Fame, fortune and fashion: that’s aspiring model Deirdre Cash’s ideal life. But when her splashy New York career dries up, she swallows her pride and returns to Marietta, Montana, desperate for any work she can find.

Isaac Litton doesn’t want the intrusion of a home care aide for his brother, Mark. But when the young man takes a shine to DeeDee, Isaac decides to give her a chance. He can’t help but be impressed when DeeDee changes his brother’s life around, by rewarding his healthy habits and exercising with treats from the Copper Mountain Chocolate Shop. Gorgeous and opinionated, DeeDee stirs everything up in the Litton household, including an attraction that Isaac can’t deny.

As DeeDee and Isaac start to fall for each other, an unexpected opportunity arises that could launch DeeDee back into the modeling scene. It’s her chance to achieve everything she’s ever wanted. But taking it would mean letting down her friends at the chocolate shop, her family who believes in her, a boy who adores her, and a man who thinks she’s already perfect, just the way she is.

Titles in the Love At The Chocolate Shop series include:  Melt My Heart, CowboyA Thankful HeartMontana Secret SantaThe Chocolate CureThe Valentine QuestCharmed by Chocolate – The Chocolate Comeback – The Chocolate Touch – 

Title:  The Chocolate Comeback
Series:  Love At The Chocolate Shop #7
Author:  Roxanne Snopek
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 6, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars

The Chocolate Comeback is another thoughtful, realistically believable story from an author that I’ve come to expect such emotional tales from.  Without climbing onto my own soapbox, my son is physically challenged – the mind of a genius in a body what simply won’t work – so over the years we’ve come in constant contact with other people from that widely diverse  “disabled community”, and in fact he now works with others helping them use adaptive computer equipment.  I give you that little glimpse into our lives to say that this story is realistic.  It’s well thought out and researched.  It is believable and at times brutally honest.  I’ve come to realize that there are three categories of humans, those that accept people no matter their differences, those that are afraid of what they don’t know and will do everything to tear down a person for their differences, and those that might have a touch of non-thinking cruelty but soon discover that people are people no matter their differences and come to accept and enjoy every person in their own right.  We encounter all three of those in The Chocolate Comeback.  And Mark’s portrayal and that acceptance reality is a major part of what made this story so believable for me – and enjoyable as well.

DeeDee has returned to her hometown of Marietta holding onto all kinds of secrets.  She’d left for the bright lights and career as a model on the runways of New York City.  Only to discover that there are a ton of beautiful faces out there, and a lot that she assumed simply wasn’t the reality of the business.  A pretty face is only part of what makes a top level model.  She’s been turned down for jobs, dumped by her agent/ex-boyfriend, broke and in need of a major financial input and an attitude adjustment.  She tries to pull off the just coming home for a break lie, but her twin sister, Maddie, sees right through her.  And Maddie will be the one to put DeeDee in the path of her future – if she can handle it… or more importantly them.

Isaac is a recent new resident of Marietta.  He has his own business which he could run from home, if he had some help with his brother.  Mark is an adult with Down syndrome, and until recently he’d lived with their mother.  But Mom has a chance at love with a good man and Isaac has taken Mark in to do the care-giving for a loved brother with special needs.  As is often the case, Isaac had no idea what their life together would be like and he’s floundering, making choices that may be logical but not practical.  It will take some eye opening events to get Isaac to realize that he needs to rethink how he’s reacting to Mark… and perhaps make his own attitude adjustments.

Watching a spoiled beauty who never will hold back her own opinion, a good hearted man out of his element, and a man who simply loves and accepts everyone was a delightful experience.  DeeDee and Isaac get off on the wrong foot immediately, but Mark will be the bridge between them in many ways.  And even though she may not have formal training, DeeDee instinctively knows how to work with Mark.  First of all she treats him like anyone else with expectations of behavior and abilities.  She speaks normally, not in that annoying sing-song voice that many people use.  In so many ways, this isn’t a love story between DeeDee and Isaac – it’s a family love story.  I won’t sugar-coat it, walking into an established family that includes a person with any type of special needs is not an easy, breezy piece of cake.  And there will be mistakes, misunderstandings by everyone involved.  But when the love is strong enough anything is possible.

I always enjoy running into well loved characters in an ongoing series.  Loved seeing Sara Marie play such an amazing part in this story.  Oh, what a wonderful experience it was to finally see the town gossip get the take-down that was so long overdue.  Have to admit I did a fist pump during that scene.

I’ve used a lot of words to say that I completely enjoyed The Chocolate Comeback and would highly recommend this story, and the entire series.  This heartfelt story is believable, realistic with characters you’ll come to appreciate and love.  To Roxanne Snopek, well done on creating a beautiful family love story around a unique group of people.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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