The Chocolate Tin

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The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh


ISBN
9780143797067
Published
Released
01 / 11 / 2016
Binding
Paperback
Pages
432
Dimensions
154 x 232mm

The highly anticipated new blockbuster by the bestselling author of The Perfumer's Secret.

Alexandra Frobisher, a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in England's famous chocolate-making town of York, has received several proposals of marriage, although none of them promises that elusive extra - love.

Matthew Britten-Jones is a man of charm and strong social standing. He impresses Alex and her parents with his wit and intelligence, but would an amicable union be enough for a fulfilling life together?
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The highly anticipated new blockbuster by the bestselling author of The Perfumer's Secret.

Alexandra Frobisher, a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in England's famous chocolate-making town of York, has received several proposals of marriage, although none of them promises that elusive extra - love.
Matthew Britten-Jones is a man of charm and strong social standing. He impresses Alex and her parents with his wit and intelligence, but would an amicable union be enough for a fulfilling life together?

At the end of the war, Captain Harry Blakeney discovers a dead soldier in a trench in France. In the man's possession is a secret love note, tucked inside a tin of chocolates that had been sent to the soldiers as a gift from the king.

In pursuit of the author of this mysterious message, Harry travels to Rowntree's chocolate factory in England's north, where his life becomes inextricably bound with Alexandra and Matthew's. Only together will they be able to unlock secrets of the past and offer each other the greatest gift for the future.

From the battlefields of northern France to the medieval city of York, this is a heartbreaking tale about a triangle of love in all its forms and a story about the bittersweet taste of life
ISBN:
9780143797067
Publication Date:
01 / 11 / 2016
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
154 x 232mm
An easy summer read
This book was an easy summer read, something that doesn't require huge amount of brain power, but entertains you nonetheless - perfect for reading on holiday! With an exciting mix of romance, intrigue and chocolate this is a page turner. A strong female lead and a dash of mystery means this book is sure to keep you turning the pages to find out how it ends! - Rachel
, 16/01/2017
Chocolate Tin
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh is a historical novel set in England in a time of war. It's essentially a love story, but also a story about how people come together through dire circumstance and can affect the course of one another's lives. It took me until about Chapter 4 to really become invested in the characters and their journey, as I find myself bogged down by the descriptions of the clothing and the smell of the factories. But once I saw the direction the story was headed, I felt encouraged to continue reading. This is very much a book for people who like romance and historical fiction. McIntosh is a great writer who writes very real characters. - Andrée
, 16/01/2017
Such a good read!
As my first go at the more historical and romantic side of fiction, The Chocolate Tin was a wonderful introduction. Fiona McIntosh in an author I have known but not delved into before, and with this novel she has peaked my interest in this genre. A story of feminine identity, the joy of having passions, and the uncertainty of just where love and friendship may be found, this novel has twists and turns that had my jaw literally dropping. Such a good read! - Mackenzie
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
Fiona Macintosh's latest foray into historical fiction transports us to England, 1915. Alex is an unmarried heiress, eager to cast aside the shackles of societal expectations by pursuing a career as a chocolatier. A bittersweet love triangle is completed by a charming man of great social standing, willing to marry Alex for progression without love; and a Captain returning from French trenches in the aftermath of the Great War, searching for the sender of a tin of chocolates he found on a French soldier. For lovers of Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult and Danielle Steel (to name a few), this exceptionally woven tale will take you on an emotionally charged journey through post war Europe. Get the kettle going when you get home for this one; late night reading, coffee and the Chocolate Tin are a match made in heaven.
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
The chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh is not normally the kind of book I would read and honestly the cover instantly had me thinking historical romance which was slightly off putting however... I never like to judge a book by its cover and decided to give it a go after seeing amazing reviews all over the internet. I was almost instantly addicted! I was in love with Alexandra and had to know everything about Harry. What really sealed the deal for my love of this book was the roller coaster ride of emotion between Harry and Alexandra, when you find out that Matthew has been hiding a huge secret you will be ignoring everything around you (including the kids) just to find out how it is going to play out. Will it destroy their marriage? Will Harry sacrifice his entire known life to start another? You just don't know and it was totally exhilarating. I highly recommend reading this book if you love a good, juicy novel. - Chaille
, 16/01/2017
Another Winner from Fiona
Fiona McIntosh knocks it out the park with this Historical Fiction title set in the early days of World War 1. Following our protagonist Alex Frobisher, Fiercely Independent, Strong, and like her nagging mother, Stubborn to no end. She dreams of running her own business and wants to volunteer at a chocolate factory in order to gain the experience she needs to get up and running. However her mother has other plans, and they do not involve working in a factory let alone running a business; like all good Frobisher girls Alex should get married. What follows is a story of Alex trying to find her way in this world, trying to appease her parents, follow her heart all whilst dealing with a war that was ravaging Europe at the time. Must read for anyone who loves romance, historical fiction, drama and maybe a little bit of humour here and there. 4/5 stars.
, 16/01/2017
Chocolate!!!!!
A little bit of history, a little bit of Romance, and a little bit of chocolate. Actually its more like mouth watering description of chocolate that will leave you craving it. It is extremely advisable to have a box of your favourite chocolate next to you while reading this latest work of Fiona McIntosh. With backdrops set in the medieval City of York and the battlefront of Northern France this rich tapestry of a story follows Alexandra Frobisher, modern thinking, career hopeful and romantic looking for love, and Captain Harry Blakeney who finds a secret love note on a fellow soldier. Although it has a slow beginning and restrained drama, this has the quality to make it a blockbuster movie or mini series. It's also good to see that this fairytale like romance harks back to a classic message in a bottle mystery.
, 16/01/2017
Chocolate Tin
A love story set in the war times. A lady owns a chocolate factory in York, her lover goes to war with a chocolate tin with a message inside. Unfortunately he dies and a captain finds him with the tin. The captain reads the message, determined to find the person who wrote it. First clue being the chocolate tin. Tamara.
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
I was a little skeptical when I began reading Fiona McIntosh's "The Chocolate Tin" - it was completely different to the usual science fiction/dystopia genre that would usually pique my interest - but I have to say I wasn't disappointed. McIntosh managed to touch on issues in the novel that are still relevant to so many in our society now, such as family expectation and even larger issues centering homosexuality. Her character Alexandra Frobisher was refreshing; she's sharp tongued, well-educated and bound by family expectation, but without the self pitying woe-is-me attitude we've come to expect from characters such as Austen's Elizabeth Bennet. Whilst the book has some characteristics of a romance, it asks many more larger questions regarding relationships: is true love ever really an achievable goal, or can one be content with a comfortable albeit loveless relationship? Should we chase our inner most desires or settle to find happiness through making those around us happy? It has it's fair share of drama and doesn't hold back on details of the war on the Front and the lasting effects of this war not only for the men lost and returning home, but also for the effects on their family and loved ones. This was a novel I entirely enjoyed reading and would recommend to most, especially as I find it so hard to read of out my usual genre. It excites me to look out for McIntosh's other novels and spread my reading interest further. - Sara
, 16/01/2017
Rich in historical accuracy!
This novel kept me hooked from page one. It is well written, rich in atmosphere and historical accuracy. Alex Frobisher is truly a woman before her time. Headstrong, ambitious, and not prepared to settle to society's expectations of marriage and babies! Her very different relationships with two men add romance and some scandal to the story.... Harry Blakney is overwhelmed by his sad find on the battlefield, a dead soldier, chocolate tin in pocket, still full of contents, with a short note of love within. Putting his own life and destiny on hold, he determines to find the mysterious Kitty... The two are destined to meet. The booming chocolate industry of the early 20th century is the backdrop and you can almost smell the chocolate wafting over the historic city of York in many scenes. I was thrilled to find the tins described and sent to the soldiers during the dark days of WW1 were historically accurate, and I was able to find a picture of the exact tin! So, grab a comfortable chair, a family block of chocolate, and box of tissues and get reading! - Maxine
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
The Chocolate tin is my kind of book. I enjoy the way Fiona McIntosh writes and I found it very easy to read. It is inspiring to have such a strong independent female as the lead character. I'm sure in the early twentieth century it was very hard to follow your dreams when it wasn't the expected path to take. With chocolate, a love story and a twist everyone should give it a go.- Row
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
The Chocolate Tin is a touching story about what it means to love someone, and the struggles caused by conflicting duties to our families, to society and to our hearts. Historical romance is not my usual genre, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! Although it was a slow start for me, about a third of the way through, the pace quickened and I couldn’t put it down. The female protagonist was strong and determined, the historical period was well researched and the characters felt real and authentic. I may have even shed a tear or two reading the heartfelt letter towards the end of the book. If you enjoy authors like Phillipa Gregory, Monica Mcinerney and Kate Morton, you will love this book!
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
The Chocolate Tin is the furthermost genre book to what I generally read, being a historical/drama fiction where I tend to lean towards paranormal or contemporary fiction. So it shocks me to say that this title blew me away! I found myself staying up to midnight and falling asleep with only a 10 pages to go, hurrying my morning routine to get in a few more pages and then finally finishing the book while walking into work! I thoroughly enjoyed delving into the first world war setting with a modern (for the era) thinking woman as the protagonist. I felt like I could identify with this wonderful character, who was filled with ambition and spunk. I become wholly invested in following the pressures of Alex's socially constrictive life and the pressure she was put under being that she would prefer a career where her family, ie her Mother, wants her to marry and have children and do the “right thing” for their higher social standing. I also enjoyed following the story of the actual chocolate tin. From being a focus in Alex's story initially, to the soldier who received the tin and all of the bitter sweet events that followed. -Lisa
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
Not a book I'd normally read but I was pleasantly surprised both by the story-line and its well rounded characters. If you're looking for a historical romance similar to Kate Mortan or you're a Downton Abby fan, this novel is for you.It's an easy and enjoyable read following an aspiring chocolate-maker Alexandra Frobisher and her quest for love. Eden
, 16/01/2017
Intriguing Summer Read
If you're looking for a intriguing summer read, The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh ticks all the boxes. Staring the courageous and sassy Alexandra Frobisher, we follow her journey as she hopes for a career in Englands famous choclate making town of York. Set in the aftermath of the Great War, this novel shines with a healthy dose of romance and intrigue situated amongst the stunning backdrop of Northern France. - Tiffany
, 16/01/2017
An Indulgence...
If a book could be described as a chocolate tin, then Fiona McIntosh's 'The Chocolate Tin' would be just such one; each chapter seems to contain its own treat. I particularly enjoyed the combination of a Liane Moriarty-like mystery element with the period drama of a Nicole Alexander or a Diana Gabaldon. Then, there is the balancing act between the demands of love and business for the somewhat hard-nosed protagonist, Alexandra Frobisher. The book nails it all, and delivers on the surprise element too! And ... chocolate! How could you go wrong? I enjoyed using it as an excuse to read while indulging in a few favourite chockies and a cappuccino. Indulge all your senses while you read this one!- Jeremy
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
This is not the normal genre I read I usually prefer non-fiction, I give the first chapter a go and found it dragged a bit but after talking to a work mate who let slip the end and reading a few reviews my curiosity got the better of me. While reading the first chapter was a bit boring I understood it was setting the scene for the time, however the second chapter really grabbed me and the more I read the more I can't put it down. I'm at chapter 19 and I'm hooked. I'm founding the book to be a nice gentle easy read and can't wait to find out what happens with the main character Alex. I found this book has now opened my eyes to read more historical fiction.- Brenda
, 16/01/2017
Intriguing. Mesmerising. Poetic.
Written for the modern woman, or man, with a desire to be empowered. Fiona McIntosh takes us on a relatable journey before our time. A reminder that time, age, or origin will never hide us from the grips of love, suffering and courage. The characters, so easy to love. Alexandra; an intelligent, driven young woman yearning for love, Matthew; a successful, charismatic, man of class and Harry; a war-veteran trying to piece together his new mission. With one woman and two eligible bachelors, how will this tale transpire? After her best-seller in 2015, avid readers and fans were waiting for their next McIntosh installment. She delivered and exceeded our expectations. Clear your schedule, get comfortable, this is not a book you will be able to put down. Fiona, when's the next one coming?" - Jess
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh
Fiona McIntosh's riveting new novel, "The Chocolate Tin", is a story about Alexandra Frobisher, a modern thinking woman who has the hopes and dreams to break free societies rigid ways, make a career in England's famous chocolate-making town of York and marrying the one she loves. From the battlefields of northern France to the her hometown of York, Alexandra finds herself riddled in a heartbreaking and beautiful story of love and loss. With a unique blend of historical romance, intrigue and captivating mystery, this truely moving story will bewitch anyone and everyone. Fiona McIntosh's writing will allure the mind, ensnare the senses and seduce the heart. "The Chocolate Tin" is an authentically compelling story that you should never pass the opportunity to read.
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
Fiona McIntosh's latest work The Chocolate Tin is a powerful and moving story which will resonate with many readers. While the cover and title belies the complexity of the narrative, the reader will be drawn into a tale which in many ways mirror our own lives such as love, marriage, war and sexuality in the early 20th century. These themes are explored in McIntosh's signature style of sensitive but thoroughly researched writing and while she does not romanticise this period it is impossible not to be drawn into her work. McIntosh allows her readers a valuable insight into this period and into her character's lives. Alexandra Frobisher is a wonderful protagonist full of strength and frustration who the reader will identify and empathise with throughout. Definitely one to read with a box of tissues handy.
, 16/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh
The Chocolate Tin is a beautiful story set during the First World War in France and England. A beautiful young woman from a very well to do family wants more than anything to follow her dreams to become a business woman. She marries for convenience and risks family name and scandal to achieve this. The Rowntree Chocolate Factory sends Chocolate tins to soldiers in the trenches. While volunteering there she slips a love note into a random tin. The story builds round where the note ends up and who finds it. Lots of twists keep you guessing and not wanting to stop reading. Jo
, 15/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh
A beautiful story that takes you through the history of world war 1, making chocolate and the expectations of a wealthy family. A young woman trapped between family duty and honour and wanting to do the only thing she loves making chocolate. A chocolate tin, a small note written in the spur of a moment brings endings and new beginnings in different forms. A love story for all . Karen
, 15/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh
Smooth flowing writing style similar to the classic Pride and Prejudice with a faster-paced plot-line and intriguing characters. Refreshing wit filled with charm and a story that will twist your emotions. Indulge yourself in the seduction and do not resist the temptation of Fiona McIntosh in her latest masterpiece "The Chocolate Tin" - Sheila
, 15/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
I was prepared to come home from work and to relax with a new book in a genre I don't usually read and I honestly wish I hadn't started with The Chocolate Tin because I found it a let down. It was a struggle for me to get through the first couple of chapters and then because I wasn't hooked in the first chapter, it was harder to continue. It was only because of McIntosh's writing itself, which was easy and fun to read, that I was able to continue. In saying all this, The Chocolate Tin was not of the genre I usually read; if it was I would more than likely find this a more enjoyable book. - Taylah, Browns Plains.
, 15/01/2017
interesting ideas
The Chocolate Tin has solid themes and the benefit of being set during an interesting time period. The main character Alexandra is an unique point of view to explore a commonly written in time frame. Emotions, connections and how you form your life in the world around you are the center of this novel. This is a light and easy read for those not wanting to stress about the new year and life around them. If you loved Belinda Alexandra try this new novel from Fiona McIntosh. Cai- Belconnen
, 15/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
Just like a box of chocolates, this book takes you on a delicious journey through life, love, romance and ambition, leaving you with a sense of wanting and wishing for more with every turn of the page – you just never know what you’re going to get. Where time was shrouded from the negativity of the war, this book brings a little bit of brightness to an already darkened era. Set in the year 1915 in England, York, Alexandra Frobisher is a woman of new thinking, much to her parent’s dismay. Women of her consequence, according to her mother, are fundamentally only intended for one thing; to make a good wife, and to birth heirs to carry on the family name and traditions. Alexandra however had other plans, to establish herself in the industry that brought about York’s fame and fortune – Chocolate. Bound by the social behaviours of the time, Alexandra is forced to marry, but she selects someone who will grant her the freedom she desires, and in turn, will lead her to the aroma of working in the chocolate factory. It was but one day working in the Chocolate Tin Room that would shape Alexandra’s tale. By placing a note inside of a tin, it leads readers from the normality of the medieval city of York, to the trenches in northern France, where her note is soon discovered. McIntosh beautifully shifts between the two worlds to create a pleasant balance of history fused with romance – and chocolate – filled with trials and tribulations of the time and, a surprise triangle of love. It is a tale that will leave you with a satisfying, mouth-watering taste from start to finish. - Samantha Mott, Loganholme QBD
, 15/01/2017
Sweet Historical Mystery
If you want to read the book everyone’s reading this summer pick up Fiona Mctintosh's Chocolate Tin. Follow the romance and intrigue surrounding the modern relatable character of Alexandra , a career girl from a not too distant past. This WW1 mystery kept me captivated and like any good chocolate, I devoured it. -QBD Marion
, 15/01/2017
The Chocolate tin
In the midst of World War 1, in the town of York, Alexandra Frobisher is just barely fending off the demands of her traditional-minded parents to marry and fulfill her role as an upper-class 20th century woman. Appalled by the prospect of a loveless marriage, Alex instead yearns for a career in the very industry York is famous for; making chocolate. One of several potential suitors, Matthew Britten-Jones may not impress Alex initially, but he promises her an opportunity that could someday make her dreams a reality; packaging chocolates for soldiers in much need of lifted spirits as they fight on the war front;. One such note makes its way into the hands of Captain Harry Blakeney, who becomes determined to find its sender. Alex, Matthew and Harry find their lives inexplicably entwined, and relationships will be formed and tested, but will this independent young woman have her goals realized? Can she have freedom and independence and also find the love she's been waiting for? Payton QBD Westlakes
, 15/01/2017
Pure escapism
The Chocolate Tin is an indulgent read, designed for pure escapism, and it does this perfectly. McIntosh's description of characters and scenery is extensive and loaded with imagery – meaning it's very easy to picture everything that's happening and to immerse yourself into the story. I found that the characters are still very clear in my mind, even a few weeks after reading, and the idea of the chocolate factories in York still evokes a feeling of cosiness and decadence that is hard to resist! It's a book for fans of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and Kate Forsyth – or even anyone looking for something frothy and romantic to escape from these scorching summer days. Toombul
, 15/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
In the Chocolate Tin, McIntosh clearly presents the world of the era through her characters. Alex by wanting to step outside the restrictions imposed on women by wanting to work and starting her own business and the secret that Matthew hides behind which was unthinkable in that time. By the introduction of Captain Harry romance plays an integral part in this novel but not to the point of overwhelming the story. My delight and attention was held by McIntosh's accuracy and research into her subject of the chocolate tin, maybe because I'm a tragic for historical fiction. Overall an enjoyable novel to be read in comfort with maybe a box or Rowntree's (now Nestle's) chocolates for company? Carindale (Gina)
, 15/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
As someone who typically enjoys Fantasy, this isn't the kind of book I would usually pick up for myself. None the less, McIntosh's writing is fluid and easy to follow. As a young woman, it was most fascinating following the experiences of someone of similar age during a time with such different values and expectations for it's women, both in life and love. Megan - Charlestown
, 15/01/2017
Review
This book is the perfect mix of historical fiction and romance. Set in York in 1915, the reader is immersed into a world at war where Alexandra Frobisher's dream to become a chocolatier leaves her in an unexpected love triangle. While I predominately read crime fiction, this book had me intrigued from the first chapter and I could not put it down. If you love romantic period novels, you will love this book. This fast-paced novel is the perfect holiday read that you will want to devour in one sitting. Sam Garden City
, 14/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
If you love Diana Gabaldon ... Make yourself comfortable and allow yourself to be taken into the world of Fiona McIntosh's latest great escape, The Chocolate Tin! Set in 1914 in York (the chocolate capital of England) the thoroughly 'modern' woman Alexander Frobisher is torn between her family expectations and her dreams for her future. Fiona McIntosh always leaves me wanting more! BYO Chocolate! Jan Kawana
, 14/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
When the Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh started flying off the shelves this Christmas I began to wonder why. Then customers started to come back into the shop to tell me that it was “wonderful”, “so good”, “magic”, even “awesome”. I realised it was time to change my reading habits and give it a go. Alex Frobisher is “handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home”. She is 25 and has dreams for a future that she knows her parents will disapprove. Her mother is a Belle Epoque version of Mrs Bennet from Pride and Prejudice and her father a much richer version of Mr Bennet. Lady Frobisher has a list of prospective husbands who “must be in want of a wife.” Alex, much to her mother's chagrin, is not really interested in any of them. When Matthew Britten-Jones arrives at the Frobisher's splendid house, Tilsden Hall, in the fashionable area of York called the Mount, he immediately wins over all the Frobishers with his charm, wit, intellect and, of course, wealth. But he wins over Alex with his sixth sense for a secret that needs to be kept hidden. Together they get to know each other and Matthew helps to facilitate Alex's dream of learning about chocolate and business. The chocolate tins of the title refer to the annual gift to the soldiers in the trenches of Northern France and Belgium sent by the famed Quaker chocolate making companies of York (Rowntree for one). Into one of these tins Alex slips a little note in the hope of making a lonely soldier a little happier, little knowing that years later this note would return to York in the hand of handsome Captain Harry Blakeney and bring new and difficult complications with it. This book is definitely an historical romance, but it is also a study of keeping secrets, private and public shame, and a comedy of manners. It blends Emma with Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch with Virginia Woolf, the works of Edith Wharton with the more recent books of Kate Morton. It is well researched and well written. The characters seem to embody perfectly the radical changes that will occur in the years of the First World War and its aftermath. And they will probably make you cry a little.
, 14/01/2017
Chocolate Tin
A deliciously composed story focusing on romance, history and best of all chocolate. The captivating characters and emotional twists sparked by a few written words 'Come home safely. With love Kitty' lead's you down a turbulant path of who will come home safe and who won't. With such poetic writing within how could you not give this one a chance!- Caitlyn
, 13/01/2017
Chocolate Tin
Fiona McIntosh's historcal romance 'The Chocolate Tin' is not the type of book I would typically reach for. However, I was pleasently suprised by how much I enjoyed this book. 'The Chocolate Tin' has all the key components to a great novel; intruging characters, romance and chocolate! It is an easy and enjoyable read that I recommend everyone giving a go. - Brianna
, 13/01/2017
Chocolate Tin
If you like a bit of Nicholas Sparks and following young love at every twist and turn you will certainly love this! The author captivates you right until the end through her exploration of social issues that were present around the Great War, which are handled impeccabily well throughout the story line. Being the first Fiona Mcintosh book I have picked up, I would definitley explore more of her future work. - Monique
, 13/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
This book is historical fiction at its best. A deeply moving and romantic tale involving Alex - the leading lady who despite the social status of 1915 has dreams of a career in the Chocolate industry, and Captain Harry who uncovers a secret love letter upon the body of a dead soldier. After reading The Chocolate Tin, I will most certainly be picking up Fiona McIntosh titles, a must read for any lover of Danielle Steel. Peta - QBD Mt Druitt.
, 13/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
The chocolate Tin is a wonderful historical romance novel which took me along Alexandra Frobisher's journey of love, death, war and the trials of life. Its writing style and setting, coupled with its strong female protagonist is very reminiscent of “classic” writings such as Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, which further enhanced my love for this book. Overall this book was a pleasure to read, and although, not necessarily my favourite genre, kept me entranced in the lives of the characters and following the story until the very end. Sophie, QBD Chermside
, 13/01/2017
Entirely Devourable
This beautiful, heart-warming book kept me up into the early hours of the morning with it's poetic prose, charming characters and perplexing plot. This is the story of Alexandra Frobisher, an upper class girl who just wants to make chocolate. Opposed to marriage for anything other than true love, Alexandra meets Matthew Britten-Jones who waltzes into her life with an offer she simply cannot refuse. Among the throws of World War I, Alex volunteers her time at the local Chocolate factory, helping to manufacture the chocolate tins that were sent as a morale booster to the men fighting in France. But in a moment of pure romance, she makes a decision that will change her life forever. The Chocolate Tin certainly took me by surprise, offering up twists and turns that kept me on edge throughout all 400 pages. It was such an effortless read, that left me feeling emotional and eager for more of Fiona's books. If you're a fan of Downton Abbey, then this book is 100% for you! Highly recommend this to anyone who wants an engaging read, with a dash of romance and a whole lot of chocolate! - Abby, QBD Kotara
, 13/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
If you love Kate Morton you'll love Fiona McIntosh's 'The Chocolate Tin'. Alexandra Frobisher a young lady ahead of her time, wants to contribute to the war effort, not worry about whom to marry. A novel full of mystery, it had me turning the pages to find out the truth. With nods to the great chocolate families Cadbury's and Terry's throughout the novel, McIntosh creates a masterful story that transports you to the city of York where the smells from the chocolate factories waft off the pages. Danielle Plenty Valley
, 12/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
Have you had a hard day at work, and all you want is to soak in a hot bubble bath, with a glass of wine and a good book? Or, maybe, the kids have finally gone back to school and you need an amazing book to read whilst waiting in that never-ending school pick up line? Or, perhaps, you're just in immediate need of some gold old-fashioned self care, in the form of a new book, a delicious cup of coffee and maybe a sneaky slice of cake? (Don't worry, I won't tell!) Well, boy, do I have the book for you: Fiona McIntosh's latest novel 'The Chocolate Tin' is the perfect non-calorific treat that will instantly brighten your day. Set in the gorgeous city of York, McIntosh's use of imagery will instantly transport you back to the end of World War One, where a chocolate tin, a deceased soldier and a mysterious message change the lives of swoon-worthy Harry, the sassy Alexandra and the safe-and-sensible Matthew as they know it. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Kate Morton, Diana Gabaldon and Lucy Diamond; trust me: just like a real box of chocolates, this is one treat that you won't be able to stop devouring. Emily - QBD The Bookshop Brisbane City!
, 12/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
In all honesty,I did not enjoy this book. It is the first book from Fiona McIntosh that I have read & it has put me off from reading her previous titles. I found it to be drawn out & boring. Much so that I could not finish it & move onto something else. I enjoy all genres but the this one was a disappointment.
, 12/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh
The story of Alex Frobisher is quite inspirational. In an age of social stature & dare I say old fashioned values . . . she does not bow down and live the life expected from one of great wealth. From the author I thoroughly enjoyed new insight into the people in the early 1900's and especially the beginnings of the world changing chocolate business of which I'm now keen to learn more. For me the message I received from the story is for women to be brave, strong, independent and to follow your heart . . . especially those made of chocolate! Allison – QBD Erina
, 12/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
I usually read fast paced crime thrillers so this was a real change for me. In the beginning I was impatient and frustrated waiting for the scene to be set. But after a few chapters I found myself being drawn along with anticipation of the impending drama. Luckily I still had some Christmas chocolate lying around as the first half of the book has you craving chocolate. Then I couldn't put The Chocolate Tin down. I liked the main character Alex especially her intelligence and aspirations and her internal dialogue rang true for me. I also liked that Matthew and Harry were both well fleshed out with interesting back stories. I loved the historical elements fashioned around women's lack of say in their own lives and the making of the early chocolate empires in Britain. If this is how author Fiona McIntosh usually writes then I will definitely be seeking out her other novels to read. Both The Lavender Keeper and The French Promise have been highly recommended to me from my customers. Gillian, Australia Fair Store
, 12/01/2017
Historical Fiction, Drama, Romance & Chocolate all in one!
I've startled myself with how much I'm enjoying Fiona McIntosh's latest offering, The Chocolate Tin. Quick-witted dialogue delivered by well constructed characters has me quietly smiling to myself on every page. It's a hard book to neatly square away as any one genre because of the varied charms it boasts. Historical fiction, romance and drama all wrapped up into one package with much, much talk of chocolate to sweeten the deal. You'll quickly find yourself immersed in the historical fiction setting and in love with each new character introduced. Our protagonist, Alex, is a woman truly beyond her era, and ANYONE would find it hard not to empathise with her inability to bring her parents and the world around her to her way of thinking. She knows she's meant for more, and it's a theme that drives the book forward for me. Marriage without true love isn't enough. A life without a career isn't enough. Then comes along Matthew, a man who seems poised to finally open the window to a future she just might care about. After the charismatic Matthew easily wins over Alex's controlling parents, it's clear he's willing to help her conspire against them to land the career she so desires. But Matthew is convinced that Alex's hand in marriage is all but an obvious choice for her to make, and she's not so sure. He understands Alex like no other potential suitor ever has, and his wit and confidence is able to make her smile, but is she really in love? Is camaraderie and friendship enough of a selling point for a life lived together? Readers of romance and family drama will fly through The Chocolate Tin, and readers of any other genre should do themselves the favor of a change of pace and enjoy this fantastic new book. Alex- QBD Hornsby
, 12/01/2017
Must-read WWI romance
For those like me who are massive fans of WWI fiction, “The Chocolate Tin” was a fascinating look into the life of a young woman of the time. One for the Downton Abbey fans! The twists and turns that intertwine the characters leave you wanting to turn the pages faster to find out what happens next. It was refreshing to see a WWI novel centered on a woman not confined to the role of army nurse. The author does a great job of showing each character with their own motives and flaws, which helps create a twist no-one will see coming! Just as you think you've figured out the ending, McIntosh pulls the carpet out from under your feet. So for those of you who loved “Birdsong”, “At the Edge of Summer” and “Nightingale”, “The Chocolate Tin” is a sweeping WWI love story that you need to add to your collection. Ashleigh, Morayfield Store
, 12/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
A story of love, war and chocolate. Set against the backdrop of WW1 and its aftermath, one woman is determined to break the mold of her upper class family and its expectations to become a chocolatier. She finds love and marries for freedom but not necessarily in that order.... Rachael (Liverpool)
, 12/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
Another great story by Fiona McIntosh. If you like a historical drama/romance story then you'll like this. Set in the chocolate making town of York with some twists & turns but they were kind of predictable. Wade, Blacktown
, 12/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
This is a very visceral book filled with romance, sex and chocolate. Fiona McIntosh has written a real page turner that takes you back to York during the First World War. Alexandra Frobisher is a woman ahead of her time craving a career rather than matrimony. Enter Captain Harry Blakeney to complicate matters and find the identity of the mysterious author of a love note left in the chocolate tin. A well written novel that will capture your attention until the unexpected and thrilling conclusion. - Marthe, QBD Mt Ommaney
, 11/01/2017
A fairly enjoyable romance
This was a compelling story with some really interesting historical aspects. I particularly enjoyed the evocative images of York in the early century, as well as the horrors of the battlefields in France. I don't normally read this genre but found myself reading it in only two sittings as the story rolls along at a great rate and keeps you interested. Unfortunately for me it was ultimately let down by fairly unlikeable characters, overwrought dialogue, and an ending which was both contrived and frustrating. Despite this, it was good as a light summer read and is packed with a lovely romance and well-researched history. -Eleanor, Chatswood
, 11/01/2017
THE CHOCOLATE TIN!
The Chocolate Tin is an easy, enjoyable historical fiction novel that will have you dreaming of eating chocolate with each turn of the page. I enjoyed this novel immensely and I was only disappointed that my block of chocolate didn't last the whole novel! If you love books by Nicole Alexander, Paullina Simons and watching Downton Abbey you will most definitely love this. Do yourself a favour and try a new author today, just don't forget to buy the chocolate! Courtney - QBD Canberra
, 11/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
I didn't expect to like this story as it was set during WWI, yet I fell in love with "The Chocolate Tin". It is set primarily in York, the chocolate hub of England, and it tells more of the lives of people left behind than the soldiers in the trenches. The Heroine of the story is Alex Frobisher, a daughter of a wealthy family. She is a modern woman. She wants to work and help the war effort, but her mother does not approve. According to her mother, Alex's only job should be to marry well, support her husband and have children. Along Comes Matthew... McIntosh may have taken liberties with how her characters behaved, maybe making Alex too ahead of her time. She is indulged more than other young women of her age may have been. Alex is well educated and outspoken but still expected to toe the family line. I really loved how the author wrote about the place, the characters - and the chocolate - I was very involved in the story. I found it interesting how their lives worked, and caught the twist. The relationship connection was well written and very intriguing. The social mores of the time and how the family name needs to be preserved was done well. Kerryn - QBD Northland.
, 11/01/2017
A Pleasant Surprise
It has surprised me immensely just how much I've enjoyed reading Fiona McIntosh for the first time, a very talented writer who is overlooked by younger readers like myself. I really loved Alex Frobisher as a character, she struck me as perhaps the original rebel belle. A woman of higher standing who wants more from her life than marriage for social advancement and a giant house and children. Set in the English chocolate making region of York during the peacetime immediately following the Great War, The Chocolate Tin not only gives a glimpse into life during this time, but has pages packed full of delicious chocolatey descriptions that I could almost smell as I read. I read this book quite quickly and had to finish it on my lunch break because I was dying to know if propriety would get the better of everyone or if we would see a mass following of hearts and the total and utter devastation of societal norms in 1915, but I'll let you read it and enjoy the restrained drama for yourself! If you enjoy authors like Kate Morton, Monica McInerny and Lesley Pearse, you simply cannot go past Fiona McIntosh. Sam, QBD Eastland
, 11/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
The Chocolate Tin is the bitter-sweet story of a young woman caught between the dutiful bounds of family and her insatiable hunger to be a successful chocolatier. The Bronte-esque sass of Alexandra Frobisher ires her traditionalist mother, and sparks the interest of many gallant war-heroes. Its only once our heroine invites her haters to a spoonful of sugar, and negotiates her way into a marriage of convenience, that she can pursue her true passion – chocolate! That is, until that pesky little thing called true love leaves her with a taste for more... A delectable – not saccharine – love story. I loved this book for its rich history, its vibrant cast of characters and the lashings of unexpected intrigue! If you love Nora Roberts, Liane Moriarty or especially, Nicholas Sparks, this is THE book for you. The cherry on top was following Fiona McIntosh's research trip to York (on Facebook), and finally devouring the book I had been salivating for, ever since! Amy - QBD Elizabeth
, 11/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh is an intriguing historical fiction novel. A different sort of romance, set in 1915, the story follows Alexandra, a young but independent and ambitious lady from York, who is torn between her ambition to have a career of her own, and her parents desire to arrange a suitable marriage for her to fulfil her duties as a woman in the 1900's. A wonderfully descriptive book containing a love triangle between the charming Matthew, and a Captain home from war, it is sure to have you gripped from the first page, through to the last. Fans of Diana Gabaldon will love this book and all its characters, especially the strong, challenging female lead who desires to break free from society's expectations to have a career and marry for love. -Coreena from QBD Maroochydore
, 10/01/2017
What an amazing book!
I don't normally read historical fiction, but I am so glad I picked up The Chocolate Tin! It is an engrossing read - I was up until 1am reading because I could not put it down! Filled with forbidden loves, mysteries and delicious chocolate, this is a book I will come back to again and again. I will definitely be hunting down the rest of Fiona McIntosh's books! Sandy, Strathpine
, 07/01/2017
Treat yourself with this amazing read!
I wasn't 100% sure about this title to start with - I love historical fiction but romance doesn't have a big presence in my library. I'm so glad I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give it a try. The characters leap off the page and pull you in, surrounding you with a richly detailed story that flows beautifully, making for an easy, relaxed read. I couldn't wait for the story to unfold and devoured it in just one day... along with some chocolate. If you're easily swayed by the thought of yummy treats, you might find yourself reaching for them constantly throughout this novel! This book was definitely a great way to kick start my reading journey of 2017. - Karen, QBD Tweed Heads
, 06/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh
You know you are on to a good book when you are talking to a customer about it, then another customer chips in and says they have read it, and they loved it. This has happened a few times already with The Chocolate Tin. Word of mouth goes a long way these days, so read the book other people like you reckon is a great read. Peter, QBD Epping Vic
, 06/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh
This is a fantastic read. If you enjoy romance, a good story and a bit of history then this book is for you. Fiona McIntosh is a fantastic story teller, who captures the essence of a young girl's life in 1915 during the great war and what she goes through in life to find herself and to please those around her. I read this book in 2 nights (as night's are the only time I can read); I fell in love with this book from the first chapter. On my first night of reading, I was awake in bed until midnight reading,as I was gripped by the turning of each page in this book and did not want to put it down for anything. A great summer read, to sit back and relax in the shade with this summer. Louise, QBD Fountain Gate
, 06/01/2017
The Chocolate Tin
Fiona McIntosh delivers yet another moving historical fiction novel that ticks all the boxes. Set against the backdrop of war, you are taken along a young woman's journey through navigating both her parent's and societies expectations of her, and also her own ambition to be in business for herself, in the magical world of chocolate. Introduce an impending engagement or two, and enjoy the ride to see what will become of the beautiful and talented Alexandra Frobisher. This book is a must read for any fan of the TV show Downton Abbey, where you can be transported back in time to another world. Be prepared to be barracking for Alexandra from the first page! Erin, QBD Cairns
, 05/01/2017

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