässt die beiden sich langsam näherkommen und doch gibt es Rückschläge, ansonsten wäre es ja auch zu einfach gemacht. Zum Einen hat da Christmas ihre Regeln und bei Lincoln ist es seine Arbeit. Schön gemacht.Sehr gefallen hat mir zudem auch die Reise nach Frankreich, denn das gibt der Handlung zusätzlich noch etwas Pep. Außerdem erfährt man auch noch etwas über die Vergangenheit von Christmas.Christmas fand ich einen tollen Hauptcharakter, denn sie war mir schon zu Beginn wegen ihrer Einstellung zu Schokolade sehr sympathisch.

  • Amalia Gavea
    2019-06-04 10:27

    A well-written "feel good"novel about second chances and the will and strength one must find to pursue their dreams. Charming descriptions and characters quirky enough to hold your interest, although there were times I shook my head in disappointment because of their childish actions. (view spoiler)[I was disappointed there was no closure regarding Christmas'biological father. After all, it appeared to be a singificant subplot and it led absolutely nowhere (hide spoiler)].The Chocolate Apothecary is a light-hearted, entertaining novel with some deep messages. And if nothing else, it will make you crave for chocolate and a journey to Ecuador.

  • Karen
    2019-05-24 12:44

    ****ARC Goodreads Giveaway****Chocolate warning. Reading this book made me crave chocolate so badly. That may or may not have affected the rating I gave it. But I also loved how the characters were written. So many of them, even the minor ones who didn't feature greatly, were interesting to me. The story itself kept me engaged which surprised me because usually I find this genre of book not quite as interesting as some other genres. I also loved the writing style. Since I'm not very good at describing writing styles that's about as much as I can say on that front.My copy is an uncorrected proof so any errors I came across I ignored.

  • Dzintra aka Ingrid
    2019-05-22 16:43

    A delightful read from Josephine Moon! Set in Evandale, Tasmania this book moves from there to PARIS and then Provence! My Son is taking me over later this year to both these places and I will definitely be on the lookout for chocolate. No matter what time I picked this book up my mind wandered to chocolate and having some. Loved the chocolate aspect of this book, but, then again I do love chocolate! I won this book through Goodreads and Allen & Unwin after having co-incidentally ordered it! Thank You so much!