Author: Joanne Harris
First published: 1999
Edition: Paperback, published by Black Swan in 1999
This book is like a big warm hug. It is drenched in warmth and it left me with a smile. Having seen the movie and loving it, I was worried the book would disappoint. But it did not. Although the story is not exactly the same, it definitely gives the same feels and made me realise how good the movie adaptation is.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The story is bittersweet, like some of the chocolates in Vianne’s chocolaterie. It is told from two perspectives, Vianne’s, as she moves into a small French village, and Reynaud’s. Reynaud is the village priest, who objects to all Vianne stands for in his mind.
The author portrays the people of the village and their emotions wonderfully well and I could really feel the atmosphere of this small village.
I loved it and I will definitely be looking for more books by this author.
6 out of 7 stars