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Julia's Chocolates – tekijä: Cathy Lamb

Julia's Chocolates (vuoden 2007 painos)

– tekijä: Cathy Lamb (Tekijä)

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When Julia Bennett leaves her abusive fiance at the altar, she knows life will never be the same again. Seeking comfort, she heads to her Aunt Lydia's farmhouse where she is welcomed by an eccentric, warm and wise group of women. Meeting once a week for drinks and the baring of souls, it becomes clear that every woman holds secrets that keep her from happiness.… (lisätietoja)
Teoksen nimi:Julia's Chocolates
Kirjailijat:Cathy Lamb (Tekijä)
Info:Kensington Books (2007), 398 pages
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Julia's Chocolates (tekijä: Cathy Lamb)


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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 18) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I wanted to like this book, I really did but it was too cliched and trite, with too many stereotypes. While I applaud the author for dealing with serious issues the story was just silly. I like happy endings but not at the expense of at least a little realism. Out of 4 women, one repressed minister's wife leaves her small town for NYC to pursue her art and becomes a literal overnight success, a housekeeper leaves an abusive husband and has a book published practically instantly, one has her home-made chocolates featured on an Oprah-like TV show, thereby assuring wild success, not just for her but for the whole town when tourists arrive, and one psychic, although living nearly penniless, is actually from a well-known billionaire family. Oh yes, along the way true love is found, 2 abused children are adopted by a single woman when her lawyer, who just happens to be wildly in love with the woman, calls his friend the governor.

And let's not leave out the requisite breast cancer diagnosis. Along the way everyone's life improves if Julia comes into contact with them and everything she touches turns to gold.

All the Christians are the stereotypical Bible-thumping prim judgemental obnoxious characters with the exception of the minister. Men are either abusive oafs or are sensitive, caring men who cry. The incessant reference to body parts became extremely tiresome and annoying.

This book is a prime example of why I don't like chick-lit romance novels. The last 100 pages i speed read just so I could say I finished it.

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  janb37 | Feb 13, 2017 |
So, I freely admit that this is not great fiction, but it is definitely feel-good female fiction. There's lots of woman power, stick up for yourself, find out who you are, overcome your fears, follow your heart energy, and I giggled in places and otherwise smiled through much of it (though there are, of course, the obligatory tragic and horrifying set of situations, so that the women can have suitable opportunities to show their strengths, and those you just can't smile through).

So yeah, maybe some of it's a bit trite, and the main romance didn't do much for me (where ARE these men who allegedly make up their minds that they will be forever-in-love with a woman upon first meeting her, and stick by her through all her neuroses without asking for a single thing in return?) but in the end, I thought "really liked it" best summed up my experience. So go for it, it's enjoyable. ( )
1 ääni BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Julia Bennett is a runaway bride having left her rich and handsome fiancee Robert on the morning of their wedding. Underneath Robert's charming exterior lies the heart of a true psychopath; he has abused Julia both verbally and physically to the point where she is terrified of the man who purports to love her but even more of herself allowing him to treat her that way. Driving west Julia leaves her wedding dress hanging from a tree in North Dakota as she heads to her Aunt Lydia's farm in tiny Golden, Oregon. Lydia welcomes her with open arms and Julia soon finds herself caught up in farm life as well as in the lives of 3 new friends: Katie, young mother of 4 married to an abusive alcoholic; Lara, in love with her minister husband but hating the role of minister's wife; Caroline, a beautiful woman with psychic abilities. The 5 women bond over shared secrets and weekly Psychic hours where all things feminine are freely discussed. As Julia tentatively heads into a new relationship with Lydia's friend Dean, Julia can't rid her mind of Robert's insults and her horrific childhood with a single mother who let various boyfrieds have their way with young Julia. Although she is happy in Golden, especially now that she has made a name for herself making delectable choclates that sell in exclusive candy shops, Julia knows that a man like Robert will not take her disappearance lightly and that he will show up on her doorstep one day soon to exact his revenge.

There is a lot to like about this novel: strong women, friendship, a good deal of humor and love, plus a healthy dose of survival. The 5 women are likeable for the most part though I felt Lydia was almost too quirky to be believable. Their psychic hours were held in celebration of various female body parts oftentimes with said parts uncovered and I found this a bit odd. I think the main reason I could not give this book more than 3 stars is that it was overwhelmingly depressing at times. Verbal, physical and sexual abuse lurked around every corner and the treatment of the abused children, including Julia herself, was heartbreaking. The ending of the book was satisfying, however, and I'm glad I stuck with it.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
ZERO stars

One of the worst books I’ve ever read; I finished only because I needed it for a couple of challenges.

I had heard it compared to [The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood] or [The Secret Life of Bees]. And the book actually starts with a pretty good first sentence: I left my wedding dress hanging in a tree somewhere in North Dakota. Unfortunately it quickly goes downhill.

Julia Bennett has left her incredibly wealthy, violent, abusive fiancé on her wedding day, driving cross-country to her Aunt Lydia’s home in rural Oregon. Of course he won’t let her go so easily, but before he finds her Julia will be able to bond with Lydia’s circle of women friends who enjoy regular Psychic Nights. One of these women actually has visions of the future – all of which, of course, come true.

The characters are all one-dimensional (yes, ONE dimension, not even two). Here’s a sample description of the women, and I quote: A psychic with a twitching eye, a bald woman chasing down her guns, and a mermaid-type mother crying. The men are either tall, handsome gentle giants or mean, evil, violent abusers.

But what really irritated me was the whole “Bohemian pseudo-feminist psychobabble” thing. One Psychic Night dinner features “Cheers to Vaginas Tacos” – really? Or how about this sage advice: If you’re confused, summon the strength in your breasts, ask your estrogen for answers, demand that your femininity give you advice. I rolled my eyes so often I made myself dizzy.

Well, at least it was a quick read.
  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
Quirky, eccentric book and characters. I wasn't sure I would like this book at the beginning - it seemed too off beat. But then I was drawn in by the characters and the storyline, which centers on Julia, who at thirty-four is escaping from an abusive fiancee and from an abusive childhood, to her quirky aunt's Oregon farm. And her aunt surrounds herself with quite a few human, animal and inatimate eccentrics! ( )
  nancynova | Apr 26, 2014 |
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When Julia Bennett leaves her abusive fiance at the altar, she knows life will never be the same again. Seeking comfort, she heads to her Aunt Lydia's farmhouse where she is welcomed by an eccentric, warm and wise group of women. Meeting once a week for drinks and the baring of souls, it becomes clear that every woman holds secrets that keep her from happiness.

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