The Chocolate Bridal Bash

The Chocolate Bridal Bash By JoAnna Carl, The Chocolate Bridal Bash Caught up in a whirl of champagne and china patterns bride to be Lee McKinney has butted heads with her future mother in law over every detail of the wedding bash The last thing she needs is trouble
  • Title: The Chocolate Bridal Bash
  • Author: JoAnna Carl
  • ISBN: 9780451219183
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Chocolate Bridal Bash By JoAnna Carl, Caught up in a whirl of champagne and china patterns, bride to be Lee McKinney has butted heads with her future mother in law over every detail of the wedding bash The last thing she needs is trouble with her own mother But this is bigger than the hot versus cold hors d oeuvres debate Sally McKinney doesn t even want to be at the wedding if it takes place in Warner PierCaught up in a whirl of champagne and china patterns, bride to be Lee McKinney has butted heads with her future mother in law over every detail of the wedding bash The last thing she needs is trouble with her own mother But this is bigger than the hot versus cold hors d oeuvres debate Sally McKinney doesn t even want to be at the wedding if it takes place in Warner Pier, her hometown.Irked that her mom might be MIA on the Big Day, Lee heads to her aunt s chocolate shop, TenHuis Chocolade, for advice There, the bride is shocked to learn that years earlier, her mother ran away on what would have been her own wedding day hours before her fianc was found dead, an apparent suicide Now, to smooth things over with her mother and ease her own way down the aisle Lee must untangle a mystery older than she is.
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    1. JoAnna Carl

      JOANNA CARL is the pseudonym for the multi published mystery writer Eve K Sandstrom The author writes about the shores of Lake Michigan and has been reviewed in Michigan newspapers as a regional writer She has also written about Southwest Oklahoma and once won an award for the best book of the year with an Oklahoma setting.Eve K Sandstrom is an Oklahoman to the teeth she was born there, as were five previous generations of her mother s family Both her grandfathers and her father were in the oil business, once the backbone of Oklahoma s economy One grandmother was born in the Choctaw Nation, and Eve is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Eve and seven other members of her immediate family are graduates of the University of Oklahoma Eve even knows the second verse of Boomer Sooner Eve wrote two mystery series the Down Home books, set on a ranch in Southwest Oklahoma, and the Nell Matthews mysteries, semi hard boiled books laid in a mid size city on the Southern Plains.But Eve married a great guy whose family owned a cottage on the west coast of Lake Michigan, not far from the Michigan towns of Fennville, Saugatuck, and Douglas Every summer for than forty years she, her husband and various combinations of children and grandchildren have trekked to the community of Pier Cove for vacations that lasted from two weeks to three months.The area features gorgeous beaches, lush orchards, thick woods, and beautiful Victorian houses Eve grew to love it So when her editor asked her to come up with a new, cozy mystery series, Eve set it in a West Michigan resort town, scrambling up Saugatuck, Douglas, South Haven, Holland, Manistee, Ludington and Muskegon with her own ideas of what a resort ought to be to create Warner Pier.As further background, she plunked her heroine into a business which produces and sells luscious, luxurious, European style bonbons, truffles and molded chocolates Most small towns couldn t support a business like this, but the resorts of West Michigan with their wealthy summer people can The Chocoholic Mysteries were on their way.Eve s editor requested that she use a pen name for the new series, and Eve picked the middle names of her three children, Betsy Jo, Ruth Anna, and John Carl JoAnna Carl was born So that s how JoAnna Eve became a regional author in two widely separated regions.JoAnna Eve earned a degree in journalism at the University of Oklahoma and also studied with Carolyn G Hart and Jack Bickham in the OU Creative Writing Program She spent than twenty five years in the newspaper business, working as a reporter, editor, and columnist at The Lawton Constitution in Lawton, Oklahoma She took an early retirement to write fiction full time.She and her husband, David F Sandstrom, have three grandchildren, whom they love introducing to the lore of their two homes Oklahoma and Michigan.She spent 25 years in the newspaper business as a reporter, feature writer, editor, and columnist, most recently at the Lawton Constitution She holds a degree in journalism from the University of OK and also studied in the O.U Professional Writing program She lives in Oklahoma but summers in Michigan where the Chocoholic Mystery series is set She has one daughter who is a CPA and another who works for a chocolate company and provides yummy insider information on the chocolate business.

    964 thoughts on “The Chocolate Bridal Bash”

    1. The chocolate mysteries are always a fun, light, quick read this one was just over 200 pages I like that Lee is generally a smart, independent, heroine Of course there have been times I shake my head at some of the decisions she makes, but in this one I understood her motivation I like that we got to know her family a bit better in this one in the form of her mother And I like that the story progresses They don t necessarily pick up right when the last ends, but there is definitely continuity, a [...]


    2. Like the earlier books, this one is markedly different from its siblings It boasts the strongest start in the writing Sadly the motives of the villains in the end were not logical It wasn t possible that the intrigue would play out like it did Stranger things have happened in real life But here I believe what Joanna Carl only now have I realized it s a pseudonym has concocted is stranger than truth The murders in this book had weird and nonsensical motives I simply cannot wrap my head round it T [...]


    3. This was a quick fun read I originally started reading this series with a book group and had decided to give up on it When I found this one in my shelves I decided to go ahead and read it before donating it to Goodwill I was pleasantly surprised that the author had left out a lot of the descriptions of how chocolates are made and there was to the story I like the additional chocolate sections in the book though They are interesting and you can skip over them and come back later I still don t li [...]


    4. Lee and Joe are getting married, but getting Lee s mother to come to town is proving to be a challenge It might have to do with a huge family secret What does the past mean for the present This was a fast moving book with plenty of twists and the usual great characters.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.


    5. I have read books from this series before, but never in order I read this book, 6, because it is set in Michigan and it works for NancyNova s state challenge I am working on I also have 7 somehow, so I will read that soon.



    6. A friend gave me this book, knowing that I d read a couple of others in the series I was a little afraid to read it, though, because it was so much further down the series than I d read, that I was afraid I d be missing a few things.But Joanna Carl did a good job of making this a stand alone book, despite its place in the series.The wedding interested me as well as the mystery of what had happened to Lee s mom all those years before That s probably what drew me into the book the most.I had a dif [...]


    7. This story took me so long to get through Yes, I started this in the middle end of the series which I didn t realize until I was finished Either way I just didn t care about it I originally grabbed it off my shelf bought at the store because it sounded interesting and was cheap, my fault because it was only like 200 pages, so it would have been a fast read I was wrong It s taken me like close to a month to finish it That s really bad for me too To be honest, this story was a piece of crap It was [...]


    8. Lee and Joe set a wedding date at the end of the last book The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle so it is no surprise that this book focuses on the preparations for the wedding Lee gets to deal with her future mother in law, her aunt, and the other characters in Warner Pier who are all trying to be helpful but cause Lee lots of grief one thing that is odder than most is that many of the locals want to know if Lee s mother Sally is coming to the wedding You see, Sally left Warner Pier under somewhat mysteri [...]


    9. Lee McKinney is in the midst of wedding preparations, but when she finds out that her mother left Warner Pier, MI, decades before as a runaway bride, she can t resist investigating The past clashes with the present as Lee digs up old scandals, and someone is desperate to keep her from unearthing the truth about what happened the night Lee s mother fled the town.This book was a re read for me, and it was the last book I read in the series before I fell behind on it, but I enjoyed it as much the s [...]


    10. Lee McKinney isn t only up to her eyebrows with the details of her upcoming wedding, she is also having to deal with keeping the reins in on her mother in law to be who wants to run the show and whether her own mom will even show up Add to that the mystery of why her mother suddenly left her hometown on what was to be her wedding day and has never come back And add to that the fact that the groom was found dead a few hours before the vows were to be said It was decided to be a suicide but many f [...]


    11. I am hooked on this series, the author has a way of grabbing your interest with just the first page Plus the way the chocolates are described, makes you want to make sure you have some with you while you are reading I really enjoyed this book about Lee McKinney, trying to get ready for her wedding, but at the same time discovering some hidden secrets about her own mother and her wonderful small town of Warnier Pier Michigan It was great to see how Lee handles everyone s input on her wedding and [...]


    12. The murder took place 30 years ago and involved her mother The unraveling of the mystery as well as the logical development of the mother daughter relationship made this one particularly intersting Still an easy read, but there is a little meat in there Like the others in the series I like the main character single at 30 but tentativley dating I love the setting she works in a chocolate shop and they make primarily truffles and molded chocolates full of wonderful things The descriptions of the c [...]


    13. Since I don t normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here s the break down of how I rate my books1 star This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars This book was not very good, and I won t be reading any from the author.3 stars This book was ok, but I won t go out of my way to read , But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I d pick it up.4 stars I really enjoyed t [...]


    14. This was an interesting installment in the series Lee s investigations don t begin with crime, but with the history of her mother This turns into a question of what happened, who was involved, and why Perhaps because it was a mystery, I knew that some sort of murder must have occured, although I was halfway through the book before it was suggested I also picked the villian early on in story, so I wasn t blind sided like Lee was when it all became clear However, the mystery was still interesting, [...]


    15. I thought this was just TOO easy to guess both murderer and motive Plus the malapropisms the heroine accidentally spins out in dialogue are just plain BAD Badly written, unbelievable as real speech and the other characters give no reaction to her little cutesy phrases, which are not cute or little I ve done this myself, and it s usually ONE word you get out of whack, or a reversal Not a whole phrase they seem forced by the author trying to be clever.I also hoped for setting description, despit [...]


    16. This series is so fun I live along the lakeshore of Lake Michigan, so the fictional town in this story nestled in between Holland and Saugatuck feels like home to me This book also referenced Grand Rapids the airport and White Caps baseball team both places I ve spent time at, so fun to read about places I know Fun characters and story line perfect for a light hearted mystery This is the 6th book in the series and I feel as if I know the characters much better I m happy Joe Lee made it to the al [...]


    17. Sadly this one was not the best in this series I was really looking forward to this one because of the must anticipated wedding, but to be honest the mystery was not that great I found myself skimming the pages then reading them That said, I did enjoy the interaction between Lee and her mother The mystery might have been a bit rushed but it did clear up some of the backstory that the author had been hinting at throughout the first 5 books.


    18. I ve read one other book from this series I didn t find the chocolate facts trivia in this one as interesting as the ones in the other book that I read I wondered long before anyone in the book brought it up why Lee didn t just ask her mother what happened rather than going about it so covertly a big plot hole for me , but otherwise, I thought the plot was well done I am going to give this copy to the friend who loaned me the other book from the series that I read.


    19. I really enjoyed this trip to Warner Pier This involved Lee digging around in her mother s past and connecting to events that happened 30 years ago I will say I m a sucker for books that combine events with long ago and events of today Also while I didn t know the why I was right in my suspicions of who always a bonus for me since that never happens Looking forward to what s in store next for Lee and Joe and as always mouthwatering chocolates


    20. This is a chocoholic mystery, and it was a little different from the other ones I read, so I liked it better Lee McKinney is getting ready for her wedding, and she finds out her mom fled the little Michigan town on her wedding day 33 years ago Lee finds out that the jilted fiancee committed suicide, but investigation shows it could have been murder Quick read.


    21. I enjoyed this quick mystery They are usually pretty easily solved, but entertaining none the less I do however have one bone to pick The few scant sentences about Lee and Joe s actual wedding left a lot to be desired I understand that the mystery is the story, but when writing a series, people become attached to the cast of characters.


    22. This was one of my favorite books in the chocoholic mystery series When the town of Warner Pier finds out that Lee s mom will be returning after a 30 year absence to attend her daughter s wedding, gossip starts flowing, and Lee uncovers long buried secrets from the past.Although they re not the most well written books ever, they are always a fast and fun read The perfect light mystery


    23. Everyone is driving Joe and Lee crazy about input on their wedding but Lee finds out a secret Her mother ran away on her very own wedding day Everyone in town knows it but Lee and Sally is afraid to come back.why With Joe s helpLee finds out I really liked this novel and I love the chocolate chat I found out there is a chocolate lounge where I live.might have to visit


    24. I think that there s some stretching to find some stories for this series While the set up of her mother s mysterious disappearance on her wedding day sounds good, it just left me feeling flat I realize that you have to suspend belief to have one person involved in so many murder investigations, but I just didn t think this one worked.


    25. Eh This was okay It was fairly painfully obvious pretty early on what happened and who was the main culprit behind it Lee s tongue tied thing is still super annoying, especially here since she does it a LOT Is that a real thing I mean, I know it happens to everyone from time to time, but is it really a condition Eh I ve definitely read better.


    26. For the entire book I kept wondering whether I had read this book before, or whether it was just the same set of characters and similar situations as in others of this series I rather think I had, but it was delightful enough that I didn t mind possibly reading it a second time And now of course having read about all those luscious chocolates, I want some myself.


    27. Lee s wedding is getting closer and she wants her mom and her dad to come to the wedding When she calls to talk to her mom, she starts to learn some things about what happened when her mom was still in Warner Pier, causing her mom to run away from the town the day before her wedding.


    28. The Chocolate Bridal Bash by JoAnna Carl is mind candy and will sabotage any diet you may be on with its constant reference to the homemade chocolates TenHuis makes It was a cute read but not in the least bit mysterious but the chocolate trivia makes up for it.


    29. I really like these fun little mysteries, set in a mythical western Michigan tourist town This one even mentions Lansing, MI Too fun This one had a very interesting, if somewhat unbelievable, plot and great characters Not much wedding coverage, although at least the essential details.


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