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
I really enjoyed this book, and frankly, thought the story within the story was better than the main character's story. I did feel that it ended rather apruptly though, and would have like a little more fleshing out of the relationship between the two main characters.
The story of Edilean and David.
She varied her voice well and her voice is easy to listen to. I liked her, but I thought she made the main characters sound just a tad wimpy.
yes, the end of the story of Edilean and David
On to the next chapter of the Edilean story.
The story was too predictable and unrealistic to me, and the narrator's voice was too repetitive; there was no distinguishing between narrator or characters, and the cadence and ultra femininity of the voice was annoying. Couldnt finish it.
I really enjoyed the novel and I drove the long way home several evening just to keep listnening. I actually cried becuase the story was touching.
I haven't enjoyed a listen this good in a while. I've enjoyed this author. I read the reviews and it helps a lot. This had a little bit of mystery. A little bit of history. A sweet love story. Not too predictable. The narrator was easy to listen to, also.
Delightful, Intriguing, Satisfying
Miss Edie was my favorite character of this story. Her mystery is uncovered layer by layer after her death, as seen through the eyes of Jocelyn, the woman whom she befriended as a young girl. Jose believed she knew all there was to know about Miss Edie, but then found that she knew very little. She is hurt by all the secrets and sets out to find the truth about this woman who was so important to her, and Miss Edie's story begins to unfold. Love, adventure, and tragedy; tears and laughter are all here. The ending is very satisfying. Barbara McCulloh's performance is wonderful.
I love the Ediliene Series whether it's book form or audio form. Out of the ones I have read/listened to, this wasn't my favorite, but I still love waiting to hear what's next for the characters and how they all connect to each other. But I wish that the whole series was available in audio. I'd like to listen to them from the first book to the last. Jude Deveraux is one of my favorite authors.
I find this story a bit boring. I really liked the second in the series, Days of Gold. Which I read first. I'm not sure why its considered a series. Just the name I guess. I'm only half way through and I'm not sure if I'm going to finish. I usually like Jude, this story just doesn't do it for me.
These books were out of order and unfortunately have different narrator's. The narrator to this book has the same voice for all the characters, I had to back up a lot because I didn't know who was talking. The narrator can't hold a candle to Davina Porter. To bad she didn't read this one. I hope book 3 has some of the same characters, but from the description it doesn't. It has another narrator change, hope she is better. The best part was the ending, a real tear jerker.
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.
I'm enjoying the story, it is the first of Jude Deveraux that I,ve listened to. However I am finding the Narration hard going. I am looking really forward to book 2. narrated by Davina Porter she is a dream to listen to and really brings the stories alive
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