It has been quite a while since I read Chocolat, but I don't remember it being so heavily laden with witchcraft as this sequel is. Vianne from Chocolat has changed her name to Yanne and is selling chocolate again in this story. Another main character, new in this sequel, arrives wearing what Yanne's daugher calls "Lollipop Shoes". (I understand the book was sold in the UK under the title "Lollipop Shoes".) This new character is actively practicing withcraft, and Yanne's daughter spends a lot of time with her and becomes very attached to her. Too much so. Despite Vianne having sworn off using any magic, she finds that she may need to use her "powers" in order to save her daughter. Personally, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I did Chocolat. But it was still worth reading.
This is a sequel to "Chocolat", a darker story told by three characters: Anouk/Annie; Vianne/Yanne; and Zozie (the images at the top of each chapter are different for each character,so it's pretty easy to follow).
As in all her books the descriptions of places and foods are wonderful, Harris takes you there and you can almost taste the wonderful delicacies she describes. While still retaining the magic of a fairy tale,with a classic good vs evil theme,it explores the subject of perception,of seeing what we want to see versus what really is and the difficulty of telling the difference.
"Chocolat" is not my favorite of Harris books, and I did like this better,even if I found the ending not completely satisfying.
Worth reading,but maybe disappointing if you
expect Chocolat #2.
I really enjoyed this. It was a little different from what I remember of Chocolat, but I must admit I may have been getting the book mixed up with the movie (Chocolat, I mean), which I also loved. I had a hard time figuring out who was who in the beginning, the new character was a little sinister and the Vianne character seemed so different than I remembered her at the end of Chocolat. Anyway, it all comes together pretty quickly. This is an original story, well-written, and definitely kept my attention.
If you liked 'Chocolat' by Joann Harris, you will like this followup sequel.
Vianne travels to Paris to open another chocolate shop, taking her daughters
Anouk and Rosette. Characters with sinister plots unfold. Romance, intrigue, magic, and of course CHOCOLATE enters the picture with exciting results. A good book.
Delightful !! Fun to read. The end got a little too much packed into it all in a few pages so I felt like I'd made a wrong turn on the freeway there, but the rest of it read beautifully and I drifted along...just enjoying it.