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How To Bake A Chocolate Soufflé (Cherry Harbor, #1)

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Forget what your English professor told you – life stories are not written in college.

Madeleine LaBlange, Annie Anderson, and Audrey Navarro shared formative years as roommates at Chicago’s Catholic haven for women, the historic Abbott College. If only they could have predicted the collisions between their carefully crafted life plans and the realities they discover beyon
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Paperback, Ebook, 276 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by CEK Publishing
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♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
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I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a much lighter read than I was expecting.
The story follows three women, Madeline, Annie, and Audrey from the ages of twenty-three to forty-two, and I assumed that they were going to experience a lot of tragic moment over the course of their adult life. Actually, they just went through the
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Susan
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed "How to Bake a Chocolate Souffle." It was a fun, relaxing, "me time" kind of book. Whether you went to college or not, I think we can all relate to a certain group of friends in our lives in the same way that the characters in this book interact. The book parallels life in that not everything is always as it should be, but life goes on regardless. Towards the end of the book, I found myself cheering on the characters. The recipes are a delightful bonus. I have begun making f ...more
Emmie
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful book about life and friendship.... true friendship, that you can pick up after not seeing each other for 20 years. This book made me reach out to friends that I have not seen or heard from in a while. It made me appreciate the bonds of friendship and family.

This is not an action packed adventure, or a red hot romance. No, it's about life as we live it. Real and engaging. I loved every single page. I loved being a part of these 3 women's lives. Their ups and downs and the twi
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John Blackport
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest, non-reciprocal review.

I’m not sure what genre this is. From what I can tell, it’s not “romance” and it’s not “chick lit” either. I don’t know if there’s a genre for this at all, but there probably should be, because I think a lot of people would enjoy reading it.

I’m far from the target audience for this book, but I enjoyed it. I’m going to start with what I didn’t like --- which wasn’t much. I proofread professionally for a few year
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J.C. Gatlin
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance Readers
Shelves: critique-group
How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé is clever, engaging and often heartwarming. The book follows the lives of three college roommates – Annie, Audrey and Madeleine -- as they graduate and venture out into the world. Each woman has a very specific plan for her life – like we all do – only to discover life often unfolds very differently. The narrative alternates between stories about each character until they ultimately find each other once again.

There’s a lot to hook readers into these interwoven sto
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G.J. Griffiths
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
There are three main characters in this interesting take on aspirational life in the US. Annie, Audrey and Madeleine, who begin their relationship as fellow students at college, all have high expectations when they leave. They find that life has a different plan for each of them and the novel is about how the twists and turns they must endure can produce such different outcomes. My particular favourite was Madeleine, who becomes a concert pianist. Her story includes references to various compose ...more
K. Kumar
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
How To Bake A Chocolate Soufflé is an impressive book. This book covers the lives of three friends, beginning with the marriage of Annie, and then each chapter details the different paths each woman takes in their journey of life. There is a lot to like about this book, the author is able to delve into a myriad of subject areas that affect the lives of these women, such as religion, sexuality, and music, in a way that deepens the story and makes the reader feel more connected with the characters ...more
Florian Armas
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé is more than a recipe, it is a full menu with three main courses: Madeleine, Annie and Audrey. I liked Madeleine from the moment the child she was realized why music, not dance, is her future, and her path to a top musician position was as hard as well written – she deserves a two stars rating in Michelin Catalogue. The only inadequate spice for her: the decision to return to Iowa was handled as easy as drinking a glass of water – it deserved a good, old wine. The ...more
Angelica
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a great sentimental book about the journey of life with friends. The author delved into each arch with enthusiasm and provided a lot of detail, that was very relatable to the lives of friends in general I thought. The recipes were a welcome addition, that just added something unique to the book. I have so many recipes that I bake for certain seasons, holidays or just because they remind me of some mood or emotion. The recipes throughout this heartwarming tale had that effect of cementin ...more
Jacqueline Boss
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
How To Bake A Chocolate Soufflé was a great read from beginning to end. It follows the lives three college roommates who fall out of touch in the years after graduation, and it alternates between stories about the three women.

The characters all had relatable aspects but were each very different from one other and very well developed. I don't want to give too much away, but I loved the twists and taboos that were explored, and this novel felt very positive and progressive.

Even the characters an
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Elizabeth Krall
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This light, easy-to-read novel focuses on Annie, Audrey and Madeleine, who meet as roommates at college. From the prologue set in present day, when the women are happy, successful and fulfilled, the story jumps back to when they were 23. Succeeding chapters follow the women as each pursues her own life path and battles “the monsters under the bed” (a nicely phrased metaphor, I thought).
Strangely, for three such apparently devoted friends, they have almost nothing to do with each other for the n
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Michelle Irwin
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what it says on the box. It was a (mostly) light, easy read showing a number of flashes of the lives of three women from just after their college graduation through all the twists and turns of life. In my opinion, it perfectly sums up the quote about life being what happens when you're busy making other plans. Each of the women set out after graduation with very specific plans and of course life quickly makes different decisions for each of them.

There were a number of poig
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Ronesa Aveela
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a well-written book with well-developed characters and plenty of recipes worth trying. It has nice descriptions to set the scenes and describe the characters. Although not fast-paced, it displays reality. It shows snapshots of the lives of three college friends through the years after they graduate, alternating among each of them. For the most part, the events in their lives seemed true to life. Setting out from college with high expectations, they all discovered fate had a different pla ...more
Princila Murrell
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
This book describes the lives of three women who just graduated from college. Madeleine, Annie, and Audrey lead normal lives and have to deal with daily life struggles. All three women had specific plans after their graduation, but circumstances in life changed things for each of them. This made me think of the Yiddish proverb that says "Man plans and God laughs." We all make plans; of course, we should make plans. Unfortunately plans get overturned, and we are obliged to accept things that we c ...more
Brenda Haddon
Interesting Recipes

I found Carly's idea of putting a recipe in every chapter very interesting, even if most of the recipes were uncommon. The novel has some good story lines. Three friends who met in college and then went their on way, living very separate lives as most out of state college students do after graduation and reunite many years later.

I was happy to see them reunite after basically giving up on keeping in touch with each other. However, the way they find each other and decide to st
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I.D. Johnson
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the very beginning, I was impressed with how well the author sets the scene and let's us get to know each character. The book follows the lives of three college roommates as they go out into the world, each woman finds herself, and ultimately, the find each other again. Though the book switches back and forth between characters, it's easy to follow and each story is unique enough that it isn't confusing or difficult to remember where the story left off. I was also impressed with how easily ...more
Aderonke Moyinlorun
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This books tells the story of three friends, Annie, Madeleine and Audrey, freshly graduated from college, they all have high expectations out of life and a specific goal to achieve but life sets them on a different path. I think almost everyone can relate to that. Most times, everything doesn't always goes the way we plan them, even when they do, it doesn't come easy. It's a lesson we can easily take away from this book.

Even though this book is not fast paced, I was still able to enjoy the story
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Janine
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Foodie fiction is a new genre to me. The first few I read were a little too reminiscent of a rom-com for my taste, but How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé is a heartwarming story that is really hard not to love. The characters are relatable in every way, even the secondary characters are full and written fantastically. At most times, How to Bake a Chocolate Soufflé is a great “sitting by the fire with a glass of wine” page turner-- full of fun characters, flirty interactions, and heartwarming moment ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Annie, Audrey and Madeleine three Women who met at College as Roommates. The story starts in present day they are all Happy Fulfilled and Successful. The story than goes back to when they were twenty three years old and just starting on their life paths. The succeeding chapters follow the Women as each pursues her own path. For such devoted friends they have almost nothing to do with each each other for years. Until two change meetings bring them together again. A heart war ...more
Engi Sloan
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow but dedicated and sweet

This book is a slow but interesting read. I love how these woman are dedicated to one another. I also love how the woman return to college to guide other young ladies so that the young women may also have the opportunity to gain friendships of a life time.
Kyla
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This I'd not normally the type of book I would read. But I really enjoyed reading this book. I give this book 4 stars because there were times I wanted to put it down. I usually get so wrapped up in books that I can't set them down for a minute. I want to say thank you to the author for giving me the opportunity to read this book. In exchange for my honest review
Shannon Rochester
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I would say three and a half stars. I liked the book a lot as the storyline was relatively easy to keep up with and the characters were easy to connect to. I say relatively easy because there were times at the beginning of a new chapter that it took me a second to get back into the story. But it didn't happen often and I would be back into it... All in all, a good read.
Melissa LoParco
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a really sweet book about love, life, and friendship. I think the only thing i would have preferred was more detail as sometimes things got a little complicated to understand or you just wanted more!
Winter Sophia Rose
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming!
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Carly Ellen is a food traveler and writer who loves incorporating delicious recipes into her stories. She has a minor obsession with French boulangeries, and is sublimely happy with a fresh baguette and cup of espresso in any European cobblestoned square.