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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,466 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Lawrenson Narrator: Kristine Ryan, Gerianne Raphael Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A modern gothic novel of love, secrets, and murder—set against the lush backdrop of Provence

Meeting Dom was the most incredible thing that had ever happened to me. When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom in Switzerland, their whirlwind relationship leads them to Les Genévriers, an abandoned house set among the fragrant lavender fields of the South of France. Each enchanting day delivers happy discoveries: hidden chambers, secret vaults, a beautiful wrought-iron lantern. Deeply in love and surrounded by music, books, and the heady summer scents of the French countryside, Eve has never felt more alive.

But with autumn’s arrival the days begin to cool, and so, too, does Dom. Though Eve knows he bears the emotional scars of a failed marriage—one he refuses to talk about—his silence arouses suspicion and uncertainty. The more reticent Dom is to explain, the more Eve becomes obsessed with finding answers—and with unraveling the mystery of his absent, beautiful ex-wife, Rachel.

Like its owner, Les Genévriers is also changing. Bright, warm rooms have turned cold and uninviting; shadows now fall unexpectedly; and Eve senses a presence moving through the garden. Is it a ghost from the past or a manifestation of her current troubles with Dom? Can she trust Dom, or could her life be in danger?

Eve does not know that Les Genévriers has been haunted before. Bénédicte Lincel, the house’s former owner, thrived as a young girl within the rich elements of the landscape: the violets hidden in the woodland, the warm wind through the almond trees. She knew the bitter taste of heartbreak and tragedy—long-buried family secrets and evil deeds that, once unearthed, will hold shocking and unexpected consequences for Eve.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A luscious mix of romance and gothic ghost story.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A smart, gothic bodice ripper that transcends the genre, thanks in part to journalist Lawrenson’s gift for bringing the senses to life.”


  • “Sensuous…Lawrenson’s poetic prose vibrantly conjures up both the beauty of southern France and the ghosts, real or imagined, from different eras.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A modern gothic tale set in the lavender-scented landscape of Provence…Serves up an escapist mix of mystery, romance, and murder.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Offers a vivid escape to an intriguing place…Lawrenson embellishes her merging stores with description of the rich scents surrounding the hamlet: rosemary, ripe figs, and a breath of lavender so fresh that readers might close their eyes and inhale, expecting a faint whiff of the purple-flowering plant.”

    Washington Post

  • Selected for the September 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Noelle | 2/9/2014

    " This book was meh. The "big reveal" of what happened to Rachel was a big let down and a bit of a cop out. And the "big romance", which was the central relationship of the novel, I never saw happen. Probably because the author TOLD us it happened within a few pages and as the reader we're just supposed to go with it: "Meeting Dom was the most incredible thing that had ever happened to me. A classic whirlwind romance.". I would've cared more about what happened to these lovebirds if I'd seen any semblance of a romance between them. As it was, I couldn't understand why she didn't just leave the guy, his big "Rachel secret" and the creepy house and go find a fabulous Frenchman somewhere else in Provence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen Christiansen | 1/31/2014

    " I loved this book! A little over-descriptive in places, but otherwise I couldn't stop reading. Excellent build-up of mystery and tension throughout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Denese | 1/27/2014

    " Took reading most of the book before I became interested. Almost gave it up but enjoyed the way the author described scenes. Not really much of a plot but the last 1/4 of book brought the different time frames together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shauna | 1/26/2014

    " A very well-thought out story. It was a little like a Mary Higgins Clark story, but I thought it played out much too slowly for my taste. "

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