I did not read the book "Chocolate" before I read "The Girl With No Shadow" so I had no preconceived idea of what to expect in the story or the characters, and after reading over other reviews, I'm very glad it happened that way. I was completely charmed by this story and all it's unique and wonderful characters. I was pulled in almost right away as I met Vienne, Annie and Rosette. The mystery of their past hanging over the secrets of their present made me want to know more immediately. Enter the character "Zozie" with her own irresistible, irrepressible charm (who could not be charmed by her? In spite of her secrets!) who takes an instant interest in the little threesome, add a couple of vastly different male suitors, some "practical" (and impractical) magic and you have the ingredients for an amazing story! All the charm of Paris, engaging peripheral characters, the smell of "chocolate" and descriptions of it all filled with beauty, depth, angst, hope, and yes, more magic! A wonderful, wonderful book to transport you to a world far away from your own which allows you to believe, even against your better judgement, for a little while, truly, that dreams can come true!