The Chocolatier’s Wife

Fantasy, romance, and chocolate come together in this vivid novel featuring memorable characters, a touch of magic, and a mysterious murder that threatens to alter the course of many lives.

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(MediaQuire) For fantasy aficionados who also cherish their chocolate, Cindy Lynn Speer’s novel The Chocolatier’s Wife blends two passions in a highly original manner certain to linger in the imagination if not on the tongue.

The book begins in the fantastical kingdom of Berengeny, a highly realistic historical realm with one remarkable exception: in Berengeny, no one courts a lover, picks their spouse, or marries in haste. Rather, newborn babies are brought to the town’s Wise Woman, whose rituals determine the infant’s best possible future mate.

For the parents of William of the House of Almsley, this revered ceremony doesn’t work out as planned. Year after year for seven long years, no mate appears for William, but since the spell is meant to choose the best match, what this implies is that William will be impossible to live with.

At last, when William is seven years old, the ritual reveals his future mate in a most undesirable location – in Tarnia, to the north, a place of cruel and wild magic, the very last place anyone would wish his bride to hail from.

With future difficulties thus foreshadowed, time passes. William and Tasmin, the mysterious bride-to-be, grow up. When William is unexpectedly accused of the murder of Bishop Kingsley, Tasmin gathers her wind sprites and rushes to his hometown to investigate. She does not doubt her fiancé’s innocence, but as she begins to scrutinize the goings-on in his chocolate shop, she finds more than she bargained for.

Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbors, and William’s own family, who all resent the sorcerer folk from the north, Tasmin must learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. The real killer is still on the loose, and he is intent on destroying William’s family at all costs.

Author Anna Kashina comments, “An intricately built world, vivid characters, and a gripping story full of unexpected plot turns make this book difficult to put down.”

“A fine piece of fiction with some murder, mystery, magic, and fantasy.”  – Front Street Reviews

Author: For Cindy Lynn Speer, the pen and the sword are equally mighty. She has written three novels, Blue Moon, Unbalanced, and The Chocolatier’s Wife, which was first released in 2010 in another edition. She has also written a number of short stories to be released from Dragonwell Publishing in 2012 and 2013. When she is not writing, she studies historical combat and is an adept rapier fighter. Both, in their own way, are about telling stories. You can learn more about Cindy at www.apenandfire.com.

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