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Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb
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Oct 03, 2009

it was amazing
Read in October, 2009

In the first line, Julia tells us she leaves her wedding dress hanging from a tree in North Dakota, as she leaves Boston and drives away from her abusive and dangerous fiance on their wedding day. Her black eye a reminder of how narrowly she escaped a marriage of abuse and humiliation.

She goes to her Aunt Lydia, a feisty, strong, eccentric woman who lives on a farm in Golden Oregon. In this small town, Julia with her big boobs, wild hair, and damaged psyche, finds friendship, safety, and strength. She finds a refuge from her terrifying childhood and engagement, and finally begins to heal. A circle of women, all experiencing their own kind of pain, gather weekly at Julia for Psychic Night where Lydia exhorts the women to know their breast power, know the power of their vagina and more.

Julia creates a beautiful, powerful life but one bordered by panic and fear as she knows her fiance will find her and kill her. As she immerses herself in the embrace of her community, she finds the strength to make her stand, to become more whole, and to love not only a lover, but a family chosen by her own heart.

The stories of the women in this book are not unusual (unfortunately) nor is the plot unusual. The characters and the writing pull you into the story and find their way into your heart. You are rooting for Julia to love her wild hair, big boobs, and tattered psyche and you laugh hysterically at the crazy-right philosophy of Aunt Lydia.

Anyone who was/is a feminist in the 1970s and early 1980s will find the subject matter of the Psychic Night not only familiar but hysterically funny!

And you have to love a book where chocolate saves a woman's life, her sanity, and her love!! Go chocolate.
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HRM Maire "In chocolate we trust."

So, I Read This Book Today LOVE your review!!!

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