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The Lantern (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Deborah Lawrenson

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Revue de presse

The Lantern is a smart, gothic, bodice ripper that transcends the genre, thanks . . . to Lawrenson’s gift for bringing the senses to life.” (People (3 ½ stars))

“Deborah Lawrenson’s new novel, 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)

“I absolutely adored this beautifully written, modern Gothic novel, set in Provence, full of scents, colors and mystery. Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s classic, Rebecca, The Lantern will hook you in from the start and weave its dark, lush magic around you.” (Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key and A Secret Kept)

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

“With The Lantern, Deborah Lawrenson delivers a feast of sights, sounds and smells that grow and change and linger, like a wonderfully complex perfume. I was captivated by this marvelous, haunting book—at times vivid and lush, at times provocative and chilling.” (Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain)

“A seductive mixture of a Gothic ghost story and a modern romance. . . . If the story doesn’t keep you up all night reading, the sharp and beautiful descriptions of the South of France will. Deborah Lawrenson has written an alluring, dark novel that will haunt you and leave you wanting more.” (Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology)

“A luscious mix of romance and gothic ghost story.” (O, The Oprah Magazine)

“Deborah Lawrenson is a master of mood and shadow as she spins this absorbing tale of intense passion and growing dread. Her Provence is sumptuous and forbidding and utterly real. Prepare to be riveted.” (Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife)

Présentation de l'éditeur

A brooding, contemporary novel of secrets, lost love, perfume and Provence

When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom, their whirlwind relationship leads them to purchase Les Genevriers, an abandoned house in a rural hamlet in the south of France.

As the beautiful Provence summer turns to autumn, Eve finds it impossible to ignore the mysteries that haunt both her lover and the run-down old house, in particular the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful first wife, Rachel.

Whilst Eve tries to untangle the secrets surrounding Rachel's last recorded days, Les Genevriers itself seems to come alive. As strange events begin to occur with frightening regularity, Eve's voice becomes intertwined with that of Benedicte Lincel, a girl who lived in the house decades before.

As the tangled skeins of the house's history begin to unravel, the tension grows between Dom and Eve. In a page-turning race, Eve must fight to discover the fates of both Benedicte and Rachel, before Les Genevriers' dark history has a chance to repeat itself.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2861 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 531 pages
  • Editeur : Orion (23 juin 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005570W0Q
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Amazon.com: 3.7 étoiles sur 5  143 commentaires
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 beautiful writing but burdensome 26 juin 2011
Par Chris Finklein - Publié sur Amazon.com
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From the first words I was enchanted with wonderful descriptions along with moody creative suggestions but far too few light hints about the real story. Initially it was almost difficult to put the book down because the author does create gorgeous sequences the reader can almost touch or smell or feel but... too soon the intriguing moody references seemed to overtake the developing story. I found trying to make sense of the plot more and more foggy & tiresome. Once the story began to unfold the constant back & forth with various characters and time twists grew more and more confusing to keep straight.

I thoroughly enjoy a book that paints a picture and reveals the skeletons of its story with exquisite use of imagery, but when the reader's patience is tested repeatedly it reminds me of a special effects movie where the director gets wrapped into the computer generated side rather than the story itself.

The book cover jacket tried comparing this to "Rebecca," with a powerful and haunting story buired beneath the darkness and moodiness of the setting. That was my lure to want to read more. This author seemed in love with her ability to create intrigue in the French countryside but she lost sight of "hooking" the reader. As I lumbered to the conclusion it felt more like I'd endured rather than satisfied I finished it. What began as a disguised love story grew more and more predictable. In other words, I had the ending pretty much figured out with more than 100+ pages still to read.

This book didn't do it for me. I felt like I was plowing thru far too many mood sequences, bits & pieces of contributions to the end result which was disappointing and less than satisfying.

I applaud the author's wonderful use of a wanton vocabulary of description; still, it was as though I had to plod through 75% of adjectives and quirky time changes to get to the remaining 25% of plot. Ugh!
45 internautes sur 48 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Elegantly predictable 28 juillet 2011
Par Lisa Love - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was enchanted with this novel when I got the advance readers copy. It came wrapped in a neat envelope to match the cover, had a card I could conveniently use as a bookmark. Of course, it also gave me doubts about the story I'd find between those covers.

The packaging mirrors what I came to love about this book. The descriptions are very visceral. Beautifully vivid. I can see Les Genevriers, smell its lush gardens...the writing captivates and puts you there. Lawrenson captured its spirit wonderfully.

The story itself is nothing original. Girl meets boy, they move into a French chateau, and surprise -- it's haunted! It's not a spoiler if it's on the back cover copy. This book is advertised as a "Gothic ghost story," and while that's what it tries to be, it loses its way amongst the sights and smells of Provence.

The tale is often bland. It's mostly about the characters traveling or contemplating the house, or cooking/walking - taking in the scenery along the way. There's a whole lot of filler. The relationship drama, which is a major thread in the book, got tiresome past Part One. We get it, Dom has *secrets* but the pace of it is too slow.

Dom didn't seem very realistic, a feeling I didn't get from the other characters aside from some questionable judgment calls (but ones that felt true to the characters). Probably because he suffers big time from female-author-writing-male-character syndrome. After the initial crush wore off, I never got the sense that Eve and Dom loved each other. Too much time was spent describing the scenery and not enough on actual character development. Or plot for that matter.

It bothered me that the big ~mystery~ of the novel is told to the reader, not shown. One element in particular seemed to have been added for pure shock value. The end is interesting enough but not particularly climactic. Again, all the telling diffuses any real tension. And all the loose ends are tied up too nicely. For a "ghost story" I expected there to still be some ambiguity about certain things, if anything to discover details glossed over on subsequent read-throughs. Instead, all I was really left with was, "Um, ok."

I didn't like the major stylistic feature of the novel. Most scenes in the book are shorter than a page. While the style lends itself to painting great images over and over again, it does little to develop characters the reader cares about. Some are mere snapshots, and some come across as aborted attempts to craft a relevant scene -- one thing this book struggles to do. Lawrenson has no trouble painting a scene and setting the mood. Parts of the novel where things happen are very good. But it's bogged down by descriptive prose that goes nowhere.

In conclusion: The Lantern is slow and deliberate, a journey that's meant to be savored not rushed. Its lush descriptions overcompensate for a lack of just about any distinguishing feature of the novel. A decent read but not one I'd recommend.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Victoria Holt on descriptive-passages steroids. 3 juillet 2011
Par OLT - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is touted as being in the tradition of Daphne DuMaurier's REBECCA. And it is, in the same way that Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart wrote many gothic romantic suspense novels perhaps in imitation of REBECCA, which was published a few years before their first gothics came out. And all of these, DuMaurier included, owe a lot to JANE EYRE or WUTHERING HEIGHTS, I would suppose.

I doubt that THE LANTERN will ever become a classic like REBECCA or JANE EYRE, but I enjoyed it for what it is, a very well written gothic romance/suspense novel, better than anything by Holt or Stewart in many ways but not as good in others. The writing here is excellent, descriptive passages wonderfully evocative of the sights, smells and even sounds of Provence in France. There are two stories in alternating chapters of the book, one about modern-day Eve and her lover Dominic, who have bought a rundown but charming farmhouse Les Genevriers, and the other about Benedicte Lincel and her family, the house's former owners perhaps a half century or more before.

Benedicte's story was stronger, more compelling and more interesting than Eve's and perhaps Provence itself, for me, was the most interesting 'character' in the book, rather than either of the two main female protagonists. The beautiful descriptive passages and writing make this book superior to a Victoria Holt or a Mary Stewart gothic, but where these latter gothics are superior to THE LANTERN is in the mystery and story itself, especially the weaker story of modern-day Eve.

Eve has the 'de rigueur' mysterious, brooding lover of a gothic Holt romance, whom we never really get to know well and has little character development. The fault in THE LANTERN, for me, lies in Eve herself, whom we also do not really know well and shows little character development. In a Holt book I am interested in and usually like the main female character but I was relatively indifferent to Eve. Hence all her troubles and conflicts with regard to Dominic were not compelling.

In both Eve's and Benedicte's stories the denouement is somewhat flat and not particularly striking or unexpected and questions about a few secondary characters are left hanging. All in all, the book is well written but lacking in the suspense I look for in a good gothic romance. I've given it 4 stars for the evocative writing and for the lessons in lavender growing and harvesting, perfume, winter wines, and the winds of beautiful Provence.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Magic Setting, But Lacks the Gothic Twist 18 juillet 2011
Par B. A. Chaney - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Lantern is set in a small hillside hamlet in Provence. Eve and her lover, Dom, have come to Provence to live their dream life. They buy an old abandonded farm house and set to restoring it, with the same passion that fills their new love affair. But soon, strange things start happening in the house, and Eve is convinced Dom is playing a part. In a parallel narrative, Benedicte, the last inhabitant of the house, tells the story of her family's downfall. As the novel progresses, the women's lives become more and more intertwined.

The Lantern had so much potential. It is beautifully written and set in a dark, crumbling, perfectly gothic house. The women at the center of the story are interesting, and their story unfolds in such a way that it is suspensfull. But unfortunately, the execution was lacking for me. There was the opportunity for a great gothic twist, but it wasn't taken. So disapointing to see a novel with so much potential end in such a way. The descriptions of Provencial life make this worth a read, but it does not live up to modern Gothic successes like "The House at Riverton."
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Lots of suspense, not much payoff 31 août 2011
Par Bookphile - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The minute I read the description of this book, I was dying to read it. I am a huge fan of gothic novels, and I love the novel Rebecca. While this book did exhibit some of the things that make this genre so appealing to me, in the end, it just didn't live up to my expectations for it. I'll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but I may give some things away.

I think the biggest flaw in the novel for me was the relationship between Dom and Eve. I just did not get it. It didn't feel to me like they'd been together long enough and didn't have enough to bind them together for Eve to put up with his downright weird behavior. I simply could not get over this aspect. There were many points during the novel when I found myself dumbfounded that she wasn't insisting that he be more forthcoming with her. I get that the author was trying to convey Eve's fear of losing her tenuous hold on their relationship, but I didn't see why Eve would be worried about it. Dom just never felt very appealing to me at all. Even when all is revealed about the nature of his relationship with the wife that came before Eve, I just still couldn't get behind the idea of her staying with him.

As for this big revelation, I just didn't think much of it. There was a lot of suspense built throughout the novel, a lot of mystery, and when an explanation was finally offered, I just didn't see it as plausible. By this point, I was so turned off by Dom that I found myself wondering if he was even being truthful with Eve or if this was another of his attempts at smoke and mirrors. I just really thought the tale about his wife was outlandish. It may have worked a little better for me had the information been delivered by another character but, either way, it just didn't really work for me.

To me, the stronger of the two tales in this novel is that of Bénédicte. Here is where Lawrenson really shines. I was very intrigued by Bénédicte's story, and anxious to hear the unraveling of her tale. For me, this half of the novel was far more engrossing and felt far more real than the modern half. Bénédicte's family dynamic was fascinating and I found her brother so reviling that my reaction to him was also physical. I also really liked the story of Marthe. Had this been the entire novel, I'd have liked it much more than I did.

Because of this, I didn't feel the shifting perspectives worked. The risk with telling a story that way is always that one side of the story will be far more interesting than the other, and I really think that was the case here. I also found myself getting really irritated by the way each perspective was told in short bursts. This made the novel feel far too drawn out at times, as if some trickery was going on to try to increase the suspense. Some chapters offered up a really interesting bit only to then switch maddeningly to the other perspective. At times, I even found the events hard to follow because so much of the narrative is told in these quick little snapshots and because it does change from one perspective to the other in so few pages.

The other strength of the novel is in the atmosphere surrounding Les Genévriers. There was a great gothic feel to the novel, and the hamlet was suitably foreboding. I really enjoy novels where the setting is as much a character as the protagonist.
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