Try me...Test me...Taste me.
When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud identifies her as a serious danger to his flock - especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. War is declared as the priest denounces the newcomer-s wares as instruments of murder.
Suddenly Vianne-s shop-cum-cafe means that there is somewhere for secrets to be whispered, grievances to be aired, dreams to be tested. But Vianne-s plans for an Easter Chocolate Festival divide the whole community in a conflict that escalates into a -Church not Chocolate- battle. As mouths water in anticipation, can the solemnity of the Church compare with the pagan passion of a chocolate clair'
For the first time here is a novel in which chocolate enjoys its true importance, emerging as a moral issue, as an agent of transformation - as well as a pleasure bordering on obsession. Rich, clever and mischievous, this is a triumphant read.
About the Author
Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into a major film starring Juliette Binoche), Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Jigs & Reels , Sleep Pale Sister, Gentlemen & Players and, with Fran Warde, The French Kitchen: A Cookbook and The French Market: More Recipes from a French Kitchen . She lives in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, with her husband and daughter.
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Mouthwatering-a feelgood book of the first order-your senses are left reeling. Read it','Is this the best book ever written? Truly excellent-Harris's achievement is not only in her story, in her insight and humour and the wonderful picture of small-town life in rural France, but also in her writing','Sensuous and thought-provoking-subtle and brilliant'