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Peaches for Father Francis, by Joanne Harris.

August 27, 2012

Peaches for Father Francis: A Novel, by Joanne Harris.  Viking Adult (2012), Hardcover, 464 pages.  (Also published as Peaches for Monsieur le Curé)

A pleasant sequel to Chocolat in which Vianne returns to the French village where she had made and sold chocolate and finds major challenges which she must help resolve.

When Vianne returns to the village of Lansquenet with her daughters, she finds much has changed in the eight years of her absence.  Her old enemy Father Francis is in danger of losing his parish and needs her help.  A community of North Africans has settled on the outskirts of the village and tension between them and the villagers runs high.  Issues cannot be resolved simply by a villager’s willingness to eat couscous.  With old friends and new ones, Vianne gets pulled into middle of the problems. Harris is able to explain some of migrants’ customs and encourage tolerance and cross-cultural understanding.  A bit of suspense, a bit of magic, and lots of interesting characters make the book a great “comfort” read.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a relaxing reading experience.

Read as a review copy on my NOOK.  On some many pages I was not able to enlarge the print to a readable size and simply skipped them.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2012 4:26 am

    Sounds like a relaxing, interesting and easy read. Thanks for sharing

  2. September 8, 2012 2:07 pm

    i enjoyed it and I think others will, too.

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