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“Much better than the first book in the series.”Dawn W wrote this review Friday, June 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It’s a corny religious romance story that’s really not all the hard to predict the outcome of.”Em wrote this review Saturday, May 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Okay story, but the lack of editing really got annoying. So many typos and bad grammar.”homeschoolmom wrote this review Friday, February 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“320pgs, Determined to turn her life around, Gaby Flores moves to a Ventura seaside loft, takes on a new motto--Be gullible no more--and begins to rebuild her flower store while searching for Mr. So Right. But when a lawsuit, an eviction notice, a near-empty bank account, and quirky neighbors invade her beachy world, not even chocolate can solve her worries as her fledgling faith is put to the test. ”Jo Notary wrote this review Saturday, December 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the sequel/companion to Chocolate Beach. In Truffles by the Sea we read about Gabrielle's story. Everything seems to be falling apart in Gaby's life. Her employee robbed her business, her apartment burned down. She has miraculously been offered a loft apartment to live in. It is in a more upscale part of town, but the rent is amazingly low. From the day she moves in though her nosy neighbor Iris plants in her head that her landlord is a philandering Lotherio that she needs to steer clear of.
Problems continue to assail Gaby. With all of her overhead stolen from her she has very little money to keep her in her floral business. Top that off with being sued by a disgruntled bride, her best friend Bri being too busy to sit on the beach and eat brownies, and two men vying for her attention and Gaby's world seems to be falling apart.
At first Gaby feels attracted to Max. After all he owns property, he's established, and he's extremely attractive. Gaby's new landlord Jake on the other hand confuses her with his kindness. She is wary of him because of Iris's warning, yet there is an attraction between the two.
Gaby has never given up, but she doesn't know where to turn when her life seems to be falling apart. While out driving to find perspective and clear her head she happens upon a group of women having a Bible Study at the foot of a cross. Gaby is reminded of the Lord in her life and determines to live for Him from here on.
I thought this was a fun read. In Chocolate Beach I loved Bri's sarcasm and Gaby's feisty-ness. I missed Gaby's personality at the beginning of Truffles by the Sea, but was happy to see it back once she found her confidence in who she was in the Lord.”
“Julie Carobini's "Truffles by the sea" was easier for me to get into than "Chocolate on the beach." The story mentions a couple events that happened in 'Chocolate,' but it isn't a prerequisite to read that one first. I was pulled into 'Truffles' pretty quick and the whole story was totally believable. Especially with the economy right now. Even though Gaby is single with no children, I could relate to the "where will my next meal come from?" I found myself wondering about side stories, and wishing that Gaby would just come out and ask about past events instead of just believing what others have told her (even though one may think it's none of their business). One way to get over the rumor mill is to go straight to the source. There is a romance that I thought was a great match, as did Gaby, and you will have to read the book to find out for yourself. There are detours that Gaby makes that turn out to be life changing events. I was quite surprised and happy about the end of the book. I hope you will be too.”Kathy C wrote this review Monday, August 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a very good book. Sweet, easy to read and hopeful. If you are going through a rough patch, this book will give you a lift. ”Melissa M wrote this review Sunday, May 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Truffles By The Sea" is a charmingly-written tale of life, love, and rebirth from the ashes of betrayal and tragedy. Julie Carobini tells a beautiful story full of humor and poignant moments. Gaby is in a pivotal season of life: her apartment burned down, her employee has stolen much of her business and inventory, what's left of her business is failing. The good news is: she's got a wonderful loft apartment, and she just started dating one of her good friends.
This touching story is punctuated by so many moments: Gaby befriending "Sweet Girl", her relationship with Agnes, who prays over her on page 169 (it nearly made me cry). Max's character seemed a bit unstable at times - he seemed to get body-snatched in chapter 30. And the last 20 pages...melt me! Just like a truffle at the beach. Bravo, Julie! I can't wait to read more by this author!”
“Mmmm...even the title makes me hungry. Not only did this book make me crave a little chocolate, it made me long for the beach. Julie Carobini did a wonderful job combining a beach setting and an interesting story. The heroine dealt with serious problems without coming across as angsty. I really enjoyed the way the romance played out, and didn't guess what would happen until the end. ”Georgiana wrote this review Friday, March 7, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Truffles by the Sea by Julie Carobini is the sequel to the book Chocolate Beach. This story focuses on Gaby who has just about hit bottom in her life. Her apartment house burned to the ground taking all of her belongings. While picking through the rubble, her flower shop was robbed by an employee. She's running out of money and faith whenLivi , one of her best friends, finds her a place to live in the loft of a seaside home. The landlord, an entrepreneurial chef named Jake, is often absent.Livi and Gaby's friend Bri (from the first book) hooks Gaby up with businessman Max. So with two blossoming romances, things should be looking up, but instead Gaby gets slapped with a lawsuit! Where is God when Gaby needs him most? There are several differentstorylines flowing through this book, and Carobini tackles them all with ease. Gaby gradually grows and begins to open her eyes to the world around her. Max's multiple about-faces were a little abrupt, and while Jake's true nature is obvious to the reader, I was completely caught off guard when Gaby started looking at him with new eyes. In fact, I had put the book down for bed at night, and when I picked it up the next morning, it felt a bit as if I had missed a chapter somewhere. Her sudden attraction to Jake was that abrupt. That said, Gaby,Bri, and Livi are great friends to read about, and Carobini's many descriptions of the chocolate that binds their friendship are mouthwatering.