The Chocolatier's Wife

The Chocolatier's Wife

by Cindy Lynn Speer

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A truly original, spellbinding love story, featuring vivid characters in a highly realistic historical setting. When Tasmin's bethrothed, William, is accused of murder, she gathers her wind sprites and rushes to his home town to investigate. She doesn't have a shred of doubt about his innocence. But as she settles in his chocolate shop, she finds more in store than she bargained for. Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbors, and William's own family, who all resent her kind - the sorcerer folk from the North -- she must also learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. For the real killer is still on the loose - and he is intent on ruining William's family at all cost.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016721712
Publisher: Dragonwell Publishing
Publication date: 07/16/2012
Series: Chocolatier's Wife Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 270
File size: 5 MB

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I've been a writer since I was 13, when I decided that I wanted to write fantasy novels set in medieval worlds. I used to spend hours outlining books on heraldry, herbs, needle arts and that continues to stick in my head was called "Life on a Medieval Barony." I've written several stories since, but I never really used the information in a novel.

Now, years later, I've written a contemporary fantasy novel, Blue Moon and a fable-esq murder mystery The Chocolatier's Wife and several re-written fairy tales. My passion for the medieval has served me well, I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, where I study historic fencing, sewing, and anything else shiny that catches my eye.

I also garden, (my favorite things to grow are herbs and bulbs,) hoard books, and find nice little warm patches of grass to take naps in.

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Chocolatier's Wife 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing I can say is this book is missing pages everywhere, so it's impossible to read, much less review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A spellbinding love story with magic, mystery -- and chocolate. Difficult to put down. For me, this was what a story of true love should really be for two people bonded for life.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was as enthralled with this as I was the Chocolatier's wife. I hated for the book to end and am looking forward to another in the series.
SJMusk More than 1 year ago
Cindy Lynn Speer brings her story to life with characters you like and situations that keep you engaged.  I picked up this story and didn’t want to put it down until it was done.  When I finished I immediately check to see what else she had written and put them on my TBR list.  She blends fantasy with everyday life throws in a mystery and comes out with a winner.  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won this from the Goodreads giveaway. This is an interesting mystery/fantasy book, but the heroine was too pushy and rude. She was insanely jealous of any other woman, which is ridiculous. The book kept mentioning how she was plain, and I guess she felt inferior. The book did seem to drag on and on. The ending was quite cliched, like a bad soap opera episode. Overall, it was a decent story but nothing spectacular. 
grammy1GL More than 1 year ago
No one chose their spouse in the kingdom of Berengeny. Each town within the kingdom had a Wise Woman, and it was her duty, via magic, to uncover and locate each person's future spouse. For William of the House of Almsley, the spell uncovered nothing, no one.that is until his seventh birthday. At long last, William knew who his was going to be his future wife. There was one problem, at least in the eyes of his mother (and the rest of his family), his intended bride was from Tarnia. Tarnia, located in the North, was thought to be a place riddled with barbaric and savage people. Despite his mother's misgivings, William took it upon himself to write his intended a letter of introduction. Tasmin Bey was glad to continue corresponding with William despite her family's reservations about the match. Tasmin's family regarded William's people, people from the South, to be uncivilized and disgraceful. William and Tasmin are intent on marrying each other in spite of the opinions of their families. One day Tasmin receives a letter releasing her from her marital obligations due to the fact that William has been arrested and accused of MURDER! Refusing to believe he could be capable of such a thing, Tasmin travels to William's town in order to find out what really happened. With William in prison, Tasmin takes it upon herself to settle down in his apartment, which is located above his chocolate shop, and she begins the seemingly impossible task of vindicating her intended husband's name. The Chocolatier's Wife is an amazing novel. Ms. Speer has created a new world, and she lures the reader into it with her words. She brilliantly includes the letters exchanged between Tasmin and William. In doing so, Ms. Speer allows the reader to know and understand the couple's relationship without breaking up the plot. The flow of her writing kept me engrossed in the world she has awesomely created. Cindy Lynn Speer has a fantastic imagination. She transplants the reader out of this time and space, and into a captivating world. Ms. Speer has written an intelligent and clever woman who is strong in her convictions; a woman who stop at nothing to procure the truth. She has written a man who is equally intelligent and clever, and seems to think outside of the box; a man whose unfailing commitment to his intended sets him apart from all other men around him. The Chocolatier's Wife is an unbelievably fascinating story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys becoming lost in the land of magic, a world of mystery, and a romantic journey. Cindy Lynn Speer's is an astounding writer whose imagination has developed a charming, enchanting story. Review BY Tamiko Cabatic Reviewer for Paranormal Romance Guild
sewolf0310 More than 1 year ago
In the Kingdom of Berengeny, a long time ago, no one chose their spouses. William Almsley’s parents took him to find his future wife.  Unfortunately, it took more than one attempt.  On his 7th birthday, the wise woman finally found his mate, her name was Tasmin Bey, and she was not from their area.  Those in his area called her a hag, but he was determined to write her early on and introduce himself, hoping to create a bond for their future life together. Tasmin wrote him back, and their correspondence continued over the years.  While William was away at sea, not only did he write her, he also sent her gifts that she kept.  William did not want to continue his life at sea, he wanted to open a Chocolate Shop, where he would sell an assortment of chocolates.  His family was not pleased with his decision. His plans for their future together came to an abrupt halt when he is accused of murder, and not just any murder, murder of the Bishop.  Tasmin could not believe he was guilty and journeyed to his hometown to discover what really happened and prove William’s innocence. Their letters to each other are interspersed throughout the story, starting with their very first letters, making the story quite an interesting read.  Not only do you need to keep turning pages to the end to find the real killer, you’ll feel for Tasmin being an outsider and having a future family that is not very pleased with her.  Quite a mix of characters to add to the plot.  Murder, mystery, adventure, romance and chocolate, who could ask for more.