So I may have found a new trilogy to read ( ! )...I haven't started it,
but it does look rather tasty, no?
Have you read any of these?
~ Nay ~
"The Food Trilogy" by Joanne Harris
Illuminating Peter Mayle's South of France with a touch of Laura Esquivel's magic realism, Chocolat is a timeless novel of a straitlaced village's awakening to joy and sensuality. In tiny Lansquenet, where nothing much has changed in a hundred years, beautiful newcomer Vianne Rocher and her exquisite chocolate shop arrive and instantly begin to play havoc with Lenten vows. Each box of luscious bonbons comes with a free gift: Vianne's uncanny perception of its buyer's private discontents and a clever, caring cure for them. Is she a witch? Soon the parish no longer cares, as it abandons itself to temptation, happiness, and a dramatic face-off between Easter solemnity and the pagan gaiety of a chocolate festival. Chocolat's every page offers a description of chocolate to melt in the mouths of chocoholics, francophiles, armchair gourmets, cookbook readers, and lovers of passion everywhere. It's a must for anyone who craves an escapist read, and is a bewitching gift for any holiday.
"Blackberry Wine" (#2)
Writer Jay Mackintosh reached his artistic zenith with Jackapple Joe, a novel he wrote 10 years ago, based on the time he spent as a boy with a crusty, enigmatic old man named Joseph Cox in the tiny English town of Kirby Monckton. Joe's stories, simple wisdom and folk charms—and his uncanny ability to make anything grow—made their time together magical. But old Joe disappeared one fall without a trace. Now, with his life going nowhere, Jay impulsively purchases a small cottage in the remote village of Lansquenet and relocates to the sleepy French countryside in an attempt to recapture the magic that vanished 20 years ago—and maybe even find "Jackapple Joe" again.
"Five Quarters of the Orange" (#3)
The novels of Joanne Harris are a literary feast for the senses. Five Quarters of the Orange represents Harris's most complex and sophisticated work yet - a novel in which darkness and fierce joy come together to create an unforgettable story.
When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the infamous Mirabelle Dartigen - the woman they still hold responsible for a terrible tragedy that took place during the German occupation decades before. Althrough Framboise hopes for a new beginning. She quickly discovers that past and present are inextricably intertwined. Nowhere is this truth more apparent than in the scrap book of recipes she has inherited from her dead mother.
With this book, Framboise re-creates her mother's dishes, which she serves in her small creperie. And yet as she studies the scrapbook - searching for clues to unlock the contradiction between her mother's sensuous love of food and often cruel demeanor - she begins to recognize a deeper meaning behind Mirabelle's cryptic scribbles. Whithin the journal's tattered pages lies the key to what actually transpired the summer Framboise was nine years old.
Rich and dark. Five Quarters of the Orange is a novel of mothers and daughters of the past and the present, of resisting, and succumbling, and an extraordinary work by a masterful writer.