• The Chocolate Maker's Wife

  • By: Karen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Willow Nash
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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By: Karen Brooks
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Publisher's Summary

Karen Brooks rewrites women back into history with this breathtaking, scrupulously researched tale set in 17th-century London.  

Damnation has never been so sweet.... 

When Rosamund Tomkins enters the world with her darkling eyes and strange laughter, the midwives are afraid, believing her a changeling. But Rosamund's life is set to be anything but enchanted.... 

Born into poverty, brutalised and ignored by her family, it is only when she is married off to a nobleman that her life undergoes a transformation, as her husband recognises in Rosamund a magic she does not know she possesses but which affects almost all who encounter her. Presiding over a luxurious chocolate house where men go to be seen, exchange news and indulge in the sweet and heady drink to which they have become addicted, Rosamund feels blessed.  

But disaster strikes, and Rosamund stands on the brink of losing all she has worked so hard to achieve. Forced to make a choice, she can either walk away from all she has grown to love with her soul intact or make a deal with the devil.... 

Set against the backdrop of Restoration London, the plague and the Great Fire, this is a tale of cruelty, revenge, redemption, love and hope, and the sweet, sinister temptation of chocolate.

©2019 Karen Brooks (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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The Chocolate Maker's Wife

I loved this book with all of it's twists and turns! The historical part was very interesting! Be sure to check the authors note at the end! So much information about how she decided what to write and where the information came from! Fascinating!

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Loved the history....

I found the history really interesting. I just felt there were a few instances where I felt the protagonist was just too virtuous, and some spots that felt a little too 21st century fire the story.

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Delicious

The story pulls you in as you witness and wonder the fate of this enchanting girl who is sold by arrangement to marry an older gentleman. Instead she beguiles all those she encounters and buildis not only a life, a trade, but a thriving business. A great audiobook well told.

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Definitely worth a listen if you like 17th century England

I thought this was a good listen. It touched on the good and bad without going into gruesome detail like some books do for shock value. The final quarter of the book dragged on a little and ended up sounding a little too romantic. Overall though, it was entertaining and I learned a lot about chocolate!

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  • Peter Reynolds
  • 10-19-20

A truly wonderfully flavoured tale

Loved the story line, just didn't want my litery tasty cup to finish! The narrator made the story come to life.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-25-19

Simply Amazing and Addictive

Such an amazing writer. I’ve never really been that interested in the restoration period but I must say that this book has whetted my appetite. I think Rosamund is amazing and Bianca too. Thanks Belinda.

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  • A K Thornewell
  • 11-16-22

Brilliant!

I absolutely loved this from the first chapter - often it takes me a while to get into a story. Really well narrated as well. Very keen to listen to some more of Karen Brooks' novels now!

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  • caroline
  • 11-07-22

Got bored about half way through

I was really looking forward to this. I love historical fiction, especially that which features a female protagonist, but I found I didn't care about Rosamund. It was way too long, the narration at times akin to reading the football scores and some of the writing isn't great. An extremly interesting period in time, the plague, the fire etc, but I never want to hear the word 'chocolate' again.

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  • Bendybensta
  • 09-20-22

Oooh, A Chocolate Delight of a Book!

I was riveted from the very beginning with Rosamund’s Life and times in this book.
It certainly taught me a lot more than I knew about this period and also about chocolate and chocolate houses, of course.
I also thought that the narrator brought this book to life extremely well too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-22

Didn't want it to finish

Interesting to consider the similarities between the social issues faced in the 1600s and the parity with today

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  • Helena Deakin
  • 07-12-21

Enjoyable but a bit too long

Good storyline, very well narrated, I agree that it could have been shorter as some things repeated a little. But it was easy to listen to and overall a good story. Well researched, even enjoyed the last part from the author.

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  • mrs p.
  • 08-03-20

Brilliant

Captured me straight away. Fantastic information of London history in the 1600. Great read. Brilliant.

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  • Dawn
  • 09-05-19

Failed to captivate me...

The writer has clearly researched this novel meticulously and comprehensively. I adore historical fiction and really wanted to like it! But for me it’s overly-long, could have been a third fewer words. Even the author’s note and acknowledgements take up the best part of an hour in their own right! I found myself willing it to come to a conclusion, and with books I love, I experience the exact opposite of that.

None of this was helped by the narrator, who sounded like she was reading the news from an autocue, albeit with a convincingly good range of accents and voices. The narrative passages between the dialogue were flat and perfunctory. I did warm to the protagonists, but overall, an unsatisfying experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-22

Thoroughly enjoyable novel

A really enjoyable read with a wonderful main character. Loved the incorporation of Samuel Pepys and the accounts of both the plague and the great fire of London. A great listen!

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  • Wendy Marsh
  • 06-29-20

A travel through time

Absolutely loved this book. The history portrayed was entertaining , amazing and enthralling. Highly recommended reading.