'Who died?' I said. 'Or is it a secret?' 'My mother, Vianne Rocher.'
Seeking refuge and anonymity in the cobbled streets of Montmartre, Yanne and her daughters, Rosette and Annie, live peacefully, if not happily, above their little chocolate shop. Nothing unusual marks them out; no red sachets hang by the door. The wind has stopped - at least for a while.
Then into their lives blows Zozie de l'Alba, the lady with the lollipop shoes, and everything begins to change.... But this new friendship is not what it seems. Ruthless, devious and seductive, Zozie de l'Alba has plans of her own - plans that will shake their world to pieces. And with everything she loves at stake, Yanne must face a difficult choice; to flee, as she has done so many times before, or to confront her most dangerous enemy... Herself.
©2007 Joanne Harris (P)2007 Random House AUDIO GO
I did enjoy this but nothing like as much as the recording of Chocolat I bought first. I rate the content as 3 stars but give it 4 because of Juliet Stevenson's amazing reading. The story simply isn't as magical, as evocative or as charming as Chocolat - but that would be a hard act to follow! On the other hand it gives other characters a centre stage and the ending, if trite, is neat.
"I love this audio book!"
I just love this story. I love the characters, the location, the magic and the deceit. I have listened to the whole book 4 times!!!
Juliet Stephenson really captures the feeling of this book, it is a lovely story, and so magical and spiritual too. Best to read Chocolat first or the plot would be confusing about past references. I would highly recommend this book with the vivid descriptions, and complex relationships...I didn`t want it to end, and immediately purchased the book that follows this one, and enjoyed that too..a brilliant listen !
"The Lollipop Shoes"
Joanne Harris has done it again. The second part of the Chocolate trilogy. I really enjoyed the mysticism of this story. Beautifully written in her own special style. A well recommended read.
"Magical, exciting and captivating"
I was dubious at first as I thought it was just a re-hashed Chocolat story but although it does follow the same characters and similar themes it just got better and better and I couldn't wait to listen to it every day. I love the way Harris weaves the fantastical in with the mundanity of every day modern life.
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