A Bittersweet Surprise by Cynthia Ellingsen is a wonderful return to Starlight Cove! There is an awesome chocolate shop managed by Emma Laurent. Her father owned the shop and created the recipes which are used to make the mouthwatering chocolates. He died when she was very young, so the ownership of the shop passed to Emma's stepmother Gillian. The relationship between Emma and Gillian has been strained since the death of Emma's father. There are some shocking surprises in the future for Emma. Gillian plans to sell The Sweetery and move on with her life but Emma does not have the money or credit resources to buy her fathers chocolate shop.
A mysterious couple comes into the shop and offers to purchase a very special painting which has been on display for years. When Emma was about five years old a traveling artist called Montee had painted a winter scene of The Sweetery. The painting was a view through the window of a little girl with butterscotch color hair sitting and drinking a cup of cocoa. Why would strangers to Starlight Cove insist upon increasing their offer to acquire the painting?
I won't post spoilers but there is a hint of danger in store for Emma and a possible romance, too! Oh, those Henderson brothers...Oh-La-La!
Photograph by Diane Lochala
"A WINTER EVENING"
Painting by Mary Whittington