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It’s time to pack your bags and head to the breathtaking, snow-covered peaks of the Swiss Alps for velvety hot chocolates, delicious cheeses and a gorgeous love story…
Food technician Minna has always believed that chocolate will solve everything – and it’s just what she needs when her latest relationship mishap goes viral!
So with her bags packed and a new determination to sort her life out, Minna decides to drown her sorrows with the best hot chocolate in the world at her godmother’s cosy Swiss chalet. Chocolate: yes. Romance: no. Until she has a run in on an Alpine train with a mysterious but oh-so-gorgeous stranger…
Snow covered scenes, cheese, chocolate and a host of colourful and fascinating characters all stirred together and gently baked, make this an absolutely delicious novel. I was lucky enough to listen to the audio alongside reading the e-book so I got the best of both worlds.
Recently humiliated and unsure of the direction she wants to move forward in, Mina visits her Godmother Amelie at her guest lodge in Switzerland. A chance encounter on the train only serves to further reinforce Mina’s belief that she needs to settle down and take life more seriously but with adventure on the doorstep and strong feelings developing towards a guest, can Mina figure out who she wants to be?
Mina is such a delightful character. Full of spirit and adventure but one comment really shook her confidence and self-image. There were times when I really wanted to give her a friendly shake and tell her to go with her instincts. Mina’s passion is food and Swiss food is something I know little about, so I loved learning about new dishes – especially the sweet ones.
The chalet is owned by Amelie who I also adored. She is a gentle and wise woman who has a knack for bringing out the best in people. Other characters of the chalet add such a community vibe to the setting and the variety amongst characters is diverse and wonderful. Each character had something so lovely and endearing about them but also flaws and vulnerabilities. Except Simon – I hated him!
The setting is divine. I was completely transported to the ski slopes of Switzerland, feeling the crisp air on my face and the cold of the snow around my feet. I love the idea of the chalet, nestled within this small village serving delicious food (have I mentioned this yet?). I am now desperate to go on a chocolate and cheese train.
As I switched between paper and audio versions of this book I must give a huge mention to the audio narrator, Victoria Fox. Her voice is velvety smooth, like the chocolate that appears so often, and is really soothing to listen to making this the perfect bedtime listen. I really enjoyed the various accents too, changing clearly for each character and really helped me to feel as though I was listening to Swiss people speaking English.
This is a delightful read/audiobook and was pure escapism. Simply wonderful!
Author Bio – Julie Caplin
Julie Caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.
These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages.
The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
Social Media Links – @JulieCaplin Twitter