Return to the world of the multi-million-copy 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.
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.
The arrival of Narcisse’s relatives, the departure of an old friend and 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 – all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence – even, perhaps, a murder…
The Strawberry Thief is published in ebook and hardback on the 4th April 2019. You can pre-order your copy of both using the link below.
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. She was instantly my favourite character in the book and I so enjoyed learning more about her as she never failed to make me smile! The wonderful relationship she developed with Narcisse was beautiful and it brought tears to my eyes reading about it.
The story of the villagers is intertwined by dark local folk or fairy stories which were fantastic to read more about. I felt they added a slightly mystical element to the story which made the story more intriguing to read about and I felt added something to Rosette who especially seemed to believe them.
This is a very absorbing story that is very easy to lose yourself in. The descriptions of the village are very vivid and I felt that I could picture it perfectly in my mind almost like I was there myself. I really enjoyed going on a journey with the characters and learning more of their secrets. The new shop adds an interesting slant to the story which I felt particularly fascinating though sad to see the village hadn’t learnt their lesson!
Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orion for my copy of this book. If you like absorbing, magical reads then you’ll love this book!
About The Author:
Joanne Harris (MBE) was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche .
Since then, she has written 15 more novels, two novellas, two collections of short stories, a Dr Who novella, guest episodes for the game Zombies, Run, the libretti for two short operas, several screenplays, a musical and three cookbooks. Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, has honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield, and has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science, as well as for the Fragrance Foundation awards for perfume and perfume journalism (for which she also received an award in 2017) .