I was looking for a new book to read, and spotted this on my mother's shelf. Since I have wanted to see the movie based on this book for a long time, I decided to give it a go. I really enjoyed reading this novel, Joanne Harris does a wonderful job of making you feel like you are really in the town and seeing what is happening. Her descriptions of everything make it a joy to read, giving detail, but not dragging on too long. It was a quick read, almost effortless, and hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book, however perhaps not for the person on a diet - my mouth was definitely watering at all the descriptions of how the chocolates are made, and had to make myself a hot chocolate to satisfy my chocolate craving!