The Chocolate Maker's Wife
William Morrow Paperbacks
On Sale: August 20, 2019
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Women's Fiction Historical
Australian bestselling novelist Karen Brooks rewrites
women back into history with this breathtaking novel set
in 17th century Londonâ€”a lush, fascinating story of the
beautiful woman who is drawn into a world of riches,
power, intrigueâ€¦and chocolate.
Damnation has never been so sweet...
Rosamund Tomkins, the illegitimate daughter of a
nobleman, spends most of her young life in drudgery at a
country inn. To her, the Restoration under Charles II, is
but a distant threat as she works under the watchful eye
of her brutal, abusive stepfather . . . until the day she
is nearly run over by the coach of Sir Everard Blithman.
Sir Everard, a canny merchant, offers Rosamund an
â€śopportunity like no other,â€ť allowing her to escape into
a very different life, becoming the linchpin that will
drive the success of his fledgling business: a luxurious
London chocolate house where wealthy and well-connected
men come to see and be seen, to gossip and plot, while
indulging in the sweet and heady drink.
Rosamund adapts and thrives in her new surroundings,
quickly becoming the most talked-about woman in society,
desired and respected in equal measure.
But Sir Everardâ€™s plans for Rosamund and the chocolate
house involve family secrets that span the Atlantic
Ocean, and which have already brought death and dishonor
to the Blithman name. Rosamund knows nothing of the
mortal peril that comes with her new title, nor of the
forces spinning a web of conspiracy buried in the past,
until she meets a man whose return tightens their grip
upon her, threatening to destroy everything she loves and
damn her to a dire fate.
As she fights for her life and those she loves through
the ravages of the Plague and Londonâ€™s Great Fire,
Rosamundâ€™s breathtaking tale is one marked by cruelty and
revenge; passion and redemptionâ€”and the sinfully sweet
temptation of chocolate.
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