Item description for Blood & Chocolate by Mark Zero...
"When Marnie Hawthorne inherits her family fortune:a candy empire built on the world-famous Hawthorne Toffee Bar,she also inherits the dark secret her reclusive grandmother concealed for half a century. The truth behind the Hawthornes: rise from small town candy makers to international chocolate magnates is as disturbing as it is unbelievable, and the only man who knows the whole story has a reason not to tell it. As Marnie becomes entangled in the mysterious drama of her grandmother's life, she finds that her future depends on the ghosts haunting someone else's past. Spanning four generations, Blood and Chocolate tells an epic story of longing, forbidden love and the unpredictable consequences of desire."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 14, 2006
Publisher Giant Publishing
ISBN 1933975008 ISBN13 9781933975009
Availability 128 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 23, 2016 06:03.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Blood & Chocolate?
a sumptuous feast of love and mystery Jan 23, 2007
Blood & Chocolate is a gripping story of love, obsession and the mysteries of the human heart. The novel's tense, unpredictable plot made it hard to put down and its beautiful language swept me into the complex lives of its characters. As a fan of classic American literature, I appreciated the richness of Blood & Chocolate on many different levels: like the best romances, it's a tale of crossed destinies and passionate longing. Like the best mysteries, it keeps its secrets until the very end, and when you do learn the secret at the heart of the novel, it becomes even more mysterious in your memory and imagination.
I couldn't wait to get home from work and read another chapter, and I was sad when it ended. Even after I finished the novel, it gave me a lot to think about and enjoy. I recommend it highly.
A plus for "Blood and Chocolate" Dec 16, 2006
I just finished Mark Zero's book "Blood and Chocolate". I enjoyed every minute of it because it's a different kind of murder mystery. You know almost from the beginning who was killed and how. The mystery is in the unraveling of why that is bound up inside the inner life of the wealthy family on whose property the murder is committed. The kicker is seeing how the chief investigator becomes entangled in the secrets and ultimately has his life ruined. This book is for people who like character study and unexpected twists in the plot. I recommend it highly.
Dennis Bourret Tucson, Arizona
A tour de force: a novel of ideas, Gothic Romance Dec 12, 2006
In a tour de force, author Mark Zero writes a novel of ideas in the form of a Gothic Romance. It's all here: an atmosphere of darkness and decay, interwoven tales of love ruined by wealth, power and madness. All the different ways people love, or deceive themselves that they love, are represented in this fast-paced narrative, sharply written. In addition to balancing complex interwoven tales that span generations, "Blood and Chocolate" evokes a small town in Illinois and its characters with such richness of detail, physical and psychological, that it will keep you thinking about this book long after you finish the last page.
an epic that feels intimate Nov 19, 2006
Blood & Chocolate is a beautiful, provocative and moving book. It tells the story of the Hawthornes, the most prominent family in the small town of Templeton and the inventors of a world-famous candy bar. The head of the family, Henry, is just a chocolate shop owner till he hits on the recipe for a delicious toffee that catches on like wildfire and makes him millions of dollars. His wealth transforms his family and the town, as Hawthorne Toffee becomes Templeton's largest employer. However, the Hawthornes have a closet full of skeletons that complicate matters, both for them and the people who depend on them for their livelihood.
The story begins when Marnie Hawthorne inherits the family fortune. Jon, a reporter from the local paper, is sent to interview her, and what happens between them unexpectedly changes the course of their lives and affects almost everyone in Templeton. Meanwhile, Jeremiah, an old codger who knows all about the Hawthornes' dirty laundry, watches the drama unfold, and it's through him that we get the full depth and richness of the Hawthorne family saga, a fascinating story of four generations of intrigue, affairs and secrets.
Blood & Chocolate is an extension of the literary tradition of Poe, Melville and, of course, Nathaniel Hawthorne (unlike Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing, though, Mark Zero's prose is compulsively readable, witty and engaging). It's a portrait of small town life, as sharp in its observations as Sinclair Lewis's "Main Street." Finally, it's a very moving romance, and the care the novel takes in describing the town so vividly and exploring the internal lives of the characters so realistically is amazing.
One of the best books I've read this year.
A delicious tale from beginning to end Nov 13, 2006
From page one, Blood and Chocolate gives the reader a real sense that a tale of mystery and intrigue are about to unfold. Mark Zero's introduction of Jeremiah Grayson, with his old world feel and peculiar ways, grips the reader immediately. For anyone who has ever lived in a small town, Templeton provides several deja vu moments that emerge from many of the down-to-earth characters involved in the drama, as well as from the visual imagery Zero creates.
Beautiful Marnie Hawthorne has no idea when she arrives in Templeton, after inheriting a family fortune, that she will become the focal point of a dark family secret that has engrossed an entire town for generations. Zero keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This book is a must-read and a page turner to the very end!