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The Girl with No Shadow (Chocolat #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  9,730 ratings  ·  1,242 reviews
The wind has always dictated Vianne Rocher's every move, buffeting her from the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and baby Rosette, safe. But the weather ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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I really, really wanted to like this book - I have such fond memories of *Chocolat* (probably because I read a borrowed copy on the plane home from a trip to Paris replete with French chocolates, but still...). I can't help but think that the sequel almost ruins the magic of the first one - it ended so...hopefully, and then *The Girl With No Shadow* happens and undercuts it all.

As a stand-alone book, though (which it very well could be), I'm much happier with it (and if it were a stand-alone boo
Sequel to Chocolat, published as The Lollipop Shoes outside of U.S.

Chocolat was full of colors and enchantment that we never really knew the source of. The Girl with No Shadow reveals these right away. This story starts with none of the enchantment and mystery of Chocolat. We are introduced to Zozie who is leaving her previous life. Each chapter comes from the point of view of either Zozie, Vianne, or Anouk. This threw me at first until I realized we had switched characters. Roux returns but is
Η υπέροχη συνέχεια της Καυτής Σοκολάτας. Η Βιαν Ροσέ με καινουρια ταυτότητα, κ που είναι το περίεργο; Έτσι την μάθαμε και έτσι την αγαπήσαμε. Τι συμβαίνει όμως όταν αυτή η νέα ταυτότητα έχει παρασύρει κ καταπιεί την αγαπημένη, δυναμική ηρωίδα που ξέραμε και την έχει μετατρέψει σε ένα άβουλο τρομαγμένο πλάσμα; Κ πάνω απ’ όλα όταν ο άνεμος φέρνει στην πόρτα της μια γυναίκα που θυμίζει πολύ περισσότερο τον παλιό αγαπημένο εαυτό της, ισως και περισσότερο απο'τι τον θυμίζει τώρα η ίδια. Όταν αυτή η μ ...more
The spider weaves its web elegantly. It is a thing of beauty to watch. But, to see it ensnare its prey is horrific, yet equally fascinating. Harris spins her own web in this delicious sequel to Chocolat. Who is the spider and who is the prey?
I’ve been sitting in my chair thinking about what I was going to write about the story I just finished. The question, “what did you think?” always makes me feel like it is some kind of test and I am going to give the wrong answer. I try not to think about it that way. I always think that this is not the question that I should be answering. My question would be “what did you feel?” Ahhh, yes, that’s it.

Let me tell you about the story by telling you how I felt.

The whole time I was reading The Gi
CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
If Chocolat was Dark Chocolate with a creamy milk chocolate filling then The Girl with No Shadow is a Dark Chocolate truffle with a smooth creamy finish.

"The Girl..." is not a simple tale. It's a complex tale that mirrors life and the way we interact with each other, the things we choose not to see, the choices we make because we believe them to be right and the ultimate decision of getting back to that place within yourself that truly represents who you are.

It's about love, vengeance, family, l
Bhargavi Balachandran
I started this book with a lot of expectations and i am happy to report that I enjoyed it thoroughly. Joanne Harris's Lollipop shoes is like dark,creamy chocolate with a hint of spice-totally heady and difficult to resist. Narrated from three POVs(Yanne, Anouk and Zozie), the narrative flows seamlessly. I loved how Joanne let a huge chunk of the narrative be told from Zozie's perspective- I don't really think i have read too many novels that have been narrated from the Villain's point of view.Al ...more
Gerri Leen
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I enjoyed this more than Chocolat, perhaps because I had nothing to compare it to. Harris' writing style is just as easy to read as chocolate, and this book is just as amusing a morsel (and just as likely to make your mouth water). However, I found it more nuanced and a bit less obvious than Chocolat.

Zozie is a much more satisfying villain than Chocolat's Reynaud ever was; and Anouk's sullen teenage resentment of (and at times, fierce love for) her mother and attraction to Zozie as a surrogate m
The sequel to Chocolat is a much darker offering. The story is set 4 years later and it's clear that Vianne is fearful of something. She and Anouk have assumed new names, their spirits have dwindled, and they seem defeated. The story examines the debilitating effect of fear and the dangers it can expose us to. It also examines the choices we make to obtain the things we need. I'm beginning to suspect that Joanne Harris' dialogue of right vs wrong, good vs evil to be a signature for her. I've rea ...more
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I was so disappointed with this book; when it first came out I even bought it in hardback as I had absolutley loved Chocolat (and the others of Harris's that I have read). I had practically been counting down the days to the release of this book and was left feeling incredibly underwhelmed by the whole thing.

The Lollipop Shoes is the story of Vianne and Anouk and Vianne's new daugher who have moved to Paris and set up a chocolate shop there too but there is none of the magic of that first shop,
I loved this book. And I didn't expect to. Granted, Chocolat is one of my favorite "Go to a happy place" films. So when I found the book at a bargain price a few years ago, I thought I'd read it.
Per my usual, since I'd seen the movie, I didn't take the time to read the first book (since I have so much to read for work, and this doesn't fall into the group of books in my field). Now I think I will, even though I can tell that it won't take me to a happy place, as does the film.

I thought for cert
As a sequel to "Chocolat", I think this was pretty good. It shows growth and imagination on the author's part, not just a reworking of a previous success. Each chapter is narrated by one of the main characters; Zozie, Vianne or Anouk. The little graphic at the chapter heading indicates which person will be speaking, but I didn't figure that out until after I had finished the book. Kind of makes me mad, too. That's not the kind of clue I'd typically overlook. That aside, I thought there could hav ...more
Jenny Sparrow
Роман Джоанн Харрис "Леденцовые туфельки" - это продолжение известного романа "Шоколад". И, скажу я вам, просто замечательное продолжение! Туфельки понравились мне куда больше Шоколада, хотя я и сама, наверное, толком не объясню, почему :)

Может, из-за того, что повествование ведется от лица трех разных героинь, и стиль каждой главы прелестно меняется в зависимости от рассказчицы: злодейки-интриганки Зози, Вианн, из страха за детей изменившей самой "шоколадной" себе, или ее дочери-подростка Анук,
[This review was originally posted on my blog.]

It has been years since I last read Chocolat and watched its magical movie adaptation. I remember that I went on a Joanne Harris reading spree right after that. Many of her books are just as filled with love for the culinary arts. Part of me was afraid that the sequel would disappoint, and that is why I only recently got around to reading The Lollipop Shoes. I needn't have worried though, because from the very first page I was hooked. The woman with
I read Joanne Harris's popular novel Chocolat and saw the movie based on it so long ago that I can barely remember what it was about - other than a chocolate shop in France. But, I do recall enjoying it and finding it quite magical. So, while at a bookstore recently, I was excited to discover this sequel. The Girl with No Shadow opens with Vianne and Anouk (of Chocolat fame) in a new city under new identities, Yanne and Annie. Yanne is struggling to keep her new chocolaterie afloat. She is datin ...more
Stephanie Pina
While I did not love this book with the same intensity as Chocolat, it is still a delightful sequel. I was sad to see Vianne so changed and wanted desperately for her to find her way back to herself. I understood Vianne's changes, her fears as a mother, and as a mother of a special needs child I can relate to the fierce anger you can feel towards Kindly Ones who intend to help but only hurt.
I felt angry towards Zozie, the interloper in their lives. I also felt strangely fascinated by her. Harri
I love Chocolat, and I could never get bored of it, I don't think. But I didn't get on so well with The Lollipop Shoes the first time I read it, and this time even less so. Vianne without her magic, without her spark -- for most of the book anyway -- is a lot more boring, and I hated the tangles of plot Zozie festooned around the place. It was hard to care about Thierry and the part of the plot that involved him, and Roux didn't come in soon enough.

The ending is too little, too late -- and I'd r
Antoaneta Mitrusheva
Би било нечестно, ако напиша, че книгата изобщо не ми хареса. Напротив - прочетох я с известно удоволствие, но я нямаше тръпката, с която четях първите книги на Джоан Харис - "Петте четвъртини на портокала" и "Шоколад". Всъщност тази книга се явява нещо като продължение на "Шоколад" - на мен обаче по-скоро ми звучеше като повторение. Нищо ново и различно, нищо вълнуващо. Сякаш авторката е решила да повтори успеха от предходната книга, като просто я пренапише. Освен това атмосферата ми беше твърд ...more
This second installment in the Chocolat books is that rare sequel that is better than the first. More overtly magical than Chocolat, Harris continues her tale about a young mother raising her two children with sweets and witchcraft. There is something inherently earthy and grounded about the way the author uses magical realism to move her story forward, which is a breath of fresh air among others in the genre. From the food to the romance, The Girl with No Shadow is the most enchanting book in t ...more
Stephanie (
Original Review @

How I ended up between its sheets: My friend loaned me a book that turned out to be not just the 2nd, but the 3rd in author Joanne Harris’ Chocolat series. That was too much for me to take, so I bought the first two.

What stimulated me:

- The continuation of Vianne’s story.
- The themes: fear which leads to half lives, conformity which leads to half selves, family which is by choice not blood.
- The book is not simply a Chocolat rehash, but has a completely
Sam Colloff
loved it, loved it. a fitting sequel to chocolat, with loads of atmosphere, loads of chocolate and a good dose of magic. joanne harris just makes me feel that this is how life should really be, that maybe we are too busy with the materialistic, commercial things in life and we forget to appreciate the simpler, more intense pleasures.
Вианн Роше перебирается в Париж, где растит детей и их воображаемых друзей и соперничает за право быть самой магической теткой на районе с угрожающе красивой брюнеткой в красном плаще, неоднократной победительницей конкурса "укради чужую личность".

Наверное, самое ценное ощущение, которое дарит читателям Джоанн Харрис, -- того, что у любого человека, если присмотреться, есть и ангелы-хранители, и старинные переданные по наследству рецепты счастья, и куча таинственных, удивительных историй, которы
Apr 20, 2010 Trice rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trice by: the film version of Chocolat
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The local multi-language bookstore must have just had a visit from some departing English book fairy because a trip to their used bookshelves this week scored me a random and interesting selection and I even had to make myself leave a couple behind. This was one I took away with me.

I probably wouldn't have bought it new, even though I enjoyed the movie Chocolat and this is its sequel, but at 1/2 price I figured it was a good risk. I still don't think it's high literature but it's
Jill Furedy
I'm conflicted about this book. I have a carried over appreciation for the main characters based on the first book, that I'm not sure they earned this time. In Chocolat, Vianne is vibrant, bringing life to a tired habit/tradition driven village, adding charisma but also conflict. Anouk is an energetic, spirited and imaginative child. In this book, Vianne is dreary, uninspired and uninteresting, by design in order to hide from the wind. Anouk is pulling away from her mom, trying to fit in at scho ...more
Opinião do blogue Chaise Longue:

Que Joanne Harris é uma das autoras mais conhecidas e amadas e a criadora de Chocolate toda a gente sabe, o que muitos não sabem é que numa festa conheceu Ewan McGregor e o confundiu com um ex-aluno, que quando jantou com Ray Bradbury esteve 20 minutos em silêncio até se verter em lágrimas, lê Stephen King no banho e não chora em filmes excepto na cena da morte de Javert em Os Miseráveis. Viciada em perfume e sapatos, compr
Kelly Driver
Last year for book club I read Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I loved the movie so I figured I would love the book too. It was fabulous! The movie and the book however are two completely different stories, both fantastic in their own right.

When my MOMS friends told me that the selection for March was The Girl With No Shadow, the sequel to Chocolat, I knew I had to read it.

Publisher’s Weekly describes it...”Harris revisits characters from 1999's bestselling Chocolat in this equally delectable modern
This is the sequel to Chocolat.

While not entirely necessary to have read the first one, without having read it, I do not think the reader would have a full idea of the characterization of Vianne and her daughter, Anouk.

This is the story of what happened after Chocolate, and where Vianne goes, and what she is afraid of. It is the story of Anouck growing up, and how she strives to be herself.

It is also the story of how an interloper comes into their lives, intent on something ill and evil, and
R.A. Sengele
The Girl With No Shadow (called Lollipop Shoes overseas) is a sequel to the popular novel Chocolat. This is possibly the first book that I’ve come across where the sequel is just as good, if not better than, the first. Once again we are graced with Joanne Harris’ amazing talent for storytelling as well as her outstanding handle of the English language. However, what makes this novel so much better than the first is the depth and conflict not just between the characters but within them as well.

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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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