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The highly anticipated, sensuous new blockbuster by the beloved, bestselling author of The Perfumer's Secret.

Alexandra Frobisher is a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in England's famous chocolate-making town of York. She has received several proposals of marriage, although none of them promises that elusive extra – love.

Matthew Britten-Jones is a man of charm and strong social standing. He impresses Alex and her parents with his wit and intelligence, but would an amicable union be enough for a fulfilling life together?

At the end of the war, Captain Harry Blakeney discovers a dead soldier in a trench in France. In the man's possession is a secret love note, tucked inside a tin of chocolate that had been sent to the soldiers as a gift from the people back home.

In pursuit of the author of this mysterious message, Harry travels to Rowntree's chocolate factory in England's north, where his life becomes inextricably bound with Alexandra and Matthew's. Only together will they be able to unlock secrets of the past and offer each other the greatest gift for the future.

From the battlefields of northern France to the medieval city of York, this is a heartbreaking tale about a triangle of love in all its forms and a story about the bittersweet taste of life . . . and of chocolate.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143785248

    April 18, 2017

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    432 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780143797067

    October 31, 2016

    Michael Joseph (AU Adult)

    432 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781760141769

    October 31, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    448 pages

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    • Amazon Kindle
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Extract

York – 1915
The argument had been tame, polite even, but there was no doubt in her mind that if she didn’t make a decision, it would be made for her. Alex Frobisher gave a small clicking sound and nudged her coal-coloured mare to pick up its pace. The familiar noise of hooves on the road soothed, tried to take her thoughts back to a time when the summers seemed to stretch forever in a warm recollection of shared laughter and Scotland. Such happy days before that August afternoon of 1905 when darkness descended; it was this pain, she was sure, forever haunting the family, that was the root of her mother’s urgency for a wedding . . . even an unwelcome one for Alex.

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The French Promise
The Tailor's Girl
The Last Dance
The Tea Gardens
Rivertown
The Perfumer's Secret
On the Scent of Perfume
How to Write Your Blockbuster
Nightingale
The Rumpelgeist
Fields of Gold

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Crimes of the Father
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Virgins
Into the Water
Best Laid Plans
Night School
The Woolgrower's Companion
The Traitor’s Girl
After You
Lake Hill
The Light Between Oceans
Congo Dawn
The Handmaid's Tale
Anything Is Possible
Dunstan
Men Without Women
The Good Mother
The French Perfumer
The Mistress
The Course Of Love