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The highly anticipated, sensuous new blockbuster by the beloved, bestselling author of The Perfumer's Secret.

Alexandra Frobisher is a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in England's famous chocolate-making town of York. She has received several proposals of marriage, although none of them promises that elusive extra – love.

Matthew Britten-Jones is a man of charm and strong social standing. He impresses Alex and her parents with his wit and intelligence, but would an amicable union be enough for a fulfilling life together?

At the end of the war, Captain Harry Blakeney discovers a dead soldier in a trench in France. In the man's possession is a secret love note, tucked inside a tin of chocolate that had been sent to the soldiers as a gift from the people back home.

In pursuit of the author of this mysterious message, Harry travels to Rowntree's chocolate factory in England's north, where his life becomes inextricably bound with Alexandra and Matthew's. Only together will they be able to unlock secrets of the past and offer each other the greatest gift for the future.

From the battlefields of northern France to the medieval city of York, this is a heartbreaking tale about a triangle of love in all its forms and a story about the bittersweet taste of life . . . and of chocolate.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 18, 2017


    432 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Trade Paperback


    October 31, 2016

    Michael Joseph

    432 pages

    RRP $37.00

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    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

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  • EBook


    October 31, 2016

    Penguin eBooks

    448 pages

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    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

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York – 1915
The argument had been tame, polite even, but there was no doubt in her mind that if she didn’t make a decision, it would be made for her. Alex Frobisher gave a small clicking sound and nudged her coal-coloured mare to pick up its pace. The familiar noise of hooves on the road soothed, tried to take her thoughts back to a time when the summers seemed to stretch forever in a warm recollection of shared laughter and Scotland. Such happy days before that August afternoon of 1905 when darkness descended; it was this pain, she was sure, forever haunting the family, that was the root of her mother’s urgency for a wedding . . . even an unwelcome one for Alex.

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Fiona McIntosh’s enviable research trip behind her book The Chocolate Tin.

Travel to York

Be transported to the historic town of York thanks to Fiona McIntosh!

Book Clubs
The Chocolate Tin Reading Notes

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Hot Chocolate Sauce

Try this indulgent recipe from The Chocolate Tin author Fiona McIntosh.

Awards and Recognition

  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    General Fiction Book of the Year

Also by Fiona McIntosh

The Lavender Keeper
The French Promise
The Tea Gardens
The Perfumer's Secret
On the Scent of Perfume
How to Write Your Blockbuster
The Last Dance
The Tailor's Girl
The Rumpelgeist
Fields of Gold


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Friday's Child
The Strawberry Girl
The Tea Gardens
Manchester Moll
The Orphan's Dream
The Return of the Discontinued Man
The Harem Midwife
A Christmas to Remember
Mistress of the Sea
The Amateur Marriage
The Land Girls at Christmas
The Last Son's Secret
A Nightingale Christmas Carol
Shelter from the Storm
The Wife's Tale
The Confectioner's Tale
Stormy Persuasion
Where the Rekohu Bone Sings