Lucinda Riley’s latest novel is a mystery wrapped in a work of historical fiction. In 1944, a British female operative, Constance Carruthers, lands in France only to become entangled with an important French family with secret ties to the resistance. Years later, Emilie de la Martinieres, the lone heir to that French estate falls in love with Constance’s grandson, and discovers the long-buried connection between the two families.
This was my first novel by Riley. Her writing style reminds me of Kate Mortenson. The story keeps you engaged, and there is a bit of history, but the research is light – meant more for a summer read than for die-hard historical fiction fans. Nevertheless, it is August, and The Lavender Garden was perfect for my sourjourn by the lake this week. Many thanks to Atria Books for the review copy.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013