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I received a free e copy of Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston from NetGalley for my honest review.This book is the second book in a series the first book being Little Shop of Found Things Another wonderful and adventurous time traveling read In this second book you get to learnabout the characters and their abilities Xanthe has the ability to go back in time using antique objects that sing to her She travels back in time to help friends from the 1600 s where she also I received a free e copy of Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston from NetGalley for my honest review.This book is the second book in a series the first book being Little Shop of Found Things Another wonderful and adventurous time traveling read In this second book you get to learnabout the characters and their abilities Xanthe has the ability to go back in time using antique objects that sing to her She travels back in time to help friends from the 1600 s where she also gets to meet others who have the same ability A well written and fun read (((EBOOK))) ↚ Secrets of the Chocolate House ☊ The second novel 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 s The Little Shop of Found Things was called a page turner that will no doubt leave readers eager for future series installments Publishers Weekly Now, Brackston returns to the Found Things series with its sequel, Secrets of the Chocolate HouseAfter 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 shopBut 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 sharedWhile 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 pastThis 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 Bewitching, atmospheric, and adventurous I absolutely love this series The time travel aspect is one of the highlights for me Thank you so much to St Martin s Press for kindly sending me a physical copy to read I read this one with Brenda and Lindsay. Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston is a well written, entertaining mix of Historical Fiction and Fantasy that kept me engaged throughout the book While it is the second book in the series, it worked as a standalone novel I believe most readers would benefit from reading the series in order as there are references back to events in the first book of the series However, this did not diminish my reading pleasure.The novel takes place in and around Marlborough, a market town in the Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston is a well written, entertaining mix of Historical Fiction and Fantasy that kept me engaged throughout the book While it is the second book in the series, it worked as a standalone novel I believe most readers would benefit from reading the series in order as there are references back to events in the first book of the series However, this did not diminish my reading pleasure.The novel takes place in and around Marlborough, a market town in the English county of Wiltshire in a mix of contemporary times and the latter part of the first decade of the seventeenth century Xanthe and her mother Flora now live in Marlborough above their antique store, The Little Shop of Found Things Xanthe s parents are going through a divorce, money is tight and Flora is suffering from arthritis Xanthe has found that she can time travel to address injustices Objects sing whisper to her When a copper chocolate pot calls to her, she knows that she will once again be time traveling.Paula Brackston does a great job in giving the reader a sense of both time and place Her descriptions help the reader to travel with Xanthe There is history, suspense, danger, deceit, uncertainty, a villain, hope, friendship and much.I wish that Xanthe was a stronger female protagonist She is still somewhat unsure of herself whether she is in contemporary times or in the seventeenth century However, there are hints of changes and I expect this is one thing that the author will address in future books.Readers that enjoy time travel and history should enjoy this novel I look forward to readingbooks by Paula Brackston Many thanks to St Martin s Press and Paula Brackston via Net Galley for a free electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. 3.5 I m enjoying this time travel series by Paula Brackston I find it very well researched and the Seventeenth Century in England fascinating I was delighted to learn that hot chocolate houses were popular in that time This book certainly had me wanting to have some as I was reading about the making of the hot chocolate I was interested to catch up with Xanthe and her travels as I enjoyed the first book as well The present day story of the antique store setting and her mother Flora I am e 3.5 I m enjoying this time travel series by Paula Brackston I find it very well researched and the Seventeenth Century in England fascinating I was delighted to learn that hot chocolate houses were popular in that time This book certainly had me wanting to have some as I was reading about the making of the hot chocolate I was interested to catch up with Xanthe and her travels as I enjoyed the first book as well The present day story of the antique store setting and her mother Flora I am enjoying as well although the old boyfriend Marcus is getting a bit annoying I felt like yelling at Xanthe to just forcefully tell him to LEAVE She is a strong character and the way she is interacting with Marcus is grating on my nerves a little Her present day love interest Liam I am slowly warming to although I want to learnabout him.Xanthe has a special gift, time travel which we learn is being referred to as, Spinning In the second book it is the old copper chocolate pot which sings to her When an object from the past that Xanthe touches, sings to her she knows she is needed in the past and must travel in time to help solve a mystery This book leads her back into the 1600 s and she is reunited with Samuel and meets some new people as well as a disturbing figure I really enjoyed the story but parts of it got a little bit slow around 70% of the way It then bounced back with a fabulous cliffhanger ending I will most certainly read the third book As I was reading the book I kept thinking that this might make a good series for tv I know I d watch it for just plain escapism.I d like to kindly thank NetGalley and St Martin s Press for granting me access to this Advanced Reader Copy Xanthe can travel back in time using antique items from her shop Some antique items just sing for her, telling her that they hold secrets that need to be told Ever since she touched a chatelaine and was transported back to 1605 in the first book in this series The Little Shop of Found Things , I ve been eagerly awaiting Xanthe s next trip back in time This time, a copper chocolate pot calls out to herand she decides to answer the call of the past again This story is just as entertaining Xanthe can travel back in time using antique items from her shop Some antique items just sing for her, telling her that they hold secrets that need to be told Ever since she touched a chatelaine and was transported back to 1605 in the first book in this series The Little Shop of Found Things , I ve been eagerly awaiting Xanthe s next trip back in time This time, a copper chocolate pot calls out to herand she decides to answer the call of the past again This story is just as entertaining and exciting as the first one, but with a lotcharacter development Xanthe is learning to take time travel in stridetaking time to better prepare and beingopen to learningabout her strange calling or talent, powers.whatever you want to call it I enjoyed seeing Xanthe s relationship with her grandmother Flora develop a bit.plus her relationships with locals in present time become a bit deeper..and her coming to terms with her ties to the past and history A reader could jump in and start reading with this story It isn t totally necessary to have read book one first There is enough information given to understand the characters and situation But, in order to fully understand all the nuances, it really is best to read book one, The Little Shop of Found Things, first Plus, it s a very enjoyable book Nice addition to this developing series I will definitely be readingby Paula Brackston I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from St Martins Press via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own Please note that I received this book via NetGalley This did not affect my rating or review.I was hoping that this book could turn it around, but honestly I was just bored You would think a book about time travel would be interesting, but it s really not I think Brackston is hoping to set up Xanthe so have an epic nemesis like in her The Witch s Daughter series and I just cannot live through that mess again This book doesn t hang together very well Xanthe is not interesting at all We hav Please note that I received this book via NetGalley This did not affect my rating or review.I was hoping that this book could turn it around, but honestly I was just bored You would think a book about time travel would be interesting, but it s really not I think Brackston is hoping to set up Xanthe so have an epic nemesis like in her The Witch s Daughter series and I just cannot live through that mess again This book doesn t hang together very well Xanthe is not interesting at all We have some pieces about her ability to spin through time, but no real information We also have her talking to another character about this and my eyes glazed over I wanted Xanthe to go back to Samuel and her protestations about her mother and her store just got annoying We also have three love interests this time through and I just threw up my hands The big bad was a laugh and a half and I just maybe snickered at the ending Maybe next time Xanthe listens to someone Xanthe is trying to stay focused on helping her mother run her antique business in the town of Marlborough Xanthe still thinks about Samuel, the man she met back in the seventeenth century However, Xanthe is determined to not travel back in time She had a hard time lying to her mother and she knows that she can t say back in the past However, on a shopping trip with her mother, a chocolate pot sings to Xanthe She doesn t know why it s calling to her and why it seems so reluctant to show her it s story When Xanthe gets a vision that Samuel is in danger, she travels back in time to find out that he is being held prisoner and soon to be hanged for a plot against the king If this isn t enough, Xanthe s ex Marcus is running around Marlborough trying to get her to talk to him again And of course we have Liam still wantingfrom Xanthe though she s told him she s not ready for a relationship I don t know, I should not have been hoping that Xanthe fail and stay back in the past Her reasoning behind staying for her mother made me cringe a bit I don t really see Xanthe doing what she loves, she s staying to take care of her mother and help her with her business We hear how Xanthe is a really good singer, and I don t recall her singing that much this go round Maybe once I think It just seems as if all of her supposed passions are dried up When Xanthe finally meets someone who knows about her abilities though she can t get information out of them I started to get annoyed because it makes zero sense to me why it s not discussed And then of course, Xanthe meets another spinner, or what I call a dark leaper you Quantum Leap fans know what I am talking about Honestly that is what jarred me a bit, I did start thinking about this book being a send up of Quantum Leap and then I started to see if I could find that series streaming anywhere I can t even say much about other characters The most interesting one to me is a woman that Xanthe meets in the past who won t tell her much We sadly don t get enough scenes with her and Samuel Liam bugs me and Marcus sucked We have Xanthe revealing her powers to someone and I was so bored with that that I started looking up Quantum Leap gifs The writing read as forced to me a few times I mean honestly this whole Samuel is in danger thing could have been tied up pretty fast But nope, we have Xanthe jumping back and forth in time and dealing with nonsense from Marcus and going over her abilities with someone and then going back in time trying to deal with the evil leaper Pick a story line and stick with it please.The flow was off and I kept going oh is she still on that with so and so I just started to lose interest in this whole book by the 70 percent mark or so It was a struggle to finish cause we have like 3 or 4 endings before we get to the dun dun dun one The book jumps back and forth from our time to the 1600s in England again The only reason why I am giving this book 2 stars though is that Brackston obviously did research on chocolate houses in that time and place and chocolate pots I didn t even know that this was a real thing and got interested in reading about them and liked the details we are given At times the book reads as a history book, but it didn t bother me at all The ending is a cliffhanger and one wonders how Xanthe is going to get her way out of this one This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.I had a great time with this book After enjoying the first book in this series, The Little Shop of Found Things, I was really excited to see what would happen next in Xanthe s life I went into the book hoping that I would like it as much as I did the first book and I did This was a story that was able to grab me from the very beginning and was enjoyable until the end I am so glad that I made the choice to give this series a try.X This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.I had a great time with this book After enjoying the first book in this series, The Little Shop of Found Things, I was really excited to see what would happen next in Xanthe s life I went into the book hoping that I would like it as much as I did the first book and I did This was a story that was able to grab me from the very beginning and was enjoyable until the end I am so glad that I made the choice to give this series a try.Xanthe is able to move through time She runs an antique shop with her mother in the present time and when she finds certain items, they call to her Sometimes these items are connected with an event and Xanthe has the ability to go to that time to make things right When she finds a chocolate pot, she has a vision of Samuel and he is in trouble She goes back to Samuel s time, the 17th century, to try to help him and find things have become very complicated.I loved the fact that in this book we learnabout the act of time traveling, or spinning I have a feeling that we are only at the beginning of learning all about what Xanthe can really do There were some great characters introduced in this installment and I enjoyed seeing Xanthe interact with the mistress of the chocolate house I also really liked the fact that Xanthe bounces around in time a bit during the story so we get a pretty clear picture of what is going on in both time periods She has quite a few challenges to overcome in both time periods I thought that Marisa Calin did a fabulous job with the narration I loved how consistent the voices that she uses have been throughout the series Each character has a very distinct sound and I thought that she added a lot of life to the characters The way she reads the story adds a lot of emotion and excitement to it I think that I might have enjoyed this book just a bitbecause of her narration.I would recommend this book to others I do recommend reading this series in order if at all possible since the relationships between the characters do change over time I had a great time journey through time with Xanthe and look forward to her future adventures I received a digital review copy of this book from St Martin s Press via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library via Overdrive.Initial ThoughtsWhat a wonderful story I had such a good time with Xanthe as she traveled back and forth in time trying to set things in the past right It was really interesting to learnabout her particular brand of time travel and I enjoyed watching her juggle the demands of the past along with those in her own time I listened to the audiobook and thought that the narrator did a fantastic job with this story I can t wait to see what will happen next in this series An enchanting second book in the Found Things Series, Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston is another bewitching journey back in time filled with magic and intrigue The writing is vivid and atmospheric and I simply love the author s style as she brings to life the small town of Marlborough with its shops and cottages and the characters There s a certain comfort in returning back to familiar and beloved characters as they embark upon a fresh new adventure, and going back in time wi An enchanting second book in the Found Things Series, Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston is another bewitching journey back in time filled with magic and intrigue The writing is vivid and atmospheric and I simply love the author s style as she brings to life the small town of Marlborough with its shops and cottages and the characters There s a certain comfort in returning back to familiar and beloved characters as they embark upon a fresh new adventure, and going back in time with Xanthe was a treat, and a very suspenseful one too Despite the characters and plot being familiar, the story was as fresh and engrossing as it could be I ve mentioned it before in my review of The Little Shop of Found Things that the pacing isn t brisk but rather pretty slow and it s the same for this story, but having said that, I had no issues and it worked perfectly for the storyline.The author maintains the suspense and mystery surrounding the characters and wraps up with a satisfying conclusion and an exciting cliffhanger I am very excited to see where it ll all lead to and will be eagerly awaiting the next installment in this delightful seriesAn e ARC provided by St Martin s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I loved The Little Shop of Found Things and was very excited to read the second book in the Found Things series Paula Brackston does not disappoint Secrets of the Chocolate House is an extremely enjoyable read that I don t think requires reading the first book Brackston seems to provide the necessary information to new readers while also reminding the old readers It was delightful to meet up with Xanthe again and to accompany her as she travels through time It was also fun to see the Appl I loved The Little Shop of Found Things and was very excited to read the second book in the Found Things series Paula Brackston does not disappoint Secrets of the Chocolate House is an extremely enjoyable read that I don t think requires reading the first book Brackston seems to provide the necessary information to new readers while also reminding the old readers It was delightful to meet up with Xanthe again and to accompany her as she travels through time It was also fun to see the Appleby clan, especially Samuel Xanthe has a gift Certain objects sing to her, prompting her to travel to a certain time where her help is needed She feels compelled to heed the call because otherwise the outcome could be regrettable and the future thrown off its proper path.Secrets of the Chocolate House begins with the discovery of an old chocolate pot that sings to Xanthe and produces quite an adventure that challenges her resourcefulness and perseverance Xanthe must deal with danger, intrigue and questions of who to trust and who to fear She learns she is not the only time traveler or spinner However, this other spinner is evil and wants to hurt her beloved Samuel What can she do to save him I really appreciate that Brackston developed the time travel element We learnabout spinning, for example that objects cannot travel forward in time because they will degrade or deteriorate Xanthe learns to have a littlecontrol over how to travel to specific times Also, it was interesting for her to compare notes with another spinner and have a mentor to further her abilities The story is well structured and the characters are well developed I particularly like Brackston s writing style and her use of imagery I cannot wait for the next book in the series to see what object sings to Xanthe and where it takes her Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review