The Chocolatier's Wife Read ☆ 104

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Tasmin William's wife to be was chosen by a spell as all wives and husbands are chosen It's a nice tidy way to find a reasonable mate for almost everyone Unfortunately Tasmin is from the North a place of magic and strange ritual and William is from the South where people pride themselves on being above the kind of insanity practiced by the Northerners which has nothing to do with the fact that most people in the South have lost their ability to practice magicWilliam doesn't se. This delightful light fantasy novel is one of the reasons I still give into the urge to download Kindle freebies I read it about a year and a half ago but something reminded me of it yesterday and I started looking at it again and realized that I'd forgotten what a treasure it is It reminds me of one of Sharon Shinn's fantasies and it's worth reading even if it isn't a freebie Also because CHOCOLATE In the kingdom of Berengeny couples are chosen by a magical spell that shows you the person who is your best possible match Tasmin and William have known since they were children that they were a match Tasmin comes from Tarnia in the north where magic is a normal part of life; William from the South where magic is regarded with deep suspicion and is used only by Wise Women Despite the disapproval of both their families Tasmin and William exchange letters over the years and develop a friendship and are actually looking forward to meeting each other and getting married William who has been a sea captain returns to his home town and opens a chocolate shop planning to send for Tasmin as soon as his business is well established Then William is arrested accused of murdering the local bishop with poisoned chocolates Tasmin is given the chance to break the engagement but instead flies literally using magic to William's side to see what can be done to help him and to try to find out who has framed him So they meet for the first time with William in jailThere were four cells in this section and only two were occupied She knew immediately which one must be her intended simply because she knew that William was not sixty years old nor she thought prone to babbling madly about puppies She decided she rather liked his smile It took him from being a bit plain to being rather handsome She had no illusions about her looks so hoped despite her resolve not to care that she did not disappoint his eye either She put her hand through the bars and he took it pressing a hard kiss on the back and an eually fierce one in the palm and her toes curled and she knew like she knew right from left that she had made the right choiceI really love both of the main characters they're sensible and intelligent and they don't do stupid things that make me want to hurl the book at the wall and since the book is on my iPad that would be not a good thing Tasmin has a group of invisible wind sprites that have adopted her that add a nice note of whimsy to the story Each chapter begins with one of the letters William and Tasmin wrote to each other over the years which helps us get to know their characters betterThis is a charming well written tale that's part magical fantasy part murder mystery and part love story with some nice humor It's sweet with just a little bit of an edge to it like chocolate with a bit of pepper If that combination sounds good to you I highly recommend this novel Now where's the rest of that chocolate bar I was eating last night Dang kids

review The Chocolatier's Wife

The Chocolatier's WifeEm in a hurry to send for Tasmin for which none of his family blame him After all she's a barbarian She on the other hand would like to know what's keeping him When he's framed for murdering his patron Tasmin takes matters into her own hands harnessing the wind to bring her to William's side She's gotten to know Wiliam from his letters He's not a murderer and she's going to help him prove it William incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit is shunned by his family for the emb. Oh this was fun It's probably the very definition of a 'nice' story well written well grounded omitting a great deal of the emotional angst that seems so popular and exploring real world concerns and dangers in a way almost gentle I can't tell you how refreshing it was to read a book that runs so counter to current publishing norms — If you've been anywhere near as sick of reading stories of how Teenage Girl 1 will inevitably choose Sexy Boy A but only after wangsting for 300 pages on Sexy Boy B this is the book for youI found the world this novel was set in extraordinarily interesting I really liked how Speer characterized her protagonists and her explorations on her magical marriage law — how it worked and how it didn't — was deeply fascinating to me The Chocolatier's Wife is a solid stand alone novel but I think there's a lot of room there for and further stories I really hope I get to read themFour stars I am marking this down a bit because I found the character interactions at times uite unpolished and the mystery element while enjoyable particularly some of the twists seemed shallowly handled Still Highly recommended for pre and young teenagers Reminds me uite a bit of the worlds of Patricia C Wrede particularly her Sorcery and Cecelia; reminds me as well of a straight forward teenaged friendly take on the classic ChocolatSpeer has also published the companion novella The Chocolatier's Journal telling a couple additional stories set before her characters had met I haven't read it — yet — but as it's all of a two dollar download off I will certainly be reading it soonMy copy of this book was provided by the publisher through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program

Cindy Lynn Speer ¸ 4 Read

The Chocolatier's Wife Read ☆ 104 ê Tasmin William's wife to be was chosen by a spell as all wives and husbands are chosen It's a nice tidy way to find a reasonable mate for almost everyone Unfortunately Tasmin is from the North a place of magic and strange ritual and William is from the South where people pride themselves on being above the kinArrassment and for giving up the family shipping business for foolishness and for saddling them with a Hag for a wife which means he can't protect Tasmin from his family's cold dislike of his barbiaran wife to be but that's not the worst of it Someone out there doesn't like him and is begining to dislike Tasmin almost as much and that someone isn't at all averse to making sure William and Tasmin aren't around long enough to celebrate their weddingTasmin of course has other pla. 25 stars I found this book disappointing The story is interesting it has potential The characters are charming but flat; they could’ve been so much But the execution sucks The plot meanders without focus The world building feels raw unfinished The characters’ interactions are all over the place some of them important others not The logic limps along without proper explanations of what when or whyThe story itself is a blend of romance fantasy and mystery but neither genre won in their sloppy combination It could’ve benefitted from a good structural editorStill I read the story to the end because I wanted to know how it ended I didn’t DNF it which is a testimony of sorts that it wasn’t really a bad book Just not done well enough