The Chocolatier’s Wife &  The Chocolatier’s Ghost by Cindy Lynn Speer

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GENRE: Fantasy Mystery

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author cover2The Chocolatier’s Wife: ROMANCE, MAGIC, MYSTERY…. AND CHOCOLATE

A truly original, spellbinding love story, featuring vivid characters in a highly realistic historical setting.

When Tasmin’s bethrothed, William, is accused of murder, she gathers her wind sprites and rushes to his home town to investigate. She doesn’t have a shred of doubt about his innocence. But as she settles in his chocolate shop, she finds more in store than she bargained for. Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbors, and William’s own family, who all resent her kind – the sorcerer folk from the North — she must also learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. For the real killer is still on the loose – and he is intent on ruining William’s family at all cost.

The Chocolatier’s Ghost: Married to her soul mate, the chocolatier William, Tasmin should not have to worry about anything at all. But when her happily ever after is interrupted by the disappearance of the town’s wise woman, she rushes in to investigate. Faced with dangers, dead bodies, and more mysterious disappearances, Tasmin and William must act fast to save their town and themselves – especially when Tasmin starts to be haunted by a most unwelcome ghost from her past…literally.

author cover1The Chocolatier’s Ghost is an enchanting sequel to Cindy Lynn Speer’s bestselling romantic mystery, The Chocolatier’s Wife.

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William was not overly worried.  This was not the first time they’d had a left-over crate, a quick look at the manifests would find something not checked off.  He crossed over to it, looking for a mark on the rough-hewn wood.  “Not something well regarded,” he muttered, bending over to inspect the side closer, certain that there must be some mark.  Nothing would have entered the warehouse without some sort of marking on it, from a ship, from a merchant, something.  The crate was of poor quality. As he leaned close and breathed deeply,  he caught, much to his dismay, the undertone of death.

“Oh, dear,”  he whispered.  “Mr. Boyd, the bar, if you please?”  He held out his hand, unable to stop looking at the crate.  He grasped the cold metal as it touched his palm and looked for the first nail.

“I have a light, sir,” Boyd said, raising it high as William pried the crate’s lid open.  It wasn’t hard, only a hand full of nails, poorly hammered in, secured the lid.

The woman had not been lovely in life, she had been too fretful, too scattered. Tasmin had called her a handful of leaves on the wind, and it had suited the former Wise Woman.

 They had been gentle, whomever they were; had laid her on leaves and straw covered by a tattered old blanket, crossed her hands over her chest.  Death made Cherise pretty, for her features were smoothed out, quiet.  Her hair was neatly braided.  He would have rathered the leaves on the wind, the fretful, forgetful absentmindedness of life.  

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Cindy Lynn Speer has been writing since she was 13.  She has Blue Moon and Unbalanced published by Zumaya.  Her other works, including ‘The Chocolatier’s Wife’ (recently out in an illustrated hardcover to celebrate its 10th anniversary) and ‘The Chocolatier’s Ghost’, as well as the short story anthology ‘Wishes and Sorrows’.  When she is not writing she is either practicing historical swordsmanship, sewing, or pretending she can garden.  She also loves road trips and seeing nature.  Her secret side hobby is to write really boring bios about herself.  You can find out more about her at http://www.cindylynnspeer.com, or look for her on Facebook (Cindy Lynn Speer) and Twitter (cindylynnspeer). Books:  https://www.amazon.com/Cindy-Lynn-Speer/e/B001JOVNP2

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Review of The Chocolatier’s Wife

The Chocolatier’s Wife is a beautiful tale of magic and true love. Imagine a land where no one marries for love – not the kind of romantic love we know – but instead everyone knows just who they are fated to marry at birth. It works like this: the newborn babe is taken to the soothsayer who pricks his finger and with that tiny drop of blood, reads who the future spouse is. When William is born, his wife is not found, nor is the the next year, or the next. In fact, seven years go by before his wife is born and, to his family’s consternation, she’s one of the Southerners – people of magic and mystery. But William is happy – and he writes her a letter. What follows, is a charming story of true love. Nothing goes smoothly – William grows up and after a stint as a sailor, decides to open a chocolate shop. He prepares to send for his future wife, Tasmin, but someone is intent on ruining his family, and he is framed for a murder he didn’t commit. Tasmin hears about it from a letter, and immediately flies to his side. This story captivated me. I loved the characters, the setting, and the story. The letters William and Tasmin write to each other at the start of each chapter are sheer magic, and the writing is a delight. Very highly recommended.

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