It’s time to pack your bags and head to the breathtaking, snow-covered peaks of the Swiss Alps for velvety hot chocolates, delicious cheeses and a gorgeous love story…
Food technician Minna has always believed that chocolate will solve everything – and it’s just what she needs when her latest relationship mishap goes viral!
So with her bags packed and a new determination to sort her life out, Minna decides to drown her sorrows with the best hot chocolate in the world at her godmother’s cosy Swiss chalet. Chocolate: yes. Romance: no. Until she has a run in on an Alpine train with a mysterious but oh-so-gorgeous stranger…
Full of chemistry, romance, friendship and family history set in a Swiss village. With a stunning mountain scenery, which sounded absolutely beautiful.
I absolutely loved this book. It gave me all the winter feels. I would love nothing more than to escape to the Swiss chalet and go skiing. Not that I can ski! Maybe Luke could teach me.
I loved how the book started and where it lead to. Definitely one of those ones that reminds you that everything happens for a reason. But god what a little weasel Simon was!! I hated how he made Mina feel, which then led her to question all her positive attributes.
Mina, strong, independent, impulsive and outgoing. A social butterfly, with a passion for life and food, which I found endearing. She loved adventures, travelling and was always planning her next trip. She sounds very familiar to myself with the travelling bug so it was no wonder I adored her. I thought she was a brilliant character and one I would love to be friends with.
I really enjoyed reading about Mina and the relationship with her godmother Amelie. Their bond was very special and Amelie was another wonderful character. I loved the friendships they both formed with everyone, yet that’s no surprise when they literally spoke to anyone.
Luke – positive handsome Luke. I loved how Mina saw him, yet there was more to him then she realised. I liked the anticipation of this storyline and thought it was done perfectly.
I love how my favourite word serendipity was the basis of this book. I am a firm believer in it and this word describes this book perfectly.
There were many strong messages in the book especially about happiness – it really is the most important thing and my favourite lines being:
“It’s simple: do things that make you feel glad to be alive. And avoid the things that don’t.“
“Things in life happen which you can’t stop, but you can choose how you react to them. You can choose to be positive or negative, happy or sad, angry or calm.”
I also loved the way Julie described life, she had the perfect way of telling the story, one of my favourite sentences :
“Being with him was like drinking champagne all the time. She felt dizzy and sparkly, energised and excited” now they are the best feelings described!
I highly recommend grabbing a hot chocolate and getting cosy under a blanket to read this delightful, winter book.
Author Bio –
Julie Caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.
These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages.
The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
Social Media Links – @JulieCaplin Twitter