The Strawberry Thief

Narrated by: Joanne Harris
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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The compelling new novel from the author of the best-selling Chocolat.  

Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her 'special' child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.   

But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray. The arrival of Narcisse's relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist's across the square - one that mirrors the chocolaterie and has a strange appeal of its own - all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence - even, perhaps, a murder....

©2019 Joanne M Harris (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Enchanting ...

Equally enchanting and moving. A poignant window into loss and love’s return. Harris is a masterful storyteller.

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Absolutely beautiful x

I was hooked from then beginning. I can highly recommend this book. It was so clear every word drew a picture which make the book come to life. love love loved it.

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I regret reading this book, the magic is gone :(

Well, that was bad😣
I can’t believe Joanne did this to me, the reader who has listened to Chocolat and The Lollipop Shoes so many times that I could quote them word for word. Seems like it’s not the main character Vianne, but the writer who’s lost her faith and magic. I’m sorry to say that this book seems extremely rushed, meant to get sales purely😔
The writing is chaotic and so repetitive that it made me question the fact it was Joanne Harris who actually wrote this book. It doesn’t even look like a Chocolat sequel as lots of the characters’ qualities and descriptions are horribly conflicting.
I listened to the book twice, having decided to give it a second chance, but - no. I love the writer’s books, she’s always been my favorite, but I wish I’d never read Strawberry Thief.
And lastly, please let Juliet Stevenson do the narration. Her voice and style are amazing and she’s definitely responsible for 40% of the charm and mystery of Chocolat and Lollipop Shoes🙈

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A Truly Excellent Story

This was a well written and wonderfully entertaining journey back to the world of Chocolate

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Please don't read your own books.

The story is passable but was ruined for me as it was read by the author. Most of the time I had no idea who was talking as she used the same voice for every character. It's a shame when a book is ruined by its own author. If you must, buy the book in paper or kindle and avoid the audible version, I almost returned the book a dozen times, but made it to the end. Your mileage may vary

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  • Portybelle - Joanne
  • 04-30-19

Loved this visit to Lansquenet sur Tannes!

It says a lot about how much I enjoyed this audiobook that I listened to it all over just a couple of weeks. Usually it can take me many weeks or even months to get through a whole audiobook but with this one I was wandering about the house with my headphones on while I was cooking the tea or washing the dishes! I loved the mix of intrigue and mystery so familiar from the other Chocolat books. This time we hear the inner thoughts of Vianne's 'special' child Rosette, a girl who rarely communicates except through animal noises and occasionally in her shadow voice. An incomer to Lansquenet sur Tannes is welcomed by many of the community which is somewhat surprising given Morgane's profession is a tattoo artist. And even more surprisingly, Vianne is the one who does not make her welcome, who sees her as a threat. Monisieur Le Cure is wracked with guilt over past secrets which threaten to come to the fore following the death of Narcisse. A novel about loving and letting go, this is another compelling and magical tale from Joanne Harris.

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  • mrs rose anne underhill
  • 04-12-19

Another great story

This is another amazingly well written story of the set. I’m pleased to be back with old friends and really enjoyed this book

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  • Tracey M Rust
  • 03-20-20

Amazing

So many twists and turns. So many questions answered. So intense at times I couldn't put it down.

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  • Panda
  • 09-30-19

A must read for all parents

This story just got better and better. Underneath the sweetness of the ongoing chocolate shop story is the dark, bitter, sad, and heart rendering reality of life & past misdeeds and cruelty. However perhaps we all hold on to misconceptions of ourselves which make us dislike ourselves even causing mental health issues. For anyone behaving badly because of the fear of losing someone you love, keep reading. If you're about to lose a child to the world of Uni or has already moved away and you miss them terribly like I do, finish this story. Ultimately the rich, soothing, delicious and comforting chocolate of life wins through ie love. You only ever borrow your children and they must go but like the wind they return bringing fresh sounds and smells to enrich our lives. This is also a story about redemption and forgiving ourselves our trespasses. This was my favourite book of all Joanne Harris and really struck a chord so thank you dear writer I salute you.

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  • Gemma Daly
  • 08-22-19

A visit with old friends

Once again Joanne Harris takes us to a sleepy village in France and we visit with old friends, share a cup of Chocolate and watch as they call the winds of change into their lives. I've been a fan of her books for a long time and enjoyed watching the characters grow with each instalment, this book is no exception.

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  • NS
  • 06-01-19

Enjoyed the next episode of this story

It took a little while for me to get into the rhythm of this story.
I have read the others in the series.
It is well told and it has enough layers to keep you interested and wanting to know more.
I thought the ending resolved matters well.
I recommend to existing readers of Joanne Harris and if you are new to her work and style - I would suggest it's worth a go.

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  • Lubsy1
  • 05-30-19

Magnifique!😍

It was an absolute pleasure to revisit Lansquenet-sous-Tannes and Vianne Rocher in her Choclatiere. There have been many changes. Her daughters are grown, not babies anymore. She has settled into her shop and into this peaceful little village and she is no longer the outcast or unwanted stranger that she once was, when she first arrived. Even the priest, Francis Reynaud has become her friend, where once he was her greatest opposition and threat. But now the winds of change have blown and things are beginning to change yet again. Secrets are being unearthed and confessions need to be absolved and amongst this all a stranger arrives.
A beautiful, painful poignant story so beautiful narrated by the Author herself.

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  • Tina
  • 05-30-19

Refreshing discovery

As someone who has never read or seen the film of Chocolat, I had no idea what kind of a story this would be. I was drawn in to this small town in France and the people from the beginning.

Rosette's story is at the centre of the tale, she is an intriguing little girl, she cannot speak except occasionally in her 'shadow' voice and has an imaginary monkey, Bam, as her friend. There is also something other-worldly about her and her mother, Vianne, who makes exotic chocolates in her little shop/cafe. She wants to keep Rosette close as she is not like other children. Both mother and daughter have a magical power - to summon the wind at will.

There is a dark secret. It is revealed only when an elderly parishioner dies and leaves a large folder of 'confession' for the priest. His will bequeathed a small wood to Rosette where she was once found by him, stealing strawberries. Has he left the wood to her because she loves it, or is there something else behind it? The family strongly contests his will, wanting to sell the timber and the land with the old man's farm.

Then his shop is let to an 'artist' who brings a hint of scandal to the town but proves a magnet to the little girl. The artist encourages her with her drawing and also, mysteriously, can 'see' Bam. Something is causing Vianne fear about this growing friendship, something back in the past and in another place.

For me, the whole story felt fresh and as if it was written in the French language and translated. I loved the style of writing and the author's narration with flawless pronunciation of the French names. Then to discover that this is a continuation of Chocolat has made me keen to catch up on the previous novels. A real delight.


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  • Peter
  • 03-19-20

confusing

I found the story line confusing as it involved different characters who seemed to chop and change

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  • rfk
  • 09-12-19

Least enjoyable Joanne Harris book yet.

Nothing like the suspense or imagination of other books by Joanne Harris that I have read/listened to.

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  • deidre Elsie ruby gribben
  • 09-14-19

Love love love.

Was so excited to see another book in this series and once again Joanne didn't let me down. This book seemed to come when I needed it most. Coincidental or everyday magic?

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  • Susanne
  • 09-08-19

Loved it!

Loved revisiting these characters and meeting the new. That the author herself was reading also did not disappoint!

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  • Linda
  • 04-22-19

More for effect than the story

Great imagery, but lacking in storyline. Perhaps reading this would be better than an audiobook.