Review Better Than Chocolate By Sheila Roberts

Title: Better Than Chocolate
Author : Sheila Roberts
Number of Pages: 400
Pub Date: September 25,2012
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly…. Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.

First Thoughts
Better than chocolate sounded like the perfect book for me. I love all things romance and I love books set in small towns. Plus I love chocolate! The odds were in this books favor so I decided to give it a try.

My thoughts
Samantha only wanted to run her families chocolate factory, Sweet Dreams. It was the source of the family income and she loved it. Soon after her father died, and her mother getting remarried, they left the chocolate factor in her new step father’s hands. Waldo ended up running the business into the ground, and after he died they are left with a massive debt that they owned the bank.

They need to figure something quick in order to save the business. Blake Preston is the new bank manager and it’s nothing he can do to help out Samantha and her family. He can’t push their loan payment back. Samantha takes this as him not trying and being against them. So her sister and she start to brainstorm ideas and they come up with the idea of a chocolate festival. Not only will help them out but the whole town will benefit from the business and revenue this festival could possibly bring in for years to come.

Better than chocolate is filled with a solid cast. They are very relatable. Samantha and her sisters are a hoot and each is different and brings their own dynamic to the story. Blake is a very lovable character! I just wanted Samantha to like him back but she was trying to take everything on her shoulders so she couldn’t really see that he wasn’t out to get her.

Not only is this a love story, but it’s a story of family coming together, a story of self-discovery, and learning to make the most out of every situation!

Also an added bonus, there are some chocolate recipes from the Sterling’s. These recipes bring sweet dreams and Icicle falls to you! Enjoy!!!  


  1. This books seems sweet and cute! Need to add to my tbr list!

  2. Aren't Sheila Roberts books great? She's a family friend - and us kids' former piano teacher. :) I'd forgotten this one was coming out - I better get it plus pre-order the Christmas one. Great review! :)

  3. Oooh I can't wait to read this now!

  4. Hum... that is making me hungry. :P Lovely cover and cute blurb. Thanks for the review!


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