Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
Eve finds herself falling dramatically in love with an older man who has secrets in his past. When he takes her to Les Genévriers, a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence, she finds out that his house has secrets, too.
Harper sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you). It came out in first half of August, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.
I found this an intriguing and fascinating story. It's the story of a young woman deeply in love with Dom. When she makes friends with another lady in the village, she begins to find things out about his first wife, and Dom doesn't want to discuss it. Eve is persistent and keeps asking questions; it begins to drive a wedge between them.
While their personal relationship teeters on the edge of destruction, the house itself seems to have grown colder and be less welcoming. Eventually, Eve discovers there's a back story to the home as well.
Ms. Lawrenson binds together an old tragedy and a new one. The story engages your attention as you try to answer the questions before the story does. It's also interesting to watch these two lovers try to overcome their differences and move on with life.
I found it a very good read; both tales catch your attention. The author's characters have faults, like humans do. The ending is satisfactory. This is tale of life, not romance novel. That was part of what I liked.
If you would like to win my ARC, leave a comment here on my blog and email at info at bookfaerie.com with your name AND address and tell me why you'd like to read it. I'll pick a winner in about a week.