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Publisher's Summary

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of the Seven Sisters series, Lucinda Riley's The Light Behind the Window is a breathtaking and intense story of love, war and, above all, forgiveness.

The present: Emilie de la Martiniéres has always fought against her aristocratic background, but after the death of her glamorous, distant mother, she finds herself alone in the world and sole inheritor of her grand childhood home in the south of France. An old notebook of poems leads her in search of the mysterious and beautiful Sophia, whose tragic love affair changed the course of her family history. As Emilie unravels the story, she too embarks on her own journey of discovery, realising that the château may provide clues to her own difficult past and finally unlock the future.

The past: London 1943. A young office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is drafted into the SOE, arriving in occupied Paris during the climax of the conflict. Separated from her contact in her very first hours in France, she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family who are caught up in a deadly game of secrets and lies. Forced to surrender her identity and all ties to her homeland and her beloved husband, Constance finds herself drawn into a complex web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

Note to listeners: in the US, this book is published under the title The Lavender Garden.

©2020 Lucinda Riley (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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excellent

I at first thought this was going to be a sappy love story but it surprised me with its story line and twist. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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A bit predictable but very engaging read.

I was definitely drawn into the book and really like the author’s style, however I did find that it was more predictable that some of Reilly’s other books. Overall still worth my time.

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A Russian Doll

Just like the Seven Sisters, this novel has stories within stories and its simply incredibly written. Not your typical war novel nor your typical love story, bur with poetic justice and closure. Simply wonderful.

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Great book!

While I thought i was growing tired of Second World War type stories, this one was definitely worth the read! Loved it!!!

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Fantastic story

This is one of those compelling stories that you can’t put down. Especially towards the end. An excellent book with wonderful character development.

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Captured my attention and then my heart.

I just love the story and the characters. The events that take place in the story were realistically portrayed and the author maintained balance btwn fact & fiction.

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Wow again

This has been another wonderful journey with Lucinda Riley. It got a little frustrating in the middle as Em matured but that is part of the journey. Thank you

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Captivating!

I loved this book so much I was sad when it ended. Such a delightful plot with twists and turns and I was completely captivated. This is my first Lucinda Riley book and I plan to read all her books. The narrator was fantastic too.

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another amazing story by my favorite author :)

as usual, Lucinda Riley delivers a gorgeous, emotional, heartfelt story with tonnes of twists and turns. I couldn't stop listening and am sad it's over!!

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Thoroughly enjoyable

This has been my favourite Lucinda Riley to date. The narration by Miranda Raison is excellent. I would highly recommend the novel .

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  • Shelley
  • 2021-01-19

Absolutely wonderful! Should be made into a movie!

This is quite possibly one of the best books I have ever read or should I say listened to! I could not stop listening! I never take time to write reviews but cannot let this one go. What a brilliant story and the narrator was outstanding! If I could give it 10 stars, I would!

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  • Delores DeMaria
  • 2020-10-03

My New Favorite Lucinda Riley Book

This story, of epic proportions, is a must-read. Both set in France and England, it is a heartfelt story that will pull at your heartstrings and often confound you.

The tale is woven with such precision and talent that I read it, or actually listened to it, in just two days as I could not stop listening. As I sit with tears in my eyes not only because of the beautiful ending but because I have finished the story and I’m so sad to leave these wonderful characters ibehind. I now have read almost all of my new favorite author’s books & I can truly say that this has become my favorite.

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  • Lisa B
  • 2020-10-07

One of the best books I ever listened to!

A thoroughly enjoyable story! I loved Lucinda Riley’s “The Love Letter” and this one may even exceed it. The reader can really feel the nightmare that life became for the French people during WWII and the enduring power of love. Great narration—the accents were right on.

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  • Daniela Laws
  • 2020-09-07

Excellent!

This is one of the BEST historical fiction books I have EVER listened to. The story is beautiful and the narrator is exceptional. I can't say enough good things about this book - I couldn't stop listening and finished it in record time, wishing it hadn't ended! The only thing is that the title doesn't make sense to me (neither the American nor the English title) but that certainly didn't detract from my enjoyment!

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  • Maggie Zadikov
  • 2021-02-07

Fantastic read

As a lover of things Provençal and interested in the role of the French Resistance, this book was a favorite.
I love Lucinda's writing, intelligence and skill in describing works of art. She's also a wonderful poet.
Ms Raison's performance was exceptional, as is her French!
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic whether a fan of Lucinda Riley's or not.
PS I really loved the Seven Sisters series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-02

Great, great, great

Just when I thought I had the whole story figured out, I didn’t. One of my favorite books.

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  • Sharon Arkoff
  • 2022-06-10

So much potential, but...

I had to stop. So much potential, and clearly the author can write beautifully, and the narrator is lovely. But, the lead character (Emilie) turns out to be too pathetic to be believed, as anyone can see right away see that Sebastian obviously is a cad plotting to take advantage of her. What woman intelligent enough to be a veterinarian and who has made a practice of being independent is going to open her home and heart to the first handsome man who walks up to her after she very publicly inherits a fortune? While I didn't get far enough in the book to say for sure, I'm guessing that he ran over her dog, too, just to make Emilie more emotionally vulnerable. Sigh. I was so looking forward to a rich historical novel. But Emilie's patheticness is too much to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-04-15

Mmm

Just did not grab my interest.. Just too much description at the expense of plot and characters.. Well, I stopped listening after a few chapters. Maybe I should have persevered... After LESLEY PEARSE'S books, this was a struggle.

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  • lois
  • 2022-04-10

AMAZING!!!

I think this was my favorite of this author’s. Can’t wait to have more from her.

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  • Tiffany
  • 2022-04-07

Another beautiful story by Lucinda Riley

You will not be disappointed with this story. Very complex and lots of suspense with lots of twists and turns. Heartwarming too!

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  • Kate
  • 2021-09-29

Love it

This is another very human and emotional book by my favourite writer Lucinda Riley. I hesitated to buy it because of the one star review of the only two reviews. I do not understand why this reader was so negative about this marvelous story. For me it definitely deserves all 5 stars.

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  • Caroline P
  • 2021-03-06

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  • Bengt
  • 2021-02-05

excellent story

could not stop listening. every chapter so exciting. Riley is an excellent author and the voice reading so good.