Chocolat Author:Joanne Harris When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly oppositve the church, Father Reynaud identifies her as a serious danger to his flock -- especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. War is declared as the priest denounces the newcomer's w... more »ares as the ultimate sin.
Suddenly Vianne's shop-cum-cafe means that there is somewhere for secrets to be whispered, grievances to be aired, dreams to be tested. But Vianne's plans for an Easter Chocolate Festival divide the whole community in a conflict that escalates into a "Church Not Chocolate" battle. As mouths water in anticipation, emerging as a moral issue, as an agent of transformation -- as well as a pleasure bordering on obsession. Rich, clever and mischievous, this is a triumphant read.« less