When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock – especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial.
As passions flare and the conflict escalates, the whole community takes sides. Can the solemnity of the Church compare with the sinful pleasure of a chocolate truffle?
“Mouthwatering … a feelgood book of the first order … your senses are left reeling. Read it” Observer
“Is this the best book ever written? Truly excellent … Harris’s achievement is not only in her story, in her insight and humour and the wonderful picture of small-town life in rural France, but also in her writing” Literary Review
“Sensuous and thought-provoking … subtle and brilliant” Daily Telegraph
“Accomplished and delectable… Few readers will be able to resist.” New York Times Book Review
“Gourmand Harris’s tale of sin and guilt embodies a fond familiarity with things French that will doubtless prove irresistible to many readers.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“…as sweet, rich and utterly satisfying as a fine truffle. Dieters beware: Ms. Harris’s lush prose drips with mouth-watering descriptions of cocoa confections that could melt even the most resolute of wills.” Wall Street Journal