The Lantern LP: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Aug 9, 2011 - Fiction - 528 pages
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In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier’s 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 home—Les GenÉvriers, a charming yet decaying hamlet nestled amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence.

But with autumn’s arrival the days begin to cool—and so, too, does Dom. Though Eve knows he bears the emotional scars of a failed marriage—which he refuses to talk about—his 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 past—or a manifestation of her current troubles with Dom? Can she trust Dom—or could her life truly be in danger?


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I love a love story, I truly do. - LibraryThing
The ending feels forced and a bit corny. - LibraryThing
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this was a good spooky ghost story, but I'm just not the gothic, setting-orientated reader. I tend to skim large paragraphs of information, which also tends to get in the way of the author setting the mood. Read full review

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User Review  - Megan D. Neal - Goodreads

I couldn't finish this one. The overblown "lushness" of the language just turned me off. I felt like the author was trying too hard to make each sentence a work of art, and by the end of it I had no ... Read full review

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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 Woman’s 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.

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