Your Heart's Desire
About the Book:
It's almost New Year's 1946, a perfect time for Caroline Marshall to start a new chapter in her life. Widowed three years ago when she lost her husband in the war, she has decided to move with her nine-year-old son to join her sister's family in sunny California. Her sister's new house has a basement apartment for Caroline to rent, and though jobs for women are scarce with so many veterans returning from the war, it seems the local chocolate factory is hiring. The apartment turns out to be rather dingy, and the job may be working the assembly line--a step down from Caroline's office job as a secretary back in Minnesota. But Caroline is determined to make a great new life for herself and her son. As she goes about making that happen, she keeps running into a handsome stranger--at the diner, at church, and he even works for M.G. Chocolates. With a New Year, a new home, and a new job, is Caroline ready to find new love?
If you are looking for a Valentine's read that is as sweet a chocolate candy, this may be just the book for you. Firmly set in the post-WWII era with the returning soldiers, the women moving out of the factory and back to the home, and the moms having babies every year or two, this is the story of a war widow who moves across the country to start a new life. Everything pretty much goes her way and in the end, it is happily ever after. At times there were hints that life for everyone, particularly her sister, was not just a box of chocolate, but those hints were never developed. In short, the book is exactly what you expect when you look at the cover--and to use a chocolate analogy, who likes biting into a chocolate from a box and finding out that it isn't what you had hoped, but rather the one you didn't like?
I'd like to thank the publisher for providing a review copy. Grade: B.