Written by Joanne Harris Also titled as The Girl with No Shadow Published Year 2007
Since she was a little girl, the wind has dictated every move Vianne Rocher has made, buffeting her from place to place, from the small French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a new identity, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to still the wind at last and keep her daughters, Anouk and the baby, Rosette, safe.
Her new home above the chocolate shop offers calm and quiet: no red sachets hang by the door; no sparks of magic fill the air; no Indian skirts with bells hang in her closet. Conformity brings with it anonymity and peace. There is even Thierry, the stolid businessman who wants to take care of Yanne and the children. On the cusp of adolescence, an increasingly rebellious and restless Anouk does not understand. But soon the weathervane turns . . . and into their lives blows the charming and enigmatic Zozie de l'Alba. And everything begins to change.
Zozie offers the brightness Yanne's life needs. Anouk, too, is dazzled by this vivacious woman with the lollipop-red shoes who seems to understand her better than anyone—especially her mother. Yet this friendship is not what it seems. Ruthless, devious, and seductive, Zozie has plans that will shake their world to pieces. And with everything she loves at stake, Yanne must face a difficult choice: Run, as she has done so many times before, or stand and confront this most dangerous enemy.
In stories we find the truth, and though no one outside of the fairytale ever died of a broken heart, the Queen of Heart is very real, though she does not always go by that name. But We've faced her before Anouk and I. She's the wind that blows at the turn of the year. She's the sound of one hand clapping. She's the lump in your mother's breast. She's the absent look in your daugther's eyes. She's the cry of the cat. She's in the confessional. She's hiding inside the black pinata. But most of all she is simple Death, greedy old Mictecacihuatl herself, Santa Muerte, the Eater of Hearsts, most terrible of the Kindly Ones...
It was darker and more deliberate that its prequel, almost as if it's an entirely different story. I thought Chocolat ended on a good note well I guess I'm wrong, I was looking for any hint of waht might happen to them while reading the book I almost give up, thinking there's really no happy ending for them. It took me a while to finish it too but in the end it was worthit, the ending was a little more sappy than I expected still it was a pretty good read. It was also beautifully written, lyrical in a way; as you can see a quote from the book.