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Peaches for Monsieur le Curé

Peaches for Monsieur le Curé [Kindle Edition]

Joanne Harris
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"Vianne - unconventional, good-hearted, slightly magical - blows in like a refreshing breeze, forcing people to question their prejudices. A delight" (The Times)

"Expertly crafted, typically mouthwatering" (Daily Mail)

"A delightful jumble of the sensuous sights, sounds and smells the author describes so well" (Glamour)

"Her characteristic love affair with texture - scents, smells and sounds - immerses the reader in a bath of seductive imagery in a brave and grippingly confected story" (The Sunday Times)

"Prepare to be transported by Joanne Harris as she revisits the characters and setting of her first bestseller, Chocolat...Deftly tackling the subject of religious intolerance, this bewitching novel stirs the senses" (Good Housekeeping (Book of the Month))

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A welcome return to the village in rural France that was the setting for Joanne Harris's remarkable and much-loved number one bestseller Chocolat

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 842 KB
  • Print Length: 463 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385619227
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385619219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385619219
  • ASIN: B007NG95KA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.
In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
...and, having read Chocolat, I never thought I'd say that, but Joanne Harris never fails to surprise her fans! I've read all her books (my particular favourite being 'Holy Fools') so I rushed to get a copy of 'Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure'. It did not disappoint---this is a wonderful piece of writing in the genre of magic-realism, filled with joie de vivre; it's sensual, evocative, thought-provoking, page-turning and compassionate, and fans of 'Chocolat' will be amazed by the new slant we get on M. Reynaud, once an antagonist, but now someone we can begin to appreciate for his better qualities. And the novel is also courageous, dealing with difficult, controversial issues of our time. Bravo, Joanne!
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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting and Entertaining Story 22 May 2012
"Someone once told me that, in France alone, a quarter of a million letters are delivered every year to the dead. What she didn't tell me is that sometimes the dead write back."

Joanne Harris returns to the beautiful village of Lansquenet, in south-west France for her latest novel, the third in the 'Chocolat' series: 'Peaches for Monsieur le Curé'. When Vianne Rocher receives a very unexpected letter from her old friend Armande Voizin, asking her to visit Lansquenet, Vianne leaves her partner, Roux, on their houseboat in Paris and takes her daughters, Anouk and Rosette, on a return journey to the place where she opened her magical chocolate shop eight years ago.

At first, the village with its old cobbled streets and its little shops and ramshackle houses appears the same as always to Vianne, but when she meets her old adversary, Francis Reynaud, Monsieur le Curé, Vianne realizes that something is not quite right and there is a reason why she is needed back in Lansquenet. The wind of Ramadan that has blown Vianne back to the tiny village has already brought a community of Moroccan Muslims to Lansquenet and these new incomers have brought significant changes to village life along with their aromas of spices and mint tea. As Vianne stays longer than she initially intended, she begins to see that the heady cultural mix of people in her old village is causing more problems than would at first be thought, and Reynaud may need more of Vianne's special brand of help than she is fully prepared to give. And when a mysterious veiled woman and her daughter come to Lansquenet, and shun almost everyone around them, things become very interesting indeed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chocolat 3 13 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this book. Harris does her best to combine East and West and their clashes, in a very respectful manner. As a Muslim, I found the book to be entertaining. A little stereotypical at times, but definately worth the read. It makes the reader fall in love with Monsieu le Cure for the first time! Really nice to find out what happened to the characters from the first book. It was like visiting old friends!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scents, smells and magic 29 May 2012
By sarah J
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first read `chocolat' when it was first published in 1999. So entering once again the magical world of Vianne Rocher is very much like greeting a long lost old friend!
It is now eight years since Vianne left behind the village of Lansquenet in south west France. On a sultry hot August day Vianne and her two young daughter's arrive at the village. It is an entirely different place that Vianne now returns to: old friends are different and secretive, an adversary now needs Vianne's help. Across the river a new Muslim community has settled in with their different culture and customs. The air is rich with new exotic smells. There is a mysterious woman veiled and dressed in black.
Joanne Harris yet again draws the reader in with her sensual and evocative writing. The delightful scene where she describes the process of making peach jam perfectly captured all the rich smells and colours, and I could almost taste the sweet and sticky fruit.
As the book precedes all the strands of the story unravel expertly keeping the readers attention. As with `chocolat' themes of prejudices, being an outsider, being different and religion are explored and touched on. Joanne Harris manages to write about these sorts of issues without taking the moral high ground, but manages instead to explore tensions from the point of view of all her characters.
All in all a very good read that will appeal to fans of `chocolat'.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully detailed, entracingly written 26 May 2012
By Don D
The tiny details illustrated in this beautifully written book absolutely make this story. Joanne Harris has the art of making a magical place come to life, and the sensual elements work perfectly. It's a charming story and whilst I was worried she was overmilking the Chocolat setting, I needn't have been concerned. This is wonderful piece of escapist writing, warm, clever and very enjoyable.

I can imagine myself reading this book again in several months' time, because there are a great many details and I'm sure that I didn't get them all first time round. Even if I did, I'm sure it'll be an enjoyable book to reread. It's not a classic but it does hit the right spot.

For good summer reads, I'd also recommend the moving and funny Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir), a highly personal memoir and a very unusual book. There's also a hilarious surprise in Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys, which is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great follow on to Chocolat
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful book
This was a very disappointing book, overly long and incredibly repetitive. The main character is irritatingly smug about her ability to solve everyone's problems, the plot is... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any fan of Chocolat!
Having loved the first two books in the Chocolat series I couldn't wait to read the third book - it didn't disappoint. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peaches for Monsieur le Cure by Joanne Harris
Joanne Harris’s novel Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure did not disappoint me. After Vianne receives a letter from the dead she allows the wind to take her back to Lansquenet. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Rosemary Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Chocolat, you'll like this one because it is ...
If you liked Chocolat, you'll like this one because it is set in the future of the same place with many of the old characters. A noice read that you can put down.
Published 12 days ago by KD
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Published 1 month ago by molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns. Magnifique
This book will make you want to root out your battered copy of Chocolat to remind yourself about the principal characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aoife Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars a peach of a book
The third of the Chocolate books. Very good with some unusual twists. A good read. It leaves room for another in this series
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