Peaches for Father Francis continues the story of Vianne Rocher which Harris began with Chocolat. Vianne returns to Lansquenet with her daughters Anouk and Rosette after receiving a letter from her friend Armande Voizin. The letter was written before Armande's death, but by a strange (magical?) coincidence, makes its way to Vianne at a time when her presence is indeed needed.
What Vianne finds in Lansquenet is a community divided by culture and religion: Catholic and Muslim. To add to the strange atmosphere, Father Francis, Vianne's former nemesis, needs her help.
Although there are magical and evocative portions (typical Harris in creating a living atmosphere), I found much of the novel a bit forced. Nevertheless, if you've enjoyed previous books in the Chocolat series, you will appreciate the opportunity to catch up on some of the characters.
An ARC e-book from Netgalley. Publication date: Oct. 2
Fiction. Magical Realism. 2012. print version: 464 pages.