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ISBN13: 9780758214621
ISBN10: 0758214626
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Staff Pick

If you loved The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, you'll love Julia's Chocolates. It's filled with wonderfully eccentric and courageous women who grab hold of each other and find the courage to face their fears, all the while enjoying delicious chocolate creations. You will be laughing and crying out loud. A terrific feel-good novel for you or the perfect gift for a Ya-Ya fan.
Recommended by Linda, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

"I left my wedding dress hanging in a tree somewhere in North Dakota. I don't know why that particular tree appealed to me. Perhaps it was because it looked as if it had given up and died years ago and was still standing because it didn't know what else to do..."

In her deliciously funny, heartfelt, and moving debut, Cathy Lamb introduces some of the most wonderfully eccentric women since The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Secret Life of Bees, as she explores the many ways we find the road home.

From the moment Julia Bennett leaves her abusive Boston fiancé at the altar and her ugly wedding dress hanging from a tree in South Dakota, she knows she's driving away from the old Julia, but what she's driving toward is as messy and undefined as her own wounded soul. The old Julia dug her way out of a tortured, trailer park childhood with a monster of a mother. The new Julia will be found at her Aunt Lydia's rambling, hundred-year-old farmhouse outside Golden, Oregon.

There, among uppity chickens and toilet bowl planters, Julia is welcomed by an eccentric, warm, and often wise clan of women, including a psychic, a minister's unhappy wife, an abused mother of four, and Aunt Lydia herself — a woman who is as fierce and independent as they come. Meeting once a week for drinks and the baring of souls, it becomes clear that every woman holds secrets that keep her from happiness. But what will it take for them to brave becoming their true selves? For Julia, it's chocolate. All her life, baking has been her therapy and her refuge, a way to heal wounds and make friends. Nobody anywhere makes chocolates as good as Julia's, and now, chocolate just might change her life — and bring her love when she least expects it. But it can't keep her safe. As Julia gradually opens her heart to new life, new friendships, and a new man, the past is catching up to her. And this time, she will not be able to run but will have to face it head on.

Filled with warmth, love, and truth, Julia's Chocolates is an unforgettable novel of hope and healing that explores the hurts we keep deep in our hearts, the love that liberates us, the courage that defines us, and the chocolate that just might take us there.

Review:

"The quirky debut romance from Lamb opens as Julia Bennett flees the Boston altar where her blueblood abuser fiancee, Robert Stanfield III, awaits her. She leaves her wedding gown in a North Dakota tree, and arrives in the tiny town of Golden, Oregon to take refuge with her beloved Aunt Lydia. As Julia slowly returns to a semblance of normalcy, Lydia's eccentric friends soon become Julia's near and dear as well: minister's wife Lara, psychic Caroline and abused wife Katie all have their own hidden pains, to which Julia can relate. Robert, who hit her and made her feel bad about her body, is never far from her thoughts, nor is her incapacitating 'Dread Disease'-a feeling of panic she can't name. The dialogue is funny and bawdy: 'Don't cry, love! You escaped a life's prison sentence with King Prick.' Julia's struggles with people's interest in her chocolate-making, and in her person, make her a winningly flawed heroine, and there is well-deserved come-uppance for abusers of all types." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Julia's Chocolates is wise, tender, and very funny. In Julia Bennett, Cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship, and the enchantment of really good chocolate." Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

Synopsis:

In her deliciously funny, heartfelt, and moving debut novel, Lamb introduces some of the most wonderfully eccentric women since The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Secret Life of Bees, as she explores the many ways to find the road home.

About the Author

Cathy Lamb lives in Beaverton, Oregon, where she is currently working on her next novel. Married, with three children, she believes everyone should eat chocolate every day. Visit her website at: www.cathylamb.net

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susy.marie86, January 7, 2012 (view all comments by susy.marie86)
This book has it all! It's quirky, hysterical, sad, thought provoking, romantic, and all around enjoyable to read. The Author has a great sense of humor and a excellent grasp on what is important in life!!
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DL, May 20, 2011 (view all comments by DL)
Another winner for Cathy Lamb.. I was Completely absorbed in this story, from beginning to end.. Lamb does an amazing job with character development. She makes you feel like you know each character like an old friend.. Truly one of the best storytellers around, I laughter, I cried. A story that will stay with me for a very long time.. Keep writing Cathy Lamb.
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lonarifka, May 14, 2008 (view all comments by lonarifka)
I absolutely loved the book Julia's Chocolates. It provides the reader with a warm feeling and an understanding of Julia's feelings, thoughts, ideas and you really know this character. She came alive and you felt that you knew her and the wonderful group of people living in this town. You cheered for Julia, and kind of prayed for her to reach a good place in her life. I really loved the book, and would strongly recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780758214621
Author:
Lamb, Cathy
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cookery (Chocolate)
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women -- Oregon.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.22 x 5.76 in 0.01 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

If you loved The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, you'll love Julia's Chocolates. It's filled with wonderfully eccentric and courageous women who grab hold of each other and find the courage to face their fears, all the while enjoying delicious chocolate creations. You will be laughing and crying out loud. A terrific feel-good novel for you or the perfect gift for a Ya-Ya fan.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The quirky debut romance from Lamb opens as Julia Bennett flees the Boston altar where her blueblood abuser fiancee, Robert Stanfield III, awaits her. She leaves her wedding gown in a North Dakota tree, and arrives in the tiny town of Golden, Oregon to take refuge with her beloved Aunt Lydia. As Julia slowly returns to a semblance of normalcy, Lydia's eccentric friends soon become Julia's near and dear as well: minister's wife Lara, psychic Caroline and abused wife Katie all have their own hidden pains, to which Julia can relate. Robert, who hit her and made her feel bad about her body, is never far from her thoughts, nor is her incapacitating 'Dread Disease'-a feeling of panic she can't name. The dialogue is funny and bawdy: 'Don't cry, love! You escaped a life's prison sentence with King Prick.' Julia's struggles with people's interest in her chocolate-making, and in her person, make her a winningly flawed heroine, and there is well-deserved come-uppance for abusers of all types." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Julia's Chocolates is wise, tender, and very funny. In Julia Bennett, Cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship, and the enchantment of really good chocolate."
"Synopsis" by , In her deliciously funny, heartfelt, and moving debut novel, Lamb introduces some of the most wonderfully eccentric women since The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Secret Life of Bees, as she explores the many ways to find the road home.
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