Review: A Thankful Heart

cover-a-thankful-heartTitle: A Thankful Heart
Author: Melissa McClone
Series: Love at the Chocolate Shop #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 3rd Nov

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Chocolate is better than men, and so are dogs. At least, that’s what Dakota Parker tells herself as she mends her broken heart and finds forever homes for rescue animals. So far, so good. She can indulge her love of chocolate where she works while her foster dogs provide her with the unconditional love she craves. What more does she need?

Seattle architect Bryce Grayson is counting the days until he can return home to the big city with his father in tow. That is if he can convince his dad to leave Montana. Bryce’s escape plan, however, goes astray when he meets Dakota. Her sweet kisses put the chocolate she sells to shame. Maybe he should be the one to move to Marietta, but could he be happy living in such a small town?

He has until Thanksgiving to decide.


Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley

The multi-author Love at the Chocolate Shop series continues with a tale of a giving woman and the closed-off man who doesn’t know a good thing when her rescue dog jumps all over him. It’s a lovely read that combines many things that I enjoy – Marietta, dogs, chocolate – and ends up with a sweet tale that I savoured.

Bryce isn’t always a great hero. His love for his father is the best thing about him, but his wish for his dad to move with him to Seattle is partly selfish and mostly driven by guilt. He’s a man who works hard but has almost forgotten to live a life beyond that. It was great to see him change during his stay in Marietta, even if his continued stubbornness on many points almost made me give up on him.

Unlike Dakota. She’s lovely. Friendly, generous, caring, she is everything that Bryce isn’t – especially at first. Her volunteer work with the rescue centre was great and I loved her foster pets – particularly young Rascal. I also liked that she wasn’t blown away by Bryce and did a good job of holding her own against him, especially when he’s so keen on leaving. She’s no pushover, even if she does have a marshmallow heart.

Alongside the romance we also see a few familiar Marietta faces and get a further glimpse of what may or may not be happening in Portia’s troubled life. There’s also the issue of the mysterious possible benefactor for the rescue centre, which left me very curious about what’s going on there.

In all, this was a lovely continuation of the series, perfect for fans of Marietta, chocolate and cute dogs, even if you’re new to the series. It was easy and sweet and enjoyable and I can’t wait to see where this series heads next, especially with Christmas just around the Marietta-calendar corner.


A Thankful Heart is out November 3rd.
Visit Melissa McClone for more details.

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