The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
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Set in the lush countryside of Provence, Deborah Lawrenson’s The Lantern is an atmospheric modern gothic tale of love, suspicion, and murder, in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Drawn to a wealthy older man, Eve embarks on a whirlwind romance that soon offers a new life and a new home—Les Genévriers, a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. But Eve finds it impossible to ignore the mysteries that haunt both her lover and the run-down old house. The more reluctant Dom is to tell her about his past, the more she is drawn to it—and to the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful ex-wife. An evocative tale of romantic and psychological suspense, The Lantern masterfully melds past and present, secrets and lies, appearances and disappearances—along with our age-old fear of the dark.
 

About Deborah Lawrenson

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Deborah Lawrenson grew up in Kuwait, China, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Singapore. She studied English at Cambridge University and has worked as a journalist for various publications in England, including the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, and Woman’s Journal magazine. She lives in Kent, England, and she and her family spend as much time as possible at a crumbling hamlet in Provence, France, the setting for The Lantern.
 
Published August 9, 2011 by Harper. 531 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At first Eve is content not to know more, until she realizes Dom lived in Provence before with Rachel.

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BC Books

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Almost like the shadowy presence of the lives of those who lived before and yet are being enacted even as Eve tries to understand the life she is now leading, which has become shrouded in danger.

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As they explore the here and now, we are also being given a glimpse into the life of the prior owner of the home, Benedicte Lincel, a young woman who leads a life of beauty due to the area she lives, and yet endures much heartbreak and tragedy.

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Enchanted by their rundown farmhouse, captivated by the sights and scents of the lavender hills of Provence, madly in love, Eve "felt as if life -- my real life, that was, the life I had always been hoping to have -- had truly begun.

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Deborah Lawrenson’s The Lantern is a modern day gothic romance and mystery in the same vein as Jane Eyre and Rebecca, particularly Rebecca.

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“The Lantern is a marvelous sensory experience, a cloud of sight, sound, and scent to sink into with a sigh of delicious, shivering pleasure.”Set in contemporary Provence, The Lantern evokes all the atmosphere of a classic gothic romance with its gorgeously moody descriptions of a region the auth...

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Entertainment Weekly

In The Lantern, a sensuous gothic novel set in Provence, the chapters alternate between the past and present of Les Genévriers, a possibly haunted hamlet with buildings and fortunes that have crumbled over time.

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USA Today

The scent of lavender seems to waft from the pages of The Lantern, a hypnotic tale of suspicion set in the south of France.Publisher Harper is promoting British writer Deborah Lawrenson's novel as being in the tradition of Daphne du Maurier.The comparison may be an irresistible draw for fans of d...

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Denver Post

As in "Rebecca," Deborah Lawrenson's main character is a young woman, Eve, very much in love with an older man, Dom, whose absent former wife remains a presence in their lives.

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Historical Novel Society

Eve’s life seems perfect, even though Dom will not discuss Rachel, his erstwhile wife, but she doesn’t think it’s a problem until they meet Sabine at a local dinner party and she greets Dom with all the warmth of a former acquaintance.

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