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Since she was a little girl, the wind has dictated every move Vianne Rocher has made, buffeting her from place to place, from the small French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and the baby, Rosette, safe.
Her new home above the chocolate shop offers calm and quiet: no red sachets hang by the door; no sparks of magic fill the air; no Indian skirts with bells hang in her closet. Conformity brings with it anonymity - and peace. There is even Thierry, the stolid businessman who wants to take care of Yanne and the children. On the cusp of adolescence, an increasingly rebellious and restless Anouk does not understand. But soon the weathervane turns... and into their lives blows the charming and enigmatic Zozie de l'Alba. And everything begins to change.
Zozie offers the brightness Yanne's life needs. Anouk, too, is dazzled by this vivacious woman with the lollipop-red shoes who seems to understand her better than anyone - especially her mother. Yet this friendship is not what it seems. Ruthless, devious, and seductive, Zozie has plans that will shake their world to pieces. And with everything she loves at stake, Yanne must face a difficult choice: run, as she has done so many times before, or stand and confront this most dangerous enemy.
"A contemporary, razor-edged fairy tale - very dark chocolate but likely to be gobbled up." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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By Elyse on 04-26-08
Enjoyed this very much
Having stumbled upon Chocolat not too long ago and loving that story, I could not resist this sequel and was not disappointed. The character development was thorough and the perspective of each chapter coming from the three main characters worked very well.
The reader did a great job and it really held my interest start to finish.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Cathy Heck on 07-27-11
not a fan of the narrator
I think the story would be better with a different narrator. She's understandable and articulate, but I feel like I'm listening to a television commercial, or an aggressively polite telephone operator.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful