The Chocolate Garden (Dare River Series #2)

The Chocolate Garden (Dare River Series #2)

by Ava Miles

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International Bestselling Author Ava Miles shares a heartwarming and emotional novel about the magic of love and second chances amidst a chocolate garden. Chosen by B&N and Bookbub as one of the 20 Most Romantic Books of All-Time.

Visionary gardener Tammy Hollins is making a new life for herself and her children after a tragic marriage. Plants she understands, but men...well, they're of the weed variety. She's started her own landscaping business, catering to her country music rock star brother's friends. Her first client is sexy, soulful, Alpha hero material, and the one man who tantalizes her and scares her to death.

John Parker McGuiness is a man of many talents, working as a songwriter and lawyer for country music's biggest stars. He's drawn to Tammy like no other and hires her as his landscaper, wanting to show her they're made for each other. When Tammy learns he's a professed chocoholic, she fashions a magical garden for him--a chocolate garden.

As the garden comes to life, their love for each other grows. When tragedy strikes Tammy's home, John Parker is willing to move mountains to protect her and her children. Tammy struggles to guard her newfound independence as they use the magic of the chocolate garden to help her children feel safe again. But when secrets from Tammy's past resurface, can their love and passion survive the memories haunting her?

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"On par with Nicholas Sparks' love stories." Jennifer's Corner Blog

"The constant love, and the tasteful sexual interludes, bring a sensual, dynamic tension to this appealing story." Publisher's Weekly

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940150733329
Publisher: Ava Miles, Inc
Publication date: 08/11/2014
Series: Dare River Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 16,999
File size: 518 KB

About the Author

International Bestselling Author Ava Miles joined the ranks of beloved storytellers with her powerful messages of healing, mystery, and magic. Millions of readers have discovered her fiction and nonfiction books, praised by USA TODAY and Publisher’s Weekly. Women’s World Magazine has selected a few of her novels for their book clubs while Southwest Airlines featured the #1 National Bestseller NORA ROBERTS LAND (the name used with Ms. Roberts’ blessing) in its in-flight entertainment. Ava’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year and Top Editor’s Picks and are translated into multiple languages.

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The Chocolate Garden 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Ava's books available, so I consider myself a true fan of her writing. Having said that, I was pretty disappointed with The Chocolate Garden. I love all of the characters, and the connection between all of her books. I found myself sooo frustrated with Tammy's decisions. Having been in an abusive marriage myself, I speak from experience. I thought she went completely overboard in her independence seeking. Towards the end, to me she was just exasperating. After my divorce, I would have died to have found someone like John Parker to sweep me off my feet, and love my children like they were his own. I thought the overall storyline was good, but I hate the way it unfolded. Call me traditional, but I happen to love books that end like a fairy tale, with marriage and happily ever after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book ruined by mandatory 20 pages of detailed sex. It may not have been as graphic as many, but it turned me off. One thing I did enjoy was how romantic the guys in the book were. Roles were definitely reversed where the guys were the good considerate characters, and a lot of the women were nasty. I loved the concept of the chocolate garden. Note to author, frogs do not trill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book that I've read by Ava Miles and I was absolutely thrilled with it. It tugged at my heartstrings, made me angry, made me laugh and was so full of wonder. If I could go back and undo all that I have read and do it all again I would. Tammy the heroine is trying to pick up the pieces of her life after an abusive marriage that she endured for years. She and her children are living with her brother and slowly working on making changes to their lives that impact them positively. John Parker is the man that has loved her since he met her and is inching his way slowly into her life until she is ready to take the leap to love again. If Ava Miles keeps writing stories like this one I will keep coming back again and again for more. I was given this ARC in order to give an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone. Lori P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A charming story of family and individual love and growth. I can't wait to sink into the continuing tale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a lively heartwarming story loved the family and seeing more of Rye & Tory
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... is a wonderful book! I've lived through much of what happens in this delightful book, and it couldn't have been said any better! Thank you, thank you, for the wonderful and inspirational time I had, reading The Chocolate Garden!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly loved reading this story about John Parker and Tammy. Tammy made a chocolate garden at John Parker's home and I could truly imagine that it was beautiful and magical. Tammy cuts her hair and is learning to let go and just be loved. There were sad times for them but they made it through together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story. Keeps you thinking about J.P and Tammy even when you aren't reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book but i thought Tammy went overboard on gaining her independance. Enough already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VERY good book. Really enjoyed 2nd in series 298 pages of romance, family and suspence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed book one and started this book just to find out who the leak was but quickly got engrossed Tammy's story and loved the glimpes about Amelia Ann and Clayton story. Amymj
Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved # 1 . This is wasn't exciting at all and I struggled to finish it. That being said I think Amelia Ann's story will be more interesting.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved book # 1 & 2!!!! Can't wait to start the next one!
Shejm More than 1 year ago
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Chocolate This us a beautiful continuation of this series. Its great to see a story about 2 more of the people but still have the whole family involved in the storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story line. Too much sex and it dragged on. The idea of a beautifull garden was facinating. Tammy handled her children in an icredible way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoying the family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crazy beautiful
DebbieBorthwick More than 1 year ago
I definitely recommend this book! I loved 'The Chocolate Garden', and I think I went through every emotion...laughing, crying, mad, sad, anxious, scared but most of all, enchanted. There is a 'poetry and magical fairy-tale' feel threaded throughout the book. Some of the feelings this book elicited were the same I felt as a child when I read 'The Secret Garden'. Who wouldn't want magical garden with fairies? I love the characters in Dare River and look forward to reading the next in the series. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Ava Miles puts so much thought into each character and makes the story so very interesting. The stories she writes have a touch of realty as the characters come to life in such a great and exciting way. I would highly recommend Ava's books.
ocnorsk More than 1 year ago
I can't say how much I hated this book. The characters were overdrawn. Predictable. Tedious. Tammy wanted a man of faith. I'm not sure what faith she was looking for, but it's not one with which I have any familiarity. Can't say much for her motherhood. We read this in book club and nobody liked it much.
jr347 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author and I thought it was a good read. Ii will be reading more of this authors books. Enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my cup of tea. Tammy and J.P.’s characters were wimpy and kind of boring. The rest of the family characters help up great.