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Wild Lavender Audiobook

Wild Lavender

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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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    M L M 07-21-17
    M L M 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic!"

    What a wonderful story and narration! This book will stay for a while with me.

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    Melissa 07-20-17
    Melissa 07-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A passionate story of love and resilience."

    This was a great listen. The story was well thought out and thorough. Every character had depth and was as believable and real as a person standing beside you.

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    Ellen California, USA 12-24-16
    Ellen California, USA 12-24-16
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    "Heroic Women"

    Ms Alexandra's women are strong, independent and determined. Not only Simone, the lead character, but also many of the supporting female characters are smart and resourceful women. The story covers interesting history on a personal level. It tells the history of the role of women, of show business, of Paris, and The French resistance during WWII; broad scope with lots of interesting detail. While there is romance, this is much more an historical novel than an historical romance.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-31-16
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-31-16 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "A Tale of France from the Great War to WWII"

    An amazing look at France, the French people, the beautiful countryside, the seedy underside and the strength of a few brave individuals under the leadership of Charles De Gaulle to resist the iron hand of Hitler . . . beginning in the lavender fields of Pays de Sault, and moving to Marseilles, on to Paris, young Simone finds her way into an ever changing world . . . a simple farm girl, to a maid for her aunt, to a singer and dancer, Simone goes through a metamorphosis, gaining popularity than many just dream of . . . but along the way, she also loses much . . . including her heart . . . and her naivety . . . she meets Greta Garbo at a night club in Berlin while her trainer, Andre Blanchard is coaching Simone in her craft . . . and comes face to face with how the rich and famous live and behave . . . jealousy, prostitution, drugs and alcohol run rampant on the way to the top . . . but Simone stays true to her dream and to herself . . . even when knocked down the rung of the ladder . . . and when the Germans invade Paris, she steps up to an even more dangerous role than ever before . . . I can't recommend this book enough . . . excellent story . . . great performance . . . and perfect ending . . .

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    Grace L. Rappa Glendora, New Jersey, US 04-26-15
    Grace L. Rappa Glendora, New Jersey, US 04-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "War, love of country, and romance"

    The story was very informative about the war, the need to survive and the ability to do so. The audio was very entertaining , and the sadness of her loved cat brought as much emotion as the war. Ms. Alexander is an excellent writer. I enjoy her books. History, romance,and survival just about sums this up for me. Thank you!

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    Purple clovis, CA 01-09-15
    Purple clovis, CA 01-09-15 Member Since 2017

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    "This one really draws you in..."

    While this book started out slow and I thought I was going to give up, after the first couple of chapters it certainly picked up steam and I was drawn into the story. I highly recommend this book if you like animals, wartime romances and french history. I know some don't like the narrator's accent but I thought she did a wonderful job without being over the top.

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    Susan oakland, ca, United States 04-05-14
    Susan oakland, ca, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2009
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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.

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    Cissy M. Beeler Houston, TX, US 08-16-13
    Cissy M. Beeler Houston, TX, US 08-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful Historical Fiction!"

    I was sad when it was over-I definitely recommend this for you audible library. I enjoyed learning more about the time period between the wars in Europe through Belinda Alexandra's characters.

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    SaintSusanna North Carolina 09-29-16
    SaintSusanna North Carolina 09-29-16 Member Since 2015

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    "exciting historical & romantic journey"

    loved it all. great narrator ,great story, great character development ! you really feel like you're there in Wartime France!

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