The bestselling author of Chocolat and The Girl with No Shadow returns to Lansquenet in this enchanting new novel, Peaches for Father Francis (in the UK called Peaches for Monsieur le Curé)
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 beautiful French village in which eight years ago she opened a chocolate shop and first learned the meaning of home.
But returning to one’s past can be a dangerous pursuit. Vianne, with her daughters, Anouk and Rosette, finds Lansquenet changed in unexpected ways: women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea—and there, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the church, a minaret. Most surprising of all, her old nemesis, Father Francis Reynaud, desperately needs her help.
Can Vianne work her magic once again?
“The puzzle explodes with incandescent intensity.” —Kirkus Review
|Juliette Binoche as Vianne Rocher|
The third episode to feature Vianne Rocher and her family (nuclear and extended) brings her back to Lansquenet. But it's not the place she left, it's riven by tensions between locals and Muslim immigrants. Whereas before the priest had seemed her enemy, now they make unlikely allies to help break down the barriers. It's a darker tale than Chocolat, in some ways darker than The Lollipop Shoes, but ultimately it's about people, their hopes, desires, the dreams-Chris N.
There is something about the Joanne Harris and her books that are set in France. Every time you read one of them, you want to eat-Christine E.