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Feast for the senses,
This review is from: The Lantern (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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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Initial post: 26 Jan 2012 22:18:43 GMT
A great review. I feel exactly the same as you about this book!
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 18:49:25 GMT
Welsh Annie says:
Thanks - appreciate that. Will have to keep an eye on your reviews, see what you're enjoying!
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