When Vianne Rocher arrives in the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes and opens a small chocolate shop, she discovers that many of the townspeople led by the domineering parish priest, Father Reynaud are not welcoming to newcomers.  Yet through the magic of good food, confidences, and chocolate, Vianne begins to change her neighbors' minds.

“Places do not lose their identity, however far one travels.  It is the heart that begins to erode over time.  The face in the hotel mirror seems blurred some mornings, as if by too many casual looks.  By ten the sheets will be laundered, the carpet swept.  The names on the hotel registers change as we pass.  We leave no trace as we pass on.  Ghostlike, we cast no shadow.”

Joanne Harris is the author of Five Quarters of the Orange, Blackberry Wine, Chocolat, and its sequels, The Girl with No Shadow and Peaches for Father Francis.  She lives in Yorkshire, England.

Published:  1998
Length:  320 pages
Set in:  France