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Peaches for Father Francis (Chocolat #3)

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The tantalizing sequel to the blockbusterNew York TimesbestsellerChocolat

Even before it was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, Joanne Harris’sChocolatentranced readers with its mix of hedonism, whimsy, and, of course, chocolate. Now, at last,Chocolat’s heroine returns to the beautiful French village of Lansquenet in another, e
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Viking Adult (first published 2012)
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Disclaimer: I received an ARC via Netgalley. Receiving said ARC made me squeal in glee. Whatever power at Penguin books said let her have it, I love you.

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. It’s not that want a new, rich piece of decadent cake feeling. It’s a sit in the garden, open a bottle of wine, and have a nice dinner with family and friends type of feeling. The type of situation where the talk is
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
When Peaches for Monsieur le Curé landed on my doorstep for review I wasn't particularly enthusiastic. I remembered seeing the movie Chocolat quite some years ago (purely because Johnny Depp starred) and not being overly impressed, however with a few pages of this novel I was hooked and hated having to put it down, even briefly.
Peaches for Monsieur le Curé is the third book in the Chocolat series, following on from Chocolat and The Girl with No Shadow. Vianne, Roux, Anouk and Rosette are living
James Souttar
I am fascinated by the character of Vianne Rocher, not least because I live with her real counterpart! And rarely, at least in my experience, has an author created a character who so evidently has a life of her own. But, if Vianne seems to have 'channelled' her way into Joanne Harris' writing, she has also brought it to greater and greater heights. Peaches for Monsieur le Curé is the third book in the Chocolat series, yet without a doubt the most exquisite. The first few pages are sheer poetry, ...more
Rachael McDiarmid
Oh I do love Joanne Harris. Actually more to the point I love Vianne Rocher. How can this book not be a resounding success? When it starts with "someone once told me that, in France alone, a quarter of a million letters are delivered every year to the dead. What she didn't tell me is that sometimes the dead write back." now if that doesn't grab you, there's something wrong with you!

Things have changed in Lansquenet. It's been eight years since Vianne opened her chocolate shop. At the urging of a
For me, the problem with that book is similar to one with Blueeyedboy: there is not enough of the story. Actually, I think that in BEB there was no story to speak of, only inventions for the sake of them, and here there could well have been, should the narration be more straightforward and not so struggling for being “intriguing”, even if that means improbable character or plot development. As to the protagonist, I’d rather had someone new – with all my love for Vianne, her story was fully exhau ...more
I'm a little mystified by this series. One of these books doesn't belong with the others. Book Two, The Girl with No Shadow was so different in tone and structure that it seems like I took a detour reading it. Book Three, Peaches for Monsieur le Curé brought me back to the things I loved so much about Chocolat - the structure, the themes, even the feel. Once again, the magic was understated. It was almost invisible. Getting reacquainted with the setting and characters were like returning home.

3.5 stars

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“Someone once told me, that in France alone, a quarter of a million letters are delivered every year to the dead. What she didn’t tell me is that sometimes the dead write back.”

So begins Peaches for Monsieur le Cure, the third in Joanne Harris’s Chocolat series.

It has been eight years since Vianne Rocher left the tiny, conservative village of Lansquenet, and though she has convinced herself that she is happy with her presen
"It came on the wind of Ramadan..."

And with those few words I am once again immersed in the aromas and surrounded by the characters that made me fall in love with Joanne's creative storytelling.

Vianne Rocher and her two daughters are drawn back to Lansquenet at the behest of a letter from a much loved yet dearly departed friend from the past. Once she arrives Vianne realises the quaint little town she left behind 8 years ago has changed but not in the way she had hoped...

Things are not as they s
Ian Kirkpatrick
The popular wisdom is that it’s often a mistake to revisit earlier successes. Try telling that to Joanne Harris.

Just once in a while you read a book that is so good, so well-written that you can’t leave it behind, and you find that long after closing the final pages the characters are still intruding on your life, slipping into your thoughts throughout the working day. Many of Harris’s novels seem to have that effect on me, but possibly none more so than this one.

This is an absolute gem of a bo
Siamo bel lontani da Chocolat, benché la Harris torni ad ambientare questo romanzo a Lansquenet. Va persa tutta la leggerezza, la lieve ironia, il gradevole equilibrio che esisteva tra reale e irreale.

L'aggancio, che mi verrebbe quasi da chiamare parodia, con situazioni tristemente attuali, è reso in maniera del tutto priva di credibilità, il che finisce per inficiare l'insieme, senza peraltro apportare in cambio alcuna seria e utile considerazione sui conflitti culturali.

Se Vianne Roche
Η Τζόαν Χάρις στο τρίτο μέρος της ιστορίας της Βιάν καταπιάνεται με ένα δύσκολο ζήτημα, αυτό των πολιτισμικών διαφορών. Και ενώ παραθέτει τα προβλήματα της συμβίωσης διαφορετικών πολιτισμικά μικρών κοινωνιών, δεν την αφορά να εμβαθύνει, δημιουργώντας ένα ρεαλιστικό κοινωνικό κείμενο, δεν είναι η θέση της να δώσει δίκιο ή αδικο. Αντιθέτως, ενσωμάτωσε αυτή τη δύσκολη θεματική σε ένα κείμενο μαγικού ρεαλισμού, για να μιλήσει για τα πράγματα που πάντα αγαπάει να μιλά σχεδόν σε όλα της τα βιβλία, να ...more
Steven Langdon
Joanne Harris has become one of my favourite authors, with her admirable ability to create unique and memorable characters, and her capacity for unexpected plotting -- sometimes in the context of Britain, more often amid the flavours and foibles of France. Especially endearing amongst her characters has been Vianne Rocher, the central figure in "Chocolat," in the subsequent follow-up novel in Paris, and now in this new book that returns Vianne to the small village of Lansquenet in a textured soc ...more
Joanne Harris è un'autrice che ama ripetersi. La sua consistente produzione (14 romanzi, 1 raccolta di racconti, 2 ricettari) è come un paese di provincia in cui tutti si conoscono, vivono più o meno le stesse situazioni e visitano i posti di sempre. Le connessioni che legano i suoi libri (a volte fitte, altre appena accennate) hanno creato un luogo letterario a cui i suoi lettori amano tornare, e il nucleo centrale di questa architettura è composto dalla fortunata trilogia di Chocolat.

Il giardi
I'm still not sure I really wanted anything more to be added to Chocolat -- remembering my second read of The Lollipop Shoes leaves me distinctly unimpressed, however compelling Joanne Harris makes her writing while you're actually reading it -- but as usual I was bewitched for a while. I'm not entirely certain about the choice of topic: it's always tempting for white women to take on the subject of the niqab, and of the position of women in Muslim communities. I even understand the temptation. ...more
Bronwyn Hegarty
I am glad I read if only so I can now say that Joanne Harris is now out of my system. I have definitely outgrown her writing. This book was an extreme disappointment. The plot was an interesting take on the Moslem issue, and could have been very powerful. If only the voices had been right and actually had some substance. Vianne Rocher came across as a busy body and Father Francis as a pathetic wimp in this sequel to Chocolat. Roux was a non-entity. The characters were superficial and the story t ...more
Chocolat, book three,.

I've been a fan of Joanne Harris for many years now (though not of her newer Young Adult fantasy series), and another book in the Chocolat series is a treat. I did wish I'd read Lollipop Shoes (The Girl with No Shadow) before reading this book though, as there were definitely some gaps caused by jumping straight from Chocolat. Unfortunately I didn't have time to read both before the discussion.

The subject matter is highly topical, particularly in France, where it has been d
Célia Loureiro
O Aroma das Especiarias é o terceiro volume da trilogia inaugurada com o sublime Chocolate. Esclareçam-me se haverão mais… se for uma trilogia finda-se aqui, mas aquele final talvez sugira mais.
Ao longo das suas quase quinhentas páginas acompanhamos o regresso da Vianne Rocher à aldeia onde Chocolate teve lugar. Lansquenet-sur-Tannes é agora um local diferente e, oito anos volvidos após La Céleste Praline, também os seus habitantes estão diferentes. Um feliz reencontro com Joséphine, Luc e Caro
Kate Forsyth
Chocolat is one of my favourite books and Joanne Harris is one of my favourite authors. Her novel Five Quarters of the Orange will always be listed in my top 5 favourite adult books.

However, when I heard that she had written another sequel to Chocolat, I didn’t squeal with excitement and rush out to the bookshop straightaway, as I usually do when one of my favourite writers publishes a new book.

I did go to the bookshop and look at the book, wondering, weighing it in my hands. The gorgeous cove
"I dont remember quite what I said, but I talked about community, and what it really means to belong; and of the kindness of strangers, and of being in the darkness, watching the light from the windows of other people's homes; and of being inside the whale, and of being a stranger in a foreign land..."(Father Reynaud, p450).

Peaches for Monsieur le Cure is an engaging, well crafted and deceptively easy read. It is a book that explores both contemporary and universal themes with charm, humour, com
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I really struggled with this book. i really wanted to like it, it was billed as a sequel to "Chocolat" which was such a fantastic book & the reservation list at my library was so long, all the odds were in its favour. But I just couldn't get into it, the action was so repetative & I couldn't seem to rekindle my love for the characters. The only reason I did not give up was because I had nothing else to read at that time! But as I got to the middle it improved & by the end I was actua ...more
Emily Simpson
Any writing which incorporates a commentary on the Islamic faith faces some interesting challenges from its potential audience members, and yet Harris manages to throw light on both the positive and some of the negative aspects of this culture which is so at odds, yet also so similar, to the closeted lives of Lansquenet. As a fan of both of the two books which came before in this series, I am grateful that Harris decided to throw something a little different into the mix for Vianne and her child ...more
I really liked this story- a perfect blend of heart and darkness. The main female character is a gypsy who has powers to help people through her ability to read their needs and also through her magical foods and chocolates. She returns to a town where a Catholic priest, her former enemy- is much in need of help.
She comes face to face with Islam and its veil. A mysterious woman in black seems to have influenced the Islam side of the town, and she seems to be pushing its inhabitants to violence. T
Not as good as the first two.....see my comments re: the witchcraft and the suspension of disbelief. But then, her powers start to diminish or fail her, while her daughter seems to be revving hers up. A way of preparing us for future installments, I guess--you can smell that coming at the end. However, it wasn´t totally predictable, and the prose is still the same lovely, descriptive prose of the first two. It´s easy to visualize the tow, everything. If you´re a fan of the first two, you´ll prob ...more
It was nice, exciting, to revisit Vianne Rocher, Anouk and Lansquenet Sous Tannes, especially after so many years, and the first book - Chocolat - being such an old favourite of mine, that I read multiple times. Chocolat was right up my alley, ten plus years ago, but writing tastes change, and I wondered how I'd find this third book in the series, but I was enthused to find out.

I was fascinated by the little Moroccan/Muslim community that had set itself up beside Lansquenet, on the other side o
Review TBD tomorrow - I'm still enjoying it!
This third book I found just as enchanting as the first two. Joanne Harris really knows how to bring her characters to center stage with full and intriguing personalities. This book brings Father Francis to be the prominent focus, his self discovery and humor is wonderfully expressed. Another focus is a different culture in which this small French village as become exposed and their mixed reaction. But the mystical swirl still flows through the story - following the currents of the wind; all int ...more
The copy I have is titled "Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure" (the American version?)
I loved Chocolat and The Girl with No Shadow and so I was surprised to come across a third book continuing the story of these characters -- I don't think it would be appropriate to refer to this as a trilogy. I picked it up without hesitation and it was exactly the sort of world I was looking to disappear into for a while. Unlike the Girl With No Shadow which seemed like such a departure from Chocolat, this story see
I was entranced once again by Harris' gorgeous writing, which is as beautiful as ever here, but I was bothered by the screwed up timeline in "Peaches for Father Francis." "Chocolat" (book #1) took place in post WWII 1950s France, and "Peaches" is supposed to take place only 8 years later, so why does Anouk (now 15 years old) have internet and Facebook access, and Vianne a cell phone and the ability to text? This seriously compromises the effect of enchantment for me. And those technologies added ...more
I love Joanne Harris's books--I've read them all. Having said that, I'm not certain one can pick up this third featuring her Chocolat characters--Vianne Rochet, Anouk, Rosette, and lover Roux, as well as the denizens of the French village including Father Francis and Josephine--without having read the other two. But this is a book for any reader who appreciates polished prose, lovely lush descriptions, and an issue-filled but character driven story line. There's food, of course, and although the ...more
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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre pr ...more
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