Author(s): Lucinda Riley
The present: Emilie de la Martinieres 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 chateau 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. From the author of the international bestseller, Hothouse Flower, Lucinda Riley's new novel is a breathtaking and intense story of love, war and, above all, forgiveness. ** Note to readers: In the US, this book is published under the title The Lavender Garden. **
Unlocking the past is the key to the future
Lucinda Riley was an actress, working in film, theatre and television, before she became a writer. At twenty-four, she wrote her first novel, then went on to write seven further novels that have been translated into fourteen languages. Her novel Hothouse Flower was published in 2010 and selected by the Richard and Judy Bookclub. It will be published in fifteen other counties. Lucinda's most recent novel, The Girl on the Cliff, published in 2011. She currently lives in Norfolk and France with her husband and four children.