The Chocolate Kiss
By Laura Florand
(Kensington Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780758269416, 340pp.)
Publication Date: December 2012
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Welcome to "La Maison des Sorcieres." Where the window display is an enchanted forest of sweets, a collection of conical hats delights the eye and the habitues nibble chocolate witches from fanciful mismatched china. While in their tiny blue kitchen, Magalie Chaudron and her two aunts stir wishes into bubbling pots of heavenly "chocolat chaud."
But no amount of wishing will rid them of interloper Philippe Lyonais, who has the gall to open one of his world famous pastry shops right down the street. Philippe's creations seem to hold a magic of their own, drawing crowds of beautiful women to their little isle amidst the Seine, and tempting even Magalie to venture out of her ivory tower and take a chance, a taste. . .a kiss.
Parisian princesses, chocolate witches, "patissier" princes and sweet wishes--an enchanting tale of "amour et chocolat."
Praise for Laura Florand and her novels
"Charming and laugh-out-loud funny." --"New York Times" bestselling author Deborah Smith
"Readers will be happy to live vicariously in Laura's French fairytale." --"Booklist"
"Frothy, French confection of a novel." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Both sensual and sweet. . .a story that melts in your mouth " --"USA Today" bestselling author Christie Ridgway
"Vive la Laura Florand " --Cassandra King.
Laura Florand has reviewed restaurants for "Time Out Paris" and has published articles on her travel experiences with various publications, including "Travelers' Tales" and "Transitions Abroad". A former journalist, she has a string of feature articles to her credit, as well as poetry, short stories, scholarly articles, and translations.
She frequently publicizes departmental events to local papers and is responsible for the marketing of her Polynesian dance group, a popular performance group in North Carolina.