A young woman and her daughter come to a small French town to set up a small chocolate shop. They are not Christians in a town full of them, and they meet with a great deal of prejudice, but still manage to set the lives of the people in the town in a whirlwind.
The best description for me is that this book was cute. It was enjoyable, deftly written, with likable characters. I enjoyed the effect Vianne and Anouk had on the townspeople and particularly their interactions with Reynaud, the priest. I also liked his journal entries and the differences of perspective, although I didn’t at first, and I think it was a great way of introducing back story and motive without burdening the central narrative. There was a certain lack of substance, perhaps related to the transience of the two main characters since they are prevented from forming any relationships that feel lasting. Perhaps that stopped some of the emotional investment in the little town and its vulnerable inhabitants.
Regardless, I liked it. I would probably recommend it to my friends if they were looking for something light, perhaps like a piece of reading chocolate.