The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris
About The Book
Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her ‘special’ child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.
But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray. The arrival of Narcisse’s relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist’s across the square – one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own – all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence – even, perhaps, a murder…
This is a book you’ll read in one stand but it has some little pearls that will be part of you from now on.
There are two ways to enjoy this book, to read it like a fiction book; with some fantasy and suspense or read it to help you grow as a person and as a parent. I am well aware that a book can change your perspective on it depending on your personal situation, maybe that’s why I liked so much this story, it tells some trues that are not always welcomed but they have to be said.
The story happens 5 years after the famous Chocolat; Vianne Rocher is starting to feel at home at Lanquestenet-sous-Tannes when the mysterious wind arrives to make changes to her life. A change doesn’t mean something bad, but maybe it will need an adaptation time to get used to the new situation. But Vianne has seen too many changes lately in her life to see them as something good… First, when Narciss, the florist, dies and leaves Vianne’s youngest daughter, Rosette, a forest. She doesn’t know that her life is starting to change, so when a mysterious shop opens in town she is ready to fight and to win, no matter what.
The story is told between three characters; Vianne, how is trying to stop the changes in her life; Rosette who has always been different and she just wants to be like everyone else. And the last one, the priest, who is reading the last confession Narciss wrote before dying.
There are so many things to talk about this book and to discuss with any reader that has loved the story… but I don’t want to make any spoilers, so simply trust me, this is an amazing read that I am sure you’ll love!
I’ll leave you with one sentence that has marked me…
“All children are stolen. We keep them close, as long as we can. But one day, the world will steal them back.”
About The Author
Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French writer, 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. In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. CHOCOLAT has sold over a million copies in the UK alone and was a global bestseller. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.