The Lantern, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)

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A brooding, contemporary novel of secrets, lost love, perfume and Provence When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom, their whirlwind relationship leads them to purchase Les Genevriers, an abandoned house in a rural hamlet in the south of France.

As the beautiful Provence summer turns to autumn, Eve finds it impossible to ignore the mysteries that haunt both her lover and the run-down old house, in particular the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful first wife, Rachel.

Whilst Eve tries to untangle the secrets surrounding Rachel's last recorded days, Les Genevriers itself seems to come alive.

As strange events begin to occur with frightening regularity, Eve's voice becomes intertwined with that of Benedicte Lincel, a girl who lived in the house decades before.

As the tangled skeins of the house's history begin to unravel, the tension grows between Dom and Eve.

In a page-turning race, Eve must fight to discover the fates of both Benedicte and Rachel, before Les Genevriers' dark history has a chance to repeat itself.

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I agree with bookworm. I liked this book...and I didn't like it. The stories were interesting enough to hold my attention, to a point, although I had pretty much figured it out by mid-book. The stories themselves were interesting and the descriptions were outstanding. I really enjoyed her writing and would probably try another of her books.

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When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom, their whirlwind relationship leads them to purchase Les Genevriers, an abandoned house in a rural hamlet in the south of France. As the beautiful Provence summer turns to autumn, Eve finds it impossible to ignore the mysteries that haunt both her lover and the run-down old house, in particular the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful first wife, Rachel. Whilst Eve tries to untangle the secrets surrounding Rachel's last recorded days, Les Genevriers itself seems to come alive. As strange events begin to occur with frightening regularity, Eve's voice becomes intertwined with that of Benedicte Lincel, a girl who lived in the house decades before. As the tangled skeins of the house's history begin to unravel, the tension grows between Dom and Eve. In a page-turning race, Eve must fight to discover the fates of both Benedicte and Rachel, before Les Genevriers' dark history has a chance to repeat itself.My Thoughts:This book was a pleasure to read. It is the type of comfort book that I love to get right deep into and curl up. Dark old rambling houses, family secrets and twists and turns.I did find myself being reminded of ‘Rebecca’ when I was reading this book and as part of it was very similar. Just like in’Rebecca’ we never find out the narrator’s real name, just that Dom called her Eve. Also there is a former wife who we never meet but is strong character in the book. Sometimes I think we have a lot to thank ‘Rebecca’ for.A duel story that does come together at the end and a very pleasant read indeed. I did feel that I wanted strongly to pick up the book to see where it was going and was sorry to finish it as I was leaving the charaters behind.I highly recommend this book for the dark evenings that are now upon us. Just perfect!

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