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By Sheila Roberts

Sweet goals Chocolate corporation has been within the Sterling kin for generations, ever given that Great-Grandma Rose actually dreamed up her first fantastic recipe. yet now it seems like they're approximately to lose candy desires to the bank—and that may be a catastrophe, not just for the kin yet for the city of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the corporate, get a hold of how to keep it?

After Samantha does a few brainstorming along with her mom and sisters, suggestion moves. they will have a chocolate pageant! Time's operating out, however the Sterling ladies are decided and the town's at the back of them, so everything's absolute to pass smoothly….

Or now not. occasions appear to be conspiring opposed to Samantha, and her mother's makes an attempt to assist usually are not supporting. To make concerns worse, the destiny of her corporation is within the fingers of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the financial institution supervisor with the football-hero attractiveness. it is sufficient to force her to chocolate. yet Blake's additionally sufficient to persuade her that (believe it or now not) there is something even greater than chocolate.

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And now the wind was once whooshing her out the door. “No, I’m no longer able to go away! ” Muriel’s eyes popped open. It took her a moment to gain she was domestic in mattress with late-afternoon shadows sprawled around the bedspread. She couldn’t have slept the day away. She checked out the clock. It used to be happening 4. She had. And what had that unusual dream been approximately? What was once her subconscious attempting to inform her? probably that she used to be going insane. * * * Bailey gave Samantha yet another hug after which Cecily into Sea-Tac Airport to trap their late-afternoon flight to L. A. as soon as during the sliding glass doorways either sisters became and waved a last see you later. She waved again and swallowed a lump in her throat. now not for the 1st time she needed they lived nearer, yet a woman needed to stick to her dreams. It used to be too undesirable their desires had led all of them in several directions. She heaved a sigh, then received in her trusty Toyota and commenced the two-hour force again to the opposite facet of the mountains. She’d slightly get domestic in time to bake cookies ahead of going to hang around along with her different sisters, sisters of the middle. Monday wasn’t generally a celebration evening yet this night used to be an exception. again domestic, Samantha baked up the cookie dough Bailey had left in her freezer. Then she pulled on her down coat and her iciness boots and walked the brief distance from her house to her buddy Charley’s comfy little residence, which missed Icicle Creek. A moonlit sky speckled with stars lit her method, but she can have came across the home simply as simply by way of following the noise. A soundtrack of Gloria Gaynor making a song “I Will live to tell the tale” was once blasting an accompaniment to raucous laughter. evidently the celebration was once in complete swing. She walked round to the again of the home. The deck used to be lit with numerous strings of crimson flamingo occasion lighting. Patio chairs sprawled each which approach and a picnic desk used to be encumbered with salads and truffles. however the motion was occurring round the hearth pit at the garden, and within the middle of all of it stood Charlene Albach. Charley, a narrow lady in her mid-thirties with darkish hair lower in a messy bob, regarded trendy in denims, ankle boots and a faux-fur-trimmed jacket. She was once preserving what needed to be the world’s biggest wineglass and dumping a handful of pictures onto a roaring bonfire. “Samantha, get your self down here,” she referred to as. “We’re burning weenies. ” The symbolism wasn’t misplaced on Samantha and she or he smiled as she positioned her cookies at the desk. She plucked one off the plate after which walked all the way down to join the gang of ladies accumulated round the hearth. One she well-known as Charley’s older sister, Amy, who had arise from Portland for the social gathering. And there used to be Elena, Samantha’s dependable secretary; Lauren, her teller from the financial institution; her buddy Cassandra Wilkes from Gingerbread Haus; Heidi Schwartz, who labored part-time within the candy desires reward store; and Rita Reyes and Maria Gomez, who worked for Charley at her eating place, Zelda’s—all current to aid Charley celebrate her first reputable day of freedom.

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