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In the tradition of Daphne du Mauriers Rebecca, a modern gothic novel rich in atmosphere and suspense, set in the lush countryside of Provence a beguiling story of love, scents, secrets, and murder
Drawn to a confident and artistic wealthy older man she barely knows, bookish Eve recklessly embarks on a whirlwind affair that soon offers a new life and a new homeLes GenÉvriers, a charming yet decaying hamlet nestled amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence.
But with autumns arrival the days begin to cooland so, too, does Dom. Though Eve knows he bears the emotional scars of a failed marriagewhich he refuses to talk abouthis silence arouses suspicion and uncertainty. And, 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 pastor a manifestation of her current troubles with Dom? Can she trust Domor could her life truly be in danger?
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