#bookreview The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris

Bookseller synopsis:

Faith. Secret. Magic. Murder…?

Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her youngest 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 confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray. Then the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist’s across the square – one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own – seems to herald a change: a confrontation, a turbulence – even, perhaps, a murder . . . 

What will the wind blow in today?

Return to the world of the multi-million-copy bestselling Chocolat….

My reading experience:

This is the fourth book of the Chocolat series.

Travel back to Lansquenet with Vianne and her second and youngest daughter Rosette, back to the chocolate shop, back to Reynaud the Priest, and discover how relationships have changed, new connections formed, some people lost.

I found this book difficult to read. I really wanted to enjoy this final instalement – I have adored this series and Joanne Harris is a transportive and atmospheric writer. However, fairly early in the book paragraphs were repeated, I found the storyline too familiar, and started to feel that this was not an exercise of love or passion but something perhaps our author had put together for Chocolat fans rather than herself.

The book does bring the series to a close in a rambling kind of way, subtly and innocuously.

All of this said, I do recommend this book for readers of the series, it will make you smile with reading memories and of course bring closure.


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