I have seen the movie based on this book more than once and absolutely loved it! I knew the book would be different, and yet was still excited to read it. The book and the movie are indeed different. I love both! The book stars Vianne Rocher. She and her daughter arrive in a small town in France and open a chocolate shop. This coincides with Lent and the priest is quite upset. Vianne is different. The priest and the town must decide whether there is room for Vianne or not. Vianne is running and must face the demons in her past before she can call Lansquenet or any other place home. You will meet eccentric, lovable characters, some not so lovable, and even the gypsies pay a visit. This is a wonderful book which I highly recommend.