Chocolat, by Joanne Harris
You know how sometimes you can read a scene where characters are eating something and it sounds so good it leaves you craving what they’re eating? You’ll feel that way from the first page to the last in this mesmerizing novel.
A woman opens a chocolate shop in a small town in France, determined to make a living for herself and her child. Everyone falls in love with her chocolates and her shop soon becomes a popular spot. The local priest takes offense at the gluttony and becomes determined to run her out of town.
You’ll savor each chocolate everyone eats and love every minute you spend alongside the villagers. But it’s not just a culinary escape, it’s also a beautifully crafted story with well rounded and colorful characters.
Read this book if: You love food and love reading about food. You enjoy simple, but really well written stories. You like stories with twists and turns that keep you turning the pages as fast as you can.
Would this make a good book club book? Most definitely. It’ll lead to great conversations about fresh starts, fitting in, love, and even food. It would make a fantastic choice for a chocolate tasting book club event!
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