By Deborah Lawrenson
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062192974, 400pp.)
Publication Date: February 2012
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When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom, their whirlwind relationship leads them to Les GenÉvriers, an abandoned house set among the fragrant lavender fields of the south of France. Deeply in love and surrounded by music, books, and the heady summer scents of the French countryside, Eve has never felt more alive. But as verdant summer fades to golden autumn, the grand house's strange and troubling mysteries begin to unfoldand Eve now must uncover its every secret . . . before dark history can repeat itself.
Deborah Lawrenson grew up in Kuwait, China, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Singapore. She studied English at Cambridge University and has worked as a journalist for various publications in England, including the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, and Womans Journal magazine. She lives in Kent, England, and she and her family spend as much time as possible at a crumbling hamlet in Provence, France, the setting for The Lantern.
‚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