Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Chocolate Diaries

The Chocolate Diaries

by Karen Scalf Linamen

In The Chocolate Diaries, Karen Scalf Linamen shares true stories of women who have been through rough times, and their secrets for making it through those times. Karen mixes humor and a sprinkling of recipes throughout the book. I knew I was going to like it when I read the title of the first chapter: "Nobody Knows the Truffles I've Seen." I may or may not be a regular user of bad puns. Nevertheless, the author drew me in with the title of that chapter.

Later in the book, Karen talks about the cathartic and stress-relieving process of making lists. She writes, "Every morning, put eating chocolate on your to-do list. That way, you'll always get one thing done." What a great idea!

I really enjoyed this fast, light-hearted read. At the end of the book I felt I had just spent an evening with a great friend - sharing burdens, laughing, and learning from others.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Holly! Thank you so much for your great review of my book "The Chocolate Diaries." I lol'ed with delight at your comment "I may or may not be a regular user of bad puns. Nevertheless, the author drew me in..." I just really got a kick out of it.

    You're a good writer yourself, my friend! Keep up the good work with your blog. And now that I've discovered your work, I'll be sure to check back often!


    Karen Linamen
    Humorous Inspirational Speaker
    for Women

  2. Thanks, Karen! I love your writing style and could truly relate to your stories. Looking forward to reading your other books!