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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (12 April 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062390163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062390165
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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With its lush settings, high-stakes suspense, and novel-within-a-novel, 300 Days of Sun is a feast for fiction lovers. Lawrenson delivers a labyrinth of complex relationships the reader is both breathless to solve and eager to return to upon completion. Haunting. --Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway's Girl and The House of Hawthorne"

A deeply satisfying novel, a rich story with a strong feeling for time and place and the expert pacing of the best thrillers. Readers will appreciate Lawrenson s ability to combine stunning atmosphere with a fascinating historical backstory. --Booklist, starred review"

Beautiful storytelling along with a beautiful setting....With an intricately layered plot and enigmatic, complex characters, Lawrenson crafts a story edged in mystery that blends the past during World War II with the present day. An intriguing read. --Romantic Times"

Merges past and present, doubling identities and events to dazzling effect. Set against the lush but corrupt coastal resorts of southern Portugal, the novel s shadowy deeds seem only more dangerous in this sunny clime . Sure to please those who relish the untangling of crimes in exotic locales. --Library Journal"

Praise for The Lantern: The Lantern is a smart, gothic, bodice ripper that transcends the genre, thanks in part to journalist Lawrenson s gift for bringing the senses to life. --People, 3 1/2 out of 4 stars, on The Lantern"

I absolutely adored this beautifully written, modern Gothic novel, set in Provence, full of scents, colors and mystery. Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier s classic, Rebecca, The Lantern will hook you in from the start and weave its dark, lush magic around you. --Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key, on The Lantern"

Praise for The Sea Garden: 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 on The Sea Garden"

"With its lush settings, high-stakes suspense, and novel-within-a-novel, 300 Days of Sun is a feast for fiction lovers. Lawrenson delivers a labyrinth of complex relationships the reader is both breathless to solve and eager to return to upon completion. Haunting."--Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway's Girl and The House of Hawthorne

"A deeply satisfying novel, a rich story with a strong feeling for time and place and the expert pacing of the best thrillers. Readers will appreciate Lawrenson's ability to combine stunning atmosphere with a fascinating historical backstory."--Booklist, starred review

"Beautiful storytelling along with a beautiful setting....With an intricately layered plot and enigmatic, complex characters, Lawrenson crafts a story edged in mystery that blends the past during World War II with the present day. An intriguing read."--Romantic Times

"Merges past and present, doubling identities and events to dazzling... effect. Set against the lush but corrupt coastal resorts of southern Portugal, the novel's shadowy deeds seem only more dangerous in this sunny clime.... Sure to please those who relish the untangling of crimes in exotic locales."--Library Journal

"Praise for The Lantern: "The Lantern is a smart, gothic, bodice ripper that transcends the genre, thanks in part to journalist Lawrenson's gift for bringing the senses to life."--People, 3 1/2 out of 4 stars, on The Lantern

"I absolutely adored this beautifully written, modern Gothic novel, set in Provence, full of scents, colors and mystery. Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's classic, Rebecca, The Lantern will hook you in from the start and weave its dark, lush magic around you."--Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key, on The Lantern

Praise for The Sea Garden: "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 on The Sea Garden

-With its lush settings, high-stakes suspense, and novel-within-a-novel, 300 Days of Sun is a feast for fiction lovers. Lawrenson delivers a labyrinth of complex relationships the reader is both breathless to solve and eager to return to upon completion. Haunting.---Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway's Girl and The House of Hawthorne

-A deeply satisfying novel, a rich story with a strong feeling for time and place and the expert pacing of the best thrillers. Readers will appreciate Lawrenson's ability to combine stunning atmosphere with a fascinating historical backstory.---Booklist, starred review

-Beautiful storytelling along with a beautiful setting....With an intricately layered plot and enigmatic, complex characters, Lawrenson crafts a story edged in mystery that blends the past during World War II with the present day. An intriguing read.---Romantic Times

-Merges past and present, doubling identities and events to dazzling... effect. Set against the lush but corrupt coastal resorts of southern Portugal, the novel's shadowy deeds seem only more dangerous in this sunny clime.... Sure to please those who relish the untangling of crimes in exotic locales.---Library Journal

-Praise for The Lantern: -The Lantern is a smart, gothic, bodice ripper that transcends the genre, thanks in part to journalist Lawrenson's gift for bringing the senses to life.---People, 3 1/2 out of 4 stars, on The Lantern

-I absolutely adored this beautifully written, modern Gothic novel, set in Provence, full of scents, colors and mystery. Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's classic, Rebecca, The Lantern will hook you in from the start and weave its dark, lush magic around you.---Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key, on The Lantern

Praise for The Sea Garden: -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 on The Sea Garden

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A mesmerizing novel that transports readers to a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past--where two women, decades apart, are drawn into a dark game of truth and lies that still haunts the shifting sea marshes. Traveling to Faro, Portugal, journalist Joanna Millard hopes to escape an unsatisfying relationship and a stalled career; Faro is an enchanting town, and the seaside views are enhanced by the company of Nathan Emberlin, a charismatic younger man. But Joanna soon realizes that behind the crumbling facades of Moorish buildings Faro has a seedy underbelly, its economy compromised by corruption and wartime spoils. And Nathan has an ulterior motive for seeking her company: he is determined to discover the truth involving a child's kidnapping that may have taken place on this dramatic coastline more than two decades ago.

Joanna's subsequent search leads her to Ian Rylands, an English expat who cryptically suggests she will find answers in The Alliance, a novel written by American Esta Hartford. The book recounts an American couple's experience in Portugal during World War II, and their entanglements both personal and professional with their German enemies. Only Rylands insists the book isn't fiction, and as Joanna reads deeper into The Alliance, she begins to suspect that Esta Hartford's story and Nathan Emberlin's may indeed converge in Faro--where the past not only casts a long shadow but still exerts a very present danger.

Praise for 300 Days Of Sun

-With its lush settings, high-stakes suspense, and novel-within-a-novel, 300 Days of Sun is a feast for fiction lovers. Lawrenson delivers a labyrinth of complex relationships the reader is both breathless to solve and eager to return to upon completion. Haunting.---Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway's Girl and The House of Hawthorne

Praise for Deborah Lawrenson

-Deborah Lawrenson's writing is delicious. Her stories are atmospheric, intoxicating, and impossible not to get lost in.---Sarah Jio, author of Goodnight June and Blackberry Winter

-[Lawrenson has a] gift for bringing the senses to life. When she writes, 'you could open an envelope . . . and find it contained no words at all, just a handful of lavender with a ribbon of dried grapefruit skin, or a sprinklingof vanilla seeds, ' you wish the pages were scratch-and-sniff.---People

-Offers a vivid escape to an intriguing place, with location playing as much a role as those who dwell there.---Washington Post

-Think Graham Greene with a dash of Poe.---Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress

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The author, Deborah Lawrenson, set this novel in the beautiful scenic backdrop Faro, Portugal. Our protagonist, Joanna Millard, is a journalist. She’s taking time off and running from a broken relationship. While in Portugal, she’s studying Portuguese at a local Language School. One of the other English students, Nathan Emberlin befriends her. A younger guy. She assumes he’s a party guy and not much more, but then he approaches her to help him with some research and everything about Nathan seems to change. He wants her to find out about a man he knows as Terry Jackson. In addition, he needs to understand more about a child who was kidnapped here more than two decades prior.

After a bit of research into local news archives, she connects with Ian Rylands, a historian. He provides her with a book, The Alliance written by American Esta Hartford in the late forties. Ian leads Joanna to believe that the story written as fiction is actually true. The Alliance related the experience of a couple and their association with Germany during WWII. This all seemed far-fetched from the information she was seeking. Could it all be connected?

Because of the introduction to The Alliance, 300 Days of Sun actually became two books – a story within a story. I hadn’t expected this and would rather have had our protagonist, Joanna, summarize it as it related to her research. The beginning of this novel was most interesting and moved at a rather quick pace. The sideline into The Alliance drew away from the plot and slowed the story down. It’s clear the author did due diligence in researching Portugal’s past as it connected to WWII giving the reader a realistic feel — yet the story itself is pure fiction. Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Whenever I picked up 300 Days of Sun, I was once again transported not only in place, but in time as well. Deborah Lawrenson immerses her readers in Portugal, both modern-day Faro and World War II Lisbon, with sumptuous descriptions and interesting details, painting an excellent picture that blends the two time periods and stories seamlessly. Full of intrigue and suspense, this is a novel not to be missed.
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I absolutely loved this book. For me what more could you want - a beautifully written book, warm and rich in sense of time and place with a captivating storyline. A magical mix of location and intrigue which occupies your thoughts from start to finish.
I thoroughly enjoyed my bookish trip to Portugal.
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Nice wander around Portugal with a bit of a story - if it was set in the US or in the UK I'd like it less but you get a good sense of Portugal life from this book and the characters are interesting enough to want to see what happens
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I knew from the moment I read the description of this book that I would enjoy it. But enjoyment is too glib a phrase - I loved this story, I lived and breathed it, unwilling to put it down. It's been a long time since I wanted to be a character in a book, but I so wanted to be Joanna. Not only was she savouring the delights of one of my favourite countries, but dabbling in WWII history and rumour too. This was my ideal reading material and I'm sorry to have to move on.
If you enjoy stories that take you to both real and imaginary places, that mix modernity with history and create intrigue and tension in leaps and bounds, then I recommend this book to you.
The author has a sublime talent for description - which some may call verbose, for me it's a delicacy. I'm going to add more books by this author to my reading pile and I expect to be transported again to another time and place, where I can revel in the scenery and immerse myself in the characters' lives.

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I have read all Deborah Lawrenson's books and this one is like her others a must to read if you delight in beautiful descriptions of landscape and senses, and great characters. Each novel has a them but then also a deeper theme, looking at history from personal perspectives. This resonates so strongly with me as I believe history is the sum of the people that live it.
You must read this book if like me you enjoy a good read but above all a read which stimulates and makes you say : ah yes ! The author gently but oh so expertly draws you into the historical perspective and you finish the book in one go as I did, feeling you are part of the charmed circle.
I must now visit Faro! I am also now reading other books on this fascinating time when Lisbon was at the fringes of WW2 but oh so involved as Spain was.
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This novel is set in Portugal. I visited Portugal just the once. All I saw of Faro was the airport. I holidayed in the Algarve. I didn’t see a lot of it, it wasn’t that kind of vacation, ;-) but I do remember how hot it was and how sunny it seemed and the rich descriptions in this book did confirm my memories of the area.

This is a competent piece of writing from a confident and experienced novelist who knows how to work and manipulate her readers. There is little to complain of! It’s a satisfying, well-constructed story. The historical research is plausible and convincing. The characters don’t leap off the page at you, they are functional rather than three dimensional but they work. A palpable mood is created as the novel progresses. The storyline increases in predictability until about ten minutes from the end when it briefly becomes a page turner with a denouement I wasn’t expecting and loved it all the more for that!

However, (there had to be a however didn’t there?!) my biggest gripe, and I will throw my hands up and say it may be purely subjective, was the structure of the story which was a book within a book method.

I had engaged with what I will call the main story and then a further narrative was introduced in the form of another book. So the reader is forced into a situation of having to read two books concurrently. I am not the world’s greatest multi tasker and whilst I sometimes have more than one book on the go at the same time I am NOT trying to read them at the same time. So I found the second narrative, crucial though it was to the storyline as a whole, irritating and intrusive. I wanted to get back to the main story.

There are many ways of structuring a novel and for me this device didn’t work.
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