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The Light Behind The Window
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on 30 August 2014
I only recently discovered this author and so far have really enjoyed all her books. They are so easy to read and have such interesting plots.
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on 14 April 2014
another excellent book by Lucinda riley her effortless way of connecting to eras is fantastic and keeps you enthralled keep them coming please.
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on 31 December 2013
I didn't, know what to expect and I really enjoyed it. The characters and the locations were believable and the plot certainly held my interest
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on 27 February 2013
Lucinda Riley books are extremely readable - the kind you simply can't put down. I want her to increase her output
as rapidly as possibly!
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on 27 March 2014
Another brilliant book by this author I have read all three of her books and each one makes really good reading. Hope there are more to come.
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on 4 January 2014
I thorougly enjoyed this book. The storyline was so intriguing and you were kept guessing until the very end. Can't wait for her next book.
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on 13 June 2015
Emotional from start to finish. An insight into war torn France. I love the mix of past and present.The romance helps to lighten the story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2012
The Light Behind The Window is in my opinion Riley's best work to date, each of her books I think showing her improving skill as an author. Like her previous books, there are two interconnecting stories which are intricately and skillfully woven together, both of which are engaging and the balance between them is just right.
The present day story follows Emilie de la Martinieres, a young but vulnerable heiress, who is struggling to find her place in life following her mother's death. Always rather an outsider in her family, Emilie is unsure of what she should do when she inherits the grand chateau that has been in her family for generations, however, as she slowly comes to learn more of her family's past, perhaps it will help with the decisions that have to be made for the future. The interwoven story is that of young British agent Constance Carruthers, who during her time in France in WWII finds herself embroiled deeply in the affairs of the de la Martineres, a powerful family with complex and dangerous connections to the enemy! Yet when Emilie strangely finds her own path to cross that of Constance's grandson Sebastian, she too is drawn into a web of deceit!
A little slow to initially get going, the story soon builds pace, particularly when we start to follow Constance's story. The parts set in war time France are fraught with an atmosphere of tension and danger, and are a gripping read, especially the sections with the Germans to hand. The parts set in modern day Yorkshire also have a strong sense of setting and contrast well to the warm and ripe vineyards of the south of France.
Constance makes for a believable heroine and a steady pair of eyes through which to see the de la Martinieres and the events that unfold, and it was hard not to feel for her as she got so caught up in their affairs. Emilie, although not as immediately likable as Constance, grows as a character and it is interesting to watch her mature. Riley also has a whole host of other characters, most of whom are well portrayed, particularly Edouard, Sophia and Frederik in the past story. There is also a certain character from Riley's previous book Hothouse Flower who makes for a welcome presence. Falk is perhaps a little too caricature, however, makes for a dangerous presence in the story. In the modern day I felt it was rather too easy to see through Sebastian's character and Alex, although immensely likable, seemed altogether too forgiving and victim. Perhaps for this reason parts of the modern day story did seem a little cliche and not entirely convincing.
Overall this makes for an engaging read with a well constructed plot and strong characters. It is a story of war and patriotism, of love, of both the bonds that tie and also the jealousies that break families, and also of finding oneself and learning to forgive the past. I look forward to Riley's next peice of work!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is another book that has two timelines. The end of the twentieth century and the nineteen forties.
The characters are all linked, which creates a lovely flow in the book.

I thought the first part of the book was rather slow and didn't really engage me. Luckily the plot and the writing pick up and then I began to really enjoy the novel particularly the parts set back in WW2 when Constance Carruthers is in France as a member of the SOE working to help overthrow the Nazis.
Emilie de la Martinieres belongs in the more recent timeline and she really blossoms in the story, particularly after finding out the truth about the man she marries. At first I was unmoved by her plight as she inherits a huge amount of money plus the family chateaux near St. Tropez. She doesn't know whether to sell it or keep it ( I should have such problems ! ) but once the story really got underway I did warm to Emilie and was pleased by her growing a backbone.

Constance is a great character, a true heroine and I think the WW2 part of the novel is a great read.As an older reader I do remember tales of the the extreme bravery shown by women who went into the SOE and some who were tortured and shot by the Nazis. There is a very famous film (Carve Her Name with prideCarve Her Name With Pride [1958] [DVD]) that showed the bravery of just one of these amazing women.
The book as a whole has enough twists and turns to keep the reader gripped.
I would recommend as a good read.
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on 26 August 2012
In 1998 in the south of France, Emilie de la Martinieres loses her mother, who she has always had an indifferent relationship with. Emilie is left with the ancestral home and must decide whether to keep it or sell it, a decision she at first feels overwhelmed by. The chateaux holds memories for Emilie but while exploring the wine cellar, she discovers a secret room, that despite it's claustrophobic and gloomy atmosphere was evidently once inhabited.

In 1943 while working as an office clerk for MI5, Constance Carruthers finds herself in a more active role in the fight for her country during World War Two. She undergoes intensive training in order to work for the resistance in occupied France.

Having been a big fan of Lucinda's first two novels, I was very excited about reading this one. The Light Behind the Window is full of mystery and suspense that becomes more urgent with each passing page.

The two time periods that the novel is set in are extremely riveting in their own different ways. With the story of Constance in the 1940s, you come to realise that she is a very heroic and brave young woman and her story in occupied France is a very thrilling and often moving one. In the late 90s where we have the story of Emilie, she is unearthing the secrets of her somewhat mysterious family and also dealing with a marriage that may or may not be based on lies and deceit.

At first I found myself enjoying Connie's story more than Emilie's, but as I made my way through the book I started to enjoy them equally and found Emilie to be a very caring, courageous and brave young woman.

The Light Behind the Window is a book filled with love, mystery, adventure and suspense and it deals with the issues of trust and forgiveness. I was kept gripped and guessing by the twists and turns until the very end.
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