~[PDF NO BUY]~ In the Age of Love and Chocolate A Novel BirthrightThank you! Anya Balanchine comes into her own in business and in matters of the heart while circumventing the chocolate prohibition with her medicinal cacao nightclub in the multiple-year—spanning conclusion to the Birthright trilogy. Her cousin Mickey returns, looking for his missing wife, treacherous Sophia Bitter. Her self-aware narrative, full of asides, foreshadows heavily, neutering some of the tension. Multiple suitors court Anya, and her responses demonstrate how she grapples with discovering what and who she wants in this most romance-focused book in the series. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew.
The first two books in this heart-stopping trilogy by Gabrielle Zevin, All These Things I've Done and Because It Is My Blood , introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen-year-old having to deal with the problems and responsibilities of a grown woman. Losing her mafia-boss father, her mother and then her grandmother, and being responsible for her sister and brother - not to mention a prison stay for a crime she didn't commit - have taught Anya a lot about life. Now eighteen, Anya finds that against all odds the nightclub that she opened with her old nemesis, Charles Delacroix, is a huge success and she is on her way to shedding the constraints of her family's criminal past and finding a way to legalize the supplying of chocolate. But Anya has lost Win - the love of her life - as a result of her partnership with his father, Charles. In typical fashion Anya puts the loss of Win behind her, focusing instead on expanding her business. But soon a terrible misjudgement leaves her fighting for her life and for the first time Anya is forced to let people help her.
Sign up for our newsletters! Gabrielle Zevin's Birthright trilogy, set in a near-future New York City in which chocolate and caffeine are contraband, has at its center the fascinating, complicated character of Anya Balanchine. Utilizing several of the conventions of Victorian fiction including a first-person narrative voice that sometimes verges on the formal or prudish , Zevin juxtaposes this old-fashioned storytelling with her familiar yet futuristic setting. In the first two volumes of the trilogy, Zevin focused primarily on Anya's struggles to determine whether and how to allow her background as the daughter and heir apparent of a major chocolate mafia family to dictate the choices she makes and the future she hopes to create for herself. For the most part, these choices and challenges focus on Anya's career aspirations and ambitions, as she has struggled to figure out whether to surrender to her criminal background or to find a new way to distinguish herself. In a surprising partnership with her former nemesis Charles Delacroix, she's on the verge of opening a new nightclub called the Dark Room, a place where, thanks to a legal loophole, New Yorkers can enjoy cacao legally and safely.