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Book Review: The Chocolate Diaries: Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life by Karen Linamen

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Karen Scalf Linamen is dishing up some moxie and mocha for her readers about women who are sharing their strategies and savvy techniques while enjoying life. If you’re looking for things in life to make you smile, laugh, and feel, well, darn right sexy. You’re not alone.

The Chocolate DiariesMany women are on this journey and The Chocolate Diaries: Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life will take you there. This book is like hanging out with a bunch of girlfriends in a hotel for the weekend or a hot sunny vacation and everyone is wiser and happier than you. Linamen uses chocolate to unlock as much craziness as anything you can find in the kitchen.

Karen Scalf Linamen is a popular speaker and author of several books on women’s issues, including Just Hand Over the Chocolate, No One Will Get Hurt, and Chocolatherepy: Satisfying the Deepest Cravings of Your Inner Chick. Karen indulges in the Sweet Life with her family in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Literary Guild has dubbed her “the queen of good humor and common sense” along with Publishers Weekly, who describes her writing as “funny, forthright, and unforgettable.” Karen has produced television shows, worked on magazines, and attended Oral Roberts University in Texas.

I was excited to read The Chocolate Diaries, a short book at 192 pages, and it is a soft cover book as well. This fits nicely in a beach bag and can be read over the weekend. Which I did! The book takes you though chapters which are all based on chocolate. At the end of each chapter are recipes that contain chocolate for you to whip up and get your sexy back. I actually hate chocolate. No, really I do — I get a stomach ache if I eat it. Just too rich for this girl.

The Chocolate Diaries is filled not only with Karen’s stories, but with different women and their journeys through their different, difficult situations and how God helped them overcome their obstacles. This does make for a spiritual note throughout the book, so if you’re not into reading the scriptures you may get lost. I am not a religious woman at all and loved the book.

Chapter Six is entitled “Eat Chocolate. Write More. Feel Better.” I loved this chapter as she states, “researchers have been stumbling onto the same findings; writing is good medicine.”

Linamen is talking about the strength you need to write and that is where the chocolate comes into play, especially since dark chocolate is good for you and gives you that quick boost of energy. Karen gives you a top 10 list on reasons to become a writer. I myself have wanted to write a story about my crazy 45 years. I have had some great things happen to me that some say could be in a made-for-television movie on Lifetime. Writing is for taking care of your emotions, having better health, being able to transition through stages in your life. Writing does take courage, and if you’re up for some laughs you will enjoy The Chocolate Diaries.

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