Wednesday, 11 June 2008

The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris

'Who died?' I said. 'Or is it a secret?' 'My mother, Vianne Rocher', seeking refuge and anonymity in the cobbled streets of Montmartre, Yanne and her daughters, Rosette and Annie, live peacefully, if not happily, above their little chocolate shop. Nothing unusual marks them out; no red sachets hang by the door. The wind has stopped - at least for a while. Then into their lives blows Zozie de l'Alba, the lady with the lollipop shoes, and everything begins to change...But this new friendship is not what it seems. Ruthless, devious and seductive, Zozie de l'Alba has plans of her own - plans that will shake their world to pieces. And with everything she loves at stake, Yanne must face a difficult choice; to flee, as she has done so many times before, or to confront her most dangerous enemy...Herself.

I bought this book not knowing it as the follow-up to Chocolat and to be honest I possibly may not have bought it because of that reason not that it was bad but, as you may have seen from my review I was not ovely enthralled with it.

Anyway, bought it I had and I hate to buy books and not to read them and I am so glad I hve read this. I have read afew reviews where some say Chocolat is much better than this, I disagree I absolutely loved this.

We see some of the same characters of Chocolat Vianne of course as well as Anouk and a new one, Zozie who I absolutely adored (even though she was the villain there was something so interesting and fascinating about her) and I liked Vianne a whole lot more in this than I did in Chocolat. Thierry was another kettle of fish and didn't like him at all!

I think this one had even more witchery about it than Chocolat, Tarot appears a lot here and I liked those scenes as well as the other scenes of scrying etc. Very well written by Joanne Harris.

I'm surprised so many people who rated Chocolat didn't rate this at all I loved it and was sorry or it to end hopefully there will be another book about Vianne in the future.


Margaret said...

I really want to read this one!

Rhinoa said...

I need to get around to reading this. I enjoyed both the film and novel of Chocolat and am looking forward to reading more.