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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By Karen on 14-04-13
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.
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By Deb on 28-10-12
Vianne Never Stays Long Enough
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
As always Joanne Harris delivers yet another spellbinding tale from Lansquenet and so a must for all of those who have followed Vianne Rocher and her family through the trilogy.
What did you like best about this story?
I always adore the way Joanne Harris weaves her spell in the way she write her stories.
Which character – as performed by Rula Lenska and Gareth Armstrong – was your favorite?
Vianne and the children by Rula and Monsieur le Cure by Gareth Armstrong
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When the veil was removed for the first time and the story is behind that veil revealed.
Any additional comments?
I thoroughly enjoyed hearing this book. The story brings a thousand different images through Joanne Harris' superb ability to capture her readers in a web of intrigue. The smells, colours and characters are seen in the eye of the mind so clearly that again I felt transported to France. I only wish I could visit that wonderful fictitious town known as Lansquenet and visit the Chocolaterie. Perhaps another movie on the way, I hope so.
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By Paddington on 17-02-13
Intriguing …… the best yet!
This is Joanne Harris’s best yet. I have read most of her books and enjoy her writing but this one surprised me I could not have predicted the twists in this story. It was a terrific sequel to Chocolat and I hope there will be more to come. Highly recommended.