I read “Desire for Chocolate” by Care Santos a while ago. However, I decided to make the review for Christmas, because it is a sweet, cozy novel, that will make you lust for a cup of hot chocolate.
Care Santos is a journalist from Barcelona, who worked in the first part of her career, at papers such as ABC and El Mundo. She published her first novel in 1995. In 2014, her book “Desire for Chocolate” got published and received the award Premi de les Lletres Catalanes Ramon Llull.
How can an object change the life of 3 different women
“Desire for Chocolate” has three parts that are revealed in a descending chronological way. We first meet Sara, who is our contemporary and lives in modern Barcelona. She is married, has two children and is the proud owner of a chocolate store in the heart of the city. In this part of the book, we learn how she met her husband and another very close friend of the couple when they were young and all of them were attending a course on how to make chocolate. We also learn how she got her hands on the china chocolate pot, which is the main element of the whole book. I must admit that I felt heartbroken when this part of the book ended. Not because of how Care Santos ended it, but because I really wanted to know more about Sara, Max, and Oriol.
In the second section, we travel in the nineteenth-century and meet the next main character from “Desire for Chocolate”. Her name is Aurora and she was born in a very rich and prestigious family. Her mother worked as a maid in the house but died while giving birth. The mistress of the house, due to the fact that she just gave birth to a daughter, decided to keep the child and raise her to be her daughter’s maid and friend. This chapter of history is about how two young women decide to live their lives and how a decision can affect one’s life until the end. We also find the china chocolate pot and learn how lucky we are that living in the twentyone century makes eating chocolate a normal thing and not a luxury.
For the third part of the novel, the author takes us even further in time, in the seventeenth century. Here, we meet the gorgeous Mariana, the wife of a chocolate manufacturer. Her husband is a revolutionary of the time, who is sought by other countries to invite him to their courts, but also by fellow chocolate manufacturers from Barcelona who want to steal his invention. We learn how and why the chocolate pot was made and how it influenced another life. I must confess that this part of the book was my least favorite. For some reason, I connected more to Sara and Aurora than I did with Mariana.
Final thoughts on “Desire for Chocolate”
I very much enjoyed reading “Desire for Chocolate”. It has a warm way of revealing its secrets. Care Santos blend in her story real characters with fictional ones (in the copy I had there were specified at the end of the book). Reading the novel you will not only crave for hot chocolate, but you will also learn how the cocoa bean arrived and Europe and how it ended up to be so sophisticated as it is today. So who should read it? I don’t think it has an age recommendation, but I am sure that ladies will appreciate it more than men.