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THE CHOCOLATE VILLA (working title)

Maria Nikolai

  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP
  • Country: DE
  • 656 print pages
  • Epics/Saga


  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Germany
  • Themes: FAMILY, Intergenerational, Emancipation, PEOPLE facing life, Reinventing oneself, Life choice, Moral dilemma, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Capitalism, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social climbing, Commitment, Friendship, Loyalty, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character


In 1903, the story of the daughter of a chocolate producer, who fights for her emancipation and her love, standing against her cynical and manipulative father


Translation rights sold: Italy, Spain and Russia

Maria Nikolai is the pseudonym of an established German author.


In 1903 in Stuttgart, Judith is a young woman raised by her lonely father, who runs a chocolate manufacture. Her mother is a hippy and quite selfish woman, who has withdrawn in a community between Switzerland and Italy. Judith is passionate about cooking and chocolate production, so that she spends all her time inventing new methods and combinations. Nevertheless, her father’s business is facing a serious financial crisis and he risks the bankruptcy. Therefore, he plans to organizes the marriage between his daughter Judith and Albrecht, the son of his unscrupulous creditor...

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