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Reading Room & Book Recommendation: Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

From the author of the Little Shop of Found Things, comes Secrets of the Chocolate House. Paula Brackston delivers another interesting story with the next addition in the Found Things series. I don't generally go in for time-travel tales, and yet with both of these books I found myself drawn into the stories with her seamless transitions between past and present. The settings are always described with just enough detail so you have a good picture, but no so much that you lose the story. I look forward to seeing what happens next with the series. As a bonus, the books are free of sex and swering.



After her adventures in the seventeenth century, Xanthe does her best to settle back into the rhythm of life in Marlborough. She tells herself she must forget about Samuel and leave him in the past where he belongs. With the help of her new friends, she does her best to move on, focusing instead on the success of her and Flora’s antique shop.


But there are still things waiting to be found, still injustices needing to be put right, still voices whispering to Xanthe from long ago about secrets wanting to be shared.


While looking for new stock for the shop, Xanthe hears the song of a copper chocolate pot. Soon after, she has an upsetting vision of Samuel in great danger, compelling her to make another journey to the past.


This time she'll meet her most dangerous adversary. This time her ability to travel to the past will be tested. This time she will discover her true destiny. Will that destiny allow her to return home? And will she be able to save Samuel when his own fate seems to be sealed?


Have you read this book? What did you think?

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