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Ellie Sanchez wants revenge. Spurned during her school days at prestigious Monty’s academy when she was plain Eleanor Finch, and played second fiddle to her idol, Barnaby Westwood, and his show-off sister, Clementine, Ellie will stop at nothing to turn the tables now she’s all grown up. The siblings and their snubbing have been the catalyst for everything that’s gone wrong in her life, from parental neglect to her divorce.
When the Westwood travel merchandise company advertises for a new HR manager, Ellie decides her unique combo of karma and Law of Attraction has finally come good. And she’ll be bagging herself a cherry-on-the-cake, second, and richer, husband in the process – once Barnaby sees how much she’s changed, anyway.
Fast forward two years and he STILL doesn’t recognise her!
Fast forward two years and the company is in a financial mess.
Last Chance Saloon-style, Ellie coerces the siblings and their older sister, Brooke (the perpetual spanner in her works) to a rustic gîte in Normandy for a spot of team-building… over a very ‘special’ box of artisan chocolates.
Cue ALL the fireworks in the cocoa bean version of Jumanji…
Whenever I open a book by Isabella May, I always know I’m going to get something deliciously quirky, scrumptiously unique and totally entertaining. The chocolate Box did not disappoint. Of course, it took me ages to even get past the cover because I just couldn’t stop staring at the sweet delights adorning it. Once I did, I joined a sweet story of revenge, Karma and great characters.
Eleanor had an unhappy childhood – unnurtured by her parents and unpopular at school really left a mark on her but now she’s older, wiser but still holding a huge grudge. Ellie’s on a mission to take down some of the people from her past – but will it go the way she’s hoping?
Told from the perspective of Ellie (Eleanor) and Brooke (the older sister in the family she’s out to destroy), we get opposing perspectives which make the story more intriguing. It becomes difficult to stand in the corner in solidarity with anyone so I gave up and just enjoyed the fun ride. There are also little notes from Ellie’s mum when she was little which really give a partial insight into why she grew into the woman she did.
Isabella May weaves a clever and spellbinding story of consequences, revenge and relationships in this highly entertaining novel.
Author Bio – Isabella May
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.
After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!
All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.
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