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Need a book like Chocolat

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JustAnotherYellowBelly Wed 06-Jan-16 13:41:33

I'm looking for a book like Chocolat. Needs to be easy reading, strong female character, maybe a hint of the mysterious?

I know hardly anyone likes Chocolat but it's just such easy reading, not too complex and great for my foggy brain.

Would also like a bit of snow in there somewhere maybe.

Anyone got any recommendations pretty please? smile

IvyWall Wed 06-Jan-16 14:06:42

Have you read any of Joanne Harris's other books?

Quogwinkle Wed 06-Jan-16 18:04:16

I loved Chocolat, and loved the film too smile

No snow, but try novels by Sarah Addison Allen. I think they might appeal to you.

tripfiction Wed 06-Jan-16 18:47:01

I have really loved Tita by Marie Houzelle, an incredibly charming novel set in France of the 1950s. And loved The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, again charming and about the healing nature of books (but a male protagonist). I also like Joanne Harris The Lollipop Shoes.

I just read Proposal at the Winter Ball by Jessica Gilmore, which brings to life a very snowy, pre-Christmas Austria

Hope those fit the bill! And happy reading 2016!

Terramirabilis Wed 06-Jan-16 18:51:07

Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran has a very similar feel to Chocolat. In fact it's basically an Iranian themed version of Chocolat.

Hero1callylost Wed 06-Jan-16 18:58:13

The Lollipop Shoes is a lose sequel/prequel to Chocolat isn't it?

I loved Chocolat but couldn't get into Joanne Harris' other books.

Other not too heavy reads with female leads...
The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller
A Diary of an Ordinary Woman by Margaret Forster
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Howards End by EM Forster
The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham

Hero1callylost Wed 06-Jan-16 18:59:19

Btw struggling with the snow! The Snow Child us supposed to be good?!

happystory Wed 06-Jan-16 19:03:07

I read The Snow Child after a recommendation on mn. Very good.

JustAnotherYellowBelly Wed 06-Jan-16 21:03:58

Thank you all so much for the recommendations!
I've heard that her other books aren't as good so I didn't want to spoil my love for Chocolat just in case...
I will look them all up smile

stillnotjustamummy Thu 07-Jan-16 05:39:31

Try this one- very much in the Chocolat vein and a sequel is coming in the next year I think...The Language of Flowers

Room101isWhereIUsedToLive Thu 07-Jan-16 05:47:21

If you haven't read Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris, then you should probably give it a go. The protagonist isn't female but still a very sympathetic character. And it's a great book.

Room101isWhereIUsedToLive Thu 07-Jan-16 05:52:30

Another book that you would probably really enjoy is Garden Spells:

FishWithABicycle Thu 07-Jan-16 06:48:02

You would probably like Helen Dunmore - my personal favourite is The Seige but that's less "like Chocolat" than some of the other books.

icklekid Thu 07-Jan-16 06:54:02

I got this book - a snow garden for Christmas. Is a series of linked short stories but very easy to read and enjoyable with bonus of snow!

cressetmama Thu 07-Jan-16 13:01:56

The Cleaner of Chartres would probably be to your taste if you want something a little reminiscent of Chocolat. Sorry can't remember the author, my mum lent it to me.

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