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Wild Lavender | [Belinda Alexandra]

Wild Lavender

Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provencal lavender farm at the age of 14 after the accidental death of her father. Forced to become a maid at the boarding house of her Aunt Augustine in Marseilles, Simone's life is hard and impoverished. But one of her aunt's boarders, the beautiful Camille Casal, a star at the local music hall, gives Simone a dream: that one day she too will be a famous singer and dancer.
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Publisher's Summary

Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provencal lavender farm at the age of 14 after the accidental death of her father. Forced to become a maid at the boarding house of her Aunt Augustine in Marseilles, Simone's life is hard and impoverished. But one of her aunt's boarders, the beautiful Camille Casal, a star at the local music hall, gives Simone a dream: that one day she too will be a famous singer and dancer. Years later, the famous Simone Fleurier, toast of Paris, watches Nazi troops occupy the city. Suddenly, her world is turned upside down, and Simone must make new and dangerous choices.

©2005 Belinda Alexandra; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

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    Wade Sanibel, FL 08-16-08
    Wade Sanibel, FL 08-16-08 Member Since 2002
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    "An Extrodinary Story"

    I want everyone to hear this wonderful story. It is one of the best I have ever heard (read) and will remain one of my favorites. I know I am in love with Simone Fluerier the main character. The novel is filled with suspense, merriment, love, sadness and other emotions that follow us through life. Kate Hood's narration is superb and she has command of all the varied voices in this book.
    Historians of this period 1930-1945 will find this novel highly researched and informative equal to any historical fiction even though the book is not. I felt as though I was in Paris as the Germans filled the city. Don't miss this one if you like life stories wonderfully told.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica AllawahAustralia 03-19-08
    Jessica AllawahAustralia 03-19-08
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    "Wonderful"

    Such a beautiful novel. I laughed and I cried. Been a favourite for years, there is no other that i'd recommend with all my heart. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Fawn kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 12-29-12
    Fawn kelowna, British Columbia, Canada 12-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Don't judge this author by this book"

    I have listened to all of Belinda Alexandra's books that are available on Audible. I am impressed with how much her writing improves from one book to the next. That said, this book is her earliest published book available, and it is rather weak. It doesn't have the character or plot development or complexity of her latest books. While this one is not her finest, I will be looking forward to more Belinda Alexandra books. If you haven't already, I would suggest listening to "Golden Earrings" instead.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia fargo, ND, United States 02-05-09
    Cynthia fargo, ND, United States 02-05-09
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    "Beautiful Story"

    This story covers a long time frame, and takes an unexpected twist when it lasts all the way through WW II. It's a beautiful story, especially if you like romance.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paddington Sydney, Australia 10-22-11
    Paddington Sydney, Australia 10-22-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "fabulous story"
    Where does Wild Lavender rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    first


    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful story! This is my fourth Belinda Alexandra novel and I loved it every bit as much as her previous ones. Maybe even more! The story is expertly researched, set in the period prior to WW2 and during the war in France and unfolds as a remarkable story about a young woman, Simone Fleurier. It portrays her determination and courage in the face of a range of difficulties and challenges, mixed with a delightful twist, sensitive romance and French culture. Kate Hood narrates it very well. I can’t wait for Alexandra’s latest novel Golden Earrings to come out on audio.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Alpharetta, GA, United States 01-31-13
    Paula Alpharetta, GA, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful historic novel."
    Where does Wild Lavender rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10.


    What other book might you compare Wild Lavender to and why?

    The Tea Rose - for its terrific heroine.


    What about Kate Hood’s performance did you like?

    Love her voices and accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I cried many times in the book, there are a great number of moments which make you laugh or cry!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this story and have since listened to 2 more of this author's novels. I love how she weaves history into fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hilde-Gunn AULI, Norway 08-16-12
    Hilde-Gunn AULI, Norway 08-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know. People who like to listen to a bad French accent?


    What was most disappointing about Belinda Alexandra’s story?

    I couldn't get into it. The start dragged and dragged. I tried several times, but I just didn't like the story. And the really bad narration didn't help.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Hood?

    Caroline Lee who does the other Belinda Alexandra books. She is really good!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, boredom


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 05-25-12
    A. Merritt Island, FL, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful!"

    What a great story. I enjoyed it and it held my interest through it's entirety. I'm anxious to experience more of Belinda Alexander's books. Just shows that when good and evil spar, good wins out most of the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Loudonville, NY, United States 07-26-11
    Lynn Loudonville, NY, United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Very disappointed"

    After having listened to Silver Wattle, Tuscan Rose and Wildflower Hill I was so looking forward to this book, but contrary to the other reviewers I couldn't stand the narrator's voice - especially for Simone - and couldn't even finish listening to it. Compared to the other books, I found the story didn't keep my interest. I hardly ever actually write a review - just use the star system - but this one...oh my...not in my top ten.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan oakland, ca, United States 04-05-14
    Susan oakland, ca, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2008
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    "So so disappointed"

    I am a huge Belinda Alexandra fan. I can hardly believe she wrote this. It was predictable and transparent from the start. I didn't care for the reader at all. I don't want to be overly critical - after all, it is simply my opinion. But I will never get another book narrated by her again. So very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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