An exotic stranger opens a chocolate boutique in a French village at the beginning of Lent, the traditional season for self-denial, dividing the community and causing a conflict that escalates into a "Church not Chocolate" battle.
It's never easy to face the fact that a man you once loved passionately has found the girl of his dreams, as Alice discovers when Joe introduces her to his new girlfriend. Then Alice finds an old diary and reads about two men and the mysterious woman who bewitched them both, buried in Grantchester churchyard half a century ago.
It’s not easy to face the new girlfriend of the man you once loved. Jealous, Alice is repelled by Ginny and her sinister group of friends. Then Alice finds a diary hidden in Ginny’s room and reads about two friends and the mysterious woman who bewitched them both. As past and present merge, Alice is plunged into a world of obsession, revenge, seduction and blood.
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she follows the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the French village in which she opened a chocolate shop eight years ago. But returning to one's past can be a dangerous pursuit. She finds Lansquenet changed in unexpected ways: women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea. Most surprising of all, her old nemesis, Father Francis Reynaud, desperately needs her help.