The Chocolate Garden : Dare River

  • by Ava Miles
  • Narrated by Em Eldridge
  • Series: Dare River
  • 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From USA Today best-selling author Ava Miles of the number-one national best seller Nora Roberts Land comes a heartwarming and suspenseful novel of love, second chances, family, and mystery about an inventive gardener who creates a magical chocolate garden for a sexy songwriter only to be swept away by the magic of their love.
Visionary gardener Tammy Hollins is making a new life for herself and her children after a tragic marriage. Plants she understands, but men...well, they're of the weed variety. She's started her own landscaping business, catering to her country music rock star brother's friends. Her first client is sexy, soulful, alpha hero material - and the one man who tantalizes her and scares her to death.
John Parker McGuiness is a man of many talents, working as a songwriter and lawyer for country music's biggest stars. He's drawn to Tammy like no other and hires her as his landscaper, wanting to show her they're made for each other. When Tammy learns he's a professed chocoholic, she fashions a magical garden for him - a chocolate garden.
As the garden comes to life, their love for each other grows. When tragedy strikes Tammy's home, John Parker is willing to move mountains to protect her and her children. Tammy struggles to guard her newfound independence as they use the magic of the chocolate garden to help her children feel safe again. But when secrets from Tammy's past resurface, can their love and passion survive the memories haunting her?

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Excellent Writing - Weak Women

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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- Rusty "Good Books Don't Promote Violence"

Excellent

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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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2015
  • Publisher: Ava Miles, Inc