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I was excited about a story that included 3 of my favorite things: chocolate, gardening and country music. While Ava Miles is obviously a gifted writer, she didn't use that gift to create strong, confident and independent female characters in A Chocolate Garden.
I wanted to like Tammy, a caring & intelligent woman with 2 small children, who allowed herself to be bullied by her bitchy mother and an abusive ex-husband. Tammy had a college education, unlimited financial resources and supportive siblings, advantages that most single mothers don't have, yet still played the victim.
I thought Tammy's "southern belle" character was totally unbelievable in 2015 - more like 1915 or 1815. She refused to get professional counseling, let her mother verbally insult her, and took no action to learn self defense after a burglary. Does the author really believe that southern women are all pathetic wimps?
John Parker could have been an engaging character - strong yet kind - if he hadn't treated Tammy like a slightly dense child. While considerate & loving, JP seemed to think that most women are fragile creatures who need a man to manage their lives. JP didn't ask Tammy what she wanted or needed, just assumed that he knew best.
There were many entertaining moments - loved all the dogs - but my mind kept drifting. I was hoping for more mature & relatable characters, who care less about their own minor problems and more about people who truly needy.
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Nice to read a story about someone who has struggled with abuse and who is learning how to be their own person again.
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