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Peaches for Father Francis

(Chocolat #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  9,219 ratings  ·  1,203 reviews
The tantalizing sequel to the blockbuster New York Times bestseller Chocolat

Even before it was adapted into the Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, Joanne Harris’s Chocolat entranced 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 anoth
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Viking (first published September 13th 2012)
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Anne I think it works as a stand-alone, and in fact as someone who did read the first two I found there was a little much exposition in this one. However,…moreI think it works as a stand-alone, and in fact as someone who did read the first two I found there was a little much exposition in this one. However, if you plan to read the others I would recommend reading them in order. (I would also, incidentally, recommend the first two over this one.)(less)
Bibi The same book has also been published under the title "The Lolypop Shoes".

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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
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
James Souttar
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tatevik Najaryan
Guys I'm throwing a chocolate party! All invited. Only two rules. You should bring a fictional character as a date and that shouldn't be Sirius. He's mine!
I'll make my super-duper brownies. Candy supply is from Wonka from Chocolate factory. Vianne is making her special chocolates. Missis Weasley is cooking. I'll try to negotiate with Weasley's Wizard Wheezes for some fun stuff, but don't promise anything. I almost wanted to have Peeves, but then thought better of it (I don't want all of you to g
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
Laurie Buchanan
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Joanne Harris shows readers what often—and unfortunately—causes division between differing cultures and spiritual traditions, then brilliantly unites them with very real, very human, similarities.

Pour yourself a hot cuppa tea and settle in because as mystical, magical, and decadent as Chocolat, every page turn in Peaches for Monsieur le Curé is equivalent to opening an exquisite jar of sun-infused peach jam.
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Λίνα Θωμάρεη
3,5 αστερακια

Και που λέτε ξεκινώ να διαβάσω την Γεύση από Ροδάκινο... πιστεύοντας ότι ήταν ανεξάρτητη ιστορία... εννοείται ότι από τις 10 πρώτες σελίδες κάτι μου έλεγε ότι είναι -ιλογία και μετά το 1ο κεφάλαιο νιώθω ότι αυτούς τους χαρακτήρες κάπου τους έχω ξανά συναντήσει. Τελικά μην τα πολυλογώ άργησα να καταλάβω ότι είναι η συνέχεια από τo "Σοκολάτα" το οποίο έχω δει βεβαίως βεβαίως αλλά δεν έχω διαβάσει... Στην ουσία δεν ήξερα καν ότι (και) αυτή η ταινία είναι εμπνευσμένη από βιβλίο!!!!
Άρα γ
*MystGrrl Reviews*
"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
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-realist
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
Bronwyn Hegarty
Dec 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
am struggling to rate this book..I love Joanne Harris' work and the writing is magical as usual..but the story brings up some issues regarding Islam, the face veil, attitudes to women.... and some of the characters' views on these subjects are very different from mine, which meant those elements of the story jarred with me. Perhaps therefore it'd be unfair of me to downgrade my rating of this book on that basis, so I'll leave it unrated...
Jan 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Célia Loureiro
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ian Kirkpatrick
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I...was surprised by how long it took me to get into this on reread. I adore both Chocolat and The Lollipop Shoes, and ULTIMATELY I loved this one. It just took a long time to get there. I loved the idea of Vianne coming full circle, back to where her story started. I loved her effectively teaming up with Pere Reynaud to sort out Lansquenet's ridiculous judginess all over again.

It's full of racial and religious tension, of ignorance and snap judgments. It's full of twists and turns an
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.

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
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Steven Langdon
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: super
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
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Peaches for Monsieur le Cure follows on marvellously from The Lollipop Shoes, the second book in the trilogy, and marvellously recaptures the important details from the first two books. The novel is told from two perspectives – Vianne’s, and that of the village’s cure, Monsieur Reynaud. Harris writes naturally using both voices, and they are distinct from one another throughout, even where their stories converge. Harris is skilled at spinning smaller stories around the central one. Here, she has ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Joanne Harris is one marvelous writer. This is the third of her Chocolat series and it is every bit as entertaining as the first two. There is magic and love and learning to respect different people and cultures.

Well worth it.
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, foodie
This third book in the Chocolat series was truly rewarding! Vianne returns to the charming little French town where she and her old arch-enemy are surprised to become new friends, while mysterious immigrants from the Middle East take residence. The culture clash brings an engaging story full of suspense and the challenge to find common ground. Vianne, of course, rises to the challenge. Very timely issues!
Kelda Giavaras
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was so happy to go back to Lansquenet! There have been plenty of changes since Chocolat, but I still found myself loving this little village. I really appreciated that Joanne Harris chose to explore the idea that beneath the surface of race, color, and beliefs, people are essentially the same. It was also a good reminder that some people are not always what they seem. The character of Ines, behind her veil, was presented to us with such depth. I found myself feeling so grateful that she was pa ...more
Fans of Joanne Harris’ Chocolat series will be pleased to find that chocolatier Vianne Rocher returns to the village of Lansquenet in Peaches for Father Francis, after receiving a letter from her recently deceased friend Armande. Readers who have already fallen in love with Vianne and the small town of Lansquenet won’t be disappointed with this new book, or with the many flashbacks to the events and situations that took place in earlier books. There's a satisfying closure in this novel that ties ...more
Jenny Sparrow
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
После огромного количества нон-фикшена за последний месяц очень захотелось почитать что-нибудь художественное. Эту книгу я давно закинула на Kindle, и вдруг мне захотелось её почитать (после того, как я перечитала свой отзыв на вторую часть трилогии, "Леденцовые туфельки", которая мне очень понравилась).

В этой книге Вианн Роше снова возвращается в Ланскне-су-Танн, влекомая переменчивым ветром и письмом, которое получила от своей уже умершей подруги Арманды. Казалось бы, что могло измениться в м
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
2 1/2 stars really, but in a generous mood I bumped it up to 3.

The good: Joanne Harris is remarkably readable. I say remarkable because I feel like she's not someone who shows up on radar. I worked in a bookstore for nearly 2 years, worked in educational publishing for another 2, and have since maintained (or tried to maintain) my awareness of bookish news. And I don't remember Joanne Harris making a single ripple in that pond. I feel like she should be more popular, more well known, but perhaps
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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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