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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, June 20, 2008 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
First things first-- I would recommend reading (or re-reading) Chocolat BEFORE reading The Girl With No Shadow-- there are quite a few references to events (and characters) from Chocolat that are key to the sequel. It has been 8 years since I read Chocolat and my sometimes fuzzy recollections somewhat marred my enjoyment of The Girl With No Shadow (hence my 4 stars).

That said, The Girl With No Shadow is filled with delectable descriptions of the characters, setting and of course the food (especially chocolate), and sprinkled with magic. But this time there is a new (and sometimes "reinvented") cast of characters, and much of the magic has an edge to it-- for newcomer Zozie uses her gifts for personal gain...

In summary:
Chocolat + The Girl With No Shadow = Bliss!

A worthy sequel to Chocolat.

FYI- *potential spoiler*-- the narrators are subtly noted by a unique symbol at the head of each chapter-- Clouds=Zozie, moon/cat/clouds=Yanne/Vianne, moon/rabbit=Annie/Anouk. A clever and wonderfully helpful touch!
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Laurie Blum, April 20, 2008 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
Well, author Joanne Harris has done it again with her YUMMY sequel to "Chocolat" ... It's fun to get re-acquainted with master confectioner and benevolent witch Vianne Rocher (as well as Anouk & her imaginary rabbit, Pantoufle) who now trades the quiet quaint village of Lansquenet for a very contemporary colorful Paris — complete with le métro, bohemian Montmartre, iPods, and YES! identity theft....a magical tale !!
4 delicious stars! "V'la l'bon vent, v'la l' joli vent!" "A Cool story" as Zozie would say.
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Debbi, April 16, 2008 (view all comments by Debbi)
I have just finished the most delicious book!
Magic, Paris, folklore, chocolate and did I mention Zozie? What a wonderful story that will keep you wanting more. This sequel to Chocolat is even better than the
original.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061431623
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Author:
Harris, Joanne
Author:
by Joanne Harris
Author:
by Joanne Harris
Subject:
Family-owned business enterprises
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
April 8, 2008
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.41 in 24.8 oz

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The Girl with No Shadow
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Product details 464 pages William Morrow - English 9780061431623 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[An] engaging sequel....Readers will savor every page of Harris's sensuous tale about the dark arts, dark chocolate, and lives both bitter and sweet."
"Review" by , "The psychology of these characters is as complicated and spellbinding as their purported magic. A contemporary, razor-edged fairy tale — very dark chocolate but likely to be gobbled up."
"Review" by , "The race against time gives the story intensity, and the three female characters come alive with Harris's trademark shifting narrations. Although it's a bit darker than Chocolat, readers will drink up this pleasurable tale of love. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "Although this slow-to-build sequel is less enchanting than its predecessor, Harris' sensuous writing...entertains."
"Synopsis" by , The New York Times-bestselling author returns with an exquisite treat that continues the story begun in her novel Chocolat.
"Synopsis" by , Note: The Girl with No Shadow was published in the UK as The Lollipop Shoes

Be careful what you wish for . . .

Hailed as an "irresistible confection" (Entertainment Weekly), "as sweet, rich and utterly satisfying as a fine truffle" (Wall Street Journal), and "an amazement of riches" (New York Times), Chocolat won the hearts of readers and critics everywhere. At last, Joanne Harris returns with The Girl with No Shadow, an exquisite treat that continues the story that began in her international bestseller.

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. . . .

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