A welcome return to Vianne Rocher and the village in rural France that was the setting for Joanne Harris's remarkable and much-loved number one bestseller Chocolat
'DEFTLY TACKLING THE SUBJECT OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE, THIS BEWITCHING NOVEL STIRS THE SENSES' Good Housekeeping
It isn't often you receive a letter from the dead.
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she allows the wind to blow her back to the village in south-west France where, eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop. But Lansquenet is different now: women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea, and, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the church: a minaret.
Nor is it only the incomers from North Africa that have brought change. Father Reynaud, Vianne’s erstwhile adversary, is disgraced and under threat. Could it be that Vianne is the only one who can save him now?
“Vianne - unconventional, good-hearted, slightly magical - blows in like a refreshing breeze, forcing people to question their prejudices. A delight”
“Expertly crafted, typically mouthwatering”
“A delightful jumble of the sensuous sights, sounds and smells the author describes so well”
“Her characteristic love affair with texture – scents, smells and sounds – immerses the reader in a bath of seductive imagery in a brave and grippingly confected story”
The Sunday Times
“Prepare to be transported by Joanne Harris as she revisits the characters and setting of her first bestseller, Chocolat...Deftly tackling the subject of religious intolerance, this bewitching novel stirs the senses”
Good Housekeeping (Book of the Month)
“A wide-ranging, powerful and very readable novel. I loved it”
“Like Chocolat, this book is a feast for the senses. Every page of the book is steeped in scents, colours and tastes, without ever tipping into the pretentious or showy. The writing is seductive and engaging throughout; and the magic, too, is intrinsic without ever being soppy or embarrassing. What is magic (or religion), after all, if not an ability to understand the human heart? Peaches for Monsieur le Curé is a wonderful return to form for Harris”
“Fasting and feasting, magic and mysticism are once again at the heart of this author's storytelling sorcery”
“Absorbing and atmospheric...Joanne bravely tackles religious differences head-on but very sensitively. It's expressive, rich, vibrant and even shocking in parts”
“Exotic, thought-provoking and wonderfully told”
Woman & Home
“An enchanting read, ripe for summer picking”
“What Joanne Harris has done with this brilliant novel is to define in microcosm the religious problems that concern the world - terrorism, race riots, honour killings, the sexual grooming of teenagers - and bring them to life in a community where everyone knows each other...she provides an indictment of prejudice that is exceptionally powerful.”