Friday, August 31, 2012

The Lantern

Finished The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson. What a cover! Yes, I often judge a book by it's cover and this one grabbed me. Reading that the inspiration for the novel was Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca clinched it. Set in Provence, it consists of two storylines. One, in the present, is the story of young woman and her boyfriend who purchases a rundown farmhouse. The other, set in the past, is the story of the family who owned the farm for generations beforehand, including Marthe Lincel, who went blind as a young girl, but later became famous for her Provence inspired perfumes.

Like DuMaurier's heroine, the current day heroine of the novel does not have her name mentioned. And like the second Mrs. DeWinter she slowly begins to suspect that her significant other is not what he seems. There are ghosts and ghostly forces in the past and the present, even the ghosts of smells. This book was riveting.

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