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The Strawberry Thief

(Chocolat #4)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The compelling new novel from the author of the bestselling Chocolat.

Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her 'special' child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 4th 2019 by Orion
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Jane I have somehow managed to never read Chocolat (or the other two books in the series) but enjoyed this as a standalone novel. It does refer back to…moreI have somehow managed to never read Chocolat (or the other two books in the series) but enjoyed this as a standalone novel. It does refer back to things which happen in the first three stories but they are given a context (without getting too mired in explanations). (less)

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Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joanne Harris takes the reader back to Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, and the now accepted chocolatier, Vianne Rocher, continuing to practice her own brand of chocolate magic. How things have changed, even Francis Reynaud, the priest, once her fiercest critic is now a friend. Vianne has lost her summer child, Anouk, to Paris and the man she has fallen in love with. She finds some comfort that her winter child, the special Rosette will never leave her. Rosette doesn't attend school, does not speak, has ...more
Nat K
Apr 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
I bought this at lunchtime! Very exciting 💗
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanne Harris is an enchantress with words. She never fails to enchant me and whenever I finish her wonderful books it is with a deep sign of regret that the book is finished but also with satisfaction that for several hours I have been immersed in a magical world. This is the fourth book in the Chocolat series and every bit as good as it’s predecessors. Some of the characters are old friends who make you feel like you’re donning a favourite pair of old comfortable shoes - perhaps lollipop shoes ...more
Lynn Williams
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time there was a book that thought it was a regular story, it wrapped itself up in strangeness and fantasy and grew into a remarkable tale, a fairytale to enchant readers.

The Strawberry Thief was a fantastic read. I absolutely loved it in fact I didn’t want it to finish and I can say, that to those of you looking at this as No.4 in a series and thinking there’s a lot of catching up, well, I can tell you that you don’t have to have read the prev
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many ardent fans of Harris's have been awaiting a new novel from her for quite some time and what a spellbinding read it is. We return to Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to visit protagonist Vianne who has eventually settled in the area. The writing is lyrical and mesmerising and you can't seem to put it down come hell or high water, even when there are chores you need to tend to. The descriptions of the chocolate-making process and the local scenery are beautiful and so vivid you can smell, see, taste a ...more

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What more is there to love than a book by the wonderful writer Joanne Harris, Chocolat  and Strawberries! Take all three ingredients, add a dash of Harris magic and you have the wonderful new novel The Strawberry Thief. It's always a treat to revisit a magical place found in a book, even if fictional. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes sounds so real and in a way, I believe it is - it's so well brought to life, evoked in flavour and tastes, that you will honestly feel you are
Anna Maria Boland
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me back to the world of smells, flavours and colours. It made me listen to the wind. Going back to Vianne’s world was like visiting old friends.
Joanne Harris is one of my favourite writers. The way she’s telling the story is multidimensional, you can smell it, feel it on your skin, see it. I read almost everything she writes. She never disappoints.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I devoured this in one go, so excited to get this arc and return to a world I loved. I wasn’t disappointed at all. The writing was as good as ever, hard to put the book down. You just fell back into the village and our favourite characters lives again. No spoilers here, but if you loved chocolat and Joanne Harris then pick this up you won’t be disappointed, I wasn’t

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5* Mystical novel set in Gers, France

It is 20 years since Chocolat by Joanne Harris was published (yes, really!)… and now comes a follow-up with Vianne Rocher, chocolatière extraordinaire once again at the heart of the story. It can quite happily be read as a stand alone but I think it would be a richer experience to read Chocolat and the follow-on novels before picking this one up.

Strawberries, more of the forest than the domestic variety, are the leitmotif throughout the story. They even appea
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this and sighed a contented sigh ... off to read it again now ....
Joanna Park
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Strawberry Thief is the highly anticipated sequel to Chocolat which doesn’t disappoint. The cover for this book is absolutely beautiful and the picture above doesn’t do it justice. It’s got some lovely gold detail on the cover and the effect is stunning!

It was great to revisit the village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to see what had changed over the years. The reader is also introduced to Rosette a special little girl who doesn’t talk and has an imaginary monkey, called bam as her best friend.
Jackie Law
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“life is on loan, and all the things we find on the way – lovers, children, happiness – have to be given back in the end.”

The Strawberry Thief, by Joanne Harris, is the fourth book in a series that started twenty years ago with Chocolat. It is gently paced but with an underlying darkness, a hint of magic unleashing powers difficult to control. At the story’s centre is a young girl whose independence has been stymied by her mother’s love. The instinct to protect generates fear – for the future of
Juliet Bookliterati
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe it is twenty years since I spent a day in the garden reading the wonderful and charming Chocolat. Since then we have had the sequel The Lollipop Shoes and now the exciting third book The Strawberry Thief. Vianne is back in Lansquenet-sous Tannes running her chocolate shop with her daughter Rosette, now sixteen, whilst Anouk is living in Paris. After the death of local Narcisse, who leaves Rosette his wood, trouble comes to the small town in the form of his family and a new threat ...more
Bernadette Robinson

I was given a copy of this story in order to take part in the Blog Tour. My review and thoughts are a true and honest reflection of what I thought. I gave this a 4/5 stars or 8/10.

In this story we once again return to Lansquenet-sous-Tannes and meet some familiar characters, that we originally met in Chocolat and also some new characters. Vianne Rocher is well settled in the community and along with her daughter Rosette, she still runs the chocolate shop which is at the heart of the community. V
Sid Nuncius
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m afraid this wasn’t for me. I recognise that it’s a matter of taste and not that it’s a bad book, but I really couldn’t get on with The Strawberry Thief.

Part of the problem may be that I haven’t read any of its predecessors, so picking the story up when it is so far advanced is likely to be difficult, but I also found the style twee and rather cloying. I read as much as I could take, but I gave up as I wasn’t enjoying it at all.

I have given this three stars even though I didn’t like it becaus
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I’ve been a huge fan of this author for decades and an avid Twitter follower. Having said that, I haven’t always liked all of her books but I like and respect her. I so wanted this book to be wonderful and was afraid I would be disappointed. How do you follow up with fourth “Chocolat” story without ending up with a kind of watered down magic? I think I was almost expecting to be disappointed.

I wasn’t. I loved it. It’s filled with original magic and and peopled with a humanity that is soft an
Nic  Thorpe
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a nice easy read for anyone who is a fan of Joanne Harris. I was super excited to buy and read this and I did enjoy it. I’m not sure that it really adds anything to the series, I didn’t feel hooked or that mysteries were unveiled, it didn’t even make me want to drink and eat chocolate like the first book did, or drink Blackberry Wine and start foraging as others in the series did. I think if it had come out years ago I would have loved it more. I’m happy I’ve read it, but it didn’t meet ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The compelling new Chocolat novel, published 20 years after Joanne’s Harris’s original bestseller

Vianne Rocher has finally settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has become her home. With Rosette, her “special child”, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.

But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confess
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Forty years a witch and now, at last, I have become a puritan’

I am completely new to this series and Joanne Harris’s writing. I do have several on my tbr pile, which I will be aiming to read over the summer. I found The Strawberry Thief to be exceptionally well written, the writing to be both magical and emotive. It really is a feel good summer read for those seeking quirky and eccentric characters.
So lets begin…

‘Snow, out of a clear blue sky. Someone will be dead by dawn’ – Rosette

The title op
Mary Picken
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
I read The Strawberry Thief as the wind danced away the last of March and the stirrings of April were warming my blood, speaking of endings and new beginnings. Magic was in the air and I swear it was coming from straight from the pages of my book. So suffused was I in Joanne Harris’s masterful piece of storytelling that I couldn’t bear to be parted from it for more than a minute or two.

We have returned to Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, where Vianne Rocher is continuing to practice her own brand of choc
Nicola Smith
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chocolat by Joanne Harris is an incredibly well known story now. I've read it, many years ago, and I've also seen the film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp (I loved it, even if it wasn't exactly true to the book). The Strawberry Thief is book four in the Lansquenet-sous-Tannes books. I haven't read The Lollipop Shoes or Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé and it doesn't matter at all as, with my knowledge of the characters from Chocolat and the explanations in The Strawberry Thief, I managed p ...more
Karen Mace
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s magical, it’s beautifully written, it’s emotional, it’s dark, it’s heartbreaking…. I ADORED IT!!

We re-visit Vianne and she is settled and still running her wonderful chocolate shop, with help from her daughter Rosette who is described as a ‘special child’ and who has made so many friends amongst the locals with her innocence and inquisitive nature.

One of her friends is Narcisse, the florist, and when he sadly dies and leaves Rosette her a plot of land in his will things begin to change for
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to Orion Books for an eARC via NetGalley of Joanne Harris’ ‘The Strawberry Thief’ in exchange for an honest review.

This is the fourth in her Chocolat series and I have read and loved all of them. Harris provides enough background for new readers though the series is such a delight that I would recommend all of them to anyone wishing to enter this rich world of magic and chocolate.

Following on a few years from the events in ‘Peaches for Monsieur le Curé, Vianne Rocher and her daughter,
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is always something comforting about returning to somewhere you know so well, to characters, that over the years you have grown to love and cherish. When the author also happens to be Joanne Harris you knew you were in for a real treat and The Strawberry Thief did not disappoint.

So, off I went to the sleepy French village of Lansquenet-Sous-Tannes and back into the lives of Vianne, Rossette, Roux and Reynaud. I could almost smell the luxurious aroma wafting from Vianne’s chocolatiere shop,
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book you’ll read in one stand but it has some little pearls that will be part of you from now on.
There are two ways to enjoy this book, to read it like a fiction book; with some fantasy and suspense or read it to help you grow as a person and as a parent. I am well aware that a book can change your perspective on it depending on your personal situation, maybe that’s why I liked so much this story, it tells some trues that are not always welcomed but they have to be said.
The story happe
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Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy a wonderful story written beautifully read on...Rosette is 15 and does not attend school. She rarely speaks but does communicate through sign language to whom she chooses. Her and her mother have lived in the village for around five years and Rosette has befriended an old man , Narcisse through going into his wood. Vianne runs the village chocolaterie and hence sees many of the villagers day to day as they pop in for a hot chocolate and sweets. When Narcisse dies Vianne is the execu ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am going to have to admit right at the beginning of this review that I have never actually read Chocolat so reading The Strawberry Thief was the first time I had been introduced to Joanne Harris’s work. Couple this with the fact that the style of authors writing is not one I would normally read, I did wonder if I would like it. I can honestly say that I am glad that I pushed myself to read something outside my normal comfort zone as I really loved it.
What seems like a charming story about Via
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Joanne Harris' beautiful prose has captured my imagination and Rosette Rocher has stolen my heart. The Strawberry Thief is my first introduction to the work of Joanne Harris, I haven't even watched the movie adaptation of Chocolat so I totally read The Strawberry Thief with fresh eyes. It is 20 years since the author published Chocolat and The Strawberry Thief is the fourth book in the series. The book can easily be read as a standalone and for brand new fans of Joanne Harris' work, like myself, ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, where to start...
Life was abandoned to read this, especially as I was treated to a surprise copy on it's release date... a knock at the door and normal activity ceased.
The magical mystiscism is still there but also added in are some more regular human fears, failings and dreads.
I feel that I have grown up with Vianne and she reminds me greatly of someone I treasured. There were a couple of bits rather close to home but that is the beauty of this exceptionally talented Author - she draws us
Rebecca Hills
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With 20 years between the publication of Chocolat and The Strawberry Thief, Joanne Harris’ latest serving of the Vianne Rocher story, anticipation has been great for the fourth novel in this much-loved series.

Readers of the first book – or even viewers of the film adaptation – will know that there is magic within these characters, but the story really does cast its own spell, too, transporting you to the small French town of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with its threatening winds and unsettling secret
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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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