Author(s): Lesley Lokko
Laure, seventeen, beautiful and already abandoned twice in her young life. Once by the glamorous mother she can barely remember, a woman who brought shame on the St Lazare family name and fled to America; and then again by a handsome soldier who left her pregnant and alone, facing the wrath of her grandmother. Amelie, caught in a world where she's neither servant nor mistress, trapped between the St Lazare family she's always worked for and the simmering hostility of a country on the verge of meltdown. With a past she knows nothing about and no family of her own, she yearns to find a place that can be home. Melanie, the rock star's daughter who has everything money can buy except the love she craves. A daddy's girl caught in a whirl of damaging relationships, testing those closest to her. In one man she sees the chance to change her life for ever, but at what price? In a story that begins in the relentless heat of a Haitian summer and sweeps through the luxury of America's elite to the colourful chaos of East End London, BITTER CHOCOLATE is a glorious tale of the quest for love, marriage and finding a place to belong.
Lesley Lokko's previous novels, SUNDOWNERS and SAFFRON SKIES, revitalised the blockbuster genre, combining glamorous characters and glorious locations with an intelligent, compelling plot. BITTER CHOCOLATE takes Lesley another step forward - a uniquely captivating, bold and utterly absorbing novel. Lesley's novels have received superb reviews: 'A very 21st-century blockbuster, this has all the classic elements - nail-biting narrative, absorbing relationships, glamorous locations - with an extra shot of intelligence' Cosmopolitan. 'A sexy, sophisticated page-turner' Eve. 'I enjoyed it hugely, not only because it is a rattling good read but because it's so refreshingly, wonderfully unpretentious' Sunday Express. 'A real page-turner ... highly enjoyable' OK. 'Lokko captures the bustle of East End London and luxury lifestyle in America while following three separate girls on the look out for love, marriage and a sense of belonging to someone, somewhere' Big Issue. 'The ultimate guilty pleasure' Bella.
"sumptuous" HOT STARS "A glorious search for love, marriage and a sense of belonging" EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
Lesley Lokko was born in Scotland in 1964 of mixed Ghanaian-Scots parentage. She grew up in Ghana, and was educated in Ghana, the US and the UK. She trained as an architect and divides her time between Ghana and the UK.