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Lavender Morning

A Novel

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Description

A heartwarming romance about a woman who finds true love in a small town, from New York Times bestselling author, Jude Deveraux.

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 soon discovers some shocking surprises about her family's history and her own future -- and she meets a man with his own mysterious past.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 16, 2009 – Family ties, smalltown values and unexpected love in picturesque settings have made Deveraux a longtime bestselling author, so it s no surprise she again delivers on her tried-and-true formula. Jocelyn Joce Minton, daughter of a Williamsburg, Va., debutante and a handyman, is alienated from her family after her widowed father marries a woman who is decidedly not debutante material and has a pair of selfish twins. Joce ends up in the care of an elderly neighbor, Miss Edi, who watches over the girl through college. When Miss Edi dies, she leaves Joce an ancestral manor house and a trove of secrets going back to 1941 that compel Joce to visit Edilean, Va., where she meets the local color, including a sexy lawyer and his sexier gardener cousin who has a secret or two, himself. 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. For all the novel s coincidences and predictability, 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.

Customer Reviews

Loved it

What a fun book. Parts we predictable but I didn't care. Funny, fun, wonderful.

Lavender Morning

It's a shame, really....Predictable from the beginning....hastily tied up at the end...characters are flat...poor developement....6th grade sentences....dialogue sounds like middle-schoolers.....Harry Potter looks like Shakespeare in comparison....This is a book for women who like soap operas to read at the beach.

Ugh...

I had never read anything by Jude Deveraux before, so wasn't sure what to expect, or how it might compare with any of her other books. I bought Lavendar Morning because it had overall high ratings, and the premise of the story sounded interesting enough to me (it was a decent premise), but I found the writing and the characters to be two dimensional. I plodded through the book in spite of the fact that I could not relate to any of the characters or their obsession with marriage. I did not get pulled into the story ever; it was very predictable and uninteresting.

Lavender Morning
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Mar 31, 2009
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Seller: SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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