Like trying a Bewitching atmospheric and adventurousI absolutely love this series The time travel aspect is one of the highlights for meThank ou so much to St Martin s Press for kindly sending me a physical copy to read I read this one with Brenda and Lindsay 35 I m enjoying this time travel series by Paula Brackston I find it very well researched and the Seventeenth Century in England fascinating I was delighted to learn that hot chocolate houses were popular in that time This book certainly had me wanting to have some as I was reading about the making of the hot chocolateI was interested to catch up with Xanthe and her travels as I enjoyed the first book as well The present day story of the antiue store setting and her mother Flora I am enjoying as well although the old boyfriend Marcus is getting a bit annoying I felt like elling at Xanthe to just forcefully tell him to LEAVE She is a strong character and the way she is interacting with Marcus is grating on my nerves a little Her present day love interest Liam I am slowly warming to although I want to learn about himXanthe has a special gift time travel which we learn is being referred to as Spinning In the second book it is the old copper chocolate pot which sings to her When an object from the past that Xanthe touches sings to her she knows she is needed in the past and must travel in time to help solve a mystery This book leads her back into the 1600 s and she is reunited with Samuel and meets some new people as well as a disturbing figure I really enjoyed the story but parts of it got a little bit slow around 70% of the way It then bounced back with a fabulous cliffhanger ending I will most certainly read the third book As I was reading the book I kept thinking that this might make a good series for tv I know I d watch it for just plain escapismI d like to kindly thank NetGalley and St Martin s Press for granting me access to this Advanced Reader Copy Please note that I received this book via NetGalley This did not affect my rating or reviewI was hoping that this book could turn it around but honestl An enchanting second book in the Found Things Series Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston is another bewitching journey back in time filled with magic and intrigue The writing is vivid and atmospheric and I simply love the author s style as she brings to life the small town of Marlborough with its shops and cottages and the characters There s a certain comfort in returning back to familiar and beloved characters as they embark upon a fresh new adventure and going back in time with Xanthe was a treat and a very suspenseful one too Despite the characters and plot being familiar the story was as fresh and engrossing as it could be I ve mentioned it before in my review of The Little Shop of Found Things that the pacing isn t brisk but rather pretty slow and Shop of Found Things that the pacing isn t brisk but rather pretty slow and s the same for this story but having said that I had no issues and it worked perfectly for the storylineThe author maintains the suspense and mystery surrounding the characters. Hile 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 pastThis 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.Ange calling or talent powerswhatever ou want to call it I enjoyed seeing Xanthe s relationship with her grandmother develop a bit plus call it I enjoyed seeing Xanthe s relationship with her grandmother Flora develop bit plus relationships with locals in present time become a bit deeperand her coming to terms with her ties to the past and history A reader could jump in and start reading with this story It isn t totally necessary to have read book one first There is enough information given to understand the characters and situation But in order to fully understand all the nuances it really is best to read book one The Little Shop of Found Things first Plus it s a very enjoyable book Nice addition to this developing series I will definitely be reading by Paula BrackstonI voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from St Martins Press via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in BooksI had a great time with this book After enjoying the first book in this series The Little Shop of Found Things I was really excited to see what would happen next in Xanthe s life I went into the book hoping that I would like it as much as I did the first book and I did This was a story that was able to grab me from the very beginning and was enjoyable until the end I am so glad th I loved The Little Shop of Found Things and was very excited to read the second book in the Found Things series Paula Brackston does not disappoint Secrets of the Chocolate House is an extremely enjoyable read that I don t think reuires reading the first book Brackston seems to provide the necessary information to new readers while also reminding the old readers It was delightful to meet up with Xanthe again and to accompany her as she travels through time It was also fun to see the Appleby clan especially Samuel Xanthe has a gift Certain objects sing to her prompting her to travel to a certain time where her help is needed She feels compelled to heed the call because otherwise the outcome could be regrettable and the future thrown off its proper pathSecrets of the Chocolate House begins with the 4 stars A spellbinding journey back into my favourite time travel storyI will start by saying generally I am not one to enjoy time travel stories as I have a hard time accepting storylines that aren t realistic This book is a huge exception for me I LOVE the time travel aspect It is presented in a delicate subtle manner that was easy for me to embrace I enjoyed this book even than Book 1I fell in love with the main character Xanthe in the first book in this series She is a Riders of the Sea young woman who owns an antiue shop with her aging mother She finds herself drawn to certain antiue items that sing to her connecting her with their past As soon as I started this book I was immediately drawn deep into Xanthe s newest adventure The writing is elouent and engrossing The atmosphere is thick and palpable The storyline is intriguing warm and suspenseful The characters are uniue and endearing I was fully invested in their lives Ifou enjoy time travel stories or feel. Th 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 antiue shopBut 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 sharedW. .
I received a free e copy of Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston from NetGalley for my honest reviewThis book is the second book in a series the first book being Little Shop of Found Things Another wonderful and adventurous time traveling read In this second book ou get to learn about the characters and their abilities Xanthe has the ability to go back in time using antiue objects that sing to her She travels back in time to help friends from the 1600 s where she also gets to meet others who have the same ability A well written and fun read Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston is a *well written entertaining mix of Historical Fiction and Fantasy that kept * written entertaining mix of Historical Fiction and Fantasy that kept engaged throughout the book While it is the second book in the series it worked as a standalone novel I believe most readers would benefit from reading the series in order as there are references back to events in the first book of the series However this did not diminish my reading pleasureThe novel takes place in and around Marlborough a market town in the English county of Wiltshire in a mix of contemporary times and the latter part of the first decade of the seventeenth century Xanthe and her mother Flora now live in Marlborough above first decade of the seventeenth century Xanthe and her mother Flora now live in Marlborough above antiue store The Little Shop of Found Things Xanthe s parents are going through a divorce money is tight and Flora is suffering from arthritis Xanthe has found that she can time travel to address injustices Objects singwhisper to her When a copper chocolate pot calls to her she knows that she will once again be time travelingPaula Brackston does a great job in giving the reader a sense of both time and place Her descriptions help the reader to travel with Xanthe There is history suspense danger deceit uncertainty a villain hope friendship and much I wish that Xanthe was a stronger female protagonist She is still somewhat unsure of herself whether she is in contemporary times or in the seventeenth century However there are hints of changes and I expect this is one thing that the author will address in future booksReaders that enjoy time travel and history should enjoy this novel I look forward to reading books by Paula Brackston Many thanks to St Martin s Press and Paula Brackston via Net Galley for a free electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review Opinions are mine alone and are not biased
In Any Way Xantheany way Xanthe travel back in time using antiue items from her shop Some antiue items just sing for her telling her that they hold secrets that need to be told Ever since she touched a chatelaine and was transported back to 1605 in the first book in this series The Little Shop of Found Things I ve been eagerly awaiting Xanthe s next trip back in time This time a copper chocolate pot calls out to herand she decides to answer the call of the past again This story is just as entertaining and exciting as the first one but with a lot character development Xanthe is learning to take time travel in stridetaking time to better prepare and being open to learning about her str. The second novel in a bewitching series brimming with charm and charisma that will make fans of Outlander rejoice Woman's World Magazine New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston’s The Little Shop of Found Things was called “a page turner that will no doubt leave readers eager for future series installments” Publishers Weekly Now Brackston returns to the Found Things series with its seuel Secrets of the Chocolate HouseAfter her adventures in the seventeen.