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When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite 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 wares as the ultimate sin.

As a result, 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, can the solemnity of the Church compare with the pagan passion of a chocolate eclair?

©1999 Joanne Harris; (P)2000 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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"Samantha Bond is perfectly cast as Vianne: her voice is smooth and luxurious. But Gareth Armstrong steals the show as the priest who turns increasingly to his faith and in so doing loses touch with reality." (Observer)

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  • Kathryn Voss
  • 08-19-15

Should be unabridged!!

A magical and amazing story, such a shame it's abridged, really spoils it. Half the story is missing.

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  • Lynne
  • 08-22-09

Mmmm. A Little Chocolat is good for the soul

I can't believe that this book hasn't been reviewed! I read it BEFORE seeing the film with Jonny Depp (Gorgeous). This is such a lovely heartwarming story. Joanne Harris's ability to bring scenes to life in your imagination is amazing. You can see and feel Vianne's struggles and triumphs vividly. An amazing story and one you mustn;t miss

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  • Emma Thomson
  • 06-01-16

indulge in this wonderful story!

A great production of a much loved novel...it is both entertaining and entrancing! loved it

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  • Lissie
  • 09-03-17

Quaint, mysterious and so damn enjoyable

I really enjoyed the narrators voices and the style of reading. I've seen the movie but the novel is 200% on it (as most are).

I love the feeling of quaintness as your lead through the story and the mysteriousness of unknown magic.

Definitely worth reading or listening too.