Review: The Chocolate Maker’s Wife by Karen Brooks

Rosamond Tomkins had an almost perfect childhood until her grandmother died and the woman who was her mother reclaimed her to live with her new family and twisted husband.  In her new household she was treated no better than a servant and was mistreated and abused both by step-brothers and especially her step-father.   The day she was almost run over by a wealthy nobleman, Sir Everard Blithman, Rosamond thought she had been saved, but rather traded off one hell for another.  But for one caveat – her mother (bad as she was) made sure that the nobleman married Rosamond before he took her.

Sir Everard recognized not only Rosamonds unusual beauty but the undeniable fact she looked so much like his deceased daughter.  Sir Everard presided over a luxurious London chocolate house where wealthy and well-connected men go to be seen, exchange news, and indulge in the sweet and heady drink to which they have become addicted. It was a life of luxury and power that Rosamund had never imagined for herself, and she thrives in it, quickly becoming the most talked-about woman in society, desired and respected in equal measure. But when disaster strikes, Rosamund stands on the brink of losing all she possesses. Determined not to return to poverty, Rosamund makes a deal with the devil that could preserve her place in society—or bring her the greatest downfall.  She was set up by a madman, and only her husband’s greatest enemy could save her!  

Absolutely an enthralling historical story set against the decadent, chaotic backdrop of Restoration London, the plague, and the Great Fire.   The Chocolate Maker’s Wife is a tale of revenge and redemption, love and hope—and it is definitely a book I HIGHLY RECOMMEND and I absolutely LOVED IT!!!

Marilyn Rondeau

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