Book Review: Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell

Posted August 20, 2018 by Melissa in Book Review | 11 Comments

Book Review: Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop CrispellTitle: Dreaming in Chocolate
Author: Susan Bishop Crispell
Publisher: Griffin, St Martin's Press
Publication date: February 6th 2018
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Magical Realism, Romance
Length: 288
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
Find It: Goodreads
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My Rating:

A story of love, hot chocolate, and one little girl's wish for her mother that will make your heart swell.

At twenty-seven, Penelope Dalton is quickly ticking off items on a bucket list. Only the list isn’t hers. After her eight year-old daughter Ella is given just six months to live thanks to an inoperable brain tumor, Penelope is determined to fill Ella’s remaining days with as many new experiences as she can.

With an endless supply of magical gifts and recipes from the hot chocolate café Penelope runs alongside her mother in a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, she is able to give her daughter almost everything she wants. The one sticking point is Ella’s latest addition to her list: get a dad. And not just any dad. Ella has her sights set on Noah Gregory, her biological father and the only person Penelope knows to have proved her true love hot chocolate wrong.

Now Noah’s back in town for a few months—and as charming as ever—and the part of her that dreamed he was her fate in the first place wonders if she made the right decision to keep the truth of their daughter from him. The other, more practical part, is determined to keep him from breaking Ella’s heart too.

But as Ella’s health declines, Penelope must give in to her fate or face a future of regrets.

My Thoughts

I adored Susan Bishop Crispell’s  The Secret Ingredient of Wishes and looked forward to Dreaming in Chocolate with much anticipation.

Unfortunately, as much as I did enjoy this read, it simply didn’t live up to my expectations. Perhaps that is partly my fault….my expectations were ridiculously high… But I think that it had more to do with the subject matter of Dreaming in Chocolate.

A plot surrounding a terminally ill child really makes it hard to enjoy the warm fuzzies while reading. I also had some issues with the life choices that Penelope made…I really had a hard time understanding her sometimes and I think that also got in the way of my enjoyment of Dreaming in Chocolate.

Don’t get me wrong though…there were a lot of really charming aspects to this read…and I did enjoy it. It has a healthy dose of my favorite genre (Magical Realism) and I loved all of the magical aspects to the book.

It just didn’t give me all the warm cozy feels that The Secret Ingredient of Wishes did.

About Susan Bishop Crispell

Susan Bishop Crispell

Susan Bishop Crispell is not one of those writers who’s been scribbling down stories since she could hold a pencil. She didn’t read constantly growing up (blasphemy!), and she can still be found in public without a book tucked into her purse (again with the blasphemy!). She is, however, the kind of writer who lives for the imaginative spark that introduces her to a new character or story idea that pushes her to turn everyday life into something magical.

She is the author of THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 9/6/2016), and THE PROBABILITY OF FATE (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2017). Susan lives and writes near Wilmington, NC with her husband and their two literary-named cats.

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11 responses to “Book Review: Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell

  1. I have this one for review and after reading a couple of reviews, I am going to pass on it. Reading about a terminally ill child is too sad. I am sorry that you didn’t like the characters more.

  2. I’m stuck on the title Dreaming in Chocolate. I could use a little chocolate right now! What a sad premise though. I would have to be in the right mood for a book like this, I think.

  3. It can be hard to really love a book if you don’t quite understand or connect to the characters. Glad you did still like this though. Wonderful honest review!

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