The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet by Carole Matthews

Synopsis (from back page)

Survival tips for times of stress:

1. Take deep breaths
2. Count to ten
3. Eat chocolate

Whenever the four members of The Chocolate Lovers’ Club call an emergency meeting there’s barely time to count to ten before one of them gives in to chocolate…

Lucy Lombard thought her ‘Happily Ever After’ was all sewn up when her gorgeous boss Aidan declared his love for her, but she’s just caught him in bed with another woman. As always, she’s not the only one with problems – Autumn’s new boyfriend has yet to meet her parents, Nadia’s husband swears he’s given up gambling but she just can’t trust him, and Chantal is hoping to save her marriage, but not in quite the way she’d expected. It’s not surprising that these girls are going to need a lot of chocolate to see them through the challenges that lie ahead…


Having previously read and enjoyed The Chocolate Lovers’ Club, it was inevitable that I was going to read the follow-up at some point, however due to the fact that it had been a while since I read the first one I was feeling a little anxious prior to starting The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet that I wouldn’t be able to remember everything that had happened previously.

However I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This book picks up a couple of months on from where the last one finished and within the first few pages, it had soon become clear that I was in fact catching up with some old friends. The memories all came flooding back to me and it wasn’t long before I was completely submerged into the world of Lucy and co.

Unfortunately it also meant that my mouth started dribbling again at the descriptions of all that yummy chocolate and my hand was surreptitiously reaching for a bag of Minstrels. So my suggestion for any future reprints of this book is that it should have some kind of warning on the front cover warning people that there is a very good chance that you may put on a couple of pounds while reading it. I mean let’s face it’s very difficult to read about chocolate and not want to eat some yourself and I challenge you if you think you can do so!

This like it’s predecessor is a heart-warming and light-hearted tale of friendship, but unlike the first one, this one also has a touch of sadness about it so not only did I laugh along with the characters, but I felt their pain too.

A fantastic read which I highly recommend, although if you haven’t already done so read Club first.

Reviewed by Karen.

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