Bella Renfrew has the perfect life – gorgeous children, handsome husband Tom, fantastic job. She’s bubbly, warm and everybody loves her. So why does she need so much chocolate? It is not until her habit literally jams up the workings of her career that Bella first begins to suspect what everyone else knows for sure – she has a serious problem. Bella has a meltdown and relocates the family to Brussels, for Tom’s job. But, as Hot Chocolate shows, you can run from chocolate, but you just can’t hide. It is in Belgium, home of the world’s finest chocolate, that Bella has her epiphany. A chance encounter with a chocolatier sets her on a new path – a path which just happens to be strewn with new admirers, for both Bella and Tom. As Bella gets to know chocolate from the inside out, she finally conquers her addiction and emerges as a better, and sleeker, person. But will her marriage survive?
Alice Castle’s first novel, Hot Chocolate, was printed in German in March 2011 by Ullstein and sold out within two weeks. Thousands of copies have since flown off the shelves. It is now available for the first time in English.
Alice Castle lives in South London with her two children, two stepchildren, two cats and her partner. She was a feature writer on the Daily Express for six years and has written for most other national newspapers. She has a degree in Modern History from St Andrews University, is the British Royalty expert for Flemish TV, and lived in Brussels for eight years. After much painstaking, selfless research, she has produced Hot Chocolate and, just as soon as she has thrown away the mountain of wrappers behind the sofa, she will start fact-finding for her next book, Chocolate Sauce. Alice Castle is also one of the UK’s top mummy bloggers, writing at DD’s Diary, www.dulwichdivorcee.com, and is on Twitter at @DDsDiary.
‘This novel has everything you need – fun, love and intrigue. You cannot resist taking warm, kind, Bella into your heart. It feels like listening to a good friend talking and you will laugh out loud.’