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Secrets of the Chocolate House

(Found Things #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,572 ratings  ·  488 reviews
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
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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 y
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
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bewitching, atmospheric, and adventurous!

I absolutely love this series! The time-travel aspect is one of the highlights for me!

Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press for kindly sending me a physical copy to read! I read this one with Brenda and Lindsay.
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
3.5 *

I'm enjoying this time travel series by Paula Brackston. I find it very well researched and the Seventeenth Century in England fascinating. I was delighted to learn that hot chocolate houses were popular in that time. This book certainly had me wanting to have some as I was reading about the making of the hot chocolate!

I was interested to catch up with Xanthe and her travels as I enjoyed the first book as well. The present day story of the antique store setting (and her mother Flora) I am e
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
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 hav
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I had a great time with this book! After enjoying the first book in this series, The Little Shop of Found Things, I was really excited to see what would happen next in Xanthe's life. I went into the book hoping that I would like it as much as I did the first book and I did. This was a story that was able to grab me from the very beginning and was enjoyable until the end. I am so glad that I made the choice to give this series a try.

Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An enchanting second book in the Found Things Series, Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston is another bewitching journey back in time filled with magic and intrigue.
The writing is vivid and atmospheric and I simply love the author's style as she brings to life the small town of Marlborough with its shops and cottages and the characters. There's a certain comfort in returning back to familiar and beloved characters as they embark upon a fresh new adventure, and going back in time wi
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 Appl ...more
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
Deanne Patterson
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This fantasy,historical novel is the continuation in the Found Things series.
This book has so much charm it will make you sit up and take notice.
A true page turner with a split time frame including seventeenth century and modern day life in Marlborough.
Running an antique shop with her mother she comes in contact with many unique pieces some of which "speak" to her. Beckoning her back to the seventeenth century again is a copper chocolate pot, dare she return?
Xanthe's life is modern times but ye
 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!
Andreia ❤The Butterfly Lover❤ Nature matters
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. ...more
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!!!!
Jeanne Adamek
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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 spi
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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 enough!

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 rea
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 i ...more
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 fir ...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 t
3.5 Stars. Review to follow
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
Rhonda Bateman
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paula Brackston is an amazing author and this series is fabulous.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this novel!! I may have even enjoyed it more than I did the first one! The characters were more developed, there was more depth and warmth to the story, new characters were introduced, much more action and excitement, twists and surprises, and ohmigosh what an ending!!!! I cannot believe that the next book in the series isn’t out yet! Gah!!!
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
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Can't wait for number 3. Escapism at its best. Easy read.
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 intere
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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 Da

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