Two delicious words combine to form the title of this well-crafted first novel by Julie Carobini. While there is no specific place in the story called Chocolate Beach, the setting is a southern California beach town, Ventura. Plus, at one point, Brianna Stone, the central character, takes a Chocolate Cooking Class by the Sea.
In the opening pages readers learn that Bri, a tour bus host, and attorney Douglas Stone have been married for 14 years and live in a beach bungalow with their teenage son, Nathan, who loves to surf. Nathan is concerned about the spiritual condition of his friend, Gibson, and gives him a Bible.
Initially, Bri’s biggest inconvenience is