Sweeter Than Chocolate by Lizzie Shane EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Lizzie Shane
- Language: English
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THERE WAS NOTHING IN THE world so heavenly as the smell of fresh
chocolate. Lucy Sweet had learned that at a very early age, standing at
her great-grandmother’s knee in the kitchen of her family’s chocolate shop.
Burned chocolate, on the other hand? Not so great.
Which was why Lucy was currently hiding from the acrid, bitter scent—
and the sneezing fit it had triggered—in the front area of How Sweet It Is.
Her grandmother was training their new clerk, and Lucy was trying to stay
out of their way, pretending to restock the display cases, while an ancient fan
directed the charred chocolate fumes from the shop’s kitchen toward the back
alley. Away from the sensitive noses of any potential customers.
Lucy wasn’t in the habit of burning chocolate. But then she wasn’t
normally as distracted as she was today, obsessing over the sign that had
appeared this morning on the empty storefront across the street.
COMING SOON: LA VIE DOUCE. FRENCH DELICACIES.
La vie douce. The sweet life.
Her stomach had been in knots ever since she’d spotted it, and the burned
chocolate wasn’t the only casualty. She’d also ruined two batches of caramel
before admitting to herself she was wasting her time…and ingredients.
Fortunately, her grandmother was too busy assisting their slow trickle of
customers and training Georgie to notice the kitchen mishaps. She didn’t
want Nana Edda worrying. Lucy had taken over How Sweet It Is when her
grandfather had passed. Keeping it running was her responsibility and no one
else’s. And she would figure out how to stay afloat—even if another sweet
shop was opening right across the street.
Typically, when the shop was slow on a Friday afternoon, Lucy would
retreat to the kitchen and take advantage of the quiet to whip up a batch of
whichever sweet treat they were running low on, but she obviously couldn’t
be trusted in the kitchen today. So instead, she crouched behind one of the
display cases, rearranging it for the fourth time and trying to pretend she
wasn’t quietly panicking, when the chimes over the etched-glass front door
released a delicate cascade of sound, announcing a new customer.
Lucy looked automatically toward the entrance. Her best friend of twentyfive years struck a dramatic pose in the doorway, head thrown back, one arm
in the air. At the sight, a smile broke through Lucy’s La Vie Douce
preoccupation. Lena could always be counted on to jolt Lucy out of her
worry-spirals. She was a human tidal wave of energy, crashing through life
and leaving chaos and laughter in her wake.
“It’s official.” Lena thrust her left arm forward, elbow locked, fingers
down. “We’re engaged!”
The diamond ring sparkled in the sunlight streaming through the shop
windows as Tyler, Lena’s boyfriend—no, fiancé, apparently—appeared in
the doorway behind her. Tyler was tall and steady, as silent as Lena was
talkative, and his lips quirked in an affectionate smile.
At the opposite end of the L-shaped counter, Nana Edda squealed with
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