The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan is the official November 2023 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.
I’ve had my eye on several books by this month’s author over the course of the last several years, but this particular pick seemed just right for our November book club pick.
This sweet story is the perfect escape as we head into a busy holiday season but is not Christmasy at all.
Whether you read it with a book club group or just on your own, I hope you’ll spoil yourself with a little bit of chocolate during your cozy read.
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What is The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris About?
“Anna Trent may be a supervisor in a chocolate factory…but that doesn’t necessarily mean she knows how to make chocolate. So when a fateful accident gives her the opportunity to work at the most elite chocolatier in Paris―Le Chapeau Chocolat―Anna expects to be outed as a fraud.
After all, there is a world of difference between chalky, mass-produced English chocolate and the gourmet confections Anna’s new boss creates. While she may never match him in the kitchen, Anna thinks she might be able to give him a second chance at love.
And with a bit of luck and a lot of patience, Anna’s learning that the sweetest things in life are always worth working for.”
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris Discussion Questions
I believe the best book club questions to spark a lively discussion in your group help readers make personal connections to the story.
You can read about how to write the best book club questions on your own here, but hopefully these will get you started!
Did you travel internationally when you were a teen or in your younger 20s? How did that experience change you? If you didn’t travel then, do you wish you had? Why?
Have you been to Paris? How did your experience compare to Anna’s and Claire’s? If you haven’t been, did this book make you want to go?
Did you prefer reading about Anna’s time in Paris or Claire’s? Did you identify with one of these women more than the other? Why?
What’s your favorite brand of chocolate? Do you think you’d appreciate the gourmet chocolate described in the story? Which flavor would you want to try?
How would you describe your cooking/baking skills? Would you have any interest in honing your craft the way Anna is forced to do with the fine chocolates?
What do think is the appeal of Thierry for Alice? What do you think Claire saw in him? Would you be attracted to him if you met him in your 20s?
What did Paris mean to Claire as a youth? What does it mean to her in her 50s?
Book Club Party Menu
I think it is so fun to plan your book club dinner menu or dessert list based on the theme of the book.
Obviously chocolate is a crucial element to this month’s book plot line but if making homemade chocolate bon bons sounds too tricky, why not just indulge in an all-chocolate menu?
Start with my easy Crockpot hot chocolate bar. You could set out bottles of Grand Marnier or even rum for the grown-ups to add to their mugs.
Serve my easy 3-ingredient chocolate croissant puffs inspired by the French bakeries.
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