Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chocolate Aftertaste by Liz Davis

Have you ever agreed to something just to make your family happy? Well that’s pretty much what the main character; Nora  does—at the expense of her own happiness. Luckily, she finds the courage to stand up to her domineering father and refuse to marry Liam, her father’s choice for her husband. Though her father didn’t see it, Liam certainly isn't the guy Nora thought he was when they first met.
Nora has a lot of things to work through in this story—the strongest issue— who exactly is the love of her life? Shane has been a constant through her life, but that doesn’t work out. Ethan, the new interest, certainly supports her in everything she does—a then drop out and goes back to a cancer-ridden and dying ex-girlfriend. Though I can understand (to a point) why he would leave Nora, I despised Ethan. I empathized with Nora, and all she had to endure through the story. Sometimes I wanted to shout at her, slap her, and then hug her. Most important, all through the twists and turns, I enjoyed this story— and those twists and turns never stopped.
This story is about following your heart, self-growth and the most unlikely outcomes in romance. I enjoyed Nora's unexpected decisions, and forward motion of the story. This, like any book I can’t put down gets thumbs up from me.

The writing is superb; the editing, formatting, and general layout of the book is well done. Liz Davis is a very visual writer. I pictured every scene in detail. The dialogue through the book is moving, honest and, at times, downright witty. The characters are complex, especially Nora. Though some might see her indecision as a negative thing, I see it as a woman who really needs to work through finding who she is before accepting any kind of happiness. I love how the author shows instead of tells the strengths and weaknesses of Nora. I honestly couldn’t put this book down and read it from cover to cover in one sitting. 

Cons: The only con in the story—and it’s an itty-bitty con—Nora opened a restaurant right out of culinary school. Yes, I know her father’s money helped, but I didn’t think the premise very believable. Despite that, it didn’t harm the story, but I would like to see this part fleshed out a bit more. Maybe have her work more on her own, instead of using her family wealth.