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Better Than Chocolate (Life in Icicle Falls, Bk 1)
Better Than Chocolate - Life in Icicle Falls, Bk 1 Author:Sheila Roberts Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank -- and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha... more », the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?
After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly….
Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.« less
For my introduction to Sheila Roberts, this was a fantastic read! Set in a small town in Washington state, Samantha and her two sisters and mother are experiencing some personal and work tragedies. Their mother has just buried her second husband and they are all hoping to resurrect their chocolate company that hasn't been doing well for awhile. These ladies must work hard to come up with some money to pay off a bank loan that is being called in on a short notice.
I thought the book was a little bit drawn out and too predictable. I would have liked a more in-depth ending to know what became of the other sisters but I guess that is for another book. All the characters were very likeable.