Penelope Dalton is faced with an impossible decision: try to save her daughter’s life or let her daughter live. Her mother, Sabina, and the very opinionated apothecary table inside of the chocolate shop the pair own have been making their thoughts on the matter known, but Penelope won’t be swayed or influenced by magic. Especially since the magic has already let her down.
Penelope and her mom own the Chocolate Cottage in the small town of Malarkey, North Carolina. The shop is beloved and the owners are revered–if also just a little bit feared. The chocolates that Penelope and Sabina craft often includes a special ingredient: a touch of magic. Penelope has always respected the magic–the recipes and ingredients the shop’s antique apothecary table provides–but she has stopped trusting and believing in it. Penelope’s daughter, Ella, has been sick for a while. And last year, at the town’s annual Festival of Fate, the entire town wished for Ella’s full recovery. Only a few people know that the wish wasn’t going to come true. As Penelope struggles to come to terms with the heartbreaking reality, it seems as though the fates themselves are pulling out all the stops to make her believe in love, hope, and magic again.
Dreaming in Chocolate is a sweet story enhanced with humor, romance, and, like those chocolates, just a touch of magic.
About the Book
A story of love, hot chocolate, and one little girl’s wish for her mother that will make your heart swell.
At twenty-seven, Penelope Dalton is quickly ticking off items on a bucket list. Only the list isn’t hers. After her eight year-old daughter Ella is given just six months to live thanks to an inoperable brain tumor, Penelope is determined to fill Ella’s remaining days with as many new experiences as she can.
With an endless supply of magical gifts and recipes from the hot chocolate café Penelope runs alongside her mother in a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, she is able to give her daughter almost everything she wants. The one sticking point is Ella’s latest addition to her list: get a dad. And not just any dad. Ella has her sights set on Noah Gregory, her biological father and the only person Penelope knows to have proved her true love hot chocolate wrong.
Now Noah’s back in town for a few months—and as charming as ever—and the part of her that dreamed he was her fate in the first place wonders if she made the right decision to keep the truth of their daughter from him. The other, more practical part, is determined to keep him from breaking Ella’s heart too.
But as Ella’s health declines, Penelope must give in to her fate or face a future of regrets.
About the Author
Susan Bishop Crispell earned a BFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Born and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, she now lives twenty minutes from the beach in North Carolina with her husband and their literary-named cat. She is the author of The Secret Ingredient of Wishes (2016) and Dreaming in Chocolate, which released on Feb. 6, 2018. As you might expect, she is always on the lookout for hints of magic in the real world.