Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Macmillan Audio review of Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

When I saw that Secrets of the Chocolate House by favorite author Paula Brackston was and October Macmillan Audio offering I knew I needed to listen to it. And I'm so glad I did

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Release Date: 10-22-2019

Found Things #2
 Macmillan Audio for review
Buy It: Audible



The second audiobook in a bewitching series "brimming with charm and charisma" that will make "fans of Outlander rejoice!" (Woman's World Magazine)

New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston returns to the Found Things series with Secrets of the Chocolate House.

After her adventures in the seventeenth century, Xanthe does her best to settle back into the rhythm of life in Marlborough. She tells herself she must forget about Samuel and leave him in the past where he belongs. With the help of her new friends, she does her best to move on, focusing instead on the success of her and Flora’s antique shop.

But there are still things waiting to be found, still injustices needing to be put right, still voices whispering to Xanthe from long ago about secrets wanting to be shared.

While looking for new stock for the shop, Xanthe hears the song of a copper chocolate pot. Soon after, she has an upsetting vision of Samuel in great danger, compelling her to make another journey to the past.

This time she'll meet her most dangerous adversary. This time her ability to travel to the past will be tested. This time she will discover her true destiny. Will that destiny allow her to return home? And will she be able to save Samuel when his own fate seems to be sealed?

Book 1

My Review:

Secrets of the Chocolate House
Found Things #2
Paula Brackston

Paula Brackston’s second installation in her Found Things series, Secrets of the Chocolate House is a fast paced can’t put it down second journey down the time traveling rabbit hole, taking readers on a fantastical yet believable journey. With breathtaking backdrops past and present period perfect dialogue and behavior a cast of fantastic characters good and bad Brackston delivers another unforgettable story where her protagonist Xanthe is up to her old time traveling tricks solving mysteries battling terrifying enemies and her constant fear and guilt of not being able to return to her own time and her mother who depends on her, plus this time she’s got quite a few more tricks up her sleeve. So settle down but have that nitro pill close because this is one rollercoaster ride you’ll not soon forget.

The narration by Marisa Calin is once again spot on perfection from intonation, to pronunciation to accents she gets and A+ and her portrayal of Xanthe is an absolute treasure.

Xanthe Westlake has always had a gift of connecting with certain treasures of the past a gift that recently revealed her as a traveler through time to solve the mysteries those objects present. But Xanthe’s only recently returned from the 17th century finally settling back in her own life even deciding that the 21st century is where she belongs even if it means leaving the man who stole her heart in the past. That is until on a recent buying trip for the antique shop she and her mother own an ancient chocolate pot starts singing to her giving her a glimpse of her beloved incarcerated and knowing she has no choice but to travel back to the early 1600s to come to his aid once again. Not knowing what she’ll find there and if she’ll be able to get back home.

About Paula:
PAULA BRACKSTON is the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter and The Little Shop of Found Things, among others. When not in her writer’s shed, Paula can be found being walked by the dog, hacking through weeds in her vegetable patch, or sitting by the pond with a glass of wine. She lives in Wales with her family-http://www.paulabrackston.com/

About Marisa Calin:
Marisa is an actress, screenwriter and novelist. She grew up in Bath, England, and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Her debut novel for Young Adults, Between You & Me, – a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2012 and recipient of a Kirkus star for “books of exceptional merit” – was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. Between You & Me was also selected for the American Library Associations’ 2013 Rainbow Book List of quality books with authentic LGBT content, and as a Kobo dazzling debut.
She is an Audie, Odyssey and Audiofile Earphones Award winning narrator of numerous audiobooks. You can listen to extracts of some of those books here.
Most recently, she has written, produced and appears in A Million Happy Nows. Find more at amillionhappynows.com.
She lives in New York City.


  1. Yes, please! I want this one and the first book. I don't blame you for pouncing when this one came available, Debbie. :)

    1. Oh it was really fantastic Sophia Rose but the wait was torture :)

    2. Delighted you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for the lovely review

  2. Ooo I love the sound of this one Debbie, great review! Plus, come on, that cover is gorgeous, I would pick it up for that alone. ;)

  3. I am hoping my library has book one on audio. These are both on my list! I just couldn't squeeze in both this time of year. your review has me wanting to!

    1. I just checked Kim and they're both available on Libby but not Hoopla. Enjoy!

  4. I have been meaning to try her books!!

  5. I have been a little cautious about time travel like this one because nothing compares to the Outlander books, but maybe one day I just might give it a go seen as you like it.

    1. yes do and also you might like Beatriz Williams' Overseas

  6. I love time traveling stories, and this one sounds. fantastic Debbie :). The narration sounds like it was on point, and I imagine you are looking forward with continuing this series. Great Review!

    Lindy@ A. Bookish Escape

    1. I do look forward to book three Lindy although I devour everything by this out of the box thinker author