Truly Magical! The Chocolate Garden by Ava Miles

Posted September 30, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Truly Magical! The Chocolate Garden by Ava MilesThe Chocolate Garden by Ava Miles
Series: Dare River #2
Published by Aspendawn Books on August 12, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 390
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Visionary gardener Tammy Hollins is making a new life for herself and her children after a tragic marriage. Plants she understands, but men…well, they’re of the weed variety. She’s started her own landscaping business, catering to her country music rock star brother’s friends. Her first client is sexy, soulful, Alpha hero material, and the one man who tantalizes her and scares her to death.

John Parker McGuiness is a man of many talents, working as a songwriter and lawyer for country music’s biggest stars. He’s drawn to Tammy like no other and hires her as his landscaper, wanting to show her they’re made for each other. When Tammy learns he’s a professed chocoholic, she fashions a magical garden for him—a chocolate garden.

As the garden comes to life, their love for each other grows. When tragedy strikes Tammy’s home, John Parker is willing to move mountains to protect her and her children. Tammy struggles to guard her newfound independence as they use the magic of the chocolate garden to help her children feel safe again. But when secrets from Tammy’s past resurface, can their love and passion survive the memories haunting her?

 

Quick summary

Tammy Hollins escaped from an abusive marriage and the tyranny of a mother who valued propriety over everything else. She and her two children have found sanctuary at her brother’s home where she discovers her talent for landscape architecture. John Parker McGuiness, her brother’s lawyer and a songwriter, falls for Tammy from the start and engages her to landscape his property. What she creates for him is just magical, not to mention delicious!

 

What I enjoyed

There was something almost spiritual about the creation of this garden with its chocolate theme. Pulling it together healed not only Tammy but her traumatized children. John Parker was the chocoholic but everyone involved seem to benefit from the project. It was uplifting to watch as Tammy became more confident and resilient. He was a dream in the romance as he tried to find that balance between being overly alpha protective and a Southern gentleman. It all worked really well as everything seemed to culminate with the completion of that garden.

 

The bottom line

Who knew there were so many plant varieties associated with chocolate? Be sure to have some sweets close by as you’ll surely crave them while reading this book. It’s a wonderful journey I enjoyed making with these characters as they worked to heal themselves, find new paths and create loving relationships. It’s a wonderful story.

About Ava Miles

Ava Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off The Dare Valley Series and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Much to Ava’s delight, BlogCritics says “It [NORA ROBERTS LAND] captures the best of…a Nora Roberts novel,” while USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog praises the series noting its “wonderful, idyllic setting… [and] great characters.” Ava continued The Dare Valley Series in FRENCH ROAST, which Tome Tender says “raised the entertainment bar again” and then THE GRAND OPENING, which reviewer Mary J. Gramlich says “is a continuation of love, family, and relationships.” Now, Ava releases the fourth book in the series, THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, with her recognized wit and charm, creating happy endings with humor and heart.

Born in a small town herself, Ava has created the small, Colorado town of Dare Valley and the residents who make it memorable, including the Hale family who, like Ava, are descended from a long line of journalists. Ava’s great-great grandfather won his first newspaper in a poker game in 1892 and her family has had something to do with telling stories, whether to share news or, in her case, fiction, ever since. In fact her clan is still reporting on local events more than one hundred years later at their family newspaper.

Ava is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Washington Romance Writers. She is also part of an unofficial group that regularly convenes a writing retreat at Nora Roberts’ restored Inn Boonsboro in western Maryland. Having left behind the “day job,” which took her, literally, all over the world, she now writes full-time in the peace and quiet of her northern Virginia porch-swinging-friendly community.

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