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Chocolate Girls

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  784 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Three very different women work together at Cadbury's Bournville factory, and their lives become entwined by war and work - and a child called David.

Edie, the main character, marries young to escape her unhappy family home. Widowed at 19 and, after losing her child from the marriage, she faces the war grieving and lonely. Then one night during the Blitz, an infant mysterio
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 2nd 2008 by Pan (first published January 1st 2003)
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Dana Suaifan
Sep 29, 2013 Dana Suaifan rated it it was amazing
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Love the book it's a historical fiction. The characters. My favorite characters were Edie and Francis (bless them). It was nice to read a book about a family who lived through WWII in England. The 3 main characters Edie, Ruby and Janet went through a lot. Edie lost her husband months after their marriage and her child right after labor, she then adopted a child that was rescued from a bombed home and then turns out to be Jewish and he leaves her after she raised him and gave him everything she c ...more
Ana Filipa
Desde que tenho presente a ideia de que leio, recordo-me de como foi difícil para mim, no 12ºano, ler a obra de José Saramago, O Memorial do Convento, que acabei por não ultrapassar a décima primeira ou a décima segunda página; ou como foi terrivelmente devastador não conseguir ler um dos livros do meu adorado escritor, José Luís Peixoto, pelas derradeiras palavras que utiliza, ou pelo simples facto de me parecer que o livro se torna bastante massador com o avançar da história.

Pois bem, ao iníci
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J8J8

4,3 estrelas

As meninas dos chocolates é uma obra ternurenta sobre as teias que se vão tecendo ao longo da vida, sobre o fortalecimento de laços de ternura, compaixão, solidariedade mas acima de tudo, amor. São estes os temas centrais deste livro, laços, amor mas, sobretudo, a noção de família.

Iniciei a obra sem qualquer tipo de expectativa e, sem qualquer aviso prévio, a história foi percorrendo silenciosamente os caminhos sinuosos até ao meu coração, prendendo-me duma forma lenta tornando a s

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Laura
Jul 25, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is a captivating story about three young women growing up in England at the outbreak of World War II. Despite family conflicts, immigrating to other countries, enduring hardships and heartbreaks, these three women manage to maintain their friendship.

The story has an 'English' accent through the use of local dialect language and British terminology, as well as landmark references. Ms. Murray successfully interweaves the families' histories through the decades to keep the reader wondering how
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Josie
Jul 03, 2010 Josie rated it it was ok
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Cata
Jan 24, 2015 Cata rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Estou lançada hoje minha gente, mas esta será a última. E bem curta por sinal.

As Meninas dos Chocolates: Segunda Guerra Mundial e Chocolate (a primeira é algo que me interessa na literatura, a segunda é algo que adoro na vida real). Oh, o chocolate é Cadbury já agora. Segundo o livro em Londres nos anos 30, para as mulheres, um trabalho na Cadbury era o mais cobiçado devido às condições de trabalho.

Infelizmente para mim, foi um livro que se focou mais nos dramas pessoais das três protagonistas e
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Sónia
Nov 16, 2013 Sónia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Livro cuja acção decorre no tempo da Guerra sempre me atraíram e este, apesar das suas 500 páginas, não fugiu à regra.

Com uma escrita fluída e simples, narra as relações de amizade entre três mulheres fortes, embora diferentes, num período bastante conturbado.

Apesar do título remeter para chocolates e, no decorrer da acção várias vezes ser referida a fábrica Cadbury, esses pormenores são secundados pelas relações humanas e de amizade que tornam o ambiente e efeito da Guerra menos visíveis.

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Maria
Jun 10, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meu
Gostei imenso destelivro. Conta-nos a história de 3 amigas q trabalham numa fábrica de chocolates durante a 2 Guerra Mundial. A fábrica de chocolates serve apenas de mote p juntar as 3 personagens principais mas dá um toque dose à história. Um dos romances mais bonitos q li nos últimos tempos e q me deixou vontade de ler o próximo livro 'As novas meninas dos chocolates'
Estefânia Botelho
Razões da escolha do livro: Muita curiosidade e queria ler algo da minha irmã.
Proveniência: Biblioteca da Minha Irmã.
A minha Opinião:
Eddie, Ruby e Janet: três jovens que trabalham na fábrica de chocolates Cadbury e que estão unidas pela amizade, o amor, a Guerra.
Neste livro, assistimos às descrições destas três personagens durante a 2ª Guerra Mundial: a sua vida na fábrica, os seus amores e desamores, os dramas, os medos e anseios que foram também provavelmente daqueles que viveram realmente o
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Vera Neves
Feb 15, 2012 Vera Neves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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O livro centra a sua história no antes, durante e depois da Segunda Guerra Mundial e entrelaça a vida de Edie, Ruby e Janet de uma forma doce e meiga, tal como os chocolates da fábrica onde trabalham.
Edie vai casar apenas com dezanove anos. Sonha sair de casa, onde mantém uma relação difícil e fria com a sua mãe, vai morar com o marido e constituir família. O único senão do casamento é que terá que abandonar o seu trabalho e, consequentement e, afastar-se da sua amiga Ruby. No entanto, Edie não
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Joana
Feb 13, 2012 Joana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Um livro com uma grande componente de amor e amizade. É assim que essencialmente o vejo.

Janet, Ruby e Edie são três mulheres que têm que suportar em conjunto o horror da guerra e fazer com que cada dia valha a pena. Cada uma tem os seus grandes dramas que as poderiam fazer definhar e desistir de lutar por algo melhor, ainda por cima num tempo de guerra em que o desespero impera, para onde quer que se virem. No entanto isso não acontece. A amizade que têm umas pelas outras e a sua força enquanto
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Ines Norton
Jan 23, 2013 Ines Norton rated it it was amazing
Gostei muito deste livro e gostei da escrita de Annie Murray, fiquei agradávelmente surpreendida com o livro e quis logo comprar a continuação no As Novas Meninas do Chocolate, recomendo a leitura e prometo reler este livro.

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I loved this book and enjoyed Annie Murray's Writing, it pleased me enormously and went right away to buy the second one, so I recomend and will de re-reading it soon...
Rachel Zylstra
Feb 17, 2012 Rachel Zylstra rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this. I thought it was going to be a quick-reader, but it has taken me a few weeks. I didn't realise it would have such a connection to the Jewish people and their suffering, the last few chapters really took me by surprise and their were a few tear jerking moments. It was just what I needed after not having read anything new for a while.
I Read
Apr 28, 2009 I Read rated it liked it
Shelves: 1940s
I really enjoyed this book because it incorporated two of my main interests: Chocolate and the war years! However, i don't know whether it would have enough to hold your attention if you didn't feel the same.
Raquel Leite
Jan 05, 2014 Raquel Leite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Edie, Ruby e Janet são três mulheres que trabalham na mais famosa fábrica de chocolates, a Cadbury, e que juntas tem que ultrapassar os tempo difíceis da segunda guerra mundial.
Edie, com apenas dezanove anos, vai ter que deixar de trabalhar devido a ir-se casar e como politica da fábrica, já não poderá trabalhar na mesma, o que a deixa terrivelmente triste. A fábrica era como uma família para ela, pois a sua verdadeira não a trata como de
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Donna Chadwick
Author: Annie Murray
Title: Chocolate Girls
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Family Sagas, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Family, Saga, Romance, Fiction, Historical, Contemporary,

I was given this book.

This book has 384 pages and 62 chapters

I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio. Even if you do not read books like this.

I highly recommend this book.

I normally read books of this gen
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Clare O'Beara
Chocolate making is central to the setting as Cadbury's chocolate makers in Bourneville, Birmingham, is where three girls meet and chat as they lead busy lives around their jobs. The factory was run by Quakers who established a village of good housing, a green space around their site and continued education for the young people who came to work with them. Other mentions include free art classes and trips, and a cocoa van sent around during the WW II bombing to sustain workers and bombed out citi ...more
Filipa
As Meninas dos Chocolates é um romance histórico que conta as aventuras de três amigas que trabalham na fábrica de chocolates de Cadbury em Inglaterra durante os conflitos bélicos da Segunda Guerra Mundial. A vida durante a guerra não é nada fácil, com os racionamentos e as dificuldades que surgem na vida quotidiana e a insegurança em geral. Mas, coisas boas também podem surgir nestes momentos mais difíceis. Para Edie, a vida não tem sido fácil. Depois de perder o seu jovem marido um dia antes d ...more
Patrícia
Opinião do blogue Chaise Longue: http://girlinchaiselongue.blogspot.pt...

Annie Murray nasceu em Walling, a poucos passos do Tamisa e foi practicamente criada na loja dos pais onde começou a escrever aos sete anos numa máquina de escrever, actividade que continuou durante a escola até ir para Oxford. O facto de ser filha única deu-lhe muito tempo não só para escrever como para ler e sonhar. Filha de um soldado, todos os anos Annie viajava de caravana pelo Norte de África com os pais.
Depois de tre
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Patricia Fawcett
May 08, 2013 Patricia Fawcett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clear and comprehensive account of the lives of working women in Cadbury's chocolate factory. This book reads at times like an accurate, historical account; almost a biography. The narrative teems with facts and captures the essence of the working woman in the 1930s. Cadbury's, in common with the other major chocolate producer of the day, Fry's, was owned and managed by a Quaker family. Women who worked in their factories had access to continued education, swimming classes and drama groups; th ...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
The Chocolate Girls are Eadie, Ruby and Janet. Eadie & Ruby started working on the lines at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Birmingham when they were both 14 and Eadie met Janet, who works in the office during WWII.

Eadie had a horrible home life so as soon as she was able to, at 19, she married her boyfriend Jack. Tragedy stikes early though and Eadie loses Jack and not long after she loses the baby she was carrying. While doing her voluntary work one night she is given a baby who was found
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Rubina
Oct 06, 2012 Rubina rated it it was ok
The story is a easy read. Not due to quality but due to the simplicity of the writing. The reader has to make no effort to keep up. I didn't like that. I like stories where you actually have to make an effort and picture the characters and places and the action that is taking place.

About the story itself, I thought it was going to be different when I started reading. I believed Cadbury would be the main focus. It was not. It is pictured as a safety net, where they can always get their jobs back
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Ducha Ribeiro
Na iminência da segunda guerra,três jovens conhecem-se quando vão trabalhar para a fábrica de chocolates Cadbury e rapidamente se tornam amigas. E quando, a guerra finalmente eclode, elas mantém-se juntas e apoiam-se mutuamente face aos diversos obstáculos que vão enfrentando.

Entre as três nasce uma amizade muito forte, mas o terror provocado pela guerra, põe, constantemente, a amizade delas à prova.

A desmiolada Ruby, sempre pronta para a farra, apaixona-se sempre pelos homens errados, chegando
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Yvette
Aug 26, 2014 Yvette rated it liked it
A little disappointed to be honest, started off building a great story during World War Two, but I found it lost itself after the war has ended, a little far fetched, people who lost people during the war never found them, so to find David being reunited with his father was beyond believable although stranger things have happened.
I have read quite a few Annie Murray books and enjoyed them, but this was one I couldn't gel with, not hard to read so if you want something easy then this is for you
Mariazita
Este livro de Annie Murray não foi o que pensei , com tão boas opiniões para mim não achei assim tão interessante.
Com inicio antes da Segunda Guerra Mundial, e durante esta e também á posterior deste acontecimento histórico, ficamos a conhecer a vida de 3 meninas que trabalharam numa fábrica de chocolates, podia ser uma narrativa interessante, mas revelou-se um pouco monótona.A parte final revelou-se mais interessante, com o segredo de Edie e do seu filho a ser revelado a este e as suas consequê
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Maria João
Jan 20, 2015 Maria João rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9 de 10*

O tempo que levei a ler este romance não está de acordo com o quanto gostei dele! Mas época de férias para mim é de menos leitura ao contrário de muitas pessoas! Nas férias aproveito o tempo com o meu filhote, tempo que não tenho quando estou a trabalhar...


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Natasha Harris
Jan 23, 2015 Natasha Harris rated it really liked it
Being from Birmingham myself, I enjoyed the familiarity of this book, I could see everything so clearly because of my own knowledge of the area. I really enjoyed some of the character's stories and found it difficult to put down in places. Would have been 5 stars but j did find the end slightly anticlimatic after such a long build up! Overall a very enjoyable read!
Suellen

This is the story of three young women who work together at the Cadbury factory in Bournville, England. It takes place during World War II.

Edie is stuck in unhappily home life with a miserable mother. Ruby is a fun loving party girl. Then there's kind-hearted Janet who is too quick to fall in love.

I couldn't put this book down. It's a spellbinding story of how these three women's lives intertwined. It's also about the devastation of war and how it rips families apart. It's about love and loss. I
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CuteBadger
Jul 28, 2012 CuteBadger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of three very different women from disparate backgrounds who all work at the Cadbury's factory in Bourneville. Beginning at the start of World War II the novel follows their lives through war and peace to new lives very different to those they expected.

I downloaded this book onto my Kindle as it was on Amazon's bargain list and thought that I probably wouldn't like it as I'm not into "family saga" type novels. I couldn't have been more wrong as I loved the book from beginning to end. T
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Dianne Selwood
Nov 01, 2014 Dianne Selwood rated it it was amazing
Never judge a book by its cover! I thought this would be a simple "mills&boon" read, but was surprised by how much I loved this book, beginning with three friends working in the Cadbury chocolate factory during the war, ending with me in tears over how the Jewish people suffered.
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Annie Murray was a ‘childhood writer.’ Her career was helped a great deal by belonging to Tindal Street Fiction Group in Birmingham and by winning the SHE/Granada TV Short Story Competition in 1991. She has published short stories in a number of anthologies as well as SHE magazine. Her first regional saga, Birmingham Rose appeared in 1995 and reached the Times bestseller list. She has since publis ...more
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