It isn't often you receive a letter from the dead.
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village in south-west France where, eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop.
But Vianne is completely unprepared for what she finds there. Women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea, and there, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the square little tower of the church of Saint-Jerôme like a piece on a chessboard - slender, bone-white and crowned with a silver crescent moon - a minaret.
Nor is it only the incomers from North Africa that have brought big changes to the community. Father Reynaud, Vianne's erstwhile adversary, is now disgraced and under threat. Could it be that Vianne is the only one who can save him?
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"Well worth the listen"
This novel is a really good listen - the descriptions are colourful and evocative, and the mystery at the heart of the novel remains tantalising to the last. Initially Rula Lenska's narration seemed at odds with the youth of Vianne, but the range of her voice in creating the different characters compensated. Her co-narrator as M Le Cure was perfect. Very enjoyable and a great antidote to chilly British weather.
"Great third book in the series"
This is the third book by Joanne Harris in the series starting with Chocolat, then The Lollipop Shoes. I had read the first two a while ago before listening to the audiobooks, but this one I only have in audio form.
All three books are very good reads and listens to and are stand alone stories but
I think it helps to listen to them in order, like most series.
Another good story from Joanne Harris and very well read.
"Peaches for Monsieur le Cure by Joanne Harris"
This is a wonderfully entertaining story, set somewhere in deepest France and built around the fascinating Vianne Rocher of Chocolat fame. Read by Rula Lenska and Gareth Armstrong, the many characters are really brought to life and made listening an absolute pleasure, I was sorry when the book came to an end. I felt that I would benefit from being able to sit with Vianne and pour out all my troubles over a steaming cup of her marvellous-sounding hot chocolate! A real treat, thankyou.
I really enjoyed this book and revisiting the little town of Lansquenet where Chocolat had begun, to see how the characters had developed, the new ones that had arrived and a surprise return. I warmed to Mon. le cure this time far more than before as a different side to him is revealed throughout the book. The different readers were excellent and I finished by wanting to make my own peach jam. A lovely listen
"Great to return to Lansquenet"
I thoroughly enjoyed and got wrapped up in this book and the excellent narration. Having found Lollipop Shoes a slightly uncomfortable listen due to the disturbing subject of identity theft, it was lovely to revisit the village of Lansquenet and themes developed from Chocolat.
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