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The Lantern

A Novel

Lawrenson, Deborah

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Lantern
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Drawn to an older man, Eve embarks on a whirlwind romance that soon offers a new life and a new home--Les Genevriers, an old house in a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. Their relationship becomes strained, however, as Dom grows quiet and distant and Eve feels a haunting presence. The more reluctant Dom is to tell her about his past, the more Eve is drawn to it--and to the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful ex-wife.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062049690
9780062049698
Branch Call Number: FICTION Law
Characteristics: 386 p. ; 24 cm

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Drawn to an older man, Eve embarks on a whirlwind romance that soon offers a new life and a new home--Les Genevriers, an old house in a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. Their relationship becomes strained, however, as Dom grows quiet and distant and Eve feels a haunt... Read More »

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Drawn to an older man, Eve embarks on a whirlwind romance that soon offers a new life and a new home--Les Genevriers, an old house in a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. Their relationship becomes strained, however, as Dom grows quiet and distant and Eve feels a haunt... Read More »


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Jul 11, 2012
  • mayfairlady rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you haven't read Rebecca and you enjoy a comtemporary gothic read you'll likely enjoy this one. If you've read Rebecca you may find it irritatingly similar.

May 01, 2012
  • melwyk rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'm glad I read Rebecca first, for there are many nods to that tale in The Lantern. An absent first wife whose presence overshadows this new marriage, a husband who is very tight-lipped about his first relationship, and a big old house where they are isolated from their friends & families...but there's more to this one as well. Including a marvellous setting in the south of France, in a house which has a long history before the arrival of our two characters.

I loved the descriptions of the landscapes, and the scents and colours that seem to permeate the story. I also loved the ghostly elements that add some spooky intrigue. If you don't take the comparisons to Rebecca too seriously, seeing it more as an inspiration, this book stands on its own fairly well.

Full Review at Indextrious Reader http://indextrious.blogspot.ca/2011/09/lawrensons-lantern.html

Nov 22, 2011
  • scottwilson101 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

http://hardcovernudity.blogspot.com/2011/09/lantern-novel-by-deborah-lawrenson.html

Oct 19, 2011
  • MDianeRogers rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Agree it's nothing as good as Rebecca. But some great descriptions, especially of scents and I did like the interweaving of past and present.

Aug 22, 2011
  • sjmitra rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was ten years old when I read Rebecca for the first time, and it has been one of my favorite books since. My curiosity was naturally piqued when I read that The Lantern is inspired by Rebecca. Unfortunately, The Lantern is not as engrossing nor as memorable. The tension is absent and the characters mostly insipid. I love descriptions of nature and rather enjoyed the slow unfolding of the two plots as Lawrenson devotes pages to lush descriptions of lavendar fields and woods and the French countryside. Lawrenson moves smoothly between present and past, and vice versa. However, Eve's story is predictable and Benedicte's is only slightly more interesting. The book does not live up to the high expectations the comparison with du Maurier's great book raises.

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May 01, 2012
  • melwyk rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"What about you -- what do you like to do best of all?"
"I love to read."
"What kind of reading?"

Sometimes you can tell all you need to know about a person just in the way they ask the question: politely, or with genuine curiosity, denoting a fine understanding of all it might reveal -- from a rich inner life to a point of compatibility between strangers. It was also a hard question to answer, its simplicity as lethal as a narrow blade.

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