Julia's Chocolates

Lamb, Cathy

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Julia's Chocolates
I left my wedding dress hanging in a tree somewhere in North Dakota. I don't know why that particular tree appealed to me. Perhaps it was because it looked as if it had given up and died years ago and was still standing because it didn't know what else to do. . . In her deliciously funny, heartfelt, and moving debut, Cathy Lamb introduces some of the most wonderfully eccentric women since The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and The Secret Life of Bees, as she explores the many ways we find the road home. From the moment Julia Bennett leaves her abusive Boston fiancé at the altar and her ugly wedding dress hanging from a tree in South Dakota, she knows she's driving away from the old Julia, but what she's driving toward is as messy and undefined as her own wounded soul. The old Julia dug her way out of a tortured, trailer park childhood with a monster of a mother. The new Julia will be found at her Aunt Lydia's rambling, hundred-year-old farmhouse outside Golden, Oregon. There, among uppity chickens and toilet bowl planters, Julia is welcomed by an eccentric, warm, and often wise clan of women, including a psychic, a minister's unhappy wife, an abused mother of four, and Aunt Lydia herself--a woman who is as fierce and independent as they come. Meeting once a week for drinks and the baring of souls, it becomes clear that every woman holds secrets that keep her from happiness. But what will it take for them to brave becoming their true selves? For Julia, it's chocolate. All her life, baking has been her therapy and her refuge, a way to heal wounds and make friends. Nobody anywhere makes chocolates as good as Julia's, and now, chocolate just might change her life--and bring her love when she least expects it. But it can't keep her safe. As Julia gradually opens her heart to new life, new friendships, and a new man, the past is catching up to her. And this time, she will not be able to run but will have to face it head on. Filled with warmth, love, and truth, Julia's Chocolates is an unforgettable novel of hope and healing that explores the hurts we keep deep in our hearts, the love that liberates us, the courage that defines us, and the chocolate that just might take us there. Advance praise for Cathy Lamb and Julia's Chocolates "Julia's Chocolates is wise, tender, and very funny. In Julia Bennett, Cathy Lamb has created a deeply wonderful character, brave and true. I loved this beguiling novel about love, friendship, and the enchantment of really good chocolate." --Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author

Publisher: New York :, Kensington Books,, [2007], ©2007
ISBN: 0758214626
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lam
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 09, 2013
  • TheresaAJ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book has one of the best opening sentences ever -- "I left my wedding dress hanging in a tree somewhere in North Dakota." This debut novel by Cathy Lamb follows Julia Bennett's journey from abused child to abused fiancee to independence. Along the way, she forms a core group of friends that also have challenges but support each other. This novel shows you that change, while often difficult, can be accomplished with surprises and rewards along the way.

Aug 10, 2011
  • junetoon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I LOVE this book. Not only is it funny, but it gives emotion. Its happy, your happy, its sad, your sad. I highly recamend this book for anyone who needs a good laugh.

Jul 26, 2011
  • trj120 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Damn painful to get through. And way weird.

Feb 16, 2011
  • Vandyoak rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have read this and two other books by Cathy Lamb and have found her subject matter/writing style to be funny and engaging.

However, many of her characters are too one-dimensional to be very sympathetic or compelling.

The settings and subject matter of all her books (Oregon and women finding salvation in a small town) are very much the same. Reading her books back to back is not the best way to experience them.


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