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Chocolate Beach

(Chocolate #1)

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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  957 ratings  ·  122 reviews
"Witty beach read ... hits the spot" - Publishers Weekly
"Never a dull moment!" - RomanceDesigns.com
"Bri's journey is humorous, challenging and endearing - one I would highly recommend!" - Relz Reviewz


Books in The Chocolate Series: Chocolate Beach, Truffles by the Sea, Mocha Sunrise

Ebook edition of Chocolate Beach is the special recipe edition. In this rollicking inspirational romance, Bri Ston
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Bethany House
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Kimberly
Sep 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book drove me nearly insane with it's never ending chatter and complete lack of focus. I skipped 40% in the middle and I didn't missed a single plot point. So much information that does nothing to advance the story. I kept thinking I'll finally get to the "good part" if I skip ahead to the main character's confrontation with her husband, but it kept getting put off and then when the confrontation happened it was a complete let down. It was so frustrating. It reminds me of one of Danielle St ...more
Tonya Joy
Jun 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so hard to get through, because the writing was unclear. I marked at least a dozen pop-culture references from Glee, to Desperate Housewives, or My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Pop culture references are fine to use in books, but they should not be the only depictions present. When I read, "the place was straight out of My Big Fat Greek Wedding," my only thought is, "wow, this author didn't even work hard enough to create a unique dinning setting." I do not entirely blame the author. I a ...more
Loraine
SUMMARY: Bri Stone has the man of her dreams, a surf-ridin' son, a chocolate-loving best friend, and a job as a SoCal tour bus host. Throw in an intrusive mother-in-law, a flirty new boss, a vocal nemesis, and suspicions that her husband might be bored--and Bri's rose-colored sunglasses suddenly crack. Can Bri reinvent herself--and recapture his heart?

REVIEW: This was a light, easy to read chick lit story; but I felt overall it went on too long with a bit too much repetitive detail.
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Karen Beth
I downloaded this book free on my Kindle four years ago and finally got around to it thinking it was going to be something different. I liked the main character but the pacing was all off because of several unnecessary storylines (Kate's storyline, for example, and much of the stuff at work). I won't be continuing on in the series, but I enjoyed a number of chapters, especially the dinner party scene, of this first one. And you better believe I'm going to try out the chocolate recipes at the bac ...more
Ida
Nov 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book. Every once in a while I try a "Christian Fiction" book because I like clean books (that's why I mostly read young adult fiction). But I too often find that Christian authors are poor authors. Feel free to send any recommendations to disprove this generalization. But Chocolate Beach was awful. I didn't even finished, although I tried, I really did. The dialogue is horrible! The plot is gruesomely slow and the religion seems forced and fake. A young teenage beach bunny ...more
Catherine Mcneill
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this Kindle book free via Amazon.com. It was a good fast read with a Christian theme. The story is about a married woman in her early 30s married to a successful attorney, with a 13 year old son who live in a beach house in Ventura, CA. Being somewhat familiar with the area the book takes place added to my enjoyment of the book. I can also tell the author is into country western music as she quotes many country songs.
Judy
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, picked this up at the library in the audiobook section to listen to when driving to a business meeting. How can anything that includes chocolate & the beach not be good. Well, I missed the part about the book having religious messages when searching the shelves. Just unexpected & not in a good way.
Robyn Gaye-Murphy
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chocolate Beach (The Chocolate Series book 1) by Julie Carobini
I so enjoyed this book!
Bri has a husband she adores, a son she loves and a tour bus job she mostly enjoys. The boss however is a leech and if it weren’t for the fact she loved his mother, she wouldn’t put up with his fawning ways. She has great best friends Livi and Gaby and to top it all, she has her aunt Dot’s recipe for chocolate brownies! They are worth their weight in gold! Delicious, a true heartbreak healer and much dev
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Felicia
I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. It was quirky. Everything you are led to believe throughout the story is false & I'm not sure how I feel about it. I was so prepared for certain confrontations, only for them to never happen or happen in a way that I didn't even expect. I guess that ultimately is what makes for good writing though!
Jen Smith
This should be labeled somewhere as a Christian book. I agree with previous reviews that while there are some good Christian authors, there are also a good share of them that aren't good. This book was a super fast read, but very predictable.
Lydia
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I listened to the audio version read by Carol Monda. She did a fabulous job bringing to life this original, hard-to-put-down story that is filled with humor and concludes with satisfaction. Why did I not read this book sooner?!
Margaret
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprising

Nice story, a tiny bit predictable but that is forgiven because of the nice flow. It’s a lighthearted and fun story with some lessons on “judging a book by its cover!” (Pun intended)
Barb
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the story, it had enough going on to keep you waiting for the next shoe to fall. A good read.
Lila
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
Yes.
Derek Walters
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good Tead

This book had interesting characters who are very human. They make mistakes and cause problems. I like the Christian slant - very refreshing.
Danni
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
fun
eva miller
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Story line was food

The story line was good. I liked the characters and the story , it was just harder to get into. Had lots of religious beliefs perform throughout.
Cassie Austin
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet escape

This book allowed a sweet escape from a chaotic reality while also opening my eyes to the blessings in front of me.
Maureen
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A feel good tale

I felt like I was friends with Gabi and Bri. I worried about Douglas. I dreaded the living room make over. And thank you for the recipes!
Leah
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was an okay book.
Melissa
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bri Stone has long been a free spirit. Her easygoing, humorous manner is what attracted her ambitious lawyer husband to her in the first place. But now, fourteen years into their marriage, Bri starts to believe that Douglas is getting weary of her laid back attitude. She peeks at an e-mail from Douglas's realtor mother and discovers that he has been shopping around for another home. Bri always thought Douglas liked their rustic house on the beach, but maybe he is looking for a change. And what's ...more
Amanda
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started okay and then it just wouldn't end. The heroine, through hints from her "friends" and the fact that he seems to be working unusually long hours, begins to worry that her husband of 14 years may no longer be satisfied with their relationship. There are a few flashbacks to how they met, which add a sweet romantic side story. But most of the present day stuff is annoying. Nearly every person and situation is described using some sort of pop culture reference. If you'd rather stare ...more
Julie Graves
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, 2011-reads
Brianna Stone has the perfect beach life. She has the perfectly hunky/lawyer husband, the perfect son, the perfect home on the beach and the perfect job. Things seem to be spiraling downhill though.

Bri’s perfect husband Douglas is working long hours. When a snide remark from one of her acquaintances points out to her that maybe her life isn’t so perfect, Bri begins to feel that maybe she needs to make some changes in her life to keep her husband interested in her.

Bri emba
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I don't like to give bad reviews. It doesn't mean I don't appreciate all the effort and time the author put into their work, I do appreciate it, but sometimes the end product isn't completely enjoyable.
I finished this book just because I don't like to have unfinished business and also in hopes that it would get better in the end. I'm sorry to say it didn't.
The story was too predictable.

I had a hard time trying to like the girl/woman in this story. As for me, the author tr
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Cheryl Kimbrough Fairbank
Chocolate Beach was not a novel that stole my attention (deep sigh). I had difficulty maintaining my focus. Too many (ho-hum) trifle details (like having a conversation with a chatty friend who can't stop talking long enough to show, instead of tell). The story theme was positive and the author shows integrity in her work- which was clean, without being "preachy". Yet, the story lacked conflict. The author could have deepened the plot, which might have at least built a little suspense. And yes, ...more
Chris
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Karen Kingsbury beyond the clouds
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Tammy
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
First let me start off by saying this book was a free read on my kindle, and therefore my opinions may have differed had I paid for it. The story over all was decent enough for what it was. The author did a fairly decent job at giving you relate able characters and strong relationships between them. However I found more than a few typos (which could have simply been in the kindle edition) and a few grammar errors. The biggest problem I had with the book was it didn't flow smoothly. There were aw ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
This popped up as a Kindle freebie and I loved the title and the premise sounded promising. I finished it, but it dragged on and on.

I have such a hard time with limp female characters. I can't even call her the heroine of the story, because there is no story. Bri has a pretty cushy life, but like a toddler, she moves from thing to thing. The minutiae of her life was trite and tiresome. Her husband is busy with his job and because of suggestions and hints from jealous friends, she assumes he doe
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Mom
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was cute.
Bri loved the beach and has her son loving to ride the waves.
She does not cook but loves to make brownies which she shares with her friend.
Her husband has not been around much for a few weeks. He is an attorney and is busy with a court case.
They drift apart. She thinks he needs things upscaled around the house and has the living room redone. She even changes her hair style and clothes.
Her boss decides to turn the business over to her son only he is a n
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Katie W
A clean, Christian story of a woman with a busy lawyer hubby and a surfing obsessed teenage son. Brianna has always been a beach lover and happy-go-lucky, but now has doubts about her husband's love for her. After instigating some changes in her life, and being subjected to there, her life seems to be crashing down around her.

The chocolate recipes at the back were interesting, but something about the story just felt flat to me. It seemed that something was up with her teen, yet there
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JULIE CAROBINI is an award-winning author of inspirational beach romances and cozy mysteries. She has received awards for writing and editing from The National League of American Pen Women and ACFW; she was a double finalist for the ACFW Carol Award; and several of her novels have reached AMAZON bestseller status. Julie is known for spunky heroines, charming heroes, quirky friends, and the secrets ...more

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