The Chocolate GardenAva Miles

The Chocolate Garden

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The Chocolate Garden by Ava Miles Book Summary

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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? 

"Ava's story is witty and charming." Barbara Freethy #1 New York Times Bestselling Author on Nora Roberts Land

"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

"I am adding Ava Miles to my list of always reads like Susan Mallery, Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, and NORA ROBERTS." Marjay's Reading Blog

"Miles' story savvy, sense of humor, respect for her readers and empathy for her characters shine through..." USA Today on The Gate to Everything

The Chocolate Garden (Ava Miles) Book Reviews

A Must Read!!This book had me at the title and did not disappoint! Tammy has been divorced for a year and she and her 2 children have been living with her country music star brother Rye while she gets her life back together. She is finally getting to be the person who she is meant to be, and is starting her own landscaping business. Her first project is her brother’s property, finished in time for his wedding. After the wedding, Rye’s best friend, John Parker, asks Tammy to come and look at his property. It’s his way of finally getting to know her better, on her terms. After discovering his favorite thing is chocolate, she decides to create a chocolate garden for him. When a burglar terrorizes Tammy and her children, and they are afraid to sleep, John Parker creates a story of magic and fairies that live in the Chocolate Garden and who watch over the children, for Tammy’s children. The children pitch in to plant and create this garden, which indeed held magical, healing properties. This is a wonderful story of great love, healing, finding who you are supposed to be and knowing that with love, you can be that person. I laughed and cried and absolutely loved this story. Could not put it down, it’s a must read! I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own..Score: 5/5

Kept me interestedGood.Score: 5/5

The Chocolate GardenThis is the second book in the Dare River Series, a contemporary romance with great old Southern Charm. I was happily swept up in it. Tammy Rollins is Rye Crenshaw's sister. We met them both in the first Dare River novel Country Heaven, along with Rye's now fiancé,Tory. Tammy and her two children Rory and Annabelle live with Rye and Tory, and they have asked her to create the floral arrangements for their wedding. She loves gardening, planning and planting so she jumped at the chance. She hopes to start her own landscaping business called Visionary Gardening. Tammy has lived through a very nasty divorce from her abusive husband with a final pay off of a million dollars by Rye to get rid of him once and for all. He happily took it, but the tabloids broadcast what was supposed to be a buried secret. Now Tammy has to listen to gossip about herself and her children. The one person always there for her besides her brother is John Parker McGuiness. He is her brother's best friend and her knight in shining armor. They have been attracted to each other for a while, but they have an unspoken understanding that moving forward slowly is the best idea if they want a relationship. John Parker ( J.P.) is a fine southern gentleman, an attorney and has named himself Tammy's protector. He loves her children and enjoys every minute he can spend with them. He is tirelessly searching for the person that leaked Tammy's divorce information. He wants he/she punished. John Parker has asked Tammy to do her magic on his property also. She is thrilled at the chance to create something special and spend time with him one on one. When she realizes he is a proud chocoholic, Tammy envisions the perfect gift, a Chocolate Garden. Ms. Miles describes the plants, the colors and the scents so beautifully, it makes you feel like you are there. But, life's not all flowers and chocolate. There is an intruder, Tammy's mother is being more difficult than ever, family members are not being truthful and Tammy's new found independence makes her question a life with John Parker. This novel is a delightful mix of the old and new south and an absolute pleasure to read. I highly recommend it and the first novel in the series, Country Heaven. Looking forward to the next in the Dare River series. I received this eBook from the publisher for an honest review. Pat Fordyce.Score: 5/5

Wonderful! I loved it!This is a wonderful book. It was well-written and I immediately fell in love with the characters. John Parker was such a wonderful patient man and you just hoped that Tammy would realize how good he is for her. Tammy is newly divorced after being in an abusive marriage and John Parker doesn't want to push her too hard but knows that they are meant to be together. There is so much going on in Tammy's life and she just wants to know that she can take care of herself and her children without relying on a man. Can they find a balance to make a future work? Tammy decides to open a gardening/landscaping business to support her and her two adorable children and is hired by John Parker to create a garden at his house. John Parker's favorite food group is Chocolate, which I could totally relate to, so Tammy decides that she has to plant him a chocolate garden. I want one too. It turns out to be a magical and healing garden. They experience their ups and downs but you can't help but cheer for them and hope that they find the future they both deserve. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a feel-good romantic story. You won't be disappointed. I can't wait for my next visit to Dare River!.Score: 5/5

Pure MagicI usually don’t write these, but this book deserves infinite stars . I cried, I laughed, and I really feel as I’d Dare River is a place I’d like to visit. Thank you for an amazing read ..Score: 5/5

The Chocolate GardenI love these books, The Dare River Series, not only magical but real. Sometimes you might feel like you know where a plot is headed and then the surprise hits you in the next chapter. One of those books you just have to keep reading to see where this person or realationship is going next. I found myself thinking about these characters and their surroundings long after putting down the book at night..Score: 5/5

So sweet, couldn’t put it down!I was so curious and connected with Tammy’s story in the first book, I had to read this one! Very sweet and worth the read. I was rooting for her the entire time, it was a lovely ending and definitely worth the journey!.Score: 5/5

The Chocolate GardenI have read all of the Dare Valley Series and now the second book of the Dare River Series. I love these novels because of the relatable characters and intense love they all have for each other. The journey Tammy finds herself on in this novel is one my sister and I have both shared, and I rooted for Tammy to find victory as much I did for myself and my sister. In her own liberation, I relived my own. Tammy finding love again gives me hope that I will one day also. I hope to read many more Dare River novels. Ava Miles is an extraordinary romance novelist, writer, and character developer..Score: 5/5

Chocolate Garden ReviewI really need to go back and read Rye and Tory's story because I really feel I missed something! John Parker and Tammy's story was sweet and touching. The characters were real and the story line well done. I absolutely loved the premise of the chocolate garden and as a mother, was touched by how they used it to help the children past their fears. I'm really enjoying Ava Miles writing and looking forward to more. **I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own..Score: 4/5

I love JP!He is my favorite of all Ava's male leads so far..Score: 5/5

The chocolate gardenGood fast chick lit read..Score: 4/5

THE CHOCOLATE GARDENThis book is a story of life and love and the struggles of both. Ms. Miles magical artistry captivates the reader in each of her stories, creating page turners too hard to put down! Both her DARE VALLEY and DARE RIVER series are must read books. These books paint a mental picture so richly defined, touching every emotion, causing the reader to root for the characters. I simply cannot wait for the next story!.Score: 5/5

Chocolate courageGood read. Love the concept of finding your inner strength.Score: 4/5

Not so greatThis book starts off very slow-so slow I considered not reading any further. The main character was a bit annoying and the conversation was not realistic. There are better books to read.Score: 2/5

Great readI couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Chocolate Fantasy & LoveWhat a wonderful book about growth, love, fantasy, and family. I enjoyed this book so much, there is nothing better than a sweet love story and an enchanted chocolate garden where the fairies make chocolate, yum!.Score: 5/5

Fireflies and MagnoliasThis book is so captivating, literally could not put it down!!!! Starting on The Promise of Rainbows next. Thank you Ava❤️.Score: 5/5

Pretty goodThis story was touching. I like the touches of the characters spiritual side plus the stories for the children. True romance..Score: 4/5

Another winner at Dare RiverAfter reading Tory and Ryes story I was so excited to start this one, admittedly because I wanted to see more from the adorable kids! Tammy and JP have a much different love story than Tory and Rye and I think I'm so used to authors just recycling stories with new names now days that it took me by surprise. There were times I laughed, times I cried and times I wanted to hit them both. That's the sign of a great book. It makes you think because you start to compare yourself to the characters. The author did a great job of telling both of the main characters points of view on marriage, not making one seem better or worse, but instead finding the middle ground. As a southern girl raised by parents who love each other very much and a dad that still wants to protect us from everything, it was nice to see the author find a way for the characters to really grow into the relationship together. Another great job at Dare River..Score: 5/5

Pure Decadence!Recently divorced, Tammy moved herself and her two children to Dare so she could be with her brother and sister, and start her new life. Passionate about plants and flowers, she decided to open her own gardening business. Her brother's garden was her first venture, which led to his best friend, John Parker, to ask her to design a garden for him. Using his love of chocolate, she designed a magical sanctuary for him...and her two children. John Parker has been interested in Tammy since he first met her, and working on the garden brought them closer. When terror finds its way into Tammy and the children's lives, John Parker is there to offer a safe haven filled with love (and chocolate!). While reading this book, I could barely put it down! The pure love John Parker has shines through on every page. I'll confess that I went through most of a box of tissue while reading this as the book is filled with such tender moments...and such desperate times. Rarely have I cried through so much of a book! The more I read of Ms. Miles books, the more I fall in love with them! She has outdone herself with this book and I cannot WAIT for more!!!! Please note: I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own..Score: 5/5

The chocolate gardenI enjoyed..Score: 5/5

Chocolate GardenI very much enjoyed this book ,I had a very hard time putting it down.I can’t decide which was better Rye and Tory’s story or this one. What it comes down to is you ate a very talented writer..Score: 5/5

Ava MilesI have read a couple of Ms. Miles books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I was glad to see some of the people from her other series in this book..Score: 5/5

The Chocolate GardenI was disappointed with this book. The others I read, I enjoyed. Tammy was just annoying. Really didn’t like the ending..Score: 3/5

The Chocolate GardenLove this book. Great romance with lots of family drama to keep you hook till the end..Score: 5/5

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Good ReadI enjoyed this follow on from Country Heaven and continuation of the characters lives. Even though the subject of domestic violence was part of the story it is one that needs to be told. Highlighting that it happens in wealthy families too. Love to see a happy ending!.Score: 4/5

The Chocolate GardenWonderful story. Dealing with very modern day issues. I truly loved it and the magic it cast over me. Not sure I can wait for the next book. Well done!!!.Score: 5/5

The Chocolate GardenI just love this series along with the Dare Valley series. Knowing the background of the characters from previous novels makes you feel like part of the family. The magical descriptions of the Chocolate Garden are truly wonderful, what I wouldn't give to have one in my garden. I feel like I am watching a movie or TV series with Ava's descriptive writing. Once you get to the bottom of page one, you just don't want to put the book down. Tammy and John Parker's story is captivating and I didn't know where it was heading, you will have to read it and find out. Can't wait to hear more from the Dare River gang, it is a pleasure getting to know you all. I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own..Score: 5/5

Beautiful read!So far I am loving the Dare River Series, I found this book even better than the first! Beautiful story, definitely recommend..Score: 5/5

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