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Secrets of the Chocolate House

(Found Things #2)

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The second novel in a bewitching series "brimming with charm and charisma" that will make "fans of Outlander rejoice!" (Woman's World Magazine)

New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston’s The Little Shop of Found Things was called “a page-turner that will no doubt leave readers eager for future series installments” (Publishers Weekly). Now, Brackston returns to the
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
4+ stars!

A spellbinding journey back into my favourite time-travel story!

I will start by saying, generally, I am not one to enjoy time-travel stories as I have a hard time accepting storylines that aren’t realistic. This book is a huge exception for me - I LOVE the time-travel aspect. It is presented in a delicate, subtle manner that was easy for me to embrace. I enjoyed this book even more than Book #1!

I fell in love with the main character, Xanthe, in the first book in this series. She is a
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Selena
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston from NetGalley for my honest review.

This book is the second book in a series; the first book being "Little Shop of Found Things". Another wonderful and adventurous time traveling read. In this second book you get to learn more about the characters and their abilities. Xanthe has the ability to go back in time using antique objects that sing to her. She travels back in time to help friends from the 1600's where she also
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PamG
Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston is a well-written, entertaining mix of Historical Fiction and Fantasy that kept me engaged throughout the book. While it is the second book in the series, it worked as a standalone novel. I believe most readers would benefit from reading the series in order as there are references back to events in the first book of the series. However, this did not diminish my reading pleasure.

The novel takes place in and around Marlborough, a market town in the
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Juli
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Xanthe can travel back in time using antique items from her shop. Some antique items just sing for her, telling her that they hold secrets that need to be told. Ever since she touched a chatelaine and was transported back to 1605 in the first book in this series (The Little Shop of Found Things), I've been eagerly awaiting Xanthe's next trip back in time! This time, a copper chocolate pot calls out to her...and she decides to answer the call of the past again.

This story is just as entertaining
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Judy
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great second book in the Found Things series. I can't help but make some comparison to Outlander with Xanthe going back in time and falling in love with Samuel in the 17th century - but she has a a full life in current time. Although this is the second book, it could easily stand on its own, but for those who read A Little Shop of Found Things they will recognize some of the characters in current time and in the past that they loved.

The switch between current and past is transitioned well. I
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Jeanne Adamek
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Obsidian
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

I was hoping that this book could turn it around, but honestly I was just bored. You would think a book about time travel would be interesting, but it's really not. I think Brackston is hoping to set up Xanthe so have an epic nemesis like in her "The Witch's Daughter" series and I just cannot live through that mess again. This book doesn't hang together very well. Xanthe is not interesting at all. We
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London
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing I adore these characters!!!! I am so excited to have read both books in this series and now more than ever I want book # 3!!!!
Holly
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I loved The Little Shop of Found Things and was very excited to read the second book in the Found Things series. Paula Brackston does not disappoint! Secrets of the Chocolate House is an extremely enjoyable read that I don’t think requires reading the first book. Brackston seems to provide the necessary information to new readers while also reminding the “old” readers. It was delightful to meet up with Xanthe again and to accompany her as she travels through time. It was also fun to see the ...more
Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends
I enjoyed The Little Shop of Found Things and loved the dynamics between Xanthe and Flora and the time-travelling element to the story. Well those elements are even better here in Secrets of the Chocolate House and I highly recommend reading both together if you can.

This time around a copper chocolate pot sings to Xanthe and she is swept away to another dangerous adventure. The time-traveling element is explored more here and along with Xanthe, we discover her true destiny and her role as a
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Andreia ❤The Butterfly Lover❤
Uncomplicated, incomplex and oooh so boring.... The story and the dialogues keep going round in circles and never present something intense and deep. I liked The Little Shop of Found Things better.
Ashley
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

So many thanks to St. Martin's Press & Netgalley for the chance to read this novel.

Almost exactly a year ago I read The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston and was absolutely absorbed. Twelve months later, the same is true with Secrets of the Chocolate House! The Found Things Series is completely enthralling! Both books have played to my tastes (forgive the pun) with their unique stories, vivid imagery, and magical realism. I simply can't get
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Bev Walkling
Many thanks to #NetGalley and St Martin's Press for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was delighted to be asked to read and review this book as I had already read the first book in the series - The Little Shop of Found Things. I loved it and was pleased to know that I would find out what was to happen next in the story.

My first piece of advice to readers who are thinking about reading “Secrets of the Chocolate House” is to make sure you have
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 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
Sooooo good! I am so ready to read book 3! I want to stand in the shed and read over Paula's shoulder!!! Eeek, how rude is that!?! But I have to know!

I have been totally captivated by Xanthe's adventures. Harley has become more interesting and I want to learn why he has abilities that he is showing.

Highly recommended. Superb storytelling.

Love this series!
BookGypsy
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to The Little Shop of Found Things. Which I also loved. Xanthe is trying to move on and forget about Samuel. Her focus is running the antique shop. If you haven't the first book, Xanthe is gifted. The antique items she holds in her hands give her visions. When a copper chocolate pot gives her visions of Samuel in danger it forces her to take another journey back in time. But this time it might not be so easy returning home. I loved everything about this just as much as the ...more
Laura • lauralovestoread
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Paula Brackston will always be one of my favorite authors. She blends fascinating characters with magical elements that I have grown to know and love about her writing.

I loved the second book in the Found Things series, and have really enjoyed the concept of time travel. I discovered this after reading The Little Shop of Found Things, and furthermore with Secrets of the Chocolate House. Xanthe has such an interesting gift, and I love that she is able to find objects that have a magical past as
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The Lit Bitch
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paula Brackston is a favorite author of mine. I’ve read almost all of her books and with each read, I feel like I walked away satisfied and looking forward to the next book.

She has a deft hand with magical realism and all things ‘witchy’. She is probably most known for her ‘witch’ books of which I have read almost all of them (The Silver Witch, The Midnight Witch etc) as well as a host of other works by her.

After reading the first book in this particular series, I was eager to see what direction
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Angela Johnson
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-and-prizes
What a great follow-up piece to The Little Shop of Found Things. When I won this through Goodreads I hadn't yet entered the world of Xanthe Westlake. I got my hands on the first book and completely fell in love. Paula Brackston's writing completely transports you. Your heart races with every pickle Xanthe gets herself into, in both the past and the present.

I learned about new things (again might I add), I had never heard of a chocolate house nor it's controversial and radical history of being a
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Meghan
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

A lot of our patrons have read Little Shop of Found Things and were fascinated from beginning to end so for their sake I had to read Secrets of the Chocolate House. I must say at first I did not know what to expect and was a little skeptical at first. As I started reading I was afraid of disappointment but as the book carried on my
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Amanda
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
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Carol Dass
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read, arcs
In this book Xanthe is growing into her role of time traveller, also known as a spinner. She proves that she truly has a gift and must use her gift responsibly. This time it is a copper chocolate pot that ‘sings’ to her. It tells her that Samuel, who we met in the first book, is in trouble and needs her help. Xanthe travels again back to the seventeenth century. She meets Benedict Fairfax, who proves a dangerous enemy. He is also a spinner, but lacks Xanthe’s expertise and is ruthless and ...more
Csimplot Simplot
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
Jessica
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Found Things series, and I loved the first one so it was no surprise that I'd want to follow Xanthe further into her adventures! Now that they've settled fairly well into their new antique business, Xanthe and her mother Flora are becoming part of the fabric of the little town they live in. Of course, Xanthe’s specialty is still in full force, and still allows her to hear stories from certain objects that she touches. It's no spoiler to let you know that she does ...more
Heidi
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to the publisher for an advanced digital galley of "Secrets of the Chocolate House," the second book in the Found Things series. I really enjoy reading about Xanthe and her mother, Flora, running an antique shop together, and I’m glad I was able to get in on this cute series from the beginning. I love the author’s writing style – the reader gets sucked into the characters’ make-believe world from the very first page. I look forward to reading the next installment.
Patty Smith
Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Paula Brackston for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of Secrets of the Chocolate House. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy.

Secrets of the Chocolate House is the second in the Found Things series. The first book, The Little Shop of Found Things, introduces us to the main character, Xanthe, who has a mysterious ability. Inanimate objects, usually old and unique things, will “sing” to
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Guylou
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Secrets of the Chocolate House

This is the second book in the Found Things series by Paula Brackston. Xanthe discovers an antic copper chocolate pot that sings to her. Xanthe has a secret, she can travel in time with the help of objects that sing to her. In the first book, she travelled to the 17th century and met Samuel. It broke her heart to leave him and returned to her time, but her sickly mother needs her and she had to choose between him and her. The chocolate pot brings her back to the 17th century to save Samuel from
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Sharlene
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my I so love this series. I fell in love with Little Shop of Found Things and the world of Xanthe and her mother Flora and their delightful antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough.<
In book two we pick up with theirs lives and new adventures of Xanthe and time travel back to the seventeenth century which presents her with new challenges and a new advisory.. This is a series once I start reading I can not put down and the ending left me begging for more.
Leanne
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I Loved this book. It was a fabulous sequel, and was finished entirely too quickly. Now the worst part is that I have to wait even longer for the third installment. I may just have to re-read the first 2 between now and then. ...more
Amanda
Secrets of the Chocolate House grabbed me from the start and held me in suspense to its last cliffhanger page. I sure hope Paula Brackston has plans to release a third book soon! This is a second book in a series and would be difficult to understand if you hadn’t read the first book (The Little Shop of Found Things.) Xanthe owns an antique job with her mother and can hear antique objects “sing” to her. In this book, a 17th century chocolate pot “sings” to her. As she listens to its story, she ...more
Joan
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sequel to The Little Shop of Found Things, Paula Brackston did a fabulous job. The Xanthe and her mother F[ora; as well as characters that were new described so well and fir right into the "spinning" scenes. Her first book was my first experience reading about time travelling and this gave me more fun experiences with it. I loved the details and descriptions of antiques and items from the time period she traveled to. I had fun reading this and am not sure whether to expect a sequel. ...more
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Paula Brackston (aka PJ Brackston)is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, The Winter Witch, and The Midnight Witch(2014).

Paula has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University, and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. In 2007 Paula was short listed in the Creme de la Crime search for new writers. In 2010 her book 'Nutters' (writing as PJ
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