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Sweet Haven Book Review

Sweet Haven (A Home Sweet Home Novel) by Shirlee McCoy

Publication Date: February 23, 2016


Source: NetGalley

Personal Thoughts: Sweet Haven was a new read for me as I have never read a book by this author and her style took a bit of time to get used to. It tells the story of Adeline (Addie) Lamont as she takes over her grandfather’s chocolate shop while he is recovering in the hospital after a fall. The story talks about how she is always struggling to make the world famous fudge recipe, her never ending to do list and new and unexpected adventures with the tenant that lives upstairs.

Sinclair Jefferson is back in town to do one thing and that is to clean the house that he grew up in and then he is leaving town. He doesn’t account for running into Addie and seeing the sparks that begin there. Throughout the story both get to know each other and their quirks and have to come to terms with their past baggage in order to move on in the future.

Although this was an enjoyable read and funny at times, there were times that the story dragged on and didn’t really capture my attention. There was a bit of a mystery in the plot however it didn’t really add to the story as I thought it would.

Overall a funny, quick read for those looking for a romantic read with great characters.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Lent Update








I have never participated in Lent before, but this year I knew that I was going to. Since Christmas, my fascination with chocolate has really got out of hand and I was eating it on an almost daily basis. I knew that I had to get it back under control like it was before Christmas. I am a chocoholic at heart but I always knew to have it in moderation. With Lent around the corner, a thought popped into my head, “how about I give up chocolate and coffee for Lent?” My reasoning for giving up coffee was that I have it on a daily basis and it tends to dehydrate you. I thought, well if I am giving up chocolate, might as well try it with coffee too. Since I have been working out more, I thought that it would be a great thing to get back to being healthy.

It has been almost a week so far and the chocolate part hasn’t been an issue. My family and my significant other, Thomas, have been teasing me a lot. From waiving it in my face, to bringing the smell to me, but in good spirits 🙂 I don’t mind the challenge. I know that this is something that I need to do to get back on track.

The coffee on the other hand has been a challenge. I have switched to drinking a variety of teas and water, however, since I have given up coffee, I have been getting these migraines and headaches. I don’t know whether it is the withdrawal symptoms or something else, but it hasn’t been easy. Try getting something done with a headache so bad that it makes you want to throw up?  Good luck. Also, I’m not one to pop a pill every time I get a headache so I have been pretty miserable. 🙁 I’m really hoping that the second week will be a lot easier.

Are any of you doing Lent? What are you giving up?

Toronto chocolate show

Who doesn’t love overindulging in chocolate? I went to a chocolate show at the Roy Thomson Hall with a few people to see what it was all about. Imagine a place where every few steps there is a table with chocolate that can be sampled. Milk chocolate , dark chocolate , chocolate with nuts , with fruit, melting chocolate, fondue chocolate. Let’s just say that we binged on way too much chocolate and didn’t care about the calories.

I got to say that despite tasting delicious and decadent chocolate, the show itself was a disappointment. There weren’t that many areas of interaction and it didn’t encourage you to stay for the entire day. You could taste and circle the hall in about an hour and be ready to head out. I wish there were workshops or something to interact with the audience. There were a few but definitely not enough. I don’t think I will be coming back to this particular event next year, especially for what it is priced.