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The Chocolate Maker

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  45 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews

Beth Condon takes a job in Ireland to get away from her cheating ex-boyfriend, pushy family, and the status-oriented Silicon Valley where she was raised. Even after a few weeks in a new environment, she can’t break her old workaholic habits until her new boss strongly suggests she takes a weekend off. Not wanting to be sent packing back to California, she does just that, t

Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published December 21st 2017
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Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this to review.

I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. However, I ended up really enjoying it. I found this to be one of those books where you shouldn't listen to others reviews. They made it seem like she was wish washy and she wasn't. She had one time where she got scared. This situation was legit and some people in real life would have done the same thing. Thankfully it didn't last long and they were back on track. What I didn't like was both of their mothers. I
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The story itself was a 4-5 star read, but despite the promise it had, the writing lacked a bit. Wanting to leave her family and friends and their way of living behind, she moved from the States to Ireland wanting a start fresh to life and re-discover herself away from all those past outside influences. She stumbles upon a chocolate shop owned by a single dad. The two are instantly attracted to each other and eventually begin to see on another. Both had their own issues to overcome, and they come ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute Premise but not a great story
I was given an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review of The Chocolate Maker by Brie Hamilton
I was really intrigued by the premise of this book: a young woman escaping to Ireland to figure out who she is outside of the high pressure status-driven world she grew up in meets a single dad and artisan chocolate maker in a small town in Ireland. Can their attraction build to a relationship strong enough to overcome their differences?
It seemed like it would be cute an
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am feeling like the h, Beth, in this book, is wishy-washy. She didn't want to be like her parents, siblings, and friends. But, she really didn't have friends because she was a workaholic like her parents, siblings, and friends. The premise of this book sounded good, but the execution left a lot to be desired.

I didn't feel any real chemistry between Matt and Beth. At the beginning, when they had misunderstandings, they just walked away without seeming to have the ability to discuss the issue. T
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
rcvd an advanced reader copy from the author for giving my two cents. we meet Beth, an American living in Ireland to start anew...away from her cheating ex and her money hungry family. she is told by her boss that she needs to take a wkend off bc she has worked every wkend for a month. we meet Matt, the chocolate maker, widower and single father of a little girl. he does one night stands with tourists to scratch the itch. while at the beach with his daughter, his dog Ollie licks the feet of a go ...more
Dawn Herrera
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story it was quite intriguing. This is the first book by Brie Hamilton that I have read and thought it was wonderful, she is a great storyteller. The characters were very fun to get to know and it was so easy to feel what the characters were feeling. There was laughs and tears along the way. Escaping to Ireland Beth Condon takes a job to get away from her family and cheating ex. Matthew "Matt" O'Shaughnessy is a single dad and a widower he runs the family business making ...more
Lissa Wells
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, finished
I received this arc for my unbiased review
In this book we meet Beth Condon who moves to Ireland for a change of scenery and to try to leave her old life behind from her disastrous long term relationship ,her domineering family and her workaholic ways! Her new boss demands that she take some time off so she goes to the coastal town of Kinsale . As luck would have it she meets Matt O'Shaugnessy, an Irish hunk who also happens to be a single father and runs a chocolate shop. They happen to meet bec
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really adored the premise of this book. A workaholic moves to Ireland for a change of pace and meets a single dad who makes delicious chocolate. Sounds like a sexy romance, right? Well it should have been except Beth was awful. She couldn't make up her mind what she wanted. After one failed date, she sleeps with her awful ex. The minute she feels a single connection with Matt and his daughter she runs! Only to decided to give him
Marichus Real
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Matt is a chocolate maker. His wife died in an accident, leaving him alone with their little daughter Felicity.
Beth is American. After ended her relationship with her cheated boyfriend, she decided to travel to Ireland and accept a job in Cork. Being a workaholic in Ireland is not the way to become popular among her colleagues, so her boss tells her to go out the weekend. And that is going to be the best decision ever.
A sweet and sour story who would make us think about life and its mysteries. I
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can Beth change her workaholic ways and find time for a dashing small town chocolatier?!
January 12, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
👍💗👍A beautiful and heartwarming love story with a smidgen of heat. I really liked Beth, the American heroine come to Ireland to escape, and Matt, the chocolate making widower/daddy hero. After a rocky start, this pair open up to each other and find healing and release from the pain in their past. Family issues and disagreements play a big part in the conflicts both H and
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The advance copy of this book was my first introduction to this author and I really enjoyed it. The storyline was unique, the setting was so picturesque, and I loved the larger than life, quirky characters. I really loved Matt and Beth together, although I definitely wanted to shake Beth a time or two. I thought there was an opportunity for Beth to grow stronger and stand up for herself with her family that wasn’t fully realized. Matt was a great hero and I loved his interactions with friends an ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from Hidden Gems.
I just loved this story about Beth and Matt. It was very emotional and deep. It was easy to relate to the human conditions that were described in the book such as the need to speak with someone when life was overwhelming, the need to be vulnerable and open, the need to enjoy the moment and not worry about what might have been or what might happen, the need to mourn, the need to love and be loved. The characters, I felt
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very touching story about two individuals who are looking for something. Matt lost his wife and he is a chocolate maker with a shop that sells to tourists. Beth left the US to get away from her cheating ex. They have both experienced lost and is trying to cope. They meet on a beach thanks to Ollie Matt's dog. As the two develop a relationship Beth receives a call from her mother about her father who was hit by a car as she prepares to return Matt and Felicity are almost hit by a car bu ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Born and bred and raised in small-town the chocolate maker Matt O’Shasssay, continuing the legacy of his family makes his chocolates. He’s raising his daughter alone after a terrible accident he takes time away from the chocolate shop and hear meets bath condo.
Growing up, Beth Condon, was taught to be a businesswoman that superficial things were important in life. She resisted until finally it broke she moved away from family friends, to another country hundreds no thousands of miles away.
With t
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy from Hidden Gems and voluntarily chose to write a review. This was a romance between Matt and Beth and was based in Ireland. The area was picturesque and described beautifully. Beth wasn't my favorite character and she had trouble deciding what she wanted and was insecure. She had a lot of hangups from her cheating ex boyfriend and her family troubles. Matt was raising his little girl alone after his wife's death. Told from a dual POV so we were able to know what each ...more
Nicole Smith
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
I like single dad books plus Matt owns a chocolate shop in Ireland so reading this one was a no brainer. At times Beth was a tad on the annoying side for me, but she has many redeeming moments. I did really like Matt. It was nice this was a slow build up to their relationship. There is a event in this book that had me balling my eyes out. It really hit me in the heart. Over all I enjoyed this good book.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I was drawn in by the book description, sounded like a story with a strong female character I could really love. I did like the story but found the main character Beth to be rather wishy-washy.The story was okay and was worth reading but was disappointed by the insecure and indecisive Beth who was a professional business woman. However, for a romance read it was a typical light read.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Patricia Baxes
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This book had such great potential, but sadly fell short of being a solid 4 or 5 rating. The storyline held great promise; unfortunately, the writing and characters were lost in less than stellar writing and a book that was probably 20 chapters too long. What should have been a delightful read ended up dragging so badly I couldn’t wait for it to end! (I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book and couldn’t wait for it to end.) 🙄
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet story of two people who meet by chance and end up finding happiness where they least expected it. Beth moved to Ireland for a better away from the pain of her past and those around her. When she meets Matt, the chocolate maker, the attraction is instant. Their story of moving on from their past and the journey to their HEA was a story I enjoyed reading.
Jacqueline Ellison
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The book was a good read but I wasn't fond of the heroine character. I felt the book too a long time to finally get to the problem and the solution. I voluntarily received this book to review for my honest opinion.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice easy read. Always good to read about people finding their way - even if it takes some time and mistakes are made along the way.
Heather Bireley
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet book. I think it really should teach us all that life is meant to be lived well. I don’t think we should always worry about status or work or money. Love and family are very important also.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good storyline with well defined characters made this an enjoyable read!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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