Better Than Chocolate
By Sheila Roberts
(Harlequin MIRA, Mass Market Paperback, 9780778313458, 400pp.)
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bankand that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?
After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly .
Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.
Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have appeared in Readers Digest Condensed Books and have been published in several languages. Her book Angel Lane, was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009 and her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network. You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (http://www.sheilasplace.com).
"Within minutes of cracking open the book, my mood was lifted...The warm, glowing feeling it gave me lasted for days."
-First for Women on The Snow Globe
"Will doubtless warm more than a few hearts."
-Publishers Weekly on Angel Lane
"Most fiction lovers will enjoy this feel-good approach to today's uncertainties."
-Booklist on Small Change
"Realistic characters populate the pages of this captivating story, which is a great escape from the holiday hustle and bustle."
-RT Book Reviews on On Strike for Christmas
"An uplifting, charming, feel-good story from the author of Bikini Season (2008)."
-Booklist on Angel Lane
"Roberts's book of small-town life is as sweet as ginger cookies and as homey as raisin pie (recipes included). Readers will laugh and cry with the women lovingly portrayed in this heartwarming story that explores the joys of friendship and the power of good deeds."
-RT Book Reviews on Angel Lane
"Homing in on issues many readers can identify with, Roberts's women search for practical solutions to a common challenge with humor and froth."
-Publishers Weekly on Small Change
"A congenial cast of subsidiary characters...meet Hope at a community garden plot and share their stories there. Roberts effectively knits these troubled but kindly characters together in a story line that throws the reader a few unexpected twists."
-The Seattle Times on Love in Bloom
"Love in Bloom is a wonderful story with characters so real and defined I feel like I am personally acquainted with them...There is humor and emotion in large quantities in this fantastic book that is next to impossible to put down. Kudos and a large bouquet of flowers to Sheila Roberts for giving us one of the best books of the year." -Fresh Fiction