LAVENDER GARDEN by Lucinda Riley

I can’t say enough good things about this book! I have been a fan of Lucinda Riley’s ever since I read The Girl on the Cliff so I couldn’t finish The Lavender Garden fast enough!

Le Cote d’Azur, 1998: In the sun-dappled south of France, Emilie de la Martiniéres, the last of her gilded line, finds herself sole inheritor of her childhood home, a magnificent chateau and vineyard.  With the house comes a mountain of debt – and almost as many questions.
Paris, 1944: A bright, young British office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is sent to Paris to be part of Churchill’s Special Operations Executive during the climax of the Nazi occupation. Separated from her contacts in the Resistance she stumbles into the heart of a prominent family who regularly entertain members of the German elite even as they plot to liberate France.  In a city rife with collaborators and brave members of the Resistance, Constance’s most difficult decision may be determining whom to trust with her heart.
As Emilie discovers what really happened to her family during the war and finds a connection to Constance much closer than she suspects, the chateau itself will provide clues that can unlock the mysteries of her past, present, and future.

Combining a dual story line between WWII and modern day Paris, this book will keep you turning the pages from its intriguing beginning to its satisfying ending. Five enthusiastic stars! Highly recommended!

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