By Deborah Lawrenson
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780062049698, 400pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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A modern gothic novel of love, secrets, and murderset against the lush backdrop of Provence
Meeting Dom was the most incredible thing that had ever happened to me. When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom in Switzerland, their whirlwind relationship leads them to Les GenÉvriers, an abandoned house set among the fragrant lavender fields of the South of France. Each enchanting day delivers happy discoveries: hidden chambers, secret vaults, a beautiful wrought-iron lantern. Deeply in love and surrounded by music, books, and the heady summer scents of the French countryside, Eve has never felt more alive.
But with autumns arrival the days begin to cool, and so, too, does Dom. Though Eve knows he bears the emotional scars of a failed marriageone he refuses to talk abouthis silence arouses suspicion and uncertainty. The more reticent Dom is to explain, the more Eve becomes obsessed with finding answersand with unraveling the mystery of his absent, beautiful ex-wife, Rachel.
Like its owner, Les GenÉvriers is also changing. Bright, warm rooms have turned cold and uninviting; shadows now fall unexpectedly; and Eve senses a presence moving through the garden. Is it a ghost from the past or a manifestation of her current troubles with Dom? Can she trust Dom, or could her life be in danger?
Eve does not know that Les GenÉvriers has been haunted before. BÉnÉdicte Lincel, the houses former owner, thrived as a young girl within the rich elements of the landscape: the violets hidden in the woodland, the warm wind through the almond trees. She knew the bitter taste of heartbreak and tragedylong-buried family secrets and evil deeds that, once unearthed, will hold shocking and unexpected consequences for Eve.
‚eoeThe Lantern is a smart, gothic, bodice ripper that transcends the genre, thanks . . . to Lawrenson‚e(TM)s gift for bringing the senses to life.‚e
-People (3 Ĺ stars)
‚eoeDeborah Lawrenson‚e(TM)s new novel, a modern Gothic tale set in the lavender-scented landscape of Provence, serves up an escapist mix of mystery, romance and murder.‚e
-Wall Street Journal
‚eoeI absolutely adored this beautifully written, modern Gothic novel, set in Provence, full of scents, colors and mystery. Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier‚e(TM)s classic, Rebecca, The Lantern will hook you in from the start and weave its dark, lush magic around you.‚e
-Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key and A Secret Kept
‚eoeSensuous‚e¶. Lawrenson‚e(TM)s poetic prose vibrantly conjures up both the beauty of southern France and the ghosts, real or imagined, from different eras. B+‚e
‚eoeWith The Lantern, Deborah Lawrenson delivers a feast of sights, sounds and smells that grow and change and linger, like a wonderfully complex perfume. I was captivated by this marvelous, haunting book‚e"at times vivid and lush, at times provocative and chilling.‚e
-Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
‚eoeA seductive mixture of a Gothic ghost story and a modern romance. . . . If the story doesn‚e(TM)t keep you up all night reading, the sharp and beautiful descriptions of the South of France will. Deborah Lawrenson has written an alluring, dark novel that will haunt you and leave you wanting more.‚e
-Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology
‚eoeA luscious mix of romance and gothic ghost story.‚e
-O, The Oprah Magazine
‚eoeDeborah Lawrenson is a master of mood and shadow as she spins this absorbing tale of intense passion and growing dread. Her Provence is sumptuous and forbidding and utterly real. Prepare to be riveted.‚e
-Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife