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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jude Deveraux Narrator: Barbara McCulloh Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Edilean Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342705
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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 discovers some shocking surprises about her family’s history and her own future—and she meets a man with his own mysterious past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Alternating WWII battlefront tragedy with contemporary romance, Deveraux packs in something for every generation, from wicked supermodels to patriotic sacrifice, from planting an herb garden to DNA tests…Readers will find it hard to resist the charm of Edilean, the manor house, the town, the woman of many secrets and, of course, the series to follow.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Deveraux incorporates her trademark sweet and salty characters into a pair of entertaining romances, one past, one present, to create one of her most fun and pleasing tales.”

    Booklist

  • “A fabulous family drama filled with twists.”

    Best Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin (jason&robin) | 2/18/2014

    " The storyline was pretty predictable but I still enjoyed it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/17/2014

    " This was a fluff book, but really silly and not one I'd recommend as it took forever to get the background established and was not good character development. There was a mystery within the story that could have been good, but it was interspersed with a storyline that just didn't work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daphne | 2/12/2014

    " Good story with a secret to be uncovered and a surprise ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/10/2014

    " For a Deveraux novel, I was a tad disappointed in this one. Maybe it was because I didn't like the main character all that much, but I didn't think it was nearly as good as the 2nd one in this series. I did start enjoying it more about half-way through the book, but maybe that was when the story of Miss Edi started being revealed, allowing for more than just this weird banter between characters. I don't know, it just felt disjointed to me. I'm still really looking forward to the 3rd book though, and hope there will be some answers to questions left in this one, like why Alex McDowell felt he "owed" it to Miss Edi and supported her for the last portion of her life. I also hope it's better written than this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 2/9/2014

    " This was a really fun read. Quick and easy. A great book to read while sitting on the beach. It was a little of a romance/mystery. I rated it a 3 because I thought that the end was a little rushed and a few of the plots could have been developed more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 2/7/2014

    " Yes, I'm reading trash. It's not as trashy as other trash that's out there, but its kind of comfort food for my mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 1/23/2014

    " Another amazing book by Jude. I kind of wish I had read this one first before the others in the serious because then I wouldn't have known who she ends up with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon538 | 1/19/2014

    " Great read- I started this series at Book 5 and have now gone back to read the series in order. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tishke | 1/19/2014

    " Quick read for a lazy afternoon. A lot of manipulation and secrecy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 12/31/2013

    " It was very good book and I love how the author writes her stories. I want to contuine reading more from her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britt | 12/30/2013

    " I decided to give Jude another try. This one was not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiuli | 12/30/2013

    " Loved this book...I love the authors style of writing..it was really intriguing & a page turning...A must read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 12/6/2013

    " So far so good....it's confusing if you don't think but then again...we should all think more shouldn't we. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 8/23/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. Just a nice, cozy read with a happy ending! First in a new series and I will definately be reading the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T | 8/5/2013

    " reluctant 3 stars. not complex, felt kinda like fluff, but overall not bad. a huge improvement over the last books ive read from her. not meaty and as a result, was a very easy read. but at the same time, to be fair, i def want to finish the series and have come to like luke a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen Paulson | 7/28/2013

    " It has been a little while since i have read a love story and it was great. This book had a lot of mystery thrown into the romance. And it is a series so I need to go find if anymore are out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen Jones | 7/5/2013

    " Terrible, terrible book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 12/25/2012

    " The beginning of a great new series! Loved it. The best contemporary Deveraux has written in a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ | 8/19/2012

    " Dearly loved it!! Couldn't put it down. Stayed up half the night reading it! Absolutely Brillant!!!!!!!!!!!! Cried at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcia | 4/5/2012

    " October selection for B&N (Burlington, MA) Romance Readers. My spreadsheet says I finished this on October 6, so here I am on October 20 struggling to remember details. Guess that puts Lavender Morning in the just-a-so-so reading experience column. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Azhuffys Huffman | 3/23/2012

    " Good romance novel... surprising ending... but happy. Liked this book very much. Suppose to be a trilogy... will check that out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 6/3/2011

    " I have always liked to read Jude Deveraux, this is the first book in ther series, it did take me a while to get into it, but the main characters were likeable, and I love the ending. I am going to read the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/19/2011

    " An excellent read. I was crying at the end. I also had some laughs about Bertrand, and his lazy stories XD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 5/10/2011

    " This book so far is really good and reminds me of a Cinderella-esque novel, which I love! Romance, mystery, and more! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 5/5/2011

    " The best part of this book was the story of Edilean. The rest felt contrived, and the characters were inconsistent and stereotyped. There was also something about the writing that didn't flow for me as it usually does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flora | 4/9/2011

    " This was an okay book- it got better the more I got into it. It wasn't very creative and I get the feeling the author cranks out books to a certain, predictable formula. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delores | 4/6/2011

    " This was a light, predictable story you don't have to think much about. If you are looking for that, you will not be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 3/25/2011

    " Pretty good....but I figured out the plot "twist" way before the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 3/16/2011

    " Very cute and very fun to read. I felt like I was reading a Lifetime movie. I enjoy these books for some "no thought", just fun, books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 3/7/2011

    " This is my first Deveraux book, and I enjoyed it. I'd say I was probably about 100 pages in before the story line picked up for me, by the end I didn't want to put it down so I could find out what happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 3/7/2011

    " Fairly predictable but a nice fast read. "

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