The Chocolate Lovers' Club

by Carole Matthews | Women's Fiction |
ISBN: 0755335848 Global Overview for this book
Registered by seethroughfaith of Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on 12/15/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by seethroughfaith from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Saturday, December 15, 2007
Some women are addicted to shopping, others can't get enough of champagne. Some like to curl up with a good book* and others want a night out on the town. But there's just one thing that Lucy Lombard can't live without and that's chocolate - rich, creamy, sweet, delicious chocolate.

*erm that would be me :)


The Chocolate Lovers' Club brings together four very different women with one thing in common: they can't resist chocolate. This is an irresistible novel for anyone who wishes they were a member! Lucy Lombard can't resist it - rich, creamy, sweet, delicious chocolate. For her there's nothing it won't cure and she's not alone. Sharing her passion are three other addicts: Autumn, Nadia and Chantal. Together they form The Chocolate Lovers' Club. They meet in their sanctuary, Chocolate Heaven, as often as they can, and with a cheating boyfriend who promises he'll change, a flirtatious boss, a gambling husband and a loveless marriage, there's always plenty to discuss!


Journal Entry 2 by seethroughfaith from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Sunday, December 30, 2007
I haven't yet read this ... but to celebrate registering 100 books I offered a prize. It was won by Hippolein http://www.bookcrossing.com/mybookshelf/hippolein and he chose this ... so once I've read it it's off to Hki

Journal Entry 3 by seethroughfaith from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Sunday, January 13, 2008
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I unwrap the Toffee Crisp from my emergency stash in my handbag and tuck into it. Exercising on an empty stomach - even yoga - always makes me feel faint. Frankly, I'm a recent convert to the delights of pure plantation chocolate. I adore chocolate in all its many forms, but my current passion is couture chocolate made with the selected beansfrom single plantations all around the world - Trinidad, Tobago, Ecuador, Venezuela, New Guinea. Exotic locations, all of them. They are - out and out - the best type of chocolate. In my humble opinion. The Jimmy Choos of the chocolate world. Though truffles are a fierce competitor. (Strictly speaking, truffles are confectionary as opposed to chocolates, but I feel that's making me sound like a chocolate anorak.) So as not to appear a chocoalte snob, I also shove in Mars Bars, Snickers, and Double Deckers as if they're going out of fashion. Like the best, I was brought up on a diet of Cadbury's and Nestle*, with Milky Bars and Curly Wurlys being particular favourites - and both of which I'm sure have grown considerably smaller with the passing of the years. Walnut Whips are a bit of a disappointment these days too. They're not like they used to be. Doesn't stop me from eating them, of course - call it product research. p 14 (emphasis mine!)

I was grinning as I read this - because we have an English speaking group here (the Ladybirds). We meet monthly - and every now and then we end up talking about sweets in England, both hard boiled sweets (like sherbert lemons and aniseed twists as well as the little bags of sweets you used to get made up with your pocket money - agonising over whether to have 2 flying saucers or 4 blackjacks/fruit salads etc. But we almost always end up with someone saying - Mars Bars /curly wurlys used to be bigger in those days (which is true!)

*Almost all English people would know the company not as Nestle but as Nestles so this struck me as either sucking up to industy OR their having been involved in marketing the book somehow although the only acknowledgement is to Thorntons for their information and enthusiasm

Started this last night -and read about 50 pages. It isn't as good as I thought it would be (so far anyway!) The book is decidely British - readers from elsewhere might have trouble with the brandnames - even I had forgotten about Toffee Crisp and when I was reading in bed I was thinking Toffee crisps what a strange combination. I've never heard of that flavour of potato chips :)

Journal Entry 4 by seethroughfaith from Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Monday, January 14, 2008
I'm pleased to say this turned out to be a better read than it started out :) It's definitely chick-lit though!

There was one thing towards the end of the book that struck me as out of style and that was the use of the word granola. It's not used in British English. As I wrote in the previous JE the use of the names of the regular brands of chocolate Twix, Crunchie wouldn't necessarily work for non British readers - and as Australia comes into the story it would have been fun to read that a Crunchie Bar is called Violet Crunch (I think) down under.

I dislike books which insert the first chapter of the next (or another) book at the end. I always feel cheated of about 20 pages of the book I am reading, and sadly The Chocolate Lovers' Club does that.

I wouldn't mind reading the sequel - but I hope I can get it secondhand or via BC as I paid €12.90 for this copy (from Stockmann) which is IMHO a bit on the pricey side for a book like this.

Posting this onto Hippolein today as a RABAK. Hope he and his wife enjoy it and then the book goes on to be read by others too. It is a FUN read.

Journal Entry 5 by winghippoleinwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Book arrived today in the mail, looking forward to reading it (with chocolate by the side as appropriate with this book)

If someone wants to read it after us (will have to ask my wife if she wants to check it out too...), just let us know ;-)

Chocolate ahead!

Journal Entry 6 by Teddyke from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, January 19, 2008
first went here ;-)

just finished reading it, it was a good laugh - I'd advice you to have a lot of chocolate at home when reading it!
Will now return it to my husband who is the real chocolate expert in the family!

Journal Entry 7 by winghippoleinwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, January 20, 2008
Guess it's my time now ;-) went to shop yesterday to buy bunches of chocolate, hope it lasts through the book ;-)

Journal Entry 8 by winghippoleinwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, February 10, 2008
Managed to get through the book without chocolate in the house, had finished all of it before I got to read the book :-(

Some luck we had some instant hot chocolate from Van Houten in the house to get through the worst part of the book.

I liked the book, was very funny written and it makes you look forward to what happens to the persons next (until the end of the book, so went to buy the next one and my wife read it already...)

The continuation is now with seethroughfaith in Turku ;-)

Journal Entry 9 by winghippoleinwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, March 30, 2008
This book will now leave on a small trip around the world,

The Rules:
- Please let us know when you've received the book (JournalEntry).
- Tell us what you think of the book.
- Try not to keep the book longer than 1 month.
If you need longer, at least let us know.
- Aks the next person for their adress.
- Make a journal entry when you send it to the next reader.
- Last reader sends the book back to me.
- The shipping order may change.



a bookring starting from :

sota48 from Norway
daisyflower from Germany
Joanazinha from The Netherlands
boekenxnl from the Netherlands
miertje from the Netherlands
Enitnaj from the Netherlands
kotus123 from Germany {skipped - no answer}
turnpages from UK
ACE-W from UK
BonnethillBunny from UK
Inver from UK
Smurphie from UK {skipped - has the book}
Tregossip from UK
mirp from Ireland
Moonwoolf from Portugal now here - being read
PatriciaLeo from Portugal
katacs from Hungary
anaili from Bulgaria
Annimanni from Finland
carelaisa from Canada
sally906 from Australia
Lisagt from Australia
Mozette from Australia

...


will leave this still open for changes, book travelling around!

Journal Entry 10 by wingsota48wing from Hokksund, Buskerud fylke Norway on Thursday, April 03, 2008
The book was in my mail box when I got home from work today. Will start reading immediately.

Thanks, hippolein!

Journal Entry 11 by wingsota48wing from Hokksund, Buskerud fylke Norway on Friday, April 11, 2008
An amusing novel, but very much like other books in this genre which are so popular at the moment. I think I'm off chocolate for a while, though, even I wouldn't be able to keep up with these girls.

Journal Entry 12 by wingsota48wing at Airmail in Bookring, Book Ring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, April 11, 2008

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The book travels to Germany today.

Journal Entry 13 by daisyflower123 from Hiddenhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The book arrived today. And I'm so looking forward to the book and the chocolate :) Thanks.

Journal Entry 14 by daisyflower123 from Hiddenhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, May 02, 2008
You should certainly make sure to have enough chocolate at home when starting on this book ;) A very entertaining read. It's fun to follow the members of 'The Chocolate Lovers' Club' through their ups and downs. I already asked the next person in the list for his/her mail address. I hope to mail it soon.

Journal Entry 15 by wingJoanazinhawing from Amersfoort, Utrecht Netherlands on Thursday, May 08, 2008
The book arrived today with a bar of chocolate. Wow, thank you!! I love chocolate (what's new, signing up for a book like this :-)). Thanks for sending it to me, daisyflower123. It looks like a fun read.

Edit June 8: I started reading this one today. Will finish it as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 16 by wingJoanazinhawing from Amersfoort, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, June 14, 2008
I'm very sorry, but I will not finish this book. It's not 'my cup of tea' and after having read 100 pages I give up.
I will pm the next participant for an adress and get the book on the move again.

Edit June 15: this book will be traveling to boekenxnl through another BC-er next Sunday.

Journal Entry 17 by wingboekenxnlwing from Son en Breugel (incl. Son, Breugel), Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Friday, June 27, 2008
Thank you Joanazinha for giving this book to Smitjes, she looked after it and gave it to me at our monthly meeting in Eindhoven.
I have got another 2 books to read before I can start with this book but I hope this is no problem.

Journal Entry 18 by wingboekenxnlwing from Son en Breugel (incl. Son, Breugel), Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Finished the book, I thought it was fantastic and now I have to find the follow up book to read.
Also have to PM the next one in line who wants to read this book

Journal Entry 19 by miertje from Houten, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, July 19, 2008
The book arrived today. Thank you boekenxnl for sending the book and thanks to Hippolein for starting the ring! I will read it asap!
30-07-2008 I finished the book! It was very amusing and I ordered the sequel so if anyone wants to read it, just gif a yel! euh, pm!

Journal Entry 20 by miertje at Tilburg, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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The book is being mailed to Enitraj today.

Journal Entry 21 by wingEnitnajwing from Tilburg, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Friday, August 01, 2008
Received the book in the mail, together with some... Yay! Thanks Miertje, what a nice gesture!

I'm so curious about this book, unfortunately I "need" to read another ringbook first!

Journal Entry 22 by wingEnitnajwing from Tilburg, Noord-Brabant Netherlands on Monday, August 25, 2008
Finished this book more than one week ago, but unfortunately my father passed away, so it's been off my mind for a while...
Anyway: I really liked the book, it was a fun read, relaxing. And the chocolates Miertje provided came in handy, since the book really gave me an appetite! I liked the story, even though it was sometimes quite predictable. I'm curious about the sequence.

I'll contact kotus123 to send the book on its way again!
Thanks for making it a ring, Hippolein!
edit: kotus doesn't seem to respond, so I'm trying to contact turnpages now...
edit2: book is sent on September 5th, from the Netherlands to turnpages

Journal Entry 23 by turnpages from Faversham, Kent United Kingdom on Thursday, September 11, 2008
THANK YOU very much for this RING and for sending the book with the chocolate!
Looking forward to enjoying both....

Journal Entry 24 by turnpages from Faversham, Kent United Kingdom on Sunday, September 28, 2008
Read the book in 3 days. Unfortunately, I didn't get to read it any earlier but then it was a quick read. Like any chicklit it's quite predictable, but still a nice, comfy story. The only slight disappointment for me was that the chocolates weren't described in more detail (as they are in "Chocolat"). Right at the beginning there were some mouthwatering sections, but lateron the chocolate factor seems to trail of a bit. All in all great and easy entertainment...

Journal Entry 25 by ACE-W from Blandford Forum, Dorset United Kingdom on Thursday, October 02, 2008
Received today from turnpages. Thanks for enclosing the chocolate! I will read this next - after Animal's people, which I have just started.

Journal Entry 26 by ACE-W from Blandford Forum, Dorset United Kingdom on Thursday, October 16, 2008
An amusing and enjoyable read. One to enjoy with a ready supply of good chocolate. I will PM the next participant for their address.

28/10/08 - nemostar has asked to be dropped from this bookring because they have been given a copy of this book since signing up. I will contact the next person on the list for an address.

Journal Entry 27 by ACE-W at sent by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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Sent to the next participant this morning. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 28 by BonnethillBunny from Pitlochry, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, October 30, 2008
Thanks arrived safely as did the chocolate, so tempting to eat it before I start the book!!

Journal Entry 29 by Inver from Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, November 15, 2008
Had this handed on to me via Bonnethillbunny. She may be unable to say she has passed it on as having computer problems. No doubt she may give her own comments on how she enjoyed it eventually. We were on holiday together last week and she giggled her way to the end of this, so I am really looking forward to reading it. Have another two bookrings before it though, so may be a little while before I get to it.

23/1/09 Struggled a bit at the start with this one but I have carried on with it and will be passing it on soon.

Journal Entry 30 by Inver from Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, January 26, 2009
Eventually finished after nearly giving up on it. It was beginning to annoy me in parts I have to say, but I persevered with it and it picked up again. Have to say though I would love to have a place like 'Chocolate Heaven' to chill out in with my friends!! Awaiting address/personal delivery details from Smurphie to get it passed on.

Journal Entry 31 by Inver from Aberdeen, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, February 01, 2009
Smurphie asking to be skipped (she has ended up with two copies of this book for Christmas....lol) I have Tregossip addy and will be posting this on this week.

3/2/09 Posting today to Tregossip.

Journal Entry 32 by Tregossip from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Thursday, February 05, 2009
Thanks Inver it arrived this morning (and for the note)I like your mail bag as can be reused probably more often than the Jiffy type - where did you buy it???

Well, I won in a raffle on Thursday, a box of Roses chocs. We all have days,weeks, months etc when only chocholate and chick lit will do and this book almost hit the mark. The Roses certainly did although I'd realy be sick to attain these girls consumption. Gave it 7

Will PM next person to send on when finished

Journal Entry 33 by Tregossip at St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Off to Ireland

Journal Entry 34 by rem_BSM-942247 on Monday, February 16, 2009
It arrived today. Hope to start is later on.

Journal Entry 35 by rem_BSM-942247 on Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I really enjoyed this book. It would have worked just as well without the chocolate theme, which at times was a bit over done.

This will be in the post tomorrow to Moonwoolf.

Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 36 by Moonwoolf from Azambuja, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, March 20, 2009
Arrived today!! I think in the end of this book i 'll have more pounds... Can't resist to chocolate... Thank you for sharing, and also sending, beautifull stamps :D

13Nov09 => Liked very much this book. It will continue its journey..
Next stop -- Portugal

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