Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up attending private schools and afternoon teas, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five years old, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce became an outsider - until she met Edilean Harcourt. Although she was sixty years Joce's senior, Miss Edi was a kindred soul who understood her like no one else ever had.
When Miss Edi passes away, she leaves Joce all her worldly possessions, including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a mystery that began in 1941. In the letter, Miss Edi also mentions that she has found the perfect man for Joce -- a handsome young lawyer. Joce is shocked to learn that the mystery, the house, and the future love of her life are all in Edilean, a small town in Virginia that Miss Edi never told her about. Hurt that the woman who meant so much to her kept so many secrets, Jocelyn moves to this tight-knit village in an attempt to understand the legacy that has been left to her. As she begins to dig into Miss Edi's mystery, she soon discovers some shocking surprises about her family's history and her own future - and she meets a man with his own mysterious past.
©2009 Jude Deveraux (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
Audiobook Review. Lavender Morning is the story of a girl who inherits a large home in Maine from her mentor, an elderly woman the main character has spent her life adoring. The story reveals the mentor's life, WWII fiction, and the main character's search for explanations. I'll not provide any spoilers beyond this fundamental information, which you'll get from simply reading a blurb. The story is a touching memoir to this elderly lady, her unrequited love of WWII. It's not a good audiobook, in my opinion. There is way too much use of the word 'said', distracting ... it may not be annoying in print as a reader tends to skim over extraneous words, but in audio format it makes me lower the star rating. Jos said, Luke said, said Jos, said Luke ... not every line of dialogue, but it sure seemed like it, and it took away from the story.
Sort of interesting, in the sections that involved WWII action, to envision the characters as young and beautiful people, in love during a violent time. Those sections are part of a story/diary written by the elderly woman. As these stories are read in the form of 3rd and 1st person stand-alone Chapters, I've some problem with the point of view sometimes being that of other people and this woman writing about it...confusing imagery. She's relating feelings and emotions of men and other characters speaking about herself as a young woman. How would she know what they thought or did when she wasn't present? A bit picky, but I shook my head in wonder at what up and coming writers today would get crucified for...why would an agent or publisher let Devereaux get away with this approach? Well, because she's Jude Devereaux, no other reason. People will spend money on Jude Devereaux books, which is all the publisher/agent cares about. If you like romance novels and can look beyond that which by some standards is considered "bad writing", you'll probably enjoy Lavender Morning. However, I don't think the Jude Devereaux style is something you should emulate if you're attempting to get published today and you're an unknown. You'd be toast.
I love a good Deveraux, and I thought for many years that only her historical romances were worth a read or listen, but I have come to really love her contemporary novels. They may all lead to the same place, but it sure is fun getting there! I originally read this novel as a hard cover novel, and just finished the latest in this series in paperback, so thought that I would relisten to the series and am purchasing them for the first time now. I am an hour away from finishing Lavender Morning, so I am here to purchase Days of Gold, that way I will continue to listen as soon as this one is done.
Let me start by saying that I don't usually read romances, so please take that under advisement. Maybe all romances have goofy dialogue. I chose this story for the title (very nice) and the hints in the synopsis of a historical mystery. Sadly, it turned out that the title wasn't very important in the story line, although I like the idea of lavender cookies. I wonder how they taste. Anyway, the mention of old letters is what really grabbed me. So I didn't enjoy all the silly boy-girl games that went on. But I did like the historical chase and the idea that it impacted the present. Sadly, the story lines I was most interested in - Tess' back story and whatever happened in 1941 - weren't followed up in this novel. I expect they turn up again in another one, but I just can't wade through all the really silly conversations again, so I will pass. Honestly, if I had been reading this book in print I would have just skipped anything in quotes. Too bad - it could have been a great story.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
The story was mostly predictable. It would probably have been much more enjoyable with a better performance. I just couldn't get into it. There was no differentiation between characters so sometimes I couldn't tell which character was speaking. Probably would be better to do this one in print.
This narrator is just incredibly boring. I made myself listen for an hour and a half and could not like her voice. The book may be great, red by someone else. I just listened to Bianca Amato read another Jude Deveraux book and it was a pleasure.
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