Friday, March 1, 2024

Review & Giveaway - - The Chocolate Shop on Amelia Island

The Chocolate Shop on Amelia Island
by Hope Holloway
Seven Sisters - Book 5
Publisher: Hope Holloway
Release Date: March 1, 2024
Reviewed by PJ

The saga continues with secrets, surprises, and sweet temptations…

Sadie Wingate has been keeping secrets...from her family 
and from her brand new husband. But once the truth is revealed, her whole world melts like a truffle in the sunshine. Can Sadie finally settle for a sweet life on Amelia Island…or will stability send her searching for the next adventure?

Raina nears her delivery date and signs the papers ending her marriage, but there’s one thing missing in her life. Despite being the fixer in her family, the only solution to heart’s dilemma seems all wrong for this newly-divorced mother of infant twins. But how can she say no?

Madeline's one and only love reappears, and this enigmatic man turns her well-ordered life upside down, while Susannah orchestrates major changes on Wingate Way.

When the winds of change blow over the candy store on Amelia Island, the Wingate women learn over and over again that the bond between the seven sisters is as strong as steel, as soothing as a seaside breeze, and as lasting as their family legacy.

PJ's Thoughts:

This is my favorite book of the series so far. I know. I know. I say that with each new Seven Sisters book that's published. Is it my fault that the author keeps one upping herself? 

As with the first four books, the primary focus of this one is on three of the sisters though all of them, and the rest of the family, are present with storyline threads that weave in and out as the book progresses. It's enjoyable to see the characters - and their relationships, both familiar and romantic - continue to evolve even in the books where their role is a secondary one. Truthfully, with this family, there's no such thing as secondary. There may only be three in the primary focus but all of them have important roles to fulfill, as is true in many real life families. 

Holloway brings the emotion once again in this book along with a few surprises. After meeting Sadie in book four and the twist at the end of that book, I felt sure I knew how her story would continue. Wow, was I wrong! I really like the direction she seems to be heading and applaud the author for taking an endearing, unexpected route. 

I'm also enjoying the fleshing out of Madeline's character. I love a second-chance romance, especially between more seasoned characters (late 40's/early 50's). I'm eager to discover what happens with this pair in book six. 

Raina's journey also continues with the legal dissolution of her marriage, birth of her twins, and the possibility of a new relationship on the horizon. I don't think she's reached smooth sailing yet but I like the direction she's heading.

Holloway keeps me entertained with these stories and more in this fifth book. There's possible ghosts, an engagement, a contest, a new project for the sisters' mom and good health news for their dad. There's humor, poignant moments, betrayals, new beginnings, and the strength, love, and unflagging spirit that bonds this special family together. There are only two more books in the series and I am nowhere ready to say goodbye. 

This is a series that I strongly encourage readers to read in order. 

Have you read Hope Holloway yet?

Do you enjoy closed-door books that are limited to kissing but rich in emotion?

There's some drool-worthy chocolates and cookies in this book. What's your go-to decadent treat?

One person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, March 3 will receive a print copy of The Bookstore on Amelia Island (book 3).

*U.S. only
*Must be 18


  1. I have read a few of her books. I don’t mind closed door scenes, especially with good emotions. Drool worthy sweets are right up my up my alley!! Love anything chocolate!!

  2. I love chocolate and any foodie related books. And I have read several of Hope's books, really enjoyed the first 4 in the Sanibel Shellseeker series and currently finishing up book 5 - Sanibel Tides. Have also read one or two of her other books.

  3. Yes, Hope Holloway books are wonderful. Emotional scenes are my favorite by far and meaningful. Delectable goodies are chocolate for sure. Chocolate mousse, chocolate cake and brownies.

  4. I have not read any of her books, but they sound great! While I do prefer open door (if that is a term) books I do like books with a lot of emotion. Anything chocolate is a good snack for me, just leave out the nuts.

    1. The above comment at @ 2:30 is mine PJ - Amy Higgins

    2. She's very good with the emotion. I also enjoy open door but I find with her books that I don't miss it.

  5. I have one of her books in my TBR pile. Her Christmas books set in Asheville are on my Wish list. This certainly sounds like a series I need to get. It sounds like she is doing an excellent job of character development and keeping the reader a bit off balance with unexpected twists.
    For a special treat, I like a good quality cheesecake. A good solid cheesecake with chocolate crust and raspberry topping and a dollop of whipped cream. Add a nice hot cup of tea and it makes for a perfect indulgence.

    1. I loved her Asheville Christmas trilogy and am so happy she plans to do it again this year.

  6. I like books that are sweetly romantic. I love anything chocolate.

  7. I have read several books by Ms Holloway and she is a remarkable writer. Thanks for this review. I am comfortable with either closed or open door stories. Personally, I think that at times allowing the reader to imagine is a huge benefit to the reader. I never met a grain of sugar I did not like, so pretty much any dessert is something I will like. I am a fan of cakes, pies, ice cream, just anything.

    1. I'm not a huge cake fan but give me a hot from the oven cookie and I am over the moon giddy. ;-)