“Janie Rose Whitaker’s world revolved around her chocolate shop until Roger Wentworth and his young daughter moved into the apartment across from Janie’s. Anyone would think Roger fit the mold of he “perfect” guy, but soon Janie discovers secrets that could keep them apart forever. Though she resists
getting involved in Roger’s complicated life, they are drawn further into a bittersweet relationship.”
Chocolate Roses by Joan Sowards is a delicious romance with an insurmountable conflict. Janie is part owner of a chocolate shop where she has developed a crush on the handsome Roger Wentworth. Every Tuesday Mr. Wentworth comes in and purchases a chocolate rose that he has the shop deliver. He also buys a second random chocolate sculpture that he takes with him. It’s not until he moves in almost next door to Janie that she realizes the second purchase is for his young daughter. Fortunately Janie owns a Great Dane that Wentworth’s daughter falls in love with, throwing him into her sphere often.
The conflict emerges when Janie realizes that Roger Wentworth is married and that he still loves his beautiful wife. Because of a mental illness that drives his wife to bouts of anger, he has taken his daughter to live elsewhere. His hope is for medication that will help his wife live a normal life.
The plot gets complicated when he confides to Janie that he witnessed a murder and is under pressure to change his testimony that he saw a second man flee the scene. When a girl, who was acquitted, begins to intrude on his life, making dangerous threats, it begins to affect the lives of the people around him.
Will Janie be able to find peace, happiness, and love? Will young men stop proposing to her from convenience? Will she be able to find a resolution to her growing affection for a man she can never have?
Chocolate Roses is a parody of Jane Eyre that will appeal to those who love romance. It would make a great Christmas gift for anyone that enjoys a modern love story.
Joan Soward lives in Arizona. She says “I love it here, but I also love to travel. I have a big family whom I love to pieces. Writing, composing, and doing family history research are my passions, besides chocolate and my wonderful husband.” You can read more about her books and music on her blog.