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Theodora’s Diary: Faith, Hope and Chocolate (Theodora, #1) by Penny Culliford


From the Back Cover

Saturday 8th May. Emergency!

It is 11:30 p.m. and I am suffering from an incredibly intense chocolate craving that will not leave me in spite of prayer, distraction activities and half a loaf of bread and butter. Got out of bed and searched the flat. No luck. Not even a bourbon biscuit. Not even a cream egg left from Easter. All the shops are closed so no nipping out to replenish supplies. Nothing else for it. I’m reduced to the chocoholic’s equivalent of meths—cooking chocolate.

It’s been one of those days for Theodora. Her mother has become the Greek equivalent of Delia Smith, her boyfriend would rather watch 22 men kick a ball around a field than go shopping with her, and chintzy Charity Hubble wants to pray for her. And of course, the crowning insult is her utter lack of chocolate. Join in her daily life with all of its challenges and joys, tears and laughter.

I have to admit I picked up this book because so many of my middle school girls were reading it.  I mean SO many!  I begin to have my suspicions that it might contain some content that was not entirely appropriate for their age.

I was totally wrong.  This is an excellent, funny, sometimes sad, but always enjoyable story.  Although Theodora is a single woman in her late twenties living in England, I could really connect with her.  I will definitely be reading the rest of the series:  Theodora’s Wedding and Theodora’s Baby . . . and they’re in that order too.

Of course, I still don’t know why the middle school girls love them so much?


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