Hot Chocolate

Book 1 of the Alcott Family Adventures

Fiction - Mystery - General
460 Pages
Reviewed on 07/22/2015
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Author Biography

Dawn Ireland is the CEO of Artistic Origins Inc, a 100% woman-owned publishing and technical writing service company that has been doing business since 1995.

She’s an award winning independent publisher and author of The Puppy Baby Book, Mastering Your Money, and Amazon Best Seller (2012-2013) Hot Chocolate (Book 1 in the Alcott Family Adventures series). Hot Chocolate is a finalist in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Review and Awards Contest.

The Hot Chocolate audio book was awarded the AudioFile Earphones Award on Valentine’s Day 2014 and Bitter Chocolate, book 2 in the Alcott Family Adventures was awarded the AudioFile Earphones Award March 2015.

The Crowd, a supernatural screenplay is currently a finalist in the Reel Writers Script Competition (8/2015), and a semifinalist in the Screencraft Horror Script Competition (8/2015).

Her family feature film screenplay A Girl and Her Dog was awarded a Kids First! Endorsement by the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media in October 2012 and optioned by Shadow Cave Productions in February 2013.

Dawn is the co-author of the animated screenplay Memoirs of a Dog which won the Spirit Award of the Moondance Film Festival (children’s category) September 2011.

Originally from Feeding Hills, MA, Dawn migrated to San Antonio in 1968, then when her first son was one years old, her family moved to Houston where work was more plentiful. After 40+ years of heat and humidity, she has her sights set on returning to the east coast.

Stay tuned for The Puppy Baby Book Web APP (Fall 2015), Spicy Chocolate, book 3 in the Hot Chocolate Alcott Family Adventures coming in 2016.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Hot Chocolate: Book 1 of the Alcott Family Adventures is written by Dawn Greenfield Ireland. The Alcott sisters are the heiresses to an enormous chocolate empire. Their father is under the care of Dorothea and a nurse called Bambi. However, Dorothea has decided that he needs more care and they agree to move him to an assisted living home, giving his nurse a handsome payoff. That isn’t enough for Bambi’s husband though, who decides to bring a lawsuit against the family. The Alcott sisters are well known and well liked and they also have the money to hire a good lawyer. But is their money and standing enough to have the case dismissed? Or will the situation take another, more sinister turn?

Hot Chocolate: Book 1 of the Alcott Family Adventures by Dawn Greenfield Ireland is a delightful story with characters that are bright and colorful. Ms. Ireland has written a well-crafted story with a great plot, one that you think you have figured out. We know all the characters – or at least we think we do - but then something else happens that turns the story on its head. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in this story; it was a real page-turner, one of those that you just have to keep on reading to see what’s going to happen next. The book moved along at a nice pace and the characters were extremely well written and matched to the story. And let’s not forget the recipes included at the end of the book, the recipes of some of the wonderful meals that the sisters enjoy throughout the story – a very nice touch. Really looking forward to reading book 2 in this series.