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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409135489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409135487
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Time-slip novels are tricky to get right and this one nails it. (Amanda Ross SHE)

A modern day Rebecca, complete with an eerie house ... and nail-biting happenings. (ESSENTIALS)

'A perfect summer read - a perfect read for any time you want to be wrapped up in a great story - I recommend The Lantern unreservedly.' (CORNFLOWER BOOKS BLOG)

'Deborah Lawrenson'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.' (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

This is a beautiful story with exquisitely dark undertones. (RELISH READS BLOG)

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Luberon region, The Lantern is a beautifully written story of mystery and love in France. (FRANCE MAGAZINE)

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A brooding, contemporary novel of secrets, lost love, perfume and Provence

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By LP Kent on 23 Jun 2011
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An engrossing read, rich in the scents and sights of Provence. If you want to lose yourself in a book this summer, this could be the one for you, with romance, a hint of dark suspense, a mystery and a nod to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.

It isn't Rebecca, actually (though that's one of the points of the novel), but a lovely weave of a past story of a run-down house in the South of France and the present-day experiences of a book-reading heroine, "Eve". In between her fertile imaginings and the very real fears she has to face, there are great vistas of lavender fields and hill-top villages, and tiny telling details about perfume and music, psychological insight and the possibilities of spirits. The writing is beautiful and I was utterly enchanted and gripped.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Frost VINE VOICE on 20 Nov 2012
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I must admit I struggled to get into this. I love books in this genre, but I felt it was slow to start. As other readers have commented, there are lots of long detailed descriptions about flowers and such, which did not grab my attention. It is a good story though once you get into it, definitely worth a read.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Welsh Annie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun 2011
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I've read and enjoyed Deborah Lawrenson's books before - I can heartily recommend "The Art of Falling" and "Songs of Blue and Gold" - so I was delighted to receive this one for review, especially as it's now been selected for The TV Book Club Summer List. I'm always a fan of dual time frame stories, although I would say the structure of this one takes a little getting used to with its alternating short chapters. But both stories are highly engaging, the modern one dealing with Dom and Eve and the mystery around the disappearance of his wife Rachel, and the earlier story (1920s on) of Benedicte, her blind perfumiere sister Marthe and her cruel and evil brother Pierre. This is a book with a wonderful sense of place - the hamlet of Les Genevriers lives and breathes, and I'd highly recommend a look at the actual setting in the YouTube video - although the author's descriptions are so vivid you feel you've seen it already. This book is an absolute feast for the senses, particularly the sense of smell , and Provence is magnificently present throughout its pages. There's also a real sense of magic and mystery, and a touch of the supernatural. An enthralling read, and I loved it.
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When Eve meets enigmatic but somewhat mysterious Dom, she becomes completely swept up in their love affair, leaving behind her old life with hardly a second's thought as she agrees to move to France with him. Here they set up home at Les Genevriers, a rambling old property in Provence that seems to be filled with echoes of the past. However, its not long before Eve starts to question just how well she knows the man she has fallen in love with; in particular she becomes increasingly obsessed to find out the truth about his ex-wife Rachel, whom he refuses to speak about and who looms between them almost like a spectre. Interspersed with Eve's story, is that of Benedicte Lincel, a previous occupier of Les Genevriers; living in the house on her own in her later years, Benedicte becomes increasingly disturbed by 'visitors' from the past, old secrets re-emerging to haunt her.

The Lantern is essentially two stories entwined together, the link between the two being Les Genevriers; the neglected old house as central a character as any other in the book, together with the entire setting of the Luberon Valley. Indeed much of the appeal of the book is the wonderfully descriptive prose that speaks to all the senses, the landscape quite brilliantly captured through all the changing seasons; sights, sounds, smells all completely brought to life and almost tangible. The power of smell in particular is important in the story, one of the characters a famous parfumier; and Lawrenson's depictions of some of the different fragrances are simply stunning.

The modern day story of Eve and Dom is an obvious re-working of Du Maurier's Rebecca; and certainly Lawrenson captures that same air of mystery and foreboding.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicola in South Yorkshire TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov 2011
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Dom and Eve have a whirlwind romance and end up buying a run down property in Provence called Les Genevriers. Dom is a secretive man and Eve struggles to get much out of him, including what happened to his ex-wife, Rachel. Running alongside this story is that of Benedicte Lancel, the former occupier of the property for many years, along with her family for some of that time.

I think I must have missed something with this book. I was very keen to read it for a number of reasons, mainly that I liked The Art of Falling by the same author, and also because I love dual time frame novels. However, for me, the two stories were not clearly delineated and although I mostly knew whose story I was reading at any one time, I would have liked it to be made a bit clearer, maybe with a date or a different font. I was reading a proof copy, so this may well have happened in the finished version.

Also, the stories meandered quite a lot, they didn't really flow and the book as a whole was overly descriptive to the point where I was crying out for some decent dialogue. It's a nice enough book, and clearly the author loves the region of Provence in France, but it kind of left me feeling that this could have been a much better book had it had a tighter pair of storylines.
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