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The Lantern: A Novel

The Lantern - Deborah Lawrenson The authorDeborah Lawrenson grew up in Kuwait, China, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Singapore. She studied English at Cambridge University and has worked as a journalist for various publications in England, including the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, and Woman’s Journal magazine. She lives in Kent, England, and she and her family spend as much time as possible at a crumbling hamlet in Provence, France, the setting for The Lantern. For more information in Deborah Lawrenson you can visit synopsisMeeting Dom was the most incredible thing that had ever happened to me. When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom in Switzerland, their whirlwind relationship leads them to Les GenEvriers, an abandoned house set among the fragrant lavender fields of the South of France. Each enchanting day delivers happy discoveries: hidden chambers, secret vaults, a beautiful wrought-iron lantern. Deeply in love and surrounded by music, books, and the heady summer scents of the French countryside, Eve has never felt more alive. But with autumn's arrival the days begin to cool, and so, too, does Dom. Though Eve knows he bears the emotional scars of a failed marriage--one he refuses to talk about--his silence arouses suspicion and uncertainty. The more reticent Dom is to explain, the more Eve becomes obsessed with finding answers--and with unraveling the mystery of his absent, beautiful ex-wife, Rachel. Like its owner, Les GenEvriers is also changing. Bright, warm rooms have turned cold and uninviting; shadows now fall unexpectedly; and Eve senses a presence moving through the garden. Eve does not know that Les GenEvriers has been haunted before. Bénedicté Lincel, the house's former owner, thrived as a young girl within the rich elements of the landscape: the violets hidden in the woodland, the warm wind through the almond trees. She knew the bitter taste of heartbreak and tragedy--long-buried family secrets and evil deeds that, once unearthed, will hold shocking and unexpected consequences for Eve.The reviewI had a hard time with this book. I missed attachment with the story while still feeling I wanted to read this book. I am not sure what the cause of it is. Though I see why this book has been connected to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier it was not as easy to read as Rebecca. I think what distracted me the most was the changing perspective. Once you got in the one story the chapter was done and you would have the other perspective. The characters are well formed. Though most of them do not have looks their personalities are forming an image very well. This makes it rather easy to understand some of the decisions and also to understand parts of the story. I got the Bénedicté story very early already. The Dom story did surprise me though.I experienced the storyline as confusing. I almost felt like not reading the chapters of either Bénedicté or Eve to get a connection to one of those stories. Still it was exciting enough to keep on reading. I really wanted to know what would happen. Due to this feeling I actually did not really enjoy this book. Still I gave it three stars. I think that a person who can engage to this book will have a lot of pleasure reading it and I would not want to discourage that. If you pick it up and cannot engage please know I am feeling you.