The Lantern Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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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)
A brooding, contemporary novel of secrets, lost love, perfume and ProvenceSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I've actually visited this picture postcard area of France, and Ms Lawrenson captures it beautifully in this story. It's the kind of area that people who've never visited the country expect everywhere to look, in a perfectly harmless but romantic and naive kind of way.
The story centers around a young girl from the aforementioned tiny town, and her a mysterious beau who captivates her heart and mind, in standard romantic fiction fashion. The story has been compared to Daphne Du Mauriers Rebecca in this way, but the story unfolds in many different directions, making it stand on it's own merits.
As the author herself admits "Along the way it became a novel about perfume and blindness and the past life of houses, and also about books, reading and the imagination"
Nothing bad to say about this book at all really, it's not going to overwhelm or surprise anyone, and will fit perfectly for the easy reader, or those who like some harmless escapism on the beach, or on a traveling vacation to fill the down time. 4 stars
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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Absolutely loved this book, completely transports you into Provence and makes you want to sell up and live there. So beautifully written too.Published 1 month ago by Sophie C
I loved this story - it really kept me guessing, but at the same time, allowed me to indulge in the heady descriptions of the South of FrancePublished 6 months ago by Mrs Christine E. Brown
A very enjoyable book - I was almost unable to put it down! After reading this, I went on to read "The Sea Garden" which was equally enthralling. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sylvia nichols
Atmospheric setting and story which keeps you guessing. Wonderful descriptions of places which take you there.Published 17 months ago by cribbage
Lovely descriptions of Provance starts realy well but all a bit rushed at the endPublished 17 months ago by Carolyn Basak