My reading has slowed in recent months and so I am only at the letter P in the A-Z Book Challenge that was meant to take me a year. I will need to be more diligent in my next Challenge. If I take on another Reading Challenge I will still keep going with the A-Z just so I can finish the alphabet.
Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris is the most recent of my challenge books.
I have read many Joanne Harris books and I can honestly say I have enjoyed each and every one. The Blue Eyed Boy was probably the most confronting of her novels and Peaches for Monsieur le Curé is a totally different type of read.
The book is a continuation of the story from two of her earlier novels, Chocolat and The Lollipop Shoes. Many people would be aware of the movie Chocolat, starring Johnny Depp.
This novel doesn’t require that you have read the previous two books as it can be read on its own.
From the book jacket:
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village in south-west France where, eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop.
But Vianne is completely unprepared for what she finds there. Women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea, and there, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the square little tower of the church of Saint-Jérôme like a piece on a chess board – slender, bone-white and crowned with a silver crescent moon – a minaret.
Nor is it only the incomers from North Africa who have brought big changes to the community. Father Reynaud, Vianne’s erstwhile adversary, is now disgraced and under threat. Could it be that Vianne is the only one who can save him?
After reading this novel I will admit that I would like Joanne Harris to write another novel with the same protagonists.
Joanne Harris comments on her novel here.