Chocolat (Chocolat #1)
You might have seen the film adaptation of Joanne Harris's enchanting novel, Chocolat. I fell instantly in love with it the first time I saw it, and can't believe it took me so long to finally pick up the novel. Though both versions have their charm, once again the book, the original version, fulfills more than can be captured on screen.
Vianne Rocher and her daughter, Annouk, are wanders, never settling down just as Vianne and her mother did. Vianne's mother believed in divination and magic, ready to pick up whatever small ties they had made, and flee on mere impulse. Vianne, however, sometimes wonders about having a home.
The little village of Lansquenet believes in tradition, church, family. But will they be ready for what the winds carry in next? Vianne and Annouk are seen by most as radicals, and even dangerous. Soon after setting up her Chocolatry-durring Lent no less-a war is engaged between Father Reynaud and her truffles. Despite the village's coldness, a few are able to sense her warm intentions. The characters alone are enough to sit this book on my "Best-Books-Ever" shelf. Try a chapter, you might just devour the entire treat.