Good morning my loves!
I hope you had a really good weekend and are ready for the week that is to come! I couldn’t be more excited about this post. When Tracy sent out the email looking for bloggers to participate in the blog tour for Joanne Harris’ latest book, I basically squealed at the email! I have already read and loved the other books in the Chocolat series and was so delighted to hear we were getting another one.
Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her ‘special’ child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.
But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray. The arrival of Narcisse’s relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist’s across the square – one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own – all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence – even, perhaps, a murder…
Now, I knew that I would enjoy this book, as I’d loved all 3 of its predecessors, but I had no idea that I would love it as much as I did. I tried as much as I could to savour this one, not knowing if we would ever get another, but even then I devoured it in a couple of sittings. It’s been 7 years since Peaches for Father Francis was published and I feel like the wait was absolutely worth it. It goes without saying that I gave this one 5/5 stars and will be recommending it to everyone I have any kind of contact with!
Joanne Harris is a master with words and has the incredible ability of drawing the reader in within a matter of sentences. We are taken back to the picturesqe town of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, where Vianne Rocher and her magical chocolatier are settled. It doesnt stay that way for long however when a murder happens and a familiar yet strange woman opens a mysterious shop across the road. The Stawberry Thief focuses on Rosette, Viannes 16 year-old daughter who unexpectedly inherits a piece of land that others are more than a little keen to get their hands on, and the far reaching implications it has. As always, Joanne Harris transports you there and immerses you completely in the story, the characters and the twists and turns of the lives of those living in this quiet town. A beautifully crafted magical realism novel that I will not hesitate to return to time and time again, until we (hopefully) get another book in this phenomenal series.
Have you read any of the books in this series? I can highly recommend them all! Also, I should imagine that you would be able to read this as a standalone and enjoy it just as much. The Stawberry Thief is out now and I implore you to pick up a copy!
Peace and pages