Thursday, August 4, 2011

Book Review: The Chocolate Diaries

I'll be honest: sometimes I hear stories of the things that other women have gone through or are currently facing, and I feel ashamed at how relatively good my life has been.  Any bumps on the road of my life have been minor, simply irritating pebbles compared with the boulders that other women find themselves crashed against.  Because of that, I don't really know how to relate to someone who is facing something life-changing, like divorce, serious illness or abuse.  But the one thing I have going for me in that department is I like to read, and I've read this book.

Karen Scalf Linamen has hilariously pulled together stories from dozens of women who have tested and approved strategies for embracing a sweeter life--even while traveling rocky roads.  This book is chock full of joy, reasons to laugh, ideas to help you heal and reliable hop leading to a sweeter future.  It is also riddled with recipes to help you find ways to indulge in a little chocolate every day. 

Ms. Linamen is the kind of writer that makes you feel like you've made a new friend.  She expertly weaves in stories from her life that lend to the book's authenticity.  Her advice is sound and her humor is refreshing.  I may not know quite what to say to someone who is going through a rough time, but I could point them to this book.  I think it could be a ray of sunshine on what else would be a dark, lonely path.

This book was sent to me by WaterBrook Press in exchange for an honest review, as a part of their Blogging for Books program.

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