The best dreams are the ones that sweep you up into a magical adventure where there is hope and love… and chocolate. Set in a small, quirky mountain town where a magical chocolate shop is nothing short of expected, it’s easy to suspend belief and swallow whole Susan Bishop Crispell’s bittersweet tale of a single mother facing her young daughter’s failing health, and her own crisis of faith in the family’s special brand of magic.

With the help of an enchanted apothecary table, Penelope works to grant every wish on young Ella’s bucket list while they feel time slipping by too quickly. But the family magic has failed Penelope in the past and she has no reason to believe it will save her daughter now. However, when young Ella adds a father to her bucket list with a certain lost love in mind, Penelope is given a second chance with the one that got away. The chocolate shop tempts her at every turn to trust those who care about her and to have the kind of faith that could change her fate, if she can only believe in miracles – and more importantly, herself.

Expect to settle easily into the charming tone and pace of this sweet story, while you wish you could walk the streets of the town, sipping your own enchanted hot chocolate. The book will leave you feeling nostalgic, with a renewed sense of wonder. This is a story of second chances. Dreaming in Chocolate is sure to be a favorite of fans of magical realism and the best kinds of dreams – the ones that come true.



Susan Bishop Crispell earned a BFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Born and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, she now lives twenty minutes from the beach in North Carolina with her husband and their literary-named cat. She is very fond of chocolate and is always on the lookout for hints of magic in the real world. She is the author of The Secret Ingredient of Wishes (September 2016) and Dreaming in Chocolate (February 2018). Visit her online:


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