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Em in a hurry to send for Tasmin for which none of his family blame him After all she's a barbarian She on the other hand would like to know what's keeping him When he's framed for murdering his patron Tasmin takes matters into her own hands harnessing the wind to bring her to William's side She's gotten to know Wiliam from his letters He's not a murderer and she's going to help him prove it William incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit is shunned by his family for the emb Tasmin and William live in a country where marriages are arranged by magic at birth a spell is cast to see if the child's most suitable mate has been born yet If they have the parents make contact If not the spell is repeated yearly After seven years William's future wife has been born unfortunately he lives in the nearly unmagical south and she lives in the magical northDespite the fact that neither of their families are happy with the match the author has a certain amount of fun with the fact that the north and south of the country which were once divided by war each believe almost identical evil things of each other Tasmin and William exchange letters throughout their youth We get to read the letters throughout the story so you do have to get used to a bit of back and forthing in time but it's a good touch which helps us to get to know the two main characters William is a merchant sea captain in his family's business; Tasmin is a herb witch with a possible high status future in front of her at the university but only if she manages to get out of the betrothal to WilliamThen William gives up his position in the family business and buys a shop intending to sell chocolate Swiftly after that within the first week of the shop opening he is accused of the murder by chocolate of the local bishop When Tasmin's family hear about this they are thrilled of course this is a reason to repudiate the betrothal Tasmin however immediately packs her bags and leaves for the south to support William and try to find out who the real killer isThere are many ways that this scenario could have been written; as it is in many ways this is of a love story than anything else There are many issues that the author touches upon arranged marriage the advantages and disadvantages of the problem of being married to someone you hardly know even if you do know that she is your best match and the problems of infertility in a society that values the ability to pass on property 'down the line' There is deceit and the uestion of what is honourable conduct However I never really doubted that Tasmin and William would win through in the end This is not a book that puts you through the emotional wringer Nor is it particularly deep But it's a pleasant read and the author has constructed an original setting I enjoyed it and I've now read it than once I'll almost certainly read it again

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The Chocolatier's WifeArrassment and for giving up the family shipping business for foolishness and for saddling them with a Hag for a wife which means he can't protect Tasmin from his family's cold dislike of his barbiaran wife to be but that's not the worst of it Someone out there doesn't like him and is begining to dislike Tasmin almost as much and that someone isn't at all averse to making sure William and Tasmin aren't around long enough to celebrate their weddingTasmin of course has other pla Overall 375 stars This was a lovely dreamy fantasy with a dash of mystery and romance The plot itself was plodding and a bit dull but the writing dialogue and characters were all so charmingI adored the narrative and dialogue in this it had such an enchanting fairy tale feel The world building was also interesting the magic comforting and homey and the two main characters likable What detracts from a higher rating is the fact that the plot itself was well mostly absent which wouldn’t matter in a character study type book but the plot framing was a murder mystery soooThe ending was also uite anti climactic Still worth reading for the lovely writing and cozy atmosphere

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Download The Chocolatier's Wife Reader ì 278 pages ´ Naturaltreatment ↠ Tasmin William's wife to be was chosen by a spell as all wives and husbands are chosen It's a nice tidy way to find a reasonable mate for almost everyone Unfortunately Tasmin is from the North a place of magic and strange ritualTasmin William's wife to be was chosen by a spell as all wives and husbands are chosen It's a nice tidy way to find a reasonable mate for almost everyone Unfortunately Tasmin is from the North a place of magic and strange ritual and William is from the South where people pride themselves on being above the kind of insanity practiced by the Northerners which has nothing to do with the fact that most people in the South have lost their ability to practice magicWilliam doesn't se 4 and a half stars I think really lovelyI received this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program so huge thanks to LT and the author In the world where The Chocolatier's Wife is set marriage is not left up to chance every newborn is brought to a Wise Woman who casts a spell to find out who that child's destined spouse is to be This doesn't guarantee Twoo Wuv; it also doesn't guarantee happiness In fact I think I need to go back and read that bit again to see if it guarantees anything Regardless it's considered binding; it just isn't done to marry someone other than the person who shows up when that spell is cast When small William of Almsley is brought for the spell nothing happens Not to worry his mother is told; his wife to be hasn't been born yet It's when this seuence is repeated year after year that everyone does begin to worry And when I settled in happily pretty sure I was going to enjoy this book This did not mean as years passed that the boy was special It meant that he would be impossible to live with Heh William's not impossible though; stubborn yes and not Speshul but not impossible He's rather sweet as is revealed through his reaction to the eventual discovery that his intended is from gasp the barbaric North Everyone knows how wild and bizarre those people are – they use magic and probably eat their dead and oh dear couldn't you try the spell again? Meanwhile a good ways North in Tarnia the parents of a baby girl named Tasmin are having much the same reaction as the same spell is cast for their daughter Not gasp the barbaric South Why everyone knows how uncivilized and bizarre those people are – they have hardly any magic at all and they probably eat their dead and oh dear William however is sanguine about the whole thing and starts off by writing to his wife to be right away even though she won't be able to read it for a while And this begins a correspondence one sided until Tasmin is able to respond that lasts some twenty four years as William grows into his place as the eldest son of a well to merchant eventually captaining a ship of his own through pirate filled waters and then – to the bafflement and indignation of his family gives over his place in his father's company to his younger brother Andrew in order to open a shop selling chocolates I've never liked anything half so well as I like chocolate – See? He's not impossible He's wonderful Meanwhile in the North Tasmin grows into her abilities as an Herb Mistress – and waits for William to send for her Which he doesn't Years pass after she comes of age and their letters continue back and forth often accompanying gifts both large and small but he doesn't call for her to come and marry And then suddenly gossip reaches her family that – lucky girl You're off the hook Your barbarian intended is sure to be hanged for murder so – such good fortune – now you never have to go into the wilds and marry one of them Far from the relief of her parents Tasmin's reaction is to pack a couple of bags and enlist the aid of the tribe of air sprites who have adopted her to whisk her southward The William she has come to know from his letters can't be a murderer – and she plans on proving it There were some minor typos I remember gigging instead of giggling which I kind of liked and a minor amount of punctuation abuse but all in all far better than most Kindle books I seem to be reading lately The writing is just this side of lyrical with a sense of humor underlying it that reminded me – yes it did it reminded me of Robin McKinley If you take a look at the ratings I've given Ms McKinley's books you'll see that this is high praise indeed Cindy Lynn Speer was able to make characters unpleasant and unlikable without turning them into cardboard cutouts or one note things constructed of a few ugly tics and nasty characteristics strung together William's mother for example is thoroughly un live with able but there's something behind it a love for her family and reasons for her crankiness still that don't make it right which rounds out her character and gives her weight and depth in the narrative The Bad Guy of the story could easily have been two dimensional but is neatly saved by clever writing On the flip side Tasmin isn't perfect and nor is William and the doubts and pettinesses and impatient moments and so on make them three dimensional as well and I was very fond of both of them Ms Speer is also very good at keeping things from her readers It's a skill that or an art; it takes a fine touch to reveal a little bit of something piue a reader's interest and then evade the topic for a while without ticking the reader off – and then do it again a couple times before paying off the built up suspense That happens here there's a reason William gave up the sea besides a deep and abiding love for chocolate and it's not told until William is good and ready to explain it to Tasmin And that takes a little while because skip this part if you want to remain utterly spoiler free because this might impact your enjoyment of their relationship and I don't want to do that these two don't succumb to Insta Love I love the way their relationship is handled They have been writing back and forth for years now and may – may mind you – have fallen in love through the correspondence If so neither is about to admit it being as nobody's ever confessed to loving the other and so neither is really sure how the other feels Also Tasmin is at least a little injured by the fact that it's taken so many years for William to send for her and while she admits even to herself that she was happy at home doing good work that she loved still he could have sent for her when she turned eighteen and that was a while ago and it went unacknowledged And that he made a major life decision without telling her first He is a little uncertain about how she feels about leaving that good work that she loved – does she really want to give it up to come live an unmagical or at least less magical life with him? And then of course the whole circumstance of their finally meeting face to face – through the bars of a jail cell – are awkward He says he didn't do it She says she believes him and that's why she's there Does she? He says she can consider herself released from their contracted betrothal and go home and fulfill her potential free of the shame of being attached to an accused murderer She says she'll do no such thing But why? I was so happy with the landmine these two had to negotiate before they came anywhere near a happily ever at all And here's something I haven't said much lately I like the cover very much