Monday, December 31

Book Review: Five Quarters of the Orange

Title: Five Quarters of the Orange

Author: Joanne Harris

Pages: 307

Summary: 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 woman they hold responsible for a tragedy during the German occupation years ago. But the past and present are inextricably entwined, particularly in a scrapbook of recipes and memories that Framboise has inherited from her mother. And soon Framboise will realize that the journal also contains the key to the tragedy that indelibly marked that summer of her ninth year. . . .

My Rating: 4.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Some of the authors other works I've enjoyed, others not so much and this one falls into the second category. I was mostly bored with the story, it wasn't paced well and often felt repetitive. Not to mention the big reveal, the dark secret wasn't as big and dark as it was lead up to be. The plot itself was alright, the author capture the small French Village during the occupation well, and created a goof atmosphere  in that regard, but the rest of the story just didn't do anything for me.

I also didn't enjoy the characters, I didn't feel they developed, Framboise seemed to be the same person as she was a child, as she was in the present as an adult. Not to mention, I couldn't stand her as a character, which when she's the narrator, also affects the book. I felt her to be a spiteful little brat as a child. And I wasn't sure of her motives as an adult, that side of the story, didn't seem to tie into the story line from the past to well. And the ending, didn't make any sense to me whatsoever. It seemed to come from nowhere.

Overall, I wasn't a fan of the book.

Would I recommend it to read: Not this one. Some of her other books yes,  (Chocolat, Blackberry Wine) but I didn't find this one held together properly.

What to read next: Her other books. Chocolat and Blackberry Wine were very good reads.


  1. I have yet to read this one though I've read The Lollypop Shoes (The Girl With No Shadow), sequel to Chocolat, and Blueeyedboy (very different but I liked it). I have a copy of Blackberry Wine so I'm glad you recommend it.

    1. I haven't read any of the sequels to Chocolat, are they any good?